‘Brooklynification’

The second season of Brooklynification has launched.

First, let’s get past the title! About the only thing the series Brooklynification has in common with the long-running series Californication are those last four syllables.

Californication was about a middle-aged, self-destructive former New Yorker now living in Southern California. Recurring comedy themes, as noted by Wikipedia, were sex (note the “fornication” pun in the title), drugs, and rock and roll. Brooklynification (punning “gentrification” instead) focuses on 20 and 30-somethings gentrifying New York City’s Brownstone Brooklyn. Issues generating laughs include real estate deals, “mommy and me” yoga, and making friends over Instagram.

Californication was a product of giant Showtime, while Brooklynification comes from Brooklyn’s non-profit community access provider Bric TV. Each Californication episode was a half-hour; 84 of them ran over seven seasons (2007-2014). Each Brooklynification episode is just 10 minutes or so; a six-episode first season debuted back in 2016, and the first two episodes of the second season this week.

Let’s watch the first one right here!

If you like that, you can take an hour to binge-watch season one, either at Bric TV or on YouTubeBrooklynification also runs Monday nights on Bric TV’s 24/7 non-commercial, Brooklyn-centric channel that not only runs on local access, but also streams everywhere online. We’re not sure of the exact time, but the Bric TV Guide lists two potential slots: “Bric Shorts” at 8:30 pm or 10:30 pm ET and “Pilots and Series” at 9 or 11 pm.

On the other hand, if you’d rather see the first episode of Californication, you can stream it free at Showtime (and also binge on all 84 episodes if you’re a subscriber).

(Note: The above is a revised version of a previously published article.)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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