Californication

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Aug 13, 2007 on Showtime
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  • about the episode

    10
    It got great cinematography.
  • What a pilot!

    9.0
    Hank became a favourite of mine in just the first ten minutes, and he does a great job of maintaining that for me the rest of the episode. His sense of humour is almost like James Bond, except he's a bit more of a prick instead of a gentlemen, but the results are the same; consistently creating laugh out loud smart remarks in between having sex with the next random stranger. Not only has this episode successfully made you laugh on several occasions, but it also presented us a super clear picture of the character of Hank and the life he lives. In addition the story was pretty cleverly set up; this whole talk about his story being turned into a movie was the movie that he watched near the beginning. And the random 16 year old he banged is actually the daughter of the husband of his ex wife. Absolutely brilliant writing and a cast of characters that are already lovable, if there is one way to kick off a TV series, this is the way to do it.
  • Sex and the City... from a male point of view

    10
    I have not been able to watch this episode till the very end, but I will do it soon, for I recorded it :). First thing: I was concearned it would be a male version of Sex and the City... and somehow Hank is a male version of Carry Bradshaw... but you can really see how much this male Carry, his choices, his live is very diffrent from the female version. For me as a male this is much more apealling. Love the humor, the sarcazm, the sexizm and of cours the nudity!!! There are quite some hot chicks undressing here... but the humor is way better than that... the first scene in the church... heavy... very heavy... but a great laugh! And it was not the end... a father wishing for his daughter to be lesbian, becouse he knows what kind of jerk men can be... there are religious, sex-related and many other jokes... and they are not light! Its almost as if someone took the humor of South Park... and made it mature! If they keep this level, its going to be something very special... for males... and females (if they wish to really know whats happening in our male heads, and believe me... I am far away from beeing Hank... but there is a Hank in all of us ;) )!
    All thumbs up for this one from someone with hope!
  • Californication

    9.0
    A one-night-stand causes Hank Moody to be late in meeting twelve-year-old daughter Becca at home, much to the disgust of ex-girlfriend Karen. Then, A romp with a hot bookstore shopper will upend Hank's life in ways he could never imagine. After Becca sneaks out to a party, Hank and Karen go in search of their daughter. Later, Hank and Karen have a heart-to-heart where he admits he wants her back, but she reveals she's engaged and moving on. I really enjoyed watching the pilot episode of this show and i will be tuning in next week to see what happens to Hank.
    This was a funny episode and was very entertianing.
  • I loved it immediately.

    9.3
    This episode has it all, drama, comedy, love, sex.

    I wanted to see the pilot because of David Duchovny (I'm an X-files fan) and it was even way better than I expected. I almost killed myself by watching it, it was so funny. Hank is a character where you can feel sorry for, his life just fell apart and he's lost.

    I have to say that David Duchovny looked good and was kind of hot, no wonder he got the role of Hank and he plays it really good.

    I'm definatly going to watch the next episodes. This is a show that could make it here in Belgium.
  • Review

    10
    I just missed the episode on tv so I watched it on the internet just now. I was very impressed. I am definatley tuning in next week. The last thing i saw David Duchovny in was The X Files and to see him go from that to this is an amazing transformation. I loved watching every minute of it and was upset that it ended. I found it hilarious and entertaining. I think at one point i needed to go to the bathroom but i was so intrigued by what I saw that i felt i had to wait until the end. It gets a 10 out of 10 from me.
  • The history is strong to a start, but if you want to know more you must keep watching it in order to discover the main theme...

    7.0
    Is a good pilot episode... but there is a lack of personality on the main character, maybe the blind spots of this episode was covered by the sex scenes, in order to keep the watcher waiting for more, the show could improve... from a personal point of view there is more drama than comedy, the remembering part was so strong, but it could resume this episode in only a few minutes with vauable perspective, in some scenes is hard to know if I want to see more episodes that this first one or even to experience more of this, maybe this is a two seasons serie... then finale
  • Enjoyed watching it and found it very funny...

    9.0
    A one-night-stand causes Hank Moody to be late in meeting twelve-year-old daughter Becca at home, much to the disgust of ex-girlfriend Karen. Then, A romp with a hot bookstore shopper will upend Hank's life in ways he could never imagine. After Becca sneaks out to a party, Hank and Karen go in search of their daughter. Later, Hank and Karen have a heart-to-heart where he admits he wants her back, but she reveals she's engaged and moving on. I really enjoyed watching the pilot episode of this show and i will be tuning in next week to see what happens to Hank.
    This was a funny episode and was very entertianing.
  • Quite surprised.

    9.7
    This episode really surprised me. Loved the start when he is in church, together with the super hot nun. This show is like something I've never seen before. It's so original and new. It was very raw and lifelike. It's good to finally see David in a new successful role. I thought it was very funny when he is interacting with his daughter. She's so grown up and "cool". But what other series do you see this, and also him hooking up with many other chicks, even his daughters step-sister, or something like that. This was a thrilling pilot and I'm waiting for more!
  • 30ish year old Hank Moody in a church asking Jesus to help him get his life back on track. Sex-addicted Hank sleeps with many women Moody also has to interact with ex-girlfriend Karen.They share the custody of their 12-year-old daughter Becca

    9.3
    I must say that it was really great to see an American Comedy that got my Husbands mouth dropping. I thought Sex in the City was slick, but this was brillaint. The sex scenes were tastefully done. Abet slightly explicit. Hell no, its great to see David Duchovny play more comedy and He does look good.The women He "F***s" are gorgeous and although I do admire Karen for her loyality to new boyfriend, I think she should just go with the flow and jump into bed with Hank. I write this after seeing the next three programmes and must say I'm hooked.
  • Wow and hot

    10
    I just missed the episode on tv so I watched it on the internet just now. I was very impressed. I am definatley tuning in next week. The last thing i saw David Duchovny in was The X Files and to see him go from that to this is an amazing transformation. I loved watching every minute of it and was upset that it ended. I found it hilarious and entertaining. I think at one point i needed to go to the bathroom but i was so intrigued by what I saw that i felt i had to wait until the end. It gets a 10 out of 10 from me.
  • Very interesting. Extremely funny. Insanely hot.

    10
    I was hesitant in watching the first episode, given the nature behind it of being a "Primetime Porno." However, within minutes I was pleasantly surprised, and hooked. While on the surface "Californication" is about a man addicted to sex, it is more about a man coming to terms with his problems, and using sex as an outlet to deal with said problems (as one might use alcohol). The premise is interesting, and the dialog is snappy and quick. To be honest, my favorite part of the entire episode is when Hank one-hit-writer-wonder sits down at his computer and sums up everything in one simply and perfectly emphasized word: F***

    The perfection behind that word, and all the underlying meanings (and it has to do with more than just sex) is a testament to the writers. I must commend whoever wrote this episode for using a swear word in such a meaningful and intelligent way.

    Altogether, Showtime did it again. "Californication" is pure brilliance.
  • Great start!

    8.5
    I thought this was the perfect pilot episode! We first meet Hank Moody, a man in his 30's in a church asking God for help with getting his life on track,getting distracted by a "hot" nun we learn it is all a dream very reprisentitive of his lifestyle. Sex-addicted Hank sleeps with lots women.
    The first of many we meet is a woman cheating on her angry muscular husband. After driving away with a large dent in the front of his car, we meet Hank's 12 year old daughter Becca, and ex-girlfriend Karen. Becca is wise beond her years and is begining to have a sex life-which is scaring her parents.Next we veiw Hank's home, where we meet another in the long line of women he sleeps with. Then we see Hank in a book store. He meets-and sleeps with-Mia,a beutiful student he believes is in college.Little does he know she is only 16!

    With some touching moments and lots of humor Californication is sure to be another hit for Showtime.
  • Is that the little girl from the Nanny!!!

    9.8
    O.M.G Yes it was and when I realised it made me feel like I no longer believed in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny!

    This show is quite frankly the most refreshing and funny thing on TV at the moment.

    I really hope they can sustain the level of hilarity of the pilot. It was just packed with laughs and tremendous writing, well done guys!

    David Duchovny is great and finds that great balance between loving family man and man whore. It doesn't hurt that he's damn sexy, I've always thought so ever since that scene in the x-files when he was getting out of the pool in his red budgie smugglers.

    This show is an instant hit with me!
  • "Naughty!"

    9.0
    I must say I only watched this show because I'm a huge X-Files fan. Nevertheless, I didn't know what to expect of it. Of course, I know the quality of other Showtime productions and I had read the plotline of the show, but even so I wasn't fully prepared to what I saw. The freedom Showtime possess in producing shows with non-censured dialogues thanks to the fact it's a cable channel really got me going once more adding credibility to the characters in a way I like a lot. The problem of the main characters also is very believable: how can you show your daughter how to play it right when you can't? I must be sincere, however. I thought it a very good episode, but some edges could be cut loose. All in all, promising, but I still don't know if I will become a fan of the show.

    Stay tuned!
  • Well, this is going to offend everyone

    9.0
    This episode sets its card on the table right from the start. Sacrilege, sex, drug references, infidelity...it's all here.

    This is dark humour as we focus on the exploits of our hero, Hank. It's not correct ot call him an anti hero as he's far too appealing. Take the classic driving shot as he pulls away from the husband who's just found him wiht his wife. He puts on his shades and looks so darn cool we're rooting for him.

    There seem to be two strands running through this episode. There's the wish-fulfilment factor. Haven't we all wanted care free sex, to punch out that annoying guy in the cinema, to get away with being pretty darn offensive? Hank doesit all, but the second strand kicks in as we see some of the consequences. Hank has writer's block, feels he can't adequately protect his daughter and seems, in many ways, out of his depth. Thankfully this strand is not too over stated. It offers no easy answers and, quite frankly, it's far more fun watching Hank live a wild life.

    Becca, Hank's daughter is well written and played. She's caught part way between being the child her parents see her as and the adult she wants to be, not quite fitting in with either. She seems in many ways naive, and Hank's fears for her are fully represented when he seems glad that she is gay since "men are ****" The ex, Karen, seems almost as messed up as Hank, though in a more internalised way. She is clearly shaken when Hank tells her she doesn't want her new fiance. Her self-justification comes across as far more hollow that Hank's honest admissions.

    Mia is another interesting character. One likely to offend many sensibilities. Although her cool facade may well prove superficial later in the series, at this point she seems to be the only character in control. Her motivations are currently a little cloudy, making for a potentially highly interesting character.

    And, though this shouldn't be a side point, this episode really is very funny. There are points when I laughed out loud. It's unashamedly tredy, drawing on pop culture references and iconography that's hard to escape. And it pulls it off. Duchovny was brave to take on the roll of someone so used up and, quite frankly, moral-majority baiting as Hank. It all comes together beautifully, with an end that will melt your heart.
  • man-whore

    9.4
    Wow – Hank gets a lot of sex. Some with people that seem to be ok for him to be sleeping with. Some that he should not be. For example, the sixteen year old daughter of his ex-wives soon to be new husband. Maybe he should start checking driver's licenses or maybe flags should have gone up when she was hitting him while she came. But underneath the man whore exterior is a guy who cares so much about his daughter and wants to get back together with his wife and have a normal family. Maybe if he didn't propose to her smelling of another woman he'd be better...
  • Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is a one time wonder writer who is having a mid life crisis he has seriois writers block,he cant get over his ex-wife and he loves to take care of his daughter

    9.6
    this episode introduces you to the show, it is a show of what things can happen during a mid life crisis ex having sex with multiple ppl, into drug etc, and it is what hank is having and there are ppl who try to help him but it shows the only help he want is to get his ex wife he hasnt forget yet and boy he has tried,.he has tried tried and tried again, basicly the only ppl he wants back in his life is his ex wife and his daughter and he misses them so much,and it truly is a show about holding it together while falling apart
  • Brilliant IMHO, but not for everyone

    10
    I've always been a big fan of David Duchovny. So I couldn't wait to see Californication. The pilot episode didn't disappoint me. In fact, it's even better than I expected. The show is not for everyone. The language, sex and violence don't bother me, but other people might be offended by it. That said, I have to say I laughed my ass off. The ending shows that future episodes will show some drama as well. Duchovny shines as Hank. He really seems to enjoy himself. Here he can use vulgarity and be a 'bad' guy. That's something you don't see often from Duchovny. I already love his character. He's acting as an **** and he knows it. He feels bad, but isn't ready to change. Yet...
  • A very surprisingly good show with a lot of laughs and a great performance from David Duchovny.

    10
    To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting much from this show. I just watched it though and I must say it is surprisingly funny and very entertaining. I really enjoyed the laid back, sarcastic nature of Hank Moody and I liked him almost instantly. (Besides the fact that I LOVE X-Files) The first scene of the show was absolutely hilarious and I got sucked in front that point on. The sex scenes are quite funny too, which surprised me. I can tell these characters are going to have chemisty (But not as good and Mulder / Scully...never :D ) David fits really naturally into his roll which surprised me, but I like it. If your looking for a different kind of comedy then this is the one for you.
  • Meet Hank Moody. He was in love. They had a kid. She cheated. He exacts revenge by sleeping with every pretty woman he sees while also trying to win back his ex and raise their 12 year old daughter.

    9.5
    With as much hype as this show has been getting I was a bit unsure whether or not it would be able to live up to all of it, and I actually think it did. It started out a bit cliche in the beginning but by the end I was totally hooked. I already feel for the characters and can't wait to see where they are going to bring this show. Showtime has really been bringing it to the table lately. Between Weeds, Californication, and the L Word, Sho is becoming the new HBO. Good job to David Duchovny for making me believe he is someone other than that weird X-Files guy.
  • I was impressed with both the acting and the writing. And David Duchovy is looking so awfully used... Brave and absolutely unusual show! Good start, waiting for more.

    10
    It seems to be the time of the older worn out men, you might think. The men, that didn't make the right decisions, and don't know whether it is still worth the cost to do some changes in their lifes. A new kind of man in the media: the broken one. And what shall I say: I like it. Seems to pinpoint the feeling of our times.
    Hank Moody is way more driven by the circumstances than by his own actions, he is just able to hold his head above the water. An alcoholic with kid and an ex-wife to deal with? Doesn't that scream "Rescue me"? But this one is better. Because it doesn't try to be comedy. It is. One of the sad kind. It's life.
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