Californication — David Duchovny Personifies the New American Morality?

Watching the previews of this newest Showtime offering for August 13th, and reading the reviews makes me wonder.

I’m sure I’m going to love the show. It appears to be very trendy, well conceived, artistic, clever, very well acted, realistic. Everything I’m sure I’ll love.

The lead character is played by David Duchovny. How could I not identify with or love the guy.

He is described on the web site in these terms: “he enjoys life and owns all his various vices – drink, drugs and women – with a refreshing sense of honesty and unapologetic candor. He’s holding it together while falling apart, and he doesn’t mind it one bit.”

Of course we’re all going to cut him as much slack as he wants. But isn’t this the same thing we do to our friends, (and they to us) that helps us all do ourselves in by “getting away with it.”

Here’s another example of the tone of the show– the description of Duchovny’s best friend: “lives his life on the straight and narrow path and can’t understand why Hank can’t just kick his various habits and settle down with a good woman. But, underneath, married Charlie envies Hank’s swinging lifestyle and Charlie’s behavior behind closed doors will contradict his morally sanctified tone and cause problems on the home front.”

Sure, this is “just for fun.” It’s “entertainment.” And I’m sure it’s going to be a great show — a winner. As long as it doesn’t glorify (or maybe just rationalizes) the worst in all of us.

The show description states the Duchovny character is a has-been loser. But the question is, does it connect the dots and point out that the very reason he’s a failure is his lack of character, and help us maintain our own integrity by serving as a model?

I hate to be “preachy” (i.e. take on a “morally sanctified tone”– I guess that’s the description of anything that would point out that perhaps some of our lifestyle choices are not in our own or our friends’ best interest), but does the “hero” of this show really represent what we want to set as a standard for our lives?

I don’t think so.

Here’s what I think would make us all a lot happier, courtesy of The Way to Happiness,
by L. Ron Hubbard

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4 responses to “Californication — David Duchovny Personifies the New American Morality?

  1. This blog looks so cool! Where is that a photo of in the header?

  2. The show is awesome.

    Hank isn’t supposed to be a hero, but an anti-hero. Even he knows what he’s doing is wrong.

    He’s drinking, drugging, screwing around to temporarily ease his pain at his family’s disintegration.

    All he wants is his family back, but his behavior is sabotaging that, along with his writing.

    Californication is about the struggles of a man going wrong who keeps trying to do the right things.

    That’s who we want our heroes to be, flawed but trying to do the right things.

    Watch the show. It’s great!!!!

  3. I’m sure it will be fantastic. That’s my point. Hopefully the message, as you present it, will come through.

  4. I felt the same as you until I saw a few episodes, and then – yuck! It was pretty much glorifying and rationalizing ickyness.

    The show that follows it ‘Weeds’, I didn’t think I would like (it was about drug dealers), actually turned out to be fun with a lot of people getting their just desserts. Go figure.

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