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(2007–2014)

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David Duchovny didn't want to work on television anymore. Exhausted after his experience on The X-Files (1993), he said he agreed to this show because he liked the relationship between his character (Hank Moody) and Becca, played by Madeleine Martin.
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White Famous (2017), a TV series that premiered in October 2017 and was co-created by Californication's creator Tom Kapinos, features some secondary characters first introduced on Californication, such as Stu Beggs (played by Stephen Tobolowsky) and Kali (played by Meagan Good).
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In Australia there was a backlash from conservative groups who opposed the explicit nature of the program. Conservative columnist Andrew Bolt criticised the program in the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun for the pilot's opening dream scene, in which a nun performs oral sex on Hank Moody in a church.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers filed a lawsuit on November 19, 2007 against Showtime Networks over the name of the series, which is also the name of the band's 1999 album and hit single. They state in the lawsuit that the series "constitutes a false designation of origin, and has caused and continues to cause a likelihood of confusion, mistake, and deception as to source, sponsorship, affiliation, and/or connection in the minds of the public". Showtime Networks argued that the band did not in fact create the term Californication. They point out that the term appeared in print in Time magazine in 1972, while show producer Tom Kapinos cites the inspiration as coming from a bumper sticker he saw in the '70s that read "Don't Californicate Oregon". The lawsuit was settled out of court.
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The show and the lead actor, David Duchovny, were both nominated for Golden Globes in 2007; Duchovny won the lead actor award, but the award for best TV series in this category went to Extras (2005).
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Pamela Adlon (Marcy) & David Duchovny (Hank Moody) also worked together on episode 1.3, Better Things: Brown (2016), of Better Things (2016) as Sam Fox & Himself/Teak respectively.
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The Australian Christian Lobby's managing director Jim Wallace called for a boycott, not only of Network Ten, but all advertisers who advertise during the show, in response to a scene in which Hank and Sonja smoke marijuana, have sex, and vomit.
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Season 3 steadily gained viewership, and the show was quickly picked up for a fourth season by Showtime.
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The names of Hank Moody's books ("South of Heaven", "Seasons in the Abyss", and "God Hates Us All") are all names of albums by the metal band Slayer.
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Callum Keith Rennie guest starred with David Duchovny on both Californication and the X-Files.
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David Duchovny's character was based on modern Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski.
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The Season 2 finale drew 615,000 viewers, with a combined total of 937,000 for the evening.
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Hank Moody uses a blue lighter throughout the show to light his joints or cigarettes.
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Hank Moody (David Duchovny) smokes the same fictional cigarette brand ("Morleys") as the "Cigarette Smoking Man" from The X-Files (1993). In The X Files, Duchovny's character Mulder and the Cigarette Smoking Man are bitter enemies.
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At the Paley Center's 2013 New York Television Festival, David Duchovny announced that he didn't want Gillian Anderson to work in the show, because he wanted to preserve the memory of their partnership on The X-Files (1993).
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When Network Ten premiered Season 2 in Australia, the Christian fundamentalist group Salt Shakers led an e-mail campaign against advertisers, requesting they withdraw their advertisements. This resulted in 49 companies withdrawing their advertising, including the show's main sponsor, Just Car Insurance.
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Creator Tom Kapinos claims that the inspiration for the show did come from his personal frustration, because he worked for 4 years as a writer on Dawson's Creek (1998), and he didn't quite feel what he was writing.
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Series creator Tom Kapinos originally wanted Pamela Adlon to play Karen Van Der Beek, but Adlon preferred the role of Marcy Runkle.
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The show was renewed for a second season on September 7, 2007. Season 2 began filming in April 2008, and was underway as of June 2008. The premiere episode of Season 2 aired September 28, 2008.
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According to David Duchovny, ever since the show moved from being aired in the fall to being aired in the spring, Tom Kapinos wrote every season finale as a possible series finale. This is because the shooting schedule hasn't changed that much, so when the show premieres in January, the season has been shot for months.
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Jason Beghe (who performs the role of Richard Bates) is one of David Duchovny's best friends. They studied together, and worked together as bartenders, and as actors.
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Hank references Michael Ealy's character (Pearl's dad) as Lenny Kravitz, because he looks a bit like him. Pearl is played by Zoë Kravitz, whose real dad is Lenny Kravitz.
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Californication (2007) is a portmanteau of "California" and "fornication". Its origin is bumper stickers in Oregon in the late 1970's and early 1980's that read "Don't Californicate Oregon". Red Hot Chili Peppers's 1999's album "Californication" sold over 15 million copies, and as of 2009 it still was their most successful record.
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Madchin Amick and Duchovny preciously worked together on the series Twin Peaks (1990)
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Evan Handler and Callum Keith Rennie have both appeared on the show 24 (2001)
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In response to many people, asking him to invite Gillian Anderson to guest star in this show as Hank's lover, David Duchovny always affirmed that he'd never do it, because he wanted to preserve their special relationship as characters Mulder and Scully.
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The Season 1 finale, titled "The Last Waltz" (in homage to Martin Scorsese's concert film The Last Waltz (1978)), originally aired on Showtime on October 29, 2007.
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Simon Spotlight Entertainment published the book God Hates Us All, which is sold with Hank Moody as author, on the 15th of September 2009
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Hank Moody was born in Levitown, New York, as well as Tom Kapinos in real life.
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Showtime renewed Californication for a third season, which premiered on Sunday September 27, 2009 at 10 pm.
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The poem, printed on a poster, which can be seen in the intro, is from Chinese poet Li Po (Li Bai): Facing Wine Never refuse wine. I'm telling you, people come smiling in spring winds: peach and plum like old friends, their open blossoms scattering toward me, singing orioles in jade-green trees, and moonlight probing gold winejars. Yesterday we were flush with youth, and today, white hair's an onslaught. Bramble's overgrown Shih-hu Temple, and deer roam Ku-su Terrace ruins: it's always been like this, yellow dust choking even imperial gates closed in the end. If you don't drink wine, where are those ancient people now?
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David Duchovny's X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson often wondered and even publicly questioned Duchovny about why she was never asked to be a guest on Californication. She often mentions how she would have been glad to appear on the show even for free and how fun it would have been if her appearance was an in-joke. As an example of this, she jokingly mentioned the idea of playing a stripper dressed for Duchovny's character, Hank Moody, as Scully.
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Features two drummers from Mötley Crüe. In the 4th season, Tommy Lee has a cameo, and one of his replacements, Samantha Maloney, plays Lew Ashby's driver in the 2nd season.
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In this series David Duchovny plays to a sex-addicted. His The X-Files (1993)'s partner Gillian Anderson plays to a sex therapist in Sex Education (2019).
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The first season was released on DVD in the US on June 17, 2008.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the 7th season, the name of Hank Moody's illegitimate son is Levon, which is a reference to an Elton John's song. And it's also the word "novel" spelled backwards.
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When Charlie (Evan Handler's character) is explaining his "gay moment" as a child, he mentions it was with a boy named Mike Metz. The real Mike Metz is a writer on the show.
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