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Californication: Season 1 (2008)

David Duchovny , Natascha McElhone , John Dahl , Stephen Hopkins  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Madeleine Martin, Madeline Zima
  • Directors: John Dahl, Stephen Hopkins, Ken Whittingham, Scott Winant, Bart Freundlich
  • Writers: Tom Kapinos
  • Producers: Tom Kapinos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013ZGN9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Californication: Season 1" on IMDb

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Sophisticated and unique, this comedy centers on novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) who struggles to raise his 13-year-old daughter, while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend. His obsession with truth-telling and self destructive behavior -- drinks drugs and relationships -- are both destroying and enriching to his career.

"You can’t always get what you want." The Rolling Stones may have said it best, and it seems to be writer Hank Moody’s theme song. David Duchovny (X Files) was born to play this sly, sarcastic, self-loathing, and--despite all the meaningless sex, booze, and fist fights--kind character. Writer Moody hates the Los Angeles world he lives in; a world that turned his sharp best-seller into a cheesy date movie, where his young daughter and should-have-been wife (Natascha McElhone) are slipping away into the hands of a rich play-it-safe guy, and where everything he truly wants seems just out of his reach. But the man hasn’t lost all hope. "Happy endings may get a bad rap, but they do happen," he assures his daughter. "And when they do, they’re just as true as the unhappy ones." One can’t help but hope Hank finds his happy ending, because it's with his family that his soft side surfaces. Hank takes no shame in trying to woo back his "wife" Karen, even if it is in front of her new fiancé. He knows he’s meant to be with her--plain and simple--and there’s a glint in her eye that always makes you wonder if she’s really thinking the same thing. And his daughter Becca? Well, any guy would melt against this guitar-wielding cutie (played by the adorable Madeleine Martin), but Hank really captures the "I’ll kick a lot of ass for my daughter" mentality that so many dads harbor. He’s also fully prepared to drop a gorgeous woman at a moment’s notice to heed his daughter’s call.

The rest of the cast, including Evan Handler (Sex and the City) and Pamela Adlon (Lucky Louie), provide some surprisingly interesting and hilarious side stories. Just when it seems situations in this show can’t get any more ludicrous or disgusting, they most certainly do. That’s the beauty of it. Californication is a dark, coarse, edgy adult comedy. It’s also very real, and quite intelligent. --Jordan Thompson

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110 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest shows on television April 9, 2008
It took me a few episodes to warm up to "Californication." At first I wasn't quite sure what the show was trying to be...maybe "Sex and the City" for men? But it's actually much more than that. The show revolves around Hank Moody (David Duchovny), an author who's been in a bit of a writer's slump ever since his last novel was published seven years ago. Hank longs to return to his hometown of New York City, but remains in California because his former lover, Karen (Natascha McElhone), lives there, along with their teenage daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin). Hank is still very much in love with Karen, and it's pretty obvious that she still loves him, too. Unfortunately, Karen's engaged to stuffy Bill (Damian Young), and Hank unwittingly has sex with Bill's 16-year-old daughter, Mia (Madeline Zima), who eventually ends up blackmailing Hank and trying to take credit for his latest manuscript. What a mess!

"Californication" also boasts a strong supporting cast. Evan Handler plays Hank's best friend and agent, Charlie. Poor Charlie and his wife, Marcy (Pamela Adlon), experience some problems in the bedroom that lead to both of them cheating on each other with Charlie's hot young assistant, Danni (Rachel Miner). Handler and Adlon are amazingly funny on screen, and they play off each other very well: They're the funniest television couple since Lucy and Ricky Ricardo!

By far, the best thing about this show is its sense of humor. There are some incredibly funny scenes in "Californication" that definitely are among the most hilarious moments in TV history, and that's saying a lot. From Hank throwing up on Bill's priceless painting to the office dominatrix scenes to the three-way/orgy culmination, there are plenty of great scenes to go around.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING IT BACK TO PRIME February 9, 2014
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Loved the first several episodes. Went back to watch more the next day and it asked me to pay if I wanted to watch more. Seriously Amazon?!? What a scam.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHY THE CHARGE NOW?? February 8, 2014
We finally decided to try Amazon Prime(beyond the free 1 month period). I added this to our watch list since it was offered in our PRIME TV SHOWS.. We went to go watch the next episode (10) saw the $1.99 charge($2.99 for HD) and couldn't figure out what was going on.. but seeing a couple other reviews we knew it was not a glitch.. So what's going on? Why the sudden change AND charge? This being a 7 year old series it should be free... You also have hunt through pages of scattered series to find out how many seasons there are.. That is if you do not search and add to your 'watch list'. Do us a favor (like Netflix) and put all the seasons on one.. not all over the place so it looks like you have more to offer...Some of this review is 'off topic' but don't know where else to put it.. but it needs to be said.. Thank You !!
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an adult comedy with brains May 24, 2008
Not since MILLENNIUM and HOUSE, MD has a new television series caught my attention and held on each and every week. This show is smart, sassy, sexy, serious, funny, sometimes sad, and above all REALISTIC! The characters work perfectly off one another. I never watched David Duchovny in X-Files so I wasn't sure what to expect. He is TOP NOTCH fantastic in this show. He has the character of Hank Moody down to a "T" from voice inflections, sarcasm and facial expression, you always know where his character is coming from. The entire show orbits Hank's daily life. Begin with his love and affection for his ex, Karen, and their young pre-teen daughter, Becca, and end with his utter loathing of the literary world of which he is a part, and you will find a man who is struggling daily to look himself in the mirror and try liking what he sees. He drinks too much, parties too hard, and has sex with women whose names he doesn't even care to know. We all have known people like Hank, therefore, he is very real to nearly every adult watching this show. I especially get a kick out of the way his agent, played with precision by Sex and the City's Evan Handler, is fumbling through a kinky fling with his twenty something secretary while his ever suffering, sex-starved wife is begging for "nooners". The show is definitely for an adult audience, and though it can offend some and be quite irreverant most of the time, it is so well written and such fun that it almost doesn't matter. Add to all this some edgy musical tracks from greats like The Rolling Stones and The Foo Fighters, and you have a divine adult drama/comedy series. I'm thrilled with this release of Season One on DVD and keep my fingers crossed that Californication returns for Season Two, Three, and so on. Watch it once, you'll be hooked.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but no longer available February 9, 2014
By Shawn
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I love this show. Too bad you took it off as soon as I started watching it! I'm very upset by this
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's with the charge? February 7, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
We were really enjoying this series but you started charging after the first 8 episodes, what's up with that? Guess we won't be watching any more episodes. This is a 7 year old series, it is not something new that just came out. Very disappointed in prime.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this show not available on prime anymore? February 8, 2014
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i started watching it last week and i loved it and now it is gone. now i have to pay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by Prime February 9, 2014
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I've been kind of annoyed with the selection on Amazon Prime so I was happy when I found this show and started to get into it. Then Suddenly after about 4 or 5 episodes Amazon removed it from Prime and I couldn't watch it anymore. Worth watching though prime? Yes. Would I pay more to keep watching it? No.
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Any gay men in Californication?
My question is--Do you like the show the way it is a) even if there are no gay characters and b) even if none of the actual actors are GLB etc in real life????

I don't think there are any pilots, horticulturalists, Muslims, dentists, Gypsies, hat blockers, Jainists, or pederasts either, in... Read More
Aug 26, 2008 by Harvey M. Canter |  See all 16 posts
Blu Ray
I couldn't agree more!!! I am waiting to buy the Season until it is on BluRay. I want to see every luscious pore, every steaming bead of sweat, every voluptuous curve...

Anyone know if there are any plans to have a BluRay edition in the near future????
Aug 26, 2008 by Harvey M. Canter |  See all 3 posts
English Sub?
the DVD has to have CC for the TV to read it. I am partially deaf and would also like to know about this release. Does CC show up when you watch this on TV?
Jul 31, 2008 by snafu59 |  See all 6 posts
Californication Season 2---How Do You Like It So Far?
Yeah I was hyped up for season two also, thought it would outdo the first season, but to my dissapointment it had the sophmore jinx. It started off real bad and then got worse, but then by the last few episodes, when they got back to Hank and Karen more, it saved itself. The chemistry between... Read More
Jan 28, 2009 by David Bark |  See all 5 posts
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