Quick Synopsis: It’s not a good idea to get too excited.
Long Synopsis: The story picks up a little while after where the first season ended, with the Hank, Karen and Becca living together at Hank’s place, but planning on returning to New York. Hank also goes in for a vasectomy. Events transpire and the happy family doesn’t seem so happy.
Review: Californication seems to have been built to showcase all the things you can get away with on the premium cable networks. For me, many of these things get in the way of what is an interesting story of a severely dysfunctional family.
Acting wise, it’s very good. Everyone on the show is very good in his or her parts. Especially, the daughter Becca, played by Madeleine Martin. The character is a bit odd, but she gets some great lines.
Comedy wise, it can be funny, but more times than not it just ends up being dirty. But, I guess given the title of the show that shouldn’t be too surprising.
Overall, Californication is bit too far over-the-top for me, but it does have an underlying storyline that is interesting. But, it also has a lot of competition in the third hour of primetime. On the network side, it is up against Brothers & Sisters on ABC, The Unit on CBS, and Sunday Night Football on NBC. And, other cable shows at the same time are Mad Men on AMC, Entourage on HBO, and Army Wives on Lifetime. For me, it would be the last thing to get watched in this time period.
Californication premieres tonight, Sunday, September 28th on Showtime after the season premiere of Dexter.