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Californication 

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A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Hank Moody 84 episodes, 2007-2014
...  Karen 84 episodes, 2007-2014
...  Charlie Runkle 84 episodes, 2007-2014
...  Marcy Runkle / ... 80 episodes, 2007-2014
...  Becca Moody 74 episodes, 2007-2014
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Hank Moody- a self loathing, narcissistic author struggles to overcome writer's block while balancing his occasional drug use, alcoholism, and borderline sex addiction all the while trying to get back together with his girlfriend and raise his teenage daughter. Written by ZachMichalik

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13 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Untitled David Duchovny Series  »

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Some episodes of Californication (2007) feature Daniel Benzali, an actor who was born and raised in Brazil, but has never worked in his native language. He was the 1st of a whole generation of Brazilian actors who prefer to perform roles in English. This group now includes the deeply acclaimed actor and singer Gustavo Goulart as its most powerful example. See more »

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All coffee cups in the series are empty. This is clear whenever one character passes a cup to another and the sound of the character's hand making contact with the cup is amplified inside the empty cup. See more »

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Hank Moody: I have a confession to make: I didn't like you very much at first. You were just this annoying little blob. You smelled nice, most of the time, but you didn't seem to have much interest in me, which I of course found vaguely insulting. It was just you and your mom against the world, funny how some things never change. So I cruised along doing my thing, acting the fool, not really understanding how being a parent changes you. And I don't remember the exact moment everything changed, I just know ...
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Referenced in Raising Hope: Sex, Clown and Videotape (2013) See more »

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Don't Let Us Get Sick
Written by Warren Zevon
Performed by Pat Guadagno
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I Did Not Want to Like This Show
25 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Maybe I missed something, but the promos of this series made it look like one long ad for a freewheeling guy living a hedonistic Hollywood lifestyle. That's SO not what Californication is about, and frankly, it's a stupid title. There is definitely a high volume of disreputable behavior, and the show is not for kids, but there is a good story here. Hank Moody (Duchovney) is a Los Angeles-based writer whose long-time girlfriend, with whom he has a child but never bothered to marry, has left him. The whole series is about his desire to win her back, his writers' block at the loss of his muse, and his role as a father all in the context of his emotional instability. Duchovney's girl-getting eyes have the same effect on every female opportunity that comes his way in the story as they do on his millions of female fans. The series calls for a bit of a stretch, asking the audience to believe that his power to attract women never once led to an indiscretion while he was living with his non-wife. I loved the characters and although it is not realistic, it is an interesting venue for the observations made about what destructive behaviors women are willing to put up with. It also gets very far away from the Jerry Seinfeld, man-child type characters that are romantically inept. Hank is a ladies man AND a man's man. He's the lovable bad boy with a heart of gold. For those concerned about content for kids: DO NOT WATCH THIS SERIES. There is constant language, smoking, sex, frank discussions about sex, drug use viewed as acceptable, nudity, and references to all forms of adult themes. But the story line is not as prurient as all of that suggests. Hank is a family man who engages in behaviors because he has no brakes to stop him i.e. his family living with him. He doesn't actually LIKE the behaviors and wants to marry the woman who left him and spend more time with his daughter. Great acting by the entire cast --and a *really* tall cast it is!


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