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TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
Californication TV Poster Image
Duchovny comedy could be called Sex Files.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The main character is cynical and promiscious but has a good heart.


Some fistfights and wrestling; some consensual sexual violence.


Graphic sex, full female nudity, partial male nudity, explicit discussions about sex acts and sexual parts. Some discussion of teen sexuality. The main character sleeps with a teenager he assumed was of age.


Everything -- from "f--k" to "slut" -- is uncensored and frequent.


The show depicts lavish lifestyles.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking and smoking. Some brief scenes of teen drug use (a bong is shown, as well as a line of a powdered drug).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main character of this mature pay-cable comedy smokes cigarettes, acts hungover, receives oral sex from a nun (inside a church), curses prolifically, talks in detail about oral sex, and appears in bed with a topless woman whose husband comes home and chases him out of the house -- and that's just in the first few minutes of the pilot episode! The rest of the series follows much the same course, with lots of graphic sex, nudity (full female, partial male), uncensored swearing (including "f--k"), drinking, smoking, and drug use (some, briefly, by teens). The main character (an adult) also has sex with a teenager who he assumed was an adult.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybutik_cantik December 31, 2009

Low Moral Soft Porn Tv Series! Not Good For Children!

Californication is SOFT PORN LOW MORAL tv series! Only for Adult! Do not let your young children/Teen to watch! Characters living in Very Very LOW MORAL Situati... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviechick123 December 26, 2011

One of my favorite tv shows.

Though it is one of my favorites, most definitely not for children. There are very graphic sexual scenes in this show. Could be comparable to soft core porn, de... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byirishlade45 December 14, 2010

Great TV show

I love this show, it made laugh at some of the rediculous, over the top, situtations he gets himself into. To me, it reseembles the life of an icon who gets him... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMetropolisforever December 8, 2009

"Edgy" Cable Trash; Don't Bother

This ridiculous sex comedy follows a loud, obnoxious, horny weasel who spends his time seducing college kids and then dumping them, getting into fights, smoking... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is a talented, successful writer in the midst of a personal crisis. His best-selling book has been turned into a Hollywood romantic comedy, hitting his sense of dignity in the gut. His ex, Karen (Natascha McElhone), is about to marry another guy, while his 12-year-old daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin), is beginning to experiment with sexuality and parties. To deal with his writer's block and emotional struggles, Hank drinks and beds everything he can find -- and yet somehow remains likeable.

Is it any good?

Duchovny turns in a fabulously wry, cynical performance as Hank, a Los Angeles-based writer with a particularly active sex life, in this adults-only pay-cable series that packs brilliant humor, wild sex, and poignant moments into each half-hour episode. Along with the show's graphic sex scenes -- which feature full female and partial male nudity -- expect hilarious conversations between Hank and Karen, Hank and Becca, and Hank and his agent that bristle with brilliance.

Adults who are heading toward or in the midst of a midlife crisis will surely identify with Hank, even if he's cooler (and more messed up) than any normal viewer will ever be. Though teens might enjoy the witty repartee between Hank and his cohorts -- as well as the show's depictions of the wild lifestyle of a successful Hollywood player -- Californication's graphic sex (not to mention uncensored language, smoking, drinking, and drug use) will likely have parents saving this one for after kids of all ages are in bed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how sex tends to be portrayed in the media. Do you think many real people are as sexually active as many movie and TV show characters? Do you consider these characters promiscuous? What are the consequences of sexual habits like Hank's? Though Hank says he's unhappy, he seems like he's having lots of fun having sex with multiple partners -- what do you think of that conflicting idea? Is there a "right" age to start having sex?

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