I could not agree more. This has always been a guilty pleasure. A pleasure because of the whip smart writing and hilarious concatenation of Hank's relationships. And I say "guilty" because there is something truly ridiculous about a 50 year old guy acting like a teenager and sleeping with young women. But the writing and the surprising sadness of the show redeemed it as a diversion. We all want to be Hank Moody is some way, probably not a good one.
But not anymore. His groupie relationship is creepy, the stuff happening all around him this season is laughably dumb, and the writing is puerile and crude. Actually, things started to slip last season, with that dumb rap music plot. This year they fell off the tracks. Simply awful.
Get the old writers back and pay them whatever they want. Have Moody honestly deal with aging instead of being a continuing chick magnet for little girls. Do something. Fast.
@gumpchun Thanks for the heads up. I used the Xfinity "watchathon" marathon to get hooked on the old episodes. But, after hearing your comments (you and the org article) I think I'll pass on trying to keep current. I thought the first few seasons (1 - 3) were smart and well written. Even those were a bit heavy on the "groupie" and the "guilty" pleasure. Oh well, glad I saw the good years. And, have a couple of seasons left for the next time I need a break from reality. Duchovny is pretty fun to watch. Loved him from the old X Files days.
Glad we could save you hours wasting your life with Seasons 5 or 6. You still have Season 4 if you want to dip into some funny/sick/sad tribulations from Moodyland. I suppose, given Hank's basic "lostness" it could never end well and so far, it hasn't. The end of Season 5 should have been the end of the series, by all rights. The episode where they go around in a cop car with the rap star is actually funny, but that is about it for the season, really. The rap star is so stereotypical he should be using burnt cork. Season 6 is a complete train wreck.
If they really wanted to make the show work, they would honestly deal with Hank getting old and show how an aging Lothario starts to exit the scene, usually with disasters, rejections and a whimper, but funny and touching. With the original writers.
I don't want to be prejudiced, but I suspect the new writers are all 20-somethings: the stuff is callow, infantile, unresearched and lad-driven. None of the nuance, depth and artfulness of the first three seasons. I've stopped watching.