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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 13, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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62

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 92 Ratings

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  • Summary: Hank's got his girl back, but he tries her patience with his many mistakes.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Year two is actually more compelling and fun, morphing from the twin themes of bachelorhood and longing into tackling the challenges of monogamy--especially when one partner's lurid past keeps colliding with the present.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Worth the price of admission? Absolutely.
  3. 80
    Drawing parallels between the city’s decadence and that of its inhabitants is a fairly obvious point to make, so using it for more than just establishing shots is overkill, specifically pulling the viewer out of emotional moments. It’s a small quibble, though, and thankfully, the only complaint about this new season so far.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    The first couple of episodes, in which Hank tries to be monogamous with his ex, offer some promise, but for me the show is still works better for its pithy little scenes.
  5. The cast is too appealing to make Californication as genuinely distasteful as it tries to be. And at the same time the writing is too broad to make it genuinely good.
  6. Californication in Season 2 seems like its indulging a certain person's condition rather than illuminating the human condition, if you know what I mean - and I think you do.
  7. Regardless of how promiscuous its obnoxious hero is, Californication remains a smug, unpleasant ego trip to nowhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. ViktorT
    Feb 2, 2010
    10
    No matter what critics say this series is genial! I recommend it to everyone who likes to watch R-N-R lifestyle combined with emotional suffering!
  2. CalebH.
    Nov 12, 2008
    10
    The second season seemed to rely more on raunchy and vulgar content to keep viewers attached to Hanks life. However, at around episode 3 that The second season seemed to rely more on raunchy and vulgar content to keep viewers attached to Hanks life. However, at around episode 3 that all began to change. The daughter of Hank and Karen is starting to take a bigger role and she is really adding to the episodes. Watching her parent her parents is both funny and heartbreaking. Never have I seen a show so versatile in its use of imagery. I don't watch it for the sex; I watch it for the great relationships that are formed. Through all the sex and deceit, there is always a glimmer of hope and love that shines bright throughout Californication. One of the best shows I have ever seen. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 9, 2009
    8
    Always thoroughly entertaining and never fails to deliver those "laugh out loud" moments. Clever script.
  4. MiloB.
    Sep 29, 2008
    6
    It was going good, and then the ending of the first episode was like bam, wtf? It seems like this show is moving too fast, it needs to slow It was going good, and then the ending of the first episode was like bam, wtf? It seems like this show is moving too fast, it needs to slow down, or they will run out of stuff to write. Expand
  5. AlessandraS
    Jan 17, 2010
    6
    First season was much better in my opinion. It was strange how they just suddenly ended many of the good plot lines of the first season. First season was much better in my opinion. It was strange how they just suddenly ended many of the good plot lines of the first season. Wasnt a fan of the whole Ashby story line. Not enough substance in season 2, i started to get fed up of the vulgar and drugs. The show needs more balance!! Expand
  6. OscarB.
    Oct 11, 2008
    6
    The first shows this season were average, but it'll pick up.
  7. MiloC.
    Oct 5, 2008
    0
    A horrendous ending of an episode to a promising second season.

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