TV episodes The Best Episodes of Californication  

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There are so many good episodes of Californication, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Apartment" the best, or is "... And Justice for All" your favorite episode of Californication? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Californication are, let's rank every Californication episode from best to worst.

Californication was a comedy-drama that aired for seven seasons on Showtime, from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. In it, an esteemed, but troubled, New York novelist leaves his city and moves out west, to California. There, he attempts to find the purpose in life, but can't get out of his own way to make the right decisions. David Duchovny starred as Hank Moody, and the rest of the Californication cast included Natascha McElhone, Madeleine Martin, Evan Handler, Pamelon Adlon, Madeline Zima, and Stephen Tobolowsky. The 2017 series White Famous is tied to Californication, with some of the former's characters making their first appearance on the latter.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Californication, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Californication episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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...And Justice For All is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
...And Justice For All Season 4 Episode 12: In the Season 4 finale, 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.

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The Last Waltz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Last Waltz Season 1 Episode 12: The wedding of Karen and Bill provides the impetus for emotional crises and revelations that threaten to derail the entire ceremony.

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Monkey Business Season 4 Episode 4: A meeting to discuss Hank's recently completed movie script ends with a billionaire dead in a bathroom; Marcy suspects that she might be pregnant; Karen meets a potential new boyfriend in the artist father of one of Becca's bandmates.

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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
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.

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Mia Culpa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Mia Culpa Season 3 Episode 12: As the Moodys at last prepare to move to New York, Becca tells Hank about an intimate coming of age experience she had. Hank's stunned when Mia shows up at the house unannounced, in town with her slimy boyfriend / manager PAUL for a book signing. Hank fails to prevent Mia and Paul from hatching a devious publicity stunt, forcing Hank to finally share the long-buried heartbreaking secret with Karen. Sue Collini gives Charlie a career opportunity of a lifetime, but Charlie must confront the fact that he might be losing Marcy for good.

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La Petite Mort is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
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.

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Grace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Grace Season 7 Episode 12: Hank makes a life-altering decision. Series finale.

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Blues From Laurel Canyon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Blues From Laurel Canyon Season 2 Episode 11: Ashby hosts a party to celebrate the publication of Mia's book; Charlie announces to Marcy, who has just completed rehab, that he wants a divorce; Becca is devastated to catch Damien cheating on her.

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Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Exile on Main St. Season 4 Episode 1: In the Season 4 premiere, Hank is bailed out of jail to find that his literary sex scandal has made him the toast of Hollywood and the target of a lawsuit - as well as estranged him from Karen and Becca.

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The Devil's Threesome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Devil's Threesome Season 1 Episode 10: A boxing movie turns into a mini-orgy for Hank and his new roommate Charlie, but their ecstasy soon turns to agony.

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Zoso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Zoso Season 3 Episode 4: Becca drags Hank to a trendy shopping boutique to pick out some more grown-up attire. But Hank isn't so sure he likes the "new" Becca's makeover. At work, Hank juggles sexual encounters with teacher's aide Jill and boss Felicia. And finally, in an attempt to figure out why talented writer Jackie is missing class, Hank drags Charlie to the strip club where she works. Unfortunately, temptation gets the better of the Hank. Charlie and Marcy attempt to sell their house, but an unexpected surprise chases the buyers away.

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California Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
California Son Season 1 Episode 8: Hank receives bad news about his father and embarks on a grief-stricken bender of booze and drugs.

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The Raw & The Cooked is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Raw & The Cooked Season 2 Episode 4: Hank and Karen's dinner party is derailed by Hank's botched marriage proposal to Karen, the revelation that Hank is likely the father of their friend Sonja's baby, and Lew's near-death from an allergic reaction to sushi.

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Coke Dick And The First Kick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Coke Dick And The First Kick Season 2 Episode 6: Hank sets out to track down Lew's long-lost first love, and discovers that Sonja and her self-help guru boyfriend Julian have an open relationship; Mia spends a day trailed by a Rolling Stone reporter; Charlie's house becomes a porn set.

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Filthy Lucre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Filthy Lucre Season 1 Episode 9: A manuscript for a new novel and a royalty check from his movie inspire Hank to go on a spending spree, but his purchases don't have the desired effect on his life.

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Slip Of The Tongue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Slip Of The Tongue Season 2 Episode 1: Hank and Karen plan to move back to New York together, but their reunion is short-lived thanks to a series of drunken incidents and Hank's subsequent arrest.

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Hell-A Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Hell-A Woman Season 1 Episode 2: Hank reluctantly accepts a blogger gig for a hip L.A. web site.

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Girls, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Girls, Interrupted Season 1 Episode 7: Hank makes peace with his archenemy, Todd, and lands Karen a designing gig in the process.

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Hell Ain't A Bad Place To ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Season 5 Episode 12: Hank hits the local watering-hole, only something's amiss. Not only does Mr. Moody find himself surrounded by shadowy figures, but the bartender is an old, departed friend. Is Hank dreaming or has he finally made it to hell? Next it's onto the set of Santa Monica Cop where Sam's jealousy - and fondness for firearms - gives Charlie an opportunity to show just how much he loves his best friend and number one client. Later, Hank's ex-girlfriend surprises him with a way for them to be together forever.

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Going Down And Out In Beverly ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Going Down And Out In Beverly Hills Season 2 Episode 8: Hank tries to get the truth about Ashby from his former flame, while Karen confronts the record producer about his relationship with Mia.

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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
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The Great Ashby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Great Ashby Season 2 Episode 2: Hank befriends a legendary record producer in jail and considers writing the man's biography; Charlie loses his job when his scheming former assistant Dani betrays him.

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In Utero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
In Utero Season 2 Episode 10: Hank nervously awaits medical test results while reflecting on the early days of his romance with Karen, which coincided with a famous grunge rocker's overdose.

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Faith, Hope, Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Faith, Hope, Love Season 7 Episode 9: A run-in with a nun helps Hank put things into perspective.

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The Trial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Trial Season 4 Episode 10: A nervous Hank discovers that he's got good reason to panic when his trial turns into an all-out character assassination, with even friendly witnesses Charlie and Karen unable to portray him as anything other than a drunken, oversexed lout.

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Freeze-Frame is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Freeze-Frame Season 4 Episode 5: After a personal grooming mishap, Charlie discovers that his vasectomy was botched and that Marcy's baby could be his; Hank's relationship with lawyer Abby gets more personal but a good deed yields a compromising photo that could ruin Hank's life.

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Vaginatown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Vaginatown Season 2 Episode 5: The newly-single-again Hank moves into Lew's mansion, where his host arranges a sexual encounter for him with an annoying celebrity chef; Charlie becomes a major investor in a porn movie.

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Lights. Camera. Asshole is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
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.

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Fear And Loathing At The Fundr... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Fear And Loathing At The Fundraiser Season 1 Episode 4: The fiercely apolitical Hank is dragged to an environmental fundraiser at Charlie's agency.

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Raw is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Raw Season 5 Episode 8: Hank finds himself stuck with the unpleasant task of reading Tyler's screenplay. Unfortunately for Hank, Tyler's hiding some talent under that head of hair. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the screenplay references Becca. Charlie and Lizzie's quadrilateral with Stu and Marcy heats up, but when MarStu's bedroom games hit too close to home for Charlie, it may be off to therapy for the four of them.

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LOL is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
LOL Season 1 Episode 5: A point of modern linguistic style comes between Meredith and Hank, who also guest-lectures at Mia's creative writing class

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Pilot Season 1 Episode 1: In the series premiere, Hank is dismayed when he sees the film version of his acclaimed novel and learns that his ex-girlfriend and love of his life, Karen, is engaged to another man.

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Suicide Solution is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Suicide Solution Season 4 Episode 2: Hank polishes off a day of flaky neediness with a creative meeting about his potential new movie that ends with him hiding in a starlet's bathroom and accidentally overdosing on booze and sleeping pills.

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Another Perfect Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Another Perfect Day Season 4 Episode 9: Evicted from his apartment, Hank moves back in with Karen and Becca while he prepares for his trial and teaches his daughter to drive; while Karen's out on a date with Ben, Becca and Pearl steal the Porsche and wreck it.

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In A Lonely Place is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
In A Lonely Place Season 2 Episode 7: Hank meets an attractive new love interest in Becca's English teacher, but it turns out she's also the mother of Becca's boyfriend; Charlie discovers that Marcy has been hiding a financially devastating secret.

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The Way Of The Fist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Way Of The Fist Season 5 Episode 2: Eager to return to the East Coast, Hank tries to pass on writing the screenplay for Samurai Apocalypse's latest feature, Santa Monica Cop. Sam won't take no for an answer.

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Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder Season 1 Episode 6: Becca's impressive musical performance at a rock concert leads to a romantic, booze-fueled moment for Hank and Karen.

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Hell Bent For Leather is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Hell Bent For Leather Season 6 Episode 3: Hank and Faith attend a funeral where they meet up with the bereaved's tour manager Krull, grieving widow and childhood pal Atticus Fetch. Later, Hank is found in a compromising position by Karen. Robbie Mac and Ken take Charlie out on the town.

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Turn The Page is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Turn The Page Season 1 Episode 11: Hank discovers Mia is peddling his book as her own, and she threatens to reveal their one-night stand if he reclaims his work.

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The Party is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Party Season 5 Episode 11: Hank has finally overstayed his welcome at the house of Karen and Richard Bates, so it's time to hit the road. But not before one last stop at Malibar, where he runs into Lizzie, who uses her newly acquired acting chops to lure him back to the Runkle Manor. Once there, Hank is surprised by everyone he loves and loathes - Karen, Becca, Charlie, Marcy, Stu, Bates and his creepy sponsor, Gabriel. Even Samurai Apocalypse and Kali show up. It's not a party until someone gets hurt. Luckily for these party-goers, Hank has it in him for one final run-in with Tyler.

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I'll Lay My Monsters Down is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
I'll Lay My Monsters Down Season 6 Episode 12: Hank makes a big decision, which affects his future with Faith. Charlie and Marcy also make a decision. Troops must be rallied to ensure Atticus makes it to The Greek Theatre for his co-headlining gig with MARILYN MANSON.

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La Ronde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
La Ronde Season 2 Episode 9: Hank declines an offer of sex, while Karen goes on a date with Ashby; Charlie and Daisy bond over Dirty Dancing while Marcy remains on the mend in rehab.

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The Land of Rape and Honey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Land of Rape and Honey Season 3 Episode 2: Newly anointed (and decidedly reluctant) professor Hank Moody grapples with teaching an undergrad creative writing course. A brutally honest assessment of a student's work lands Hank in hot water. In order to placate the Dean and maintain his position, Hank visits the student to make amends. Damage controlled, Hank ends up giving gorgeous and talented writing student JACKIE a ride to her surprising place of employment. Meanwhile, Charlie overly concerns himself with roommate Marcy's dating life to disastrous results.

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The Whore Of Babylon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Whore Of Babylon Season 1 Episode 3: Hank ponders whether or not to continue his blogging job after he discovers the identity of the web site's owner, Charlie's relationship with his assistant takes a surprising turn.

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The Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
The Unforgiven Season 6 Episode 1: Hank Moody may have survived a murder-suicide attempt by his lovelorn ex, Carrie, but she's still haunting his dreams. Charlie takes his best friend and star client to meet rocker Atticus Fetch about giving his book the Broadway treatment.

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Dogtown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Dogtown Season 3 Episode 10: Hank takes Charlie out on the town to drown his sorrows after Sue Collini fires him for causing client Rick Springfield to leave the agency. Meanwhile, Karen, still miffed by Hank's dalliance with Felicia, organizes a girls' night out with Becca and Marcy. Drunk and up to no good, Hank and Charlie have a near-death experience when they confront a couple of thieving hoodlums in a convenience store. The night ends with Charlie realizing he made a questionable body art decision and Hank having the breakfast of his life with the woman he loves.

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In the Clouds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
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.

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At The Movies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
At The Movies Season 5 Episode 9: It's day one of production on Hank Moody's latest movie, Santa Monica Cop and Stu Beggs has brought back his Fu**ing & Punching director in hopes of creating another cinematic masterpiece.

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Perverts & Whores is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Perverts & Whores Season 5 Episode 10: Hank, down an agent and best friend, finds reason to crash with his two favorite ladies -- Karen and Becca. There's still money to be made, so it's time for him to find new representation with Hollywood power agent Larry Levine. Lizzie's big break has arrived - a role in Santa Monica Cop, via a special favor from Stu Beggs. Charlie, distraught over his personal losses, seeks comfort from Marcy.

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Dicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Californication
Dicks Season 7 Episode 4: Levon tries to get Melanie to himself. Charlie and Marcy have money issues.