Showtime Is Done With Californication: Season 7 Will Be the Series' Last

No pills, pumps, or tiger penises will be able to keep Showtime's Californication going after its seventh season, as the network has announced that the upcoming run of the David Duchovny romp-com will be the series' last. Californication is currently Showtime's longest-running scripted series.

Whether you see this as a chance for the show to end on its own terms or as a cancellation is up to you. However, the former seems to be the case, because Showtime says that the story arcs for Hank Moody, Karen, Becca, Charlie, and Marcy will all receive fitting endings, implying that everyone working behind the scenes knew that Season 7 would be the end.

The final season will run for 12 episodes and premiere in April 2014, with Hank working as a writer on the TV series based on his never-produced film Santa Monica Cop. Keep an eye out for appearances from guest-stars like Michael Imperioli, Heather Graham, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Stephen Tobolowsky, Rob Lowe, and Brandon T. Jackson. How many of them do you think will get naked besides Tobolowsky?

And now, for no other reason than "Why not?," here's how I'd rank David Duchovny's television work that I'm familiar with:

5. Californication

4. Red Shoe Diaries

3. Twin Peaks

2. The X-Files

1. The Larry Sanders Show

Discuss!


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Jan 08, 2014
DD is awesome. Though even I am probably too young to remember the Larry Sanders Show and that DD was a presenter on RSDiaries, so you can just as well add his movies to this list then still DD will always be Mulder as an actor and Moody in real life. Or is that a daydream ;-).
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Dec 10, 2013
your list order is blasphemy ( I'm assuming you're talking about his part in the shows). X-Files is #1 hands down. Number 2 is more difficult. Whille he was good in Twin Peaks, it was not his show and he wasn't the best actor on that particular show ( Kyle MacLachlan by far, who David Lynch knows how to get the best out of him), so it will have to be Californication followed by Twin Peaks. The rest are only fillers for a top five list. The Larry Sanders show if you need a small laugh and the Red Shoe Diaries if you can't find anything else to spank the monkey to.
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Dec 10, 2013
Oh my God, I really need to catch up with Dexter and watch the finale, I'm sick of people using it as a synonym for rubbish I'm bound to hit more spoilers before long.
Anyway, I'll be sad to see the end of Californication but hopefully last seasons improved quality (compared to Season 5) will follow through to give us a fantastic ending (where no body dies).
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Dec 10, 2013
Aww man. I've actually been entertained by every season. Haven't seen season 6 yet, but I'm very much looking forward to it. Glad this show is ending on its own terms. X-files will always be Duchovny's best work to me, but I loved him as Hank Moody.
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Dec 10, 2013
i've seen them all, it was entertaing for the first 4/5 seasons, it's really lost it's charm, especially last season, same old hank moody silliness....all the characters have become pretty stale
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Dec 10, 2013
I think it's time for the show to end. I love it, but it is indeed repetitive, as other posters have noticed. That it will meet a fitting end is good news enough for me.

As for show rankings, I definitely think this is Duchovny's best work, but I would put X-files above Red Shoe Diaries (believe it or not, I've never watched Twin Peaks, though I love Lynch).
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Dec 10, 2013
I watched the first 3 or 4 seasons and then gave up on it when things became a bit repetitive: Hank fucks someone he shouldn't, Hank gets in trouble with his family, Hank manages to be forgiven - rinse and repeat ad nauseum. DD was a great Hank Moody but he'll always be Mulder to me. *dreamy sigh*

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Dec 10, 2013
The first season of Californication was one of the best things on tv and i loved it. Along the way the show became a caricature of itself, which is kinda sad. Anyway i am happy they get a chance to end on their own terms. So long, Hank.
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Dec 10, 2013
It's illegal not to put Twin Peaks at the top of any list.

And I've long since stopped caring about whether Californication was still on the air. Who cares about it going out on its own terms when its own terms have sucked for a long time.
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Dec 10, 2013
I think it's time. For me personally the series hasn't been the greatest since Season 3, the last couple of season really have just become a repetitive blur, he worked with a film studio to adapt his book, he worked with a rapper, he worked with a rock star. There were many drug and sex-fuelled antics, many famous guest stars and all the while Hank and Karen got back together and broke up fifty-billion times. I'll be sad to see it go, but this gives the series the chance to wrap everything up and end on a high note. It was fun while it lasted.
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Dec 10, 2013
A final season of 12 episodes is pretty good for a pay channel. Hopefully, Showtime will let the writers give the characters the ending they deserve, and not do a 'Dexter'.

I never watched the Larry Sanders show. The Red Shoe Diaries were never that impressive. Twin Peaks had some interesting moments. Hank Moody had a few memorable moments. But for me Duchovny is always going to be Fox Mulder from The X Files.
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Dec 10, 2013
Hopefully, Showtime will let the writers give the characters the ending they deserve, and not do a 'Dexter'.

Hah. This is the same channel that made a competent, intelligent, independent professional woman sit in a house with 3 hundred pee sticks in a drawer.
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Dec 11, 2013
The character may be intelligent, independent, and somewhat competent; but she is someone who has been medicated for mental illness even before the stint in the psych ward that she cooked up with Saul.

So, gross factor aside, that bit of the pee sticks in the drawer is actually appropriate for the character.
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Dec 10, 2013
This show is like sex you wish you never had but, each time you revisit it it puts a smile on your face.
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Dec 10, 2013
This is kind of crappy news. I really enjoyed last season.
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Dec 10, 2013
Might be just as well, it was turning into something that just where there during the springs. Almost more of a guilty pleasure! The later seasons isn't even in the same league than the first two. The humor is childish, the characters are exaggerated and overused versions of what people thought was funny in the earlier seasons, the overall writing is weird and pacing is totally fucked up! I still enjoy to watch it though, and my life will be a little empty without it.
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Dec 10, 2013
In my opinion
1. X-Files
2. Californication
3. The rest I've not watched the others.
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Dec 10, 2013
Shows gotta know when to end, are you listening How I met your mom, etc.!
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Dec 10, 2013
Praise be!

DD was in Larry Sanders? Wow. Twin Peaks was too creepy, couldn't take it, all I remember is the blood on the donuts and the magpie/crow/some kind of bird.

Like all other HBO and Showtime shows, Californication went off the rails a LONG time ago, I'll come back for the end. Hope they do to him what they did to Bill in Big Love.

X-Files, number one, no contest.
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Dec 10, 2013
5. Red Shoe Diaries
4. The Larry Sanders Show
3. Twin Peaks
2. Californication
1. The X-Files
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Dec 10, 2013
Good choice. It's one of my favorite series but I'm ready for an ending.
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Dec 09, 2013
I was a big fan of the X Files and David was great as agent Mulder who brought a little geeky sense of humor for a dark/horror show. #2 Californication #3 Red Shoes, but he only read stories about other peoples sex lives so it really wasn't much there. #4 Larry Sanders and #5 Twin Peaks.
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Dec 09, 2013
SPOILER ALERT: in the final episode Karen dies and Hank becomes a Lumberjack
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Dec 10, 2013
I wouldn't be adverse to Karen dying, hell, I'll support the idea. And I suppose Hank can do whatever the hell he wants after that, so why not a lumberjack?
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Dec 10, 2013
Still a better finale than Dexter's.
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Dec 09, 2013
Oh dear, I think I'm going to miss Californication.
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Dec 09, 2013
First two, maybe three seasons were pretty funny. They should've stopped after. Although it's late, this is for once a good decision by Showtime.
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Dec 09, 2013
Agreed, the first 2-3 seasons were great but it has become a real chore to watch now. They have recycled the plot so many times that it makes you wonder why Duchovny was so keen on continuing the series for this long.
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Dec 10, 2013
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Dec 09, 2013
I'm not sure if that says you LOVE David Duchovny, or really don't like Californication. It's vulgar at times, but I really think was brilliant, despite a couple of seasons in the middle there when the quality dipped. I'd have it above Twin Peaks just based on how little he was on that show. Probably the same with Larry Sanders too. Personally I'm not a gigantic fan of the X-Files (I didn't watch as it ran the first time, and found it far too dated to get into on netflix) so my own personal list is Red Shoe, Californication, X-Files, Larry Sanders, Twin Peaks. But if someone argued X-Files at the top I would concede the point and move everyone down one.


Also, Heather Graham will totally get naked too.
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Dec 10, 2013
That's interesting. My son is currently binge watching X Files on Netflix, and he says the shows have really held up. The only way he can tell they are dated is the fashions.
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Dec 10, 2013
I meant more from the production values, or just stylistically the way tv was produced in the 90's compared to now more than story. But who knows, maybe it's just my taste.
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Dec 09, 2013
Really, Tim? Red Shoes is only number 4? Suuuuuuure.
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