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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Worth the price of admission? Absolutely.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    The impulse to protect his family comes much less naturally to David Duchovny's Hank Moody, the hero of Californication, which returns in top form for its second season.
  4. 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.
  5. 70
    His repetitive fights with his ex-girlfriend, Karen (Natascha McElhone), with whom he reunited at the end of last season, are by far the most tiresome part of the show. Much more fun is the easy camaraderie Hank has with his growing entourage, all of whom share his cynical and saucy outlook on life.
  6. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 28, 2014
    6
    As a drama series Californication, despite a few affecting scenes, simply goes around in circles too much to ever be truly satisfying.As a drama series Californication, despite a few affecting scenes, simply goes around in circles too much to ever be truly satisfying. Fortunately however it is pretty funny in places (although this second season wasn't as funny as the first) which helps to keep things entertaining during most episodes. Thus far Californication isn't amongst my favourite TV shows but it generally makes for a decent watch. Full Review »
  2. 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!
  3. 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!! Full Review »