Californication (2007–2014)
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Pilot 

Hank is dismayed when he sees the film version of his acclaimed novel, agrees to a blind date arranged by his agent, and learns that his ex-girlfriend Karen is engaged to another man. Series premiere.

Director:

Stephen Hopkins

Writer:

Tom Kapinos
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
David Duchovny ... Hank Moody
Natascha McElhone ... Karen
Madeleine Martin ... Becca Moody
Madeline Zima ... Mia Lewis
Evan Handler ... Charlie Runkle
Pamela Adlon ... Marcy Runkle
Amy Price-Francis ... Meredith
Michele Nordin ... Nun / Heather
Camille Langfield ... Sandy Carr
Philip Shahbaz ... Man on Cell Phone
Chase Penny ... Tattooed Millionaire
Miriam T. Green Miriam T. Green ... Penny Lyons
Alison Mei Lan Alison Mei Lan ... Hot Woman
Stephen Sowan ... Drunk Kid
Michael H. Barnett ... Gawky Dweeb
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Storyline

Hank is dismayed when he sees the film version of his acclaimed novel, agrees to a blind date arranged by his agent, and learns that his ex-girlfriend Karen is engaged to another man. Series premiere.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

When Hank is sleeping and his daughter puts the blanket over him, the newscast that can be heard about a bombing in Iraq and the man who went berserk, is the same newscast heard during the beginning of Chamillionaire's song "Morning News". See more »

Goofs

Hank and Karen are certainly not a traditional couple, yet given how much they care about their daughter, it is odd that neither parent made it a point to introduce Hank to Mia, since she was becoming a big part of Becca's life and Hank would presumably want to know his daughter's new immediate family. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hank Moody: [to Jesus] Hey, big guy, you and me. We've never done this before but desperate times call for desperate measures. My name is Hank.
Nun: Hello, Hank.
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Connections

References Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Rocket Man
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by My Morning Jacket
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A top-notch first episode
11 October 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

From its controversial opening scene to its excellent finale, the first episode of "Californication" sets the tone for the series. Stylishly directed by the always-reliable Stephen Hopkins, the pilot is thoroughly entertaining adult comedy. Watching the first episode reminded me a little of a modern Blake Edwards' production.

The cast are excellent, especially David Duchovny as the seedy Hank Moody, a man whose mid-life crisis is on display for all to see, from his Porsche to his constant bed-hopping.

The script is sharp and the whole show exudes quality.

Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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