Californication is the perfect show about life as a writer!
Californication, at its core, is about a life of struggling author who faces many obstacles. These obstacles include: drugs and sex addiction, parental-child relationships, divorce, constant cheating, and trying to reconcile with his one true love. David Duchovny stars Hank Moody. Moody’s first love is Karen, Natascha McElhone. His best friend is his agent, Charlie Runkle, and Karen’s best friend is Marcy Runkle, Pamela Adlon. Throughout the show, Hank hits so many brick walls that cause turmoil and triumph in his life.
In the pilot, Hank is a struggling author who hasn’t had an original idea in awhile. He meets a young girl, Mia (Madeline Zima), in a book store. He is no longer with Karen; therefore Mia and Hank have sex. At the end of the intimate session; she punches him and runs off. Hank comes up with the idea of a new book called “Fucking and Punching.” Mia turns out to be 17 and Karen’s fiance’s daughter. Hank gives his first draft of his manuscript to Karen for her to read. Mia reads it, steals it, and turns it into an agent as her own work. Hank tells Charlie but they can’t act on it because of the implications of Hank sleeping with a underage girl. From that moment on; Hank’s life becomes a constant struggle. He dates or sleeps with many different women. His abuse of drugs and alcohol gets him nearly killed or in trouble with the law. As his life implodes, Charlie’s, Marcy’s, Karen’s, and Hank’s daughter Becca’s (Madeleine Martin) lives implode also. Moody is really a supernova of destruction waiting to happen.
Overall, the adult themes are the beauty of this television show. It might be one of the most realistic television shows ever. On average only a million people watched this show per week. It survived 7 seasons on TV and made for great television. Personally, I felt that Tom Kapinos, the creator, was writing about his life and his struggles. People face so many challenges in their lives daily. The stress of fiances, their careers or job, and their children take years off people’s lives. It was one of the reasons why I connected with Californication. We see a struggling author have to reinvent himself from plain old author to screenwriter, educator, recovering drug addict, and working on a television show. It’s a constant struggle of balancing a career, several addictions, and a difficult personal life with his daughter, friends, and ex lover that Hank finds himself in.
Overall, I would recommend Californication to watch especially if you do have addictions, internal conflicts with your self esteem, or want to be a writer. The show has so many hilarious moments in it. It’s geared towards adults which most shows aren’t on network TV. It’s not only for adults but its audience are the intelligent types who have a wicked sense of humor also. We obviously know from Duck Dynasty, The Real Housewives, and Honey Boo that some people will watch anything nonsensical. Californication is no where near like this with it’s sexual and drug content.
Californication had many guest stars ranging from Marlyin Manson, Kathleen Turner, Heather Graham, and Rob Lowe. Each of these guest stars deal with a different aspect of Moody’s life. Manson is symbol between his daughter’s love for music and Hank’s struggle battling addiction. Graham is a former lover in Hank’s life. The life of an author is difficult.
People glamorize authors such as John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling. Each of those authors had a difficult periods of their lives before they became successful. For example, Grisham was a representative in Congress; King was an alcoholic; Rowling a single mother barely making a living; and Clancy was a struggling businessman became he published “The Hunt for Red October.” Californication nailed all of these realistic life points.. A couple of the storylines in the previous seasons where after season 4. However, season seven was a reminded of season 1. Season 1 might be the best. I would give a 4/5
It’s one of my favorite shows on television. It will be in my top 25 because some of the sex scenes are so hysterically outrageous.