33 Shows To Binge if You Love California

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7. Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men
Charlie Sheen plays a liquored up, womanizing jingle writer living the bachelor's dream life inside an oceanfront Malibu beach house, until his uptight brother, Alan (Jon Cryer) moves in with his troublesome son, Jake (Angus T. Jones), seriously cramping Charlie's hedonistic style.

The Harper brothers may be related, but their similarities end there. Alan is a tightly wound neat freak chiropractor who works 9-5 and has very little luck with the ladies. Charlie, on the other hand, is a drinking, smoking, gambling Casanova who rarely gets up before noon.

Jake is quite a handful - lazy, obsessed with food and just wants his strict dad to let him play with his super-fun uncle. The one thing Charlie and Alan do have in common? Disdain for their cold and domineering mother, Evelyn (Holland Taylor). Over time, the men learn to co-exist admist racy plotlines and dirty, but clever jokes, nabbing The People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.

When Charlie dies at the end of season 8, the beach house is sold to Internet billionaire, Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher), who is luckily lonely and invites Alan and Jake to live with him.

Behind the scenes, Sheen entered rehab three times from 2010-2011, and following disparaging comments he made about the show's creator, Chuck Lorre and CBS, his contract was terminated. The show got a ratings boost from all the hoopla and Two and a Half Men lived on for three more successful seasons. I strongly encourage you to binge, baby, binge!

8. Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan
Liev Schreiber is Ray Donovan, a “fixer” who makes Hollywood’s darkest most seemingly unsolvable problems magically disappear. Professional athletes, sexy film stars and ruthless movie execs all call Ray when they're in deep enough trouble and have deep enough pockets to pay whatever price Ray commands.

TV Fanatics, if you have a thing for a sexy bad-boy with a Boston accent, Ray Donovan may be for you. If you're able to relate to a close-knit family that tends to be its own worst enemy, have a thick skin for serious violence, occasional murders and their dangerous cover-ups, Ray Donovan is definitely for you.

In 2013, the pilot episode of Ray Donovan broke viewership records, becoming Showtime’s biggest premiere of all time. Each season gets better and better, as evidenced by the 5th season's score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. So now's your big chance to catch up before season 6 premieres in late 2018/early 2019, when it relocates to New York City.

9. The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch
Here's the story of a single mother, Carol Martin (Florence Henderson) bringing up three girls - Marcia (Maureen McCormick). Jan (Eve Plumb), and Cindy (Susan Olsen) - on her own. That is until she meets Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with three boys, Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland).

The single mom and dad decide to form a family, and move everyone into a large suburban, two-story house in Sherman Oaks, California, designed by Mike. It's the perfect abode to accommodate Dad's longtime housekeeper Alice (Ann B. Davis) and the family dog, Tiger, with a backyard designed for family barbecues, jungle gyms, and potato sack races.

Voila! They became The Brady Bunch. Back in 1969, blending six children from two different parents into one house was just that easy! Even harder to believe, Carol was originally written as a divorcee, but since it was taboo to be a divorced woman on a family friendly network, ABC kept the details of Carol's first marriage a mystery.

Initially, The Brady Bunch focused on blended family dynamics and sibling rivalry, but later morphs into a more relatable series about pre-teen self image and teenage tales of puppy love.

Speaking of love, behind the scenes, Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick began a romance that burned so hot, filming of the final episode became nearly impossible, as the chemistry between the on-screen brother and sister was off the charts! Ewwww.

10. Californication

Californication
David Duchovny stars as Hank Moody, a novelist and flawed father who's addicted to beautiful women, bottles of booze, and anything else that leads him into temptation. Leaving the mean streets of New York City for greener, warmer pastures, Hank moves California ready to soak up all that shall be his - fame, fortune, and the sunny splendors of Tinsletown.

It doesn't take Hank long to discover his inner demons still exist, despite his new address. Thus he struggles to keep his career on track while building a relationship with his teenage daughter, Becca, and attempting to rekindle the flame with his baby momma, Karen (Natascha McElhone).

Duchovny took home the 2008 Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role as the incredibly complicated Hank Moody. If that doesn't drive you to binge Californication, consider the series' greatest element of all - Hank and Karen's friendship with Charlie and Marcy Runkel.

Evan Handler plays Hank's bald-headed best friend and agent, Charlie, who's ultimately fired from his job when a tape surfaces of him masturbating at work. (Oh my, wasn't he ahead of his time!) Pamela Adlon is pure GENIUS as his wife with the pottiest of mouths, Marcy.

11. Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels
The crime-fighting adventures of three incredibly beautiful women working in a detective agency in Los Angeles was runaway hit back in the 70's for emphasizing the sex appeal of its female leads. The series was even dubbed “Jiggle TV.” Imagine trying that nowadays!

Originally starring Kate Jackson, Farah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith, later Angels included Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts. TV execs feared the American audience would never buy three sexy women fighting crime on their own so a male cohort, Bosley (David Doyle) was added to the cast to aid the Angels whenever they got into seious trouble.

Of course the real person in control was the big, strong, mysterious man behind the women. Charlie Townsend (John Forsythe) doled out crime fighting directives over a speakerphone at Agency headquarters. A top ten hit back in the 70s, Charlie's Angels is definitely a cult classic with a pop culture following still to this day!

12. L.A. Law

L.A. Law
Stephen Bochco created this iconic legal drama that explores the personal and professional lives of the partners, associates and staff at the Los Angeles law firm, McKennzie, Blackman, Chaney and Kuzak.

The ensemble series is part soap opera, part drama and part sexually-charged comedy, infused with hot topic issues of the 80's and 90's like abortion, racism, AIDS, domestic violence and sexual harassment. Storylines also revolve around tensions between the wealthy senior lawyers and their underpaid junior staff.

L.A. Law won 5 Primetime Emmy Awards and 15 Golden Globes by serving up some of the best writing and most famous faces on television.

Among the all-star cast is Corbin Bernsen as womanizing divorce attorney, Arnie Becker, Harry Hamlin as Partner Michael Kuzak, Susan Dey as District Attorney, Grace van Owen, Jimmy Smits as Associate Victor Sifuentes, and Blair Underwood as Associate turned Partner, Jonathan Rollins.

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