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5 Shows like Californication: He’s in Way Too Deep

All Hank Moody wants is a normal life, but there is no such thing as normal when you are an addict. Watch Hank as he experiences extreme highs and devastating lows. If you cannot get enough bad boy action, we take a look at TV series like ‘Californication’, including ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Weeds’.

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The X Files’s David Duchovny takes on one of the best roles of his career, as he plays Hank Moody, a man most definitely on the edge. Hank is an alcoholic sex addict, who is determined to turn his life around and make things up with his estranged daughter and her mother.

Hank finds everything a struggle, leading him deeper into his addictions, of which he adds drugs to his list. Watch as Hank tries to rid himself of all his problems in time to save his family. If you are looking for more characters like Hank, I take a look at the top TV shows like ‘Californication’.

‘Breaking Bad’ (Highbridge Productions, 2008–2013)

Ride high with Walter White and his one-time student Jessie Pinkman, as the unlikely duo takes a journey filled with drama, deception and a ton of crystal meth. ‘Breaking Bad’ is one of the most addictive TV shows ever made, so you can quite easily finish a series box set in a couple of days.

Walter goes from the model family man to violent drug supremo in just as few episodes, with the writers taking him to places you never thought possible for a straight-up chemistry teacher.

Similarity Match: 95%
‘Breaking Bad’ shows how quickly a good guy can turn bad when drugs are involved and whilst Walter is not an addict himself, he is addicted to the trade.

‘Weeds’ (Lions gate, 2005-2012)

Nancy Botwin is the perfect suburban mother, who suddenly falls on the wrong side of the law when her husband dies suddenly. Nancy must assume a position as head of the family and she is determined to do whatever it takes to look after her children.

After several failed ideas, Nancy finds herself growing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle. As you can imagine working in the drug field, Nancy meets lots of weird and wonderful characters on her journey into the dark side.

Similarity Match: 90%
Whilst the subject matter is heavy, ‘Weeds’ takes a more humorous view than ‘Californication’ on life in the drug world, but it still has its dramatic moments.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ (20th Century Fox, 2005-2014)

Another series like ‘Californication’ is ‘How I Met Your Mother’. Ever wondered how your parents met? Well, so do Ted Mosby’s kids. Ted happily obliges and goes on to tell them how he met their mother, in great detail.

Set in 2030 but telling a tale from 2005 onwards, the show cleverly mixes past, present and future, with plenty of dramas along the way. Follow the trials and tribulations of Ted fell in love, with the support of a his friends who were with him all the way. The group of friends all have personality traits that both delight and annoy one another and the audience alike.

Similarity Match: 80%
The subject matter in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is different from ‘Californication,’ but the show highlights just how easy it is to mess up your life and it walks through the problems faced by parents when things are not all rosy.

‘Entourage’ (HBO, 2004–2011)

Film star Vince Chase decides to leave behind his hometown of Queens to jump onto the Los Angeles merry-go-round. Vince is an up and coming star who is showing all the signs of making it big, unlike his brother.

Vince is joined on his journey by his close friends and his trusty agent, who are both a help and a hindrance to Vince’s career. We see the group of friends adjust to life in the spotlight and they soon find out that it is not all glitz and glamour.

I really recommend you to check out this show – and also these other similar ones.

Similarity Match: 75%
‘Entourage’ is a more realistic version of ‘Californication’, perhaps less clever at times, but certainly more true of how life is in California.

‘Dexter’ (Showtime, 2006-2013)

By day, Dexter Morgan helps to solve gritty crimes in his day job in police forensics, but by night he turns into a serial killer. Dexter is not your usual serial killer as he believes his motives are justified by the fact that the people he kills are criminals who got away with their crime. The show does seem a little far-fetched, but it is so gripping to see Dexter fall deeper into his killing addiction.

Similarity Match: 70%
Hank is addicted to sex and drugs and Dexter’s addiction is killing and although the storylines are different, both men are equally as troubled and equally as addictive to watch.


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I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to ‘Californication’.
Tell ‘Californication’ fans about the other series you watch for outrageous drama, in the comments below.
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