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The Best Episodes of Californication

Every episode of Californication ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Californication!

A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.


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The best episode of "Californication" is "The Apartment", rated 9.3/10 from 2203 user votes. It was directed by Adam Bernstein and written by Tom Kapinos. "The Apartment" aired on 11/15/2009 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Mia Culpa".

  • The Apartment
    9.3/10 2,203 votes

    #1 - The Apartment

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-15

    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.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Mia Culpa
    9.1/10 1,782 votes

    #2 - Mia Culpa

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-12-13

    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. gives Charlie a career opportunity of a lifetime, but Charlie must confront the fact that he might be losing Marcy for good.

    Director: Stephen Hopkins

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • The Last Waltz
    8.7/10 1,634 votes

    #3 - The Last Waltz

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-10-29

    As Karen's wedding to Bill nears, Hank struggles with accepting what appears to be inevitable. Bill informs Mia that he will not allow her book to be published and Hank has a unique solution to dealing with Becca's surprise visitor.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • ...And Justice for All
    8.7/10 1,278 votes

    #4 - ...And Justice for All

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-03-27

    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.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • The Devil's Threesome
    8.5/10 1,539 votes

    #5 - The Devil's Threesome

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-10-15

    A new threesome including Hank and Charlie evolves from a meeting at the gym, while Karen and Marcy have a girl's night out at which they decide to surprise Hank and Charlie.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • The Raw & the Cooked
    8.5/10 1,322 votes

    #6 - The Raw & the Cooked

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-10-19

    Hank proposes to Karen right before a dinner party, to which Mia, Charlie, Marcy, Lew Ashby, Sonja and Julian are invited. Drugs and special circumstances turn the evening in an unexpected direction.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Blues from Laurel Canyon
    8.5/10 1,232 votes

    #7 - Blues from Laurel Canyon

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-12-07

    Ashby hosts a party to celebrate the publication of Mia's book. Becca is devastated to catch Damien cheating on her.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: Gina Fattore

  • La Petite Mort
    8.5/10 1,291 votes

    #8 - La Petite Mort

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-12-14

    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, forcing Hank and Becca to make painful choices.

    Director: Bart Freundlich

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Monkey Business
    8.5/10 1,113 votes

    #9 - Monkey Business

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-01-30

    Hank Moody is notified by his attorney Abby that he will be going to trial for statutory rape. But not before Hank hands the completed F&P script to Charlie, who promptly drags him to a meeting with the Director, producer Stu Beggs and eccentric financier Zig Samitaur, setting off a chain of events that leads to Hank and Charlie having to explain why there’s a dead billionaire in the bathroom.

    Director: Bart Freundlich

    Writer: Matt Patterson, Gabriel Roth

  • Exile on Main St.
    8.4/10 1,145 votes

    #10 - Exile on Main St.

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-01-09

    Just as Hank is released from a 72 hour jail period for assault he is picked up by Charlie and dragged off to show the recent events of F&P with Mia becoming public and dropped into a meeting with a young actress that wants to capitalize on the publicity, and make a movie out of F&P. whom which he later re-enacts F&P in her hotel room. The episode ends with Hank hearing from his lawyer that the assault charges have been dropped and he is then arrested for statutory rape.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Grace
    8.4/10 1,382 votes

    #11 - Grace

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-06-29

    Hank makes a life-altering decision. Series finale.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: N/A

  • Pilot
    8.3/10 2,552 votes

    #12 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2007-08-13

    A transplanted author suffers from writer's block and is disappointed that his novel has been turned into a romantic comedy for the big screen. He also learns his ex is engaged and that their 12-year-old daughter is acting on her “emerging sexuality.”

    Director: Stephen Hopkins

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Hell-A Woman
    8.2/10 1,917 votes

    #13 - Hell-A Woman

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2007-08-20

    Hank begins his blogging job at Hell-A-Magazine. Karen is able to set Hank up with her friend Sonja by disguising the get together as a family dinner. At dinner, Becca reveals how Hank met Karen.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • California Son
    8.2/10 1,660 votes

    #14 - California Son

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2007-10-01

    Hank's father dies. Despite the memories of his father floating to the surface, he doesn't want to go to the funeral. To ease his pain, he goes to bed with a hooker named Trixie, despite the fact he doesn't have enough money to pay her. Meanwhile, Karen does her best to help him overcome the pain.

    Director: Scott Winant

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Coke Dick & the First Kick
    8.2/10 1,219 votes

    #15 - Coke Dick & the First Kick

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-11-02

    Hank decides to seek out Lew Ashby’s long lost love, Janie Jones. Hank accidentally walks in on Julian going at it with a rocker chick he’s “mentoring”. Mia spends the day trailed by Rolling Stone reporter Annika Staley. The Runkle residence is transformed into the set of Vaginatown.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: Gina Fattore, Gabriel Roth

  • Zoso
    8.2/10 1,161 votes

    #16 - Zoso

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2009-10-18

    Hank objects to Becca's adult fashion sense; Hank and Charlie visit a strip club to discover the secret life of a talented student; Charlie and Marcy's house sale goes awry.

    Director: Bart Freundlich

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
    8.2/10 1,221 votes

    #17 - Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-04-01

    Hank discovers the bartender at a local watering hole is his late friend Lew Ashby and wonders if he's in Hell. Richard makes a startling announcement about Hank and Karen. Hank tries to make things right with Becca, but her news about Tyler leaves him stunned. On the set of "Santa Monica Cop," Sam's jealousy and fondness for firearms give Charlie an opportunity to show how much he loves his best friend and number-one client; Hank's arsonist ex-girlfriend surprises him with a way for them to be together forever.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: N/A

  • Filthy Lucre
    8.1/10 1,398 votes

    #18 - Filthy Lucre

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-10-08

    After the funeral of Hank's father Al, Hank comes back to L.A. with a new manuscript, that he wants Karen to read. After receiving a bonus paycheck, he buys a new car for himself and a new guitar for Becca.

    Director: Scott Z. Burns

    Writer: Ildy Modrovich

  • Slip of the Tongue
    8.1/10 1,482 votes

    #19 - Slip of the Tongue

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-28

    After reuniting at the end of Season One, Hank and Karen decide to pack up and head to New York. As part of the reconciliation, Hank undergoes a grueling vasectomy at Karen's request. Hank has an accident when he confuses a partygoer for Karen. Hank gets arrested for driving under the influence and assaulting an officer.

    Director: David Duchovny

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • In Utero
    8.1/10 1,291 votes

    #20 - In Utero

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-11-30

    Hank awaits test results and reflects on his early days with Karen; Charlie begs Daisy to move out.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Wish You Were Here
    8.1/10 1,255 votes

    #21 - Wish You Were Here

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-09-27

    With Karen gone, Hank has to deal with a more and more rebellious Becca. Meanwhile, Charlie and Marcy move back together though they still plan to divorce each other.

    Director: David Duchovny

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • Suicide Solution
    8.1/10 1,037 votes

    #22 - Suicide Solution

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-01-16

    Hank is told he faces 3 years in prison because the DA wants to make an example of him. There are signs Marcy is pregnant. Hank tries to fix things with Becca. The episode ends as Hank high on drugs and liquor writes a letter to Becca and then passes out.

    Director: David Duchovny

    Writer: Tom Kapinos

  • The Party
    8.1/10 967 votes

    #23 - The Party

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-03-25

    Hank overstays his welcome at the house of Karen and Richard and hits the road with 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, Richard and his creepy sponsor, Gabriel. Even Sam and Kali show up, but it's not a party until someone gets hurt and luckily for these partygoers, Hank has it in him for one final run-in with Tyler.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: N/A

  • Turn the Page
    8.0/10 1,364 votes

    #24 - Turn the Page

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-10-22

    Charlie and Dani represent Mia after she wrote a book that seems to have come out of Hank's feather. Becca decides to move out of Bill and Karen's home to live with her dad Hank.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Gina Fattore, Eric Weinberg

  • In a Lonely Place
    8.0/10 1,171 votes

    #25 - In a Lonely Place

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-09

    Hank attempts to find a love interest for Becca's teacher. Charlie uncovers Marcy's secret which could have fatal effects on their finances.

    Director: Jake Kasdan

    Writer: Tom Kapinos