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Californication Season 3 - 3 out of 5
What is it about Showtime's programming? Why is it that, unlike HBO, they are unable to keep a show's quality going season after season? The only show they have that continues to deliver or surpass itself is Dexter. Every other show they have has jumped the shark and become a shadow of its former self. Sadly, this is the season of Californication where it stops being as fun or as interesting as the first season. Instead, the story of the not-writing writer and sexaholic Hank Moody has become Sex in the City for men--and that's not a good thing.
In the first season, the show had a fun story going filled with sex, drug, debauchery and some laughs thrown in here and there as we watched Moody (played excellently by Fox Mulder himself; David Duchovny) deal with the fact he was played by an underage girl who stole his book from him. The second season saw a slight dip in the show's writing but this season found the show's writing start to collapse into itself as there really was no direction. Moody is given a job as a teacher and starts screwing three different women and, of course, this creates havoc. However, the episodes feel sloppy and sex scenes are more gratuitous than ever. That's not necessarily a bad thing but when the humorous nature of the show nearly disappears, the gratuitous sex scenes become pointless to the point they're annoying.
Although this season had some decent guest appearances, mainly by Kathleen Turner and Rick Springfield guest starring as himself in a hilarious parody of the former pop star, there was a mysterious guest appearance by Peter Fonda in a single episode that ultimately did nothing for the episode and for the season in general. His appearance seemed more like an excuse to pan out the episode and, to be honest, most of the episodes seemed to be doing that same act for the season. Random sex and random stories to just keep the season alive with no real development or an overall story arc. In fact, the only real development that takes place is in the final moments of the last episode of the season.
While there is still some entertainment value from the show (it hasn't jumped the shark the way Weeds did for me in season 4) this season just proved that Showtime isn't in the same league as HBO. Yes, you get to see Susan Sarabdon's extremely hot daughter Eva Amurri nude but that fact alone isn't worth the price of sitting through a very mediocre season of a show that started fantastically.