The Best Episodes of Californication

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2019

David Duchovny returns to TV with his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of author Hank Moody in the critically-acclaimed Showtime hit Californication. Author Hank Moody's life is spinning gloriously out of control as he juggles his sex and drug addictions while raising a daughter and trying to win back the love of his life in this edgy new series.

The Last Waltz

#1 - The Last Waltz

Season 1 - Episode 12

As Karen's wedding to Bill nears, Hank struggles with accepting what appears to be inevitable. Bill informs Mia that he will not allow her book to be published and Hank has a unique solution to dealing with Becca's surprise visitor.

star 8.36
627 votes
Writers: Gina Fattore, Eric Weinberg, Tom Kapinos
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The Apartment

#2 - The Apartment

Season 3 - Episode 8

Hank's in for a hedonistic night to remember when Jackie and two stripper friends arrive at his doorstep, unannounced. The next morning, before Hank can escort his new friends from the apartment, Charlie shows up with a verbally abusive Rick Springfield. Hank’s forced to hide the hung-over party girls all over the house after Jill and Felicia pay surprise visits. The charade reaches its boiling point when Dean Koons arrives on the scene, resulting in a messy catharsis by fire.

star 8.35
663 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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...And Justice for All

#3 - ...And Justice for All

Season 4 - Episode 12

As Hank awaits sentencing, the lines between his real life and the movie based on his life blur as the film's star hits on his ex-wife and he feels stirrings of passion for the actress hired to play Karen.

star 8.34
691 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be

#4 - Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be

Season 5 - Episode 12

Hank discovers the bartender at a local watering hole is his late friend Lew Ashby and wonders if he's in Hell. Richard makes a startling announcement about Hank and Karen. Hank tries to make things right with Becca, but her news about Tyler leaves him stunned. On the set of "Santa Monica Cop," Sam's jealousy and fondness for firearms give Charlie an opportunity to show how much he loves his best friend and number-one client; Hank's arsonist ex-girlfriend surprises him with a way for them to be together forever.

star 8.25
721 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Exile on Main St.

#5 - Exile on Main St.

Season 4 - Episode 1

Just as Hank is released from a 72 hour jail period for assault he is picked up by Charlie and dragged off to show the recent events of F&P with Mia becoming public and dropped into a meeting with a young actress that wants to capitalize on the publicity, and make a movie out of F&P. whom which he later re-enacts F&P in her hotel room. The episode ends with Hank hearing from his lawyer that the assault charges have been dropped and he is then arrested for statutory rape.

star 8.15
707 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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La Petite Mort

#6 - La Petite Mort

Season 2 - Episode 12

Hank completes his biography of Ashby. Charlie is reduced to working at a car dealership. Sonja gives birth. Karen accepts a job offer back home in New York, forcing Hank and Becca to make painful choices.

star 8.14
550 votes
Directors: Bart Freundlich
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Pilot

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

We meet 30ish year old Hank Moody in a church asking God to help him get his life back on track. He is then distracted by a hot nun. Moody also has to interact with ex-wife Karen who might still love him. With her, they share the custody of their 12 year old daughter Becca who is wise beyond her years but is starting to have a sex life, which freaks out both of her parents.

star 8.13
1,237 votes
Directors: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Grace

#8 - Grace

Season 7 - Episode 12

Hank makes a life-altering decision. Series finale.

star 8.11
1,223 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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The Devil's Threesome

#9 - The Devil's Threesome

Season 1 - Episode 10

A new threesome including Hank and Charlie evolves from a meeting at the gym, while Karen and Marcy have a girl's night out at which they decide to surprise Hank and Charlie.

star 8.10
695 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Perverts & Whores

#10 - Perverts & Whores

Season 5 - Episode 10

Minus one agent and best friend, Hank crashes with his two favorite ladies, Karen and Becca. Looking for new representation, he meets with Hollywood power agent Larry Levine, who quickly sets a meeting with world-class filmmaker and Hank Moody idol Lars Manderhoff. It may be a match made in heaven when Lars surprises Hank with one of his favorite working girls, Trixie (guest star Judy Greer). Distraught over his personal losses, Charlie seeks comfort from Marcy while Lizzie enjoys her big break, a part in "Santa Monica Cop" courtesy of Stu.

star 8.10
704 votes
Directors: Bart Freundlich
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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In the Clouds

#11 - In the Clouds

Season 6 - Episode 6

Karen asks Hank to intervene with Becca. Later, the boys board Air Force 69 with Atticus Fetch to fly to NYC to present the songs for the Broadway adaptation of "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Charlie faces a serious case of aerophobia. Atticus is surprised by Faith, while his wife surprises Hank.

star 8.09
792 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Monkey Business

#12 - Monkey Business

Season 4 - Episode 4

Hank Moody is notified by his attorney Abby that he will be going to trial for statutory rape. But not before Hank hands the completed F&P script to Charlie, who promptly drags him to a meeting with the Director, producer Stu Beggs and eccentric financier Zig Samitaur, setting off a chain of events that leads to Hank and Charlie having to explain why there’s a dead billionaire in the bathroom.

star 8.09
665 votes
Directors: Bart Freundlich
Writers: Gabe Roth, Matt Patterson
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Here I Go Again

#13 - Here I Go Again

Season 5 - Episode 7

Hank saves Karen from embarrassment with a drunk Richard, then covers for Richard by pretending to be dating a stripper named Holly, who takes a liking to Tyler and offends his girlfriend, Becca. Meanwhile, when she's fired after an inappropriate encounter with Stu, nanny Lizzie calls on Charlie and allows their relationship to progress, only to have Marcy beg for her return.

star 8.06
733 votes
Directors: Michael Weaver
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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JFK to LAX

#14 - JFK to LAX

Season 5 - Episode 1

A few years have passed and Hank is living in New York but looking for a ticket out of town after his latest breakup. He accepts an invitation from Charlie to come to Los Angeles for a job writing a film starring rapper/actor Samurai Apolcaypse, then reunites with Karen, her former professor and now-husband Richard, and his daughter Becca, who now has a boyfriend named Tyler that is the spitting image of Hank himself ... in the worst possible way.

star 8.06
775 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Filthy Lucre

#15 - Filthy Lucre

Season 1 - Episode 9

After the funeral of Hank's father Al, Hank comes back to L.A. with a new manuscript, that he wants Karen to read. After receiving a bonus paycheck, he buys a new car for himself and a new guitar for Becca.

star 8.04
697 votes
Directors: Scott Burns
Writers: Ildy Modrovich
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The Raw and the Cooked

#16 - The Raw and the Cooked

Season 2 - Episode 4

Hank proposes to Karen right before a dinner party, to which Mia, Charlie, Marcy, Lew Ashby, Sonja and Julian are invited. Drugs and special circumstances turn the evening in an unexpected direction.

star 8.03
614 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Waiting for the Miracle

#17 - Waiting for the Miracle

Season 5 - Episode 4

Hank receives an unwelcome surprise in the form of Carrie, ex-girlfriend and arsonist that he's forced to invite along when Karen and Becca show up to invite him to a dinner party. Stu, Marcy and Bates' talk of sexual proclivities leaves the Moodys searching for the nearest exit, but the party gets even more out of control when Carrie has a realization about Hank. Meanwhile, Charlie goes on a blind date with Mary, a "nice girl" who's more than a little inexperienced.

star 8.01
733 votes
Directors: Bart Freundlich
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Fear and Loathing at the Fundraiser

#18 - Fear and Loathing at the Fundraiser

Season 1 - Episode 4

Meredith convinces Hank to escort her to an environmental fundraiser. Coincidentally Bill and Karen are at the same event, where Karen makes a scene. Also, Hank runs into Dani and Charlie while they are in his office.

star 8.00
810 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Daisy Gardner
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Mad Dogs & Englishmen

#19 - Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Season 6 - Episode 9

Atticus throws a party. Faith provides the girls, The Dealer provides the recreation and Hank's old friend provides the entertainment. Hank gets a taste of his own medicine with Karen. Atticus tries to recreate rock and roll folklore with one of his biggest fans while Charlie reunites with The Widow.

star 7.97
878 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

#20 - Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Season 1 - Episode 6

Hank spends the night with a sexy surfer girl and in return she robs him. Mia wants more of Hank's writing to pass her class, instead he offers her to help her with her own writing. Charlie wants to spice up the sex life with his wife, but she is not as fond of spanking as Dani is.

star 7.97
734 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Eric Weinberg, Tom Kapinos
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Turn the Page

#21 - Turn the Page

Season 1 - Episode 11

Charlie and Dani represent Mia after she wrote a book that seems to have come out of Hank's feather. Becca decides to move out of Bill and Karen's home to live with her dad Hank.

star 7.97
640 votes
Writers: Gina Fattore, Eric Weinberg
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Lawyers, Guns and Money

#22 - Lawyers, Guns and Money

Season 4 - Episode 6

A sensational photo derails Hank's case and threatens to destroy his movie project until his sincere love for Becca rescues his career, while Karen resuscitates her ex-husband's relationship with his beautiful lawyer.

star 7.97
654 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Vanessa Reisen
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Suicide Solution

#23 - Suicide Solution

Season 4 - Episode 2

Hank is told he faces 3 years in prison because the DA wants to make an example of him. There are signs Marcy is pregnant. Hank tries to fix things with Becca. The episode ends as Hank high on drugs and liquor writes a letter to Becca and then passes out.

star 7.96
681 votes
Directors: David Duchovny
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Lights. Camera. Asshole

#24 - Lights. Camera. Asshole

Season 4 - Episode 8

Hank takes a gig rewriting dialogue on a zombie sequel but threatens his job when he hooks up with a sexy woman with close ties to the film's female lead; Marcy tells Stu she's pregnant but not that the baby may be Charlie's.

star 7.95
638 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Love Song

#25 - Love Song

Season 5 - Episode 6

When Samurai Apocalypse hits a lyrical roadblock with his protege, he calls on the best writer he knows: Hank Moody, who unites with Kali to imbibe, bear his soul, and write a song that takes Hank back in time to an era when he, Karen and Charlie were happier and life was simpler before "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love." But the present comes roaring back when Karen shows up at Hank's door, worried that she made a mistake.

star 7.95
720 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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