Californication (TV series)

Californication is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos which aired for seven seasons on Showtime from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. The show follows New Yorker Hank Moody (David Duchovny), a troubled novelist who moves to California and suffers from writer's block. His drinking, womanizing, and drug abuse complicate his relationships with his longtime lover Karen (Natascha McElhone) and their daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). Hank struggles to find purpose in his life as he passes up multiple opportunities, eventually making the right decision for happiness.

The show's other main characters are Hank's best friend and agent Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) and Charlie's wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon). Recurring themes are sex, drugs, and rock and roll, all of which are featured regularly, as well as the seedier side of Los Angeles. The show has won several awards, including two Emmy Awards (nominated for two others) and one Golden Globe Award (nominated for five others).

Californication Title Ep2
Created byTom Kapinos
Opening theme"Main Title Theme from Californication" by Tree Adams & Tyler Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes84 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)David Duchovny
Tom Kapinos
Stephen Hopkins
Production location(s)California
New York (Some episodes)
CinematographyMichael Weaver
  • Shannon Mitchell
  • Kevin D Ross
  • Michael Ornstein
  • Todd Desrosiers
  • Tony Solomons
  • Mark S Manos
Running time29 minutes
Production company(s)Totally Commercial Films
Aggressive Mediocrity
Twlight Time Films
And Then...
Showtime Networks
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseAugust 13, 2007 –
June 29, 2014
External links

Series overview

The series revolves around Hank Moody, a novelist plagued by alcoholism. He blames his longtime writer's block on reasons ranging from the hedonism of Los Angeles to the departure of his partner Karen. Hank constantly deals with the consequences of his inability to say "no" to temptation while trying to show his family that he can be a responsible, caring father to Becca and a reliable partner to Karen.

The show was renewed for a second season on September 7, 2007.[1] The Season 1 finale, titled "The Last Waltz" (in homage to Martin Scorsese's concert film[2]), originally aired on Showtime on October 29, 2007. Season 2 began filming in April 2008,[3] and was underway as of June 2008.[4] The premiere episode of Season 2 aired September 28, 2008. The first season was released on DVD in the US on June 17, 2008. Showtime renewed Californication for a third season,[5] which premiered on Sunday September 27, 2009 at 10 pm.

The show is laced with rock culture references. It frequently alludes to Warren Zevon and featured Henry Rollins in a guest appearance; some episode titles, such as "Filthy Lucre" and "Turn the Page", allude to album and song names (Sex Pistols' "Filthy Lucre Live" and Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", respectively). Hank's lawyer in Season 4 is called Abby Rhoads; his first three novels, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss and God Hates Us All, are all named after Slayer albums. The books Crack the Sky and Blood Mountain by Richard Bates are also the names of two Mastodon albums. A Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the movie based on God Hates Us All, is named after the song by the rock band Queen from their album The Game.[2] The segment before the Opening Theme is the intro to The Stooges' song, "I Got a Right".

Season 1

Season 1 (August 13 – October 29, 2007) followed Hank and the other main characters in the months leading up to Karen's planned marriage to Bill, a Los Angeles publisher. Hank wallows in self-loathing following the release of A Crazy Little Thing Called Love, a drastically altered and watered-down—yet commercially popular—movie adaptation of his most recent novel, God Hates Us All.[6]

Hank spends most of his time drinking and not writing. One day he picks up a young woman in a bookstore; after they have sex, he discovers that she is Bill's 16-year-old daughter Mia. Mia proceeds to harass Hank during his visits to his family. She uses the threat of illegal sex charges to extort stories from him that she passes off as her own for her high-school creative-writing class.

The death of Hank's father drives Hank on an alcohol-fueled binge and a sexual encounter with Karen. After the funeral, Hank stays in New York to finish a manuscript for a new novella. Upon returning to L.A., he believes the original copy to be lost when he is carjacked, but Mia had previously stolen the pot, and now she takes credit for it herself and attempts to have it published. On Karen's and Bill's wedding day, Hank chooses to be unselfish and accept the situation so as not to destroy his beloved's wedding day. But that evening, as he and Becca leave the reception, Karen runs out and jumps into his car, presumably to resume their life together.

On June 3, 2008, Showtime released the Season 1 soundtrack Temptation: Music From The Showtime Series Californication, which features music from the original series. Included artists are The Rolling Stones, Peeping Tom, My Morning Jacket, The Doors, Tommy Stinson, Bob Dylan, Harvey Danger, Madeleine Martin, Gus Black, Mexican institute of sound, Warren Zevon, The Heavy, Champion, Steve Earle, Elton John, and two original tracks created for the show by Tyler Bates and Tree Adams.

Season 2

In Season 2 (September 28 – December 14, 2008), Hank and Karen's relationship seems to be working out, Becca seems happy again, and their house is on the market as they plan a move to New York. Hank gets a vasectomy and attends a party thrown by Sonja, a woman he had sex with in Season 1. A mistake and a fight with an obnoxious police officer land Hank in jail, where he meets world-famous record producer Lew Ashby, who commissions Hank to write his biography.

Office masturbation costs Charlie Runkle his job. Circumstances lead him to go into the porn industry, as he becomes the agent/paternal-figure of a porn star named Daisy, and spends the majority of his and wife Marcy's nest egg financing the artsy porn movie Vaginatown (a take on Chinatown), starring Daisy. Marcy goes into treatment for her cocaine addiction, and Charlie starts an affair with Daisy. Hank proposes to Karen on the night they discover that Hank could be the father of Sonja's child. Karen refuses his proposal, leading him to go back to his old ways and continuing the show's central focus on clandestine sexuality.

Hank moves in with Ashby, who—to Hank's dismay—starts a romance with Mia. Becca finds a boyfriend named Damien. Mia's book is a hit and Ashby holds a party in her honor, where Damien cheats on Becca while Charlie announces he wants to leave Marcy for Daisy. After the party, Hank sees that Ashby's old girlfriend, the one who got away, has finally resurfaced. Hank then heads to Ashby's room, finding him with girls and cocaine. After Hank convinces him to rekindle the relationship, Ashby snorts some of what he believes is cocaine (but is actually heroin he had grabbed from a pile of drugs earlier in the party) and overdoses. This incident is believed to be an homage to Mia Wallace's overdose in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

Hank finishes Ashby's biography. Charlie ends up working at a BMW dealership in the Valley, introducing himself as Chuck Runkle. Sonja's baby arrives; it is biracial, which proves that Hank cannot be the father. Hank and Karen slowly move toward reuniting. Karen is offered a job in New York and Hank is happy to go there with her. But when Damien apologizes to Becca and they reconcile, Hank decides it would be wrong to take Becca out of L.A. and stays there with her while Karen starts her job in New York. The season closes with Karen's plane leaving for New York and Hank and Becca walking on the Venice boardwalk.

Season 3

Season 3 (September 27 – December 13, 2009)[5] began where Season 2 ended. Key elements include Hank becoming a creative writing teacher and the various shenanigans he gets into when let loose on a college campus.

The father/daughter relationship between Hank and Becca becomes decidedly moodier as she progresses through her teenage years. Hank keeps questioning his fatherhood ability as he watches his daughter become more like him than he ever wanted. He also continues to complicate his relationship with Becca's mother, his longtime love Karen, with various relationships with women of all ages. Hank's various relationships include a female student, his teaching assistant and the dean's wife, all of whom fall for Hank.

In the season finale, Hank has recurring nightmares of floating in a pool, drinking heavily while talking to his most recent conquests, who are swimming naked around him; Karen and Becca watch poolside. In reality, Mia returns to Hank's home and invites the family to the media launch of the paperback edition of her book. At the after party, Hank talks to Mia's manager, who is also her new boyfriend, who says he knows of Mia's history with Hank and offers Hank a way out by coming clean to the press about how the novel came about. But as it will affect Karen and Becca, Hank must decline.

When they meet again, the men fight and the manager/boyfriend threatens to call the police. Hank hurries home to Karen and confesses that he slept with Mia when she was 16. Karen breaks down uncontrollably, the argument bursts onto the street, and a police car arrives as Hank is trying to calm Karen. When an officer grabs Hank from behind, Hank belts him and is bundled into the back of the car as Becca runs out to try to stop the police. The final scene shows a dream sequence of Hank in the pool again, drinking out of the bottle. He falls from his seat and drops his drink. The last shot shows Hank sinking while the bottle remains visible.

Season 4

Season 4 (January 9, 2011 – March 27, 2011)[7] filming began on April 19, 2010. Guest stars included Carla Gugino as Hank's lawyer Abby; Zoë Kravitz as Becca's new friend who gets her to join Zoë's band, Queens of Dogtown;[8] Addison Timlin as Sasha Bingham, a movie star; and Rob Lowe as Eddy Nero, a famous actor who wants to play Hank's character in a movie. Zakk Wylde, singer and guitarist for Black Label Society and former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, has a cameo as a guitar-shop employee in episode 2, the title of which, "Suicide Solution", comes from the Ozzy Osbourne song. Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee also has a cameo in the episode "Lights, Camera, Asshole" where he performs his solo version of Mötley Crüe's song Home Sweet Home, on a piano at a bar at the end of the episode. Michael Ealy played a new love interest for Karen in four episodes, and Madeline Zima returned as Mia for four episodes.

The story picks up 72 hours after Hank is arrested at the end of Season 3 and revolves around Hank's thoroughly destroyed life. His secrets have come to light: the world knows that he penned Fucking & Punching, and that he slept with the underage Mia. Karen is disgusted and Becca is disappointed, so Hank goes to live at a hotel. Season 4 follows his new legal troubles, such as his lawyer's attempts to get him acquitted of statutory rape charges, plus the development of a film adaptation of "Fucking & Punching" and his sexual involvement with Sasha and Abby. Other developing storylines include Charlie learning his vasectomy may have been botched, Marcy moving in with a movie producer and learning she is pregnant by Charlie, Becca joining an all-female rock band, and Karen finding a new boyfriend.

On January 11, 2011, the Season 4 Soundtrack was released.[9] Exclusive tracks include Tommy Lee's solo version of "Home Sweet Home" and three rock covers from the show's on-screen band Queens of Dogtown. Other artists on the soundtrack are Shooter Jennings & Hierophant, Eagles of Death Metal, Better Than Ezra, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Monster Magnet vs. Adrian Young, Cracker, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Warren Zevon, and Gregory Alan Isakov.[10] The soundtrack was co-produced by Nora Felder and Budd Carr, the show's music supervisors.[11]

Season 5

The show returned to Showtime for its fifth season in January 2012.[12] Creator Tom Kapinos said that the show needed to take on a completely new direction to stay fresh.[13] The narrative takes place 2 years and 9 months after Season 4, almost at the end of Hank's probation. Hank has since made New York his home, but he returns to Los Angeles for a short, business-related visit. His family issues end up extending it. Karen is married to Professor Bates, 19-year-old Becca is in college and has a new boyfriend, and Marcy is married to Stu Beggs, sharing the custody of her son Stuart with Charlie. Hank meets with rapper-turned-actor Samurai Apocalypse, who wants Hank to write a screenplay for a movie starring Samurai. Hank originally turns down the job, but eventually ends up writing "Santa Monica Cop" because he needs the money. Hank has a hard time working with Samurai, and their strained relationship leads to some unpleasant situations. Hank is disgusted with Hollywood after his book God Hates Us All was adapted into a movie that he hated and is not thrilled with the prospect of working on another movie.

Season 6

Season 6 started on January 13, 2013. Its storyline revolves around Hank's relationship with Faith (played by Maggie Grace), whom he meets in a rehab facility, in parallel with Hank's artistic participation in the music industry. Initially, Hank reluctantly agrees to rehab, not because of a drug dependency, but rather because of depression over his role in ex-girlfriend Carrie's suicide at the end of Season 5. After being dumped by him, Carrie, emotionally devastated, drugs Hank as well as herself, but Hank is the only one who awakes, making him lose control over his alcoholism for feeling deeply guilty. At this point, Hank's family and best friends intervene, sending him to rehab.

Faith is a famous rockstar groupie/muse who is in rehab dealing with the recent death of a rockstar with whom she was involved, ultimately becoming Hank's muse. Faith and Hank seem to be made for each other as they take off in a bus to follow a tour of Atticus Fetch (played by Tim Minchin), a rockstar who recruits Hank to write for him during the season, but in the end Hank is too weak to move on from Karen and even though it appears that their relationship has run its course, he leaves Faith and goes back to see Karen.

Season 7

Production for the seventh season began in 2013.[14][15] In December 2013, Showtime announced that Californication would end its run after the seventh season.[15][16][17] Mary Lynn Rajskub plays a neurotic writer, whom Charlie Runkle takes on as a client. Michael Imperioli plays Rath, a television producer for whom Hank begins to work.

On June 4, 2013, actress Mercedes Masohn announced she will have a guest role as Amy Taylor Walsh, a TV star whose plea for Hank's help ends up putting him in an uncomfortable, compromising position. Amy apparently has ties to a Season 4 character, Sasha Bingham.[18] Roger Howarth plays Karen's yoga teacher.[19]

Oliver Cooper plays Levon, Hank's son from a previous relationship; Heather Graham plays Levon's mother, named Julia. Comedian Jim Florentine plays a pimp, and Rob Lowe reprises his role as movie star Eddie Nero.[20]

Cast and characters

Main characters

Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Henry James "Hank" Moody David Duchovny Main
Karen Van Der Beek Natascha McElhone Main
Rebecca "Becca" Moody Madeleine Martin Main Guest
Charlie Runkle Evan Handler Main
Mia Lewis Madeline Zima Main Guest
Marcy Runkle Pamela Adlon Guest Main
  • Henry James "Hank" Moody (David Duchovny) is an erratic but esteemed writer who frequently becomes embroiled in bizarre, scandalous situations. One reviewer likens Moody's character to that of writer Charles Bukowski.[21] In the fourth season, his daughter, Becca, notes that he behaves like a "poor man's Bukowski". Similarly, in a flashback scene to the night they met, his girlfriend Karen calls him Bukowski. Charles Bukowski's main creation was the semi-biographical, Henry 'Hank' Chinaski, who was also a alcoholic writer struggling in LA.
  • Karen Van Der Beek (Natascha McElhone) is Hank's long-term, on-and-off girlfriend and mother of his daughter. She is an interior designer and an architect.
  • Rebecca "Becca" Moody (Madeleine Martin) is Hank and Karen's daughter. She is 12 years old at the start of Season 1.[22] (Main; Seasons 1-6, Season 7 [episode 11 & 12])
  • Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) is Hank's agent and best friend.
  • Marcy Runkle (Pamela Adlon) is Charlie's wife, later ex-wife, then wife again, with whom she has a son, Stu. (Recurring Season 1; Main Seasons 2-7)
  • Mia Lewis (Madeline Zima) is Bill Lewis' teenage daughter. In the show's pilot, Hank has a one-night stand with her, oblivious to her age and identity. Her pen-name is Mia Cross. (Main; Seasons 1-2; Guest Seasons 3-4)

Recurring characters

  • Bill Lewis (Damian Young) is Karen's ex-fiancé, Mia's father, and Hank's nemesis in season 1. (Seasons 1 & 4)
  • Meredith (Amy Price-Francis) is a friend of Charlie and Marcy, who is introduced to Hank in the show's pilot. She and Hank have a short relationship. (Season 1)
  • Todd Carr (Chris Williams) is the director of A Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the movie adaptation of Hank's novel God Hates Us All. (Seasons 1 & 4)
  • Sonja (Paula Marshall) is a friend of Karen. She has a brief affair with Hank. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Michelle (Surfer Girl) (Michelle Lombardo) is Hank's friend and, on at least two occasions, lover. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Beatrice (Trixie) (Judy Greer) is Hank's prostitute friend. (Seasons 1-2, 4-5)
  • Dani (Rachel Miner) is an ambitious agent who was formerly Charlie's assistant. They had a brief affair. (Seasons 1-2)
  • Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie) is a record producer who comes to Hank with a book deal; to write his biography. The character is believed to be based on the real life producer Rick Rubin and the scenes in Ashby's house were actually filmed in Rubin's house. (Seasons 2, 5-6)
  • Janie Jones (Mädchen Amick) is Lew Ashby's long-lost love. (Season 2)
  • Daisy (Carla Gallo) is a porn star. She is Charlie's client, and later his extramarital lover. (Seasons 2-3)
  • Ronny Praeger (Hal Ozsan) is a porn director and Charlie's business partner in the Vaginatown project. (Season 2)
  • Julian (Angus MacFadyen) is Hank's season 2 nemesis, Sonja's husband and spiritual guru. He is the author of The Artist Within. (Season 2)
  • Damien Patterson (Ezra Miller) is Becca's boyfriend, son of her English teacher, Mrs. Patterson (Season 2).
  • Mrs. Patterson (Justine Bateman) is Damien's mother and Becca's English teacher. She and Hank engage in a brief affair. (Season 2)
  • Stacey Koons (Peter Gallagher) is the Dean of the college where Hank teaches. Hank once teasingly called him Dean Koontz. (Season 3)
  • Felicia Koons (Embeth Davidtz) is the wife of Dean Koons and a teacher at the college. She and Hank engage in a brief affair. (Season 3)
  • Chelsea Koons (Ellen Woglom) is Becca's best friend and the daughter of Hank's bosses, Felicia and Stacey Koons. (Season 3)
  • Richard Bates (Jason Beghe) is Karen's old professor and later husband in season 5. Bates had published Blood Mountain, which Stu Beggs bought the rights to turn into a movie. (Seasons 3, 5-6)
  • Jill Robinson (Diane Farr) is Hank's TA. They engage in a brief affair. (Season 3)
  • Jackie (Eva Amurri) is Hank's student who moonlights as a stripper. They engage in a brief affair. (Season 3)
  • Sue Collini (Kathleen Turner) is Charlie's boss and occasional sex partner. (Season 3)
  • Paul Rider (James Frain) is Mia's manager and boyfriend. (Season 3)
  • Abby Rhodes (Carla Gugino) is Hank's lawyer. Besides business, she and Hank have a short relationship. (Season 4)
  • Stu Beggs (Stephen Tobolowsky) is a movie producer and Marcy's boyfriend and later husband. (Seasons 4-7)
  • Sasha Bingham (Addison Timlin) is an actress scheduled to portray Mia in Hank's upcoming movie. She and Hank engage in a brief affair. (Season 4)
  • Eddie Nero (Rob Lowe) is an actor set to portray Hank in his upcoming movie. (Seasons 4-7)
  • Pearl (Zoë Kravitz) is the vocalist for Queens of Dogtown, the band in which Becca plays guitar. (Season 4)
  • Ben (Michael Ealy) is Pearl's father and Karen's love interest. (Season 4)
  • Carrie (Natalie Zea) is Hank's girlfriend in New York. (Seasons 5-6)
  • Kali (Meagan Good) is a singer and Samurai Apocalypse's former lover. She and Hank meet on a plane flight to Los Angeles and immediately hit it off. Later, they engage in a brief affair. (Season 5)
  • Samurai Apocalypse (RZA) is a rapper-turned-actor, and a business associate of Hank. (Season 5)
  • Tyler (Scott Michael Foster) is Becca's boyfriend, disliked by both Hank and Richard. (Season 5)
  • Lizzie (Camilla Luddington) is the nanny of Marcy's and Charlie's son and she later becomes Charlie's occasional sex partner. (Season 5)
  • Atticus Fetch (Tim Minchin) is a rockstar writing a musical with Hank. The name is a play on Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. (Season 6)
  • Faith (Maggie Grace) is a famous rock-star groupie who makes a serious emotional connection with Hank and seems to be the only woman in Hank's life with the potential to replace Karen in his heart. (Season 6)
  • Ophelia Robins (Maggie Wheeler) is Marcy's man-hating spiritual guide. (Season 6)
  • Krull (Steve Jones) is Atticus Fetch's bodyguard. (Seasons 6-7)
  • Trudy (Alanna Ubach) is the widow of Atticus Fetch's former guitarist with whom Faith was involved up until his death and previous to meeting Hank. Hank and Charlie both engage in brief affairs with her.
  • Levon (Oliver Cooper) is Hank's alleged son from a previous relationship. (Season 7)
  • Rick Rath (Michael Imperioli) is an old-school TV producer and former writer. (Season 7)
  • Julia (Heather Graham) is Hank's ex-girlfriend and Levon's mother. (Season 7)
  • Melanie (Tara Holt) is Rick's assistant and Levon's crush. (Season 7)
  • Goldie (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is Hank's co-worker and Charlie's new client. (Season 7)
  • Amy Taylor Walsh (Mercedes Masöhn) is the female lead in Hank's show. She is also best friends with Sasha Bingham. (Season 7)

Guest stars

  • Amber Heard plays herself, an actress on the set of A Crazy Little Thing Called Love. (Season 1)
  • Pete Wentz has a cameo as a guest at Mia's Party. (Season 2)
  • Rick Springfield plays a depraved version of himself. (Season 3)
  • Peter Fonda plays himself as Sue Collini's first client. (Season 3)
  • Zakk Wylde has a cameo as a Guitar Center employee. (Season 4)
  • Fisher Stevens as Zig Semetauer, a potential investor for the movie adaption of "Fucking & Punching". (Season 4)
  • Tommy Lee has a short cameo as himself. (Season 4)
  • Peter Berg plays himself in one scene, where he ends up fighting with Hank. (Season 5)
  • Drea de Matteo plays a stripper who has sex with Richard, Karen's then-husband. (Season 5)
  • Sebastian Bach has a cameo as the dead rockstar. (Season 6)
  • Marilyn Manson plays himself, a friend of Atticus Fetch. (Season 6)
  • Artie Lange plays himself, AA member. (Season 6)
  • Mädchen Amick plays Janie Jones, a woman Hank tries to interview. (Season 2)

Critical reception

The critical reaction for Californication has been generally favorable, with a rating of 70 on Metacritic.[23] However, American critic Nathan Rabin gave Season 1 an "F" rating on The A.V. Club, calling it "insufferable".[24]

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.[25]

Awards and nominations

American Cinema Editors (ACE)

  • 2007: Best Edited Half-Hour Television Series (for "Hell-A Woman", nominated)

BAFTA Television Awards

  • 2007: Best International (nominated)

Casting Society of America

  • 2007: Outstanding Casting — Television Pilot: Comedy (nominated)
  • 2008: Outstanding Casting — Television Series — Comedy (nominated)

Emmy Awards

  • 2008: Outstanding Casting — Comedy Series (nominated)
  • 2008: Outstanding Cinematography — Half-Hour Series (Peter Levy, for "Pilot", won)
  • 2009: Outstanding Casting — Comedy Series (nominated)
  • 2009: Outstanding Cinematography — Half-Hour Series (Michael Weaver, for "In Utero", won)

Golden Globe Awards

PGA Awards

  • 2010: Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television — Comedy (Kapinos, Duchovny, Fattore, Dyer, Fusaro nominated)

Prism Awards

  • 2009: Comedy Episode (for "The Raw & the Cooked", nominated)

Satellite Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2008: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (Duchovny as Hank Moody, nominated)

Telekamery Tele Tygodnia

  • 2010: Nomination for Best Foreign Television Series [26][27][28]


The Red Hot Chili Peppers filed a lawsuit on November 19, 2007[29] 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".[30] Pointing to Dani California, a character who appears in both the series and three songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (including Californication) as well as confusion when shopping for their album and that of the series soundtrack, the lawsuit asks for unspecified damages, and requests that a new name be found for the show.[30]

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, in an article called The Great Wild Californicated West,[31] 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".[2][32] Canadian art-rock band the Rheostatics released an album called Whale Music in 1992, with a song called "California Dreamline". In this song, the word Californication appears in the phrase "Californication, spooning in the dry sand".[31][33]

Kim Walker, head of intellectual property at Pinsent Masons, states that the band should have registered Californication as a trademark. Instead, the only application for such was filed in April 2007 in the US, by Showtime. The mark has not yet been registered. Walker has also stated:

Successful songs, albums and movies can become brands in themselves. What's really surprising is how few songs and albums are properly protected... The Chili Peppers could almost certainly have registered a trade mark for 'Californication', notwithstanding Time's article. They made the word famous, but it doesn't automatically follow that they can stop its use in a TV show.

If they had registered the title as a trade mark covering entertainment services, I very much doubt we'd have seen a lawsuit. The TV show would have been called something else. As it is, the band faces an uphill struggle.[30]

In the United States, character names and titles of works are only subject to trademark protection, not copyright protection.[34]

According to an article on Hollywood news site The Wrap in 2011, the lawsuit was settled out of court.[35]


The Season 2 (December 14, 2008) finale drew 615,000 viewers, with a combined total of 937,000 for the evening, retaining less than 50% of its lead-in from the season 3 finale of Dexter. Season 3 steadily gained viewership, and the show was quickly picked up for a fourth season by Showtime.[36]


White Famous, 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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Californication may refer to:

Californication (word), an expression that refers to the influx of Californians into various western states in the U.S.

Californication (album), a 1999 album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Californication" (song), the title track and a single from the album

Californication tour, worldwide concert tour following the album release

Californication (TV series), a U.S. television series

David Randall Hertz

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Grace Church School

Grace Church School is a private school whose original building is located at 86 Fourth Avenue between East 10th and East 12th Streets in the East Village neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The school was founded in 1894 by the Grace Church as the first choir boarding school in New York City. The private day school, which much resembles the school today, began in 1934. Grace Church School's High School Division opened in 2012 and is located at 46 Cooper Square. In the 2015-16 school year, the school opened for the first time as a Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade program.In 1947 Grace became a co-educational school and was admitted to the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City. In the following decade the school began to expand its facilities to accommodate a growing student body. From the original 16 choristers, Grace has grown to its current enrollment of more than 725 students drawn from a wide variety of ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds.While the school has continued its close relationship with Grace Church, since 1972 it has been governed by an independent Board of Trustees, and it is a fully accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. Grace Church School is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. In 2006, the School became a legal entity separate from the Church, and now owns the buildings at 84-96 Fourth Avenue, including the historic and landmarked church houses Clergy House, Memorial House and Neighborhood House.The Grace Church School's high school building is located in Cooper Square. It opened in 2011.

Jones Street

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What is now Jones Street predates 1789, and was named for Doctor Gardner Jones. Today's Great Jones Street was named for Samuel Jones, a lawyer who revised New York State's statutes in 1789 together with Richard Varick, and became known as "The Father of The New York Bar", who was also the brother-in-law of Gardner Jones. Jones deeded the site of the street to the city under the condition that any street that ran through the property had to be named for him. However, when the street was first created in 1789, the city already had a "Jones Street," Neither brother-in-law would defer to the other to end the resulting confusion, but Samuel Jones finally ended the argument by suggesting "Then make mine 'Great Jones Street'". An alternative theory has the street name prefixed with "Great" as being the wider of the two Jones Streets.

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List of Californication episodes

Californication is a television series starring David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a famous writer trying to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for sex.

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Paul Rae

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Subatomic Sound System

Founded in 1999 by Emch and Noah Shachtman, Subatomic Sound System brought together musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists from a variety of backgrounds and traditions primarily based in New York City and Brooklyn to form a record label and collective that built on a combination of new music technology and traditional instruments to produce music across a variety of genres, often combining genres, in an effort to adapt 1970s’ Jamaican sound system culture and dub studio techniques to current music genres and forms of live performance. In fall 2008, Subatomic Sound System garnered international attention for a limited edition vinyl 12" featuring their collaboration with Vienna's Dubblestandart and dub inventor Lee "Scratch" Perry, releasing the first songs from Perry in the dubstep genre, one of the first recorded examples of a tangible connection between the popular UK based electronic genre that emerged in the begin of the first decade of the 21st century and the Jamaican dub from the 1970s where dubstep's origins were rooted and which had been primarily originated by Perry himself. Beginning in 2008, Subatomic Sound System started hosting weekly radio shows on 91.5fm, Radio New York and webcast on Brooklyn Radio. In 2011 Subatomic Sound System began performing as Lee "Scratch" Perry's backing band with a hybrid of electronics and live instruments. In 2013 they performed together at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and afterwords became Perry's exclusive touring band in North America. In 2017, Subatomic Sound System released their first full length album with Perry entitled 'Super Ape Returns To Conquer' which debuted #5 on the Billboard Magazine reggae chart and #2 on iTunes USA reggae album chart and reached #1 on North America World music NACC charts.

TV6 (Estonia)

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The channel's programming has been primarily geared towards men, and features a selection of cartoons, TV series and movies from comedy, reality, action-adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

Local programming typically features one local soap opera, one local reality television show, and a bevy of local sports shows and live sports transmissions.

Television shows broadcast on the channel are mostly U.S.-based, and current fare includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, Fresh Off the Boat, The Big Bang Theory, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., New Girl, and Last Man on Earth.

The Runaway Soul

The Runaway Soul, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1991, first edition ISBN 978-0-374-25286-1, Library of Congress catalog card number 91-75885, is the long-awaited first novel by Harold Brodkey. It represents either part or all of the work that Brodkey labored over for more than a quarter century, and which had originally been announced as A Party of Animals.

The plot of the novel concerns Brodkey's autobiographical character, Wiley Silenowicz, whose fate closely parallels the author's own childhood in St. Louis in the 1930s. Stylistically, the novel attempts to render sensation into language, following the style of Brodkey's celebrated New Yorker stories. In terms of material, much of The Runaway Soul was drawn from Brodkey's second collection of short stories, Stories in an Almost Classical Mode, which in turn was made of Brodkey's entire story output during the period 1963 to 1988.

The reviews of The Runaway Soul were mixed, and some quite negative. Time magazine's review on publication was lukewarm at best, ending with the observation, "[O]ne of the earliest [chapter headings] says volumes about the volume to follow. It is titled 'The Masturbation'." Newsweek's reviewer, while also damning it with faint praise, ended the review by stating. "The Runaway Soul is absolutely the last book you want to say this about, but it could have used a rewrite." In The New Criterion, Bruce Bawer called the book "one of the literary fiascos of all time." It did, however, receive a long, favorable review by D.M. Thomas.

Venice, Los Angeles

Venice is a residential, commercial, and recreational beachfront neighborhood within Los Angeles, California. It is located within the urban region of western Los Angeles County known as the Westside.

Venice was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile (4.0 km) pedestrian promenade that features performers, mystics, artists and vendors. In the later half of the 2010s, the neighborhood has faced severe gentrification raising real-estate prices and thereby pushing out long-term inhabitants.

What we've got here is failure to communicate

The phrase "What we've got here is failure to communicate" is a quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, spoken in the movie first by Strother Martin (as the Captain, a prison warden) and, later, paraphrased by Paul Newman (as Luke, a stubborn prisoner).

The context of the first delivery of the line is:

Captain: You gonna get used to wearing them chains after a while, Luke. Don't you never stop listening to them clinking, 'cause they gonna remind you what I been saying for your own good.

Luke: (sarcastically) I wish you'd stop being so good to me, Cap'n.

Captain: Don't you ever talk that way to me. (pause, then hitting him) NEVER! NEVER! (Luke rolls down hill; to other prisoners)

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.The Captain's line is often misquoted as "What we have here is a failure to communicate". This is actually a quote by Zero Mostel in the 1969 comedy movie The Great Bank Robbery.

Towards the end of the movie, Luke persists in his rebellious nature and takes a stab at freedom – stealing a dump truck and taking flight. After his dramatic escape from the Florida chain gang prison, Luke abandons the truck and enters a church, only to be surrounded by police moments later. Knowing that he is caught, he walks to a window facing the police and mocks the Captain by repeating the first part of his speech ("What we got here is a failure to communicate."). He is immediately shot in the neck by Boss Godfrey.

The phrase ranks at number 11 on the American Film Institute list, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes.

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