Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is a man in his 40s struggling with a mid-life crisis. He is still in love with his ex-girlfriend, Karen, who is about to be married to her fiancé. They share custody of a 12-year-old daughter, Becca. The show begins with Hank in a church receiving oral sex from a nun, but it is soon revealed that it is a dream that epitomizes Hank's lifestyle. After writing a book entitled God Hates Us All and receiving great accolades and critical acclaim, Hank finds himself struggling to write a new book. He is angry that his book has been turned into a movie titled Crazy Little Thing Called Love starring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Aside from this Hank has to deal with trying to be a parent.