As anyone with a Netflix account already knows, there has been a recent flood of original movies and series on the streaming service. The movies, in my opinion, have been pretty hit or miss, but the shows(at least the ones I’ve watched so far) have all been very good. I have also, my entire life, been a fan of Drew Barrymore. So when the advertisement for Santa Clarita Diet came on Netflix, I was very eager to watch. The show premiered on February 3, 2017.
Santa Clarita Diet is about a couple, Sheila and Joel, played by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, who live with their daughter Abby in Santa Clarita, California and work together as real estate agents. One day, after a brief but severe illness, Sheila and Joel discover Sheila is somehow undead and now craves flesh. Rather than reacting like anyone else and freaking out, with the help of their teenage neighbor, they decide to try to find a way to manage Sheila’s condition and continue life as normal. Unfortunately they soon find out that Sheila must consume fresh human flesh in order to remain nonviolent. Realizing they have no other choice, Sheila and Joel start attempting to murder people for Sheila to eat. As anyone could assume, this leads to an extensive series of mishaps,conflicts, and general bloody shenanigans.
Santa Clarita Diet, in my opinion, is a hit for Netflix. The show is a refreshing mix of dark and light comedy. Balancing moments of violence and drama with moments of lighthearted sentiment and comedy. The cast was full of great people. As I said before, Drew Barrymore is a favorite of mine and she is simply adorable as the cheerfully undead realtor Sheila Hammond. Timothy Olyphant is fantastic as well as Sheila’s unquestionably loving and committed husband Joel. He portrays the character with a calm sincerity that makes you believe that he might actually be able to fix things. Together they have you rooting for Sheila and Joel to make it from the very beginning.
Being a horror show, I am sure you are wondering about the gore aspect. I will say, as lighthearted as the show managed to remain, they did not skip out on the blood. In fact, it seemed like they took every chance they could to douse Drew Barrymore in blood and bits and have her chewing on a foot or something. The show takes the idea of a zombie transformation on a slow, winding ride, but never lets you forget that she is slowly but surely turning into a full on zombie.
My only real upset with the first season of Santa Clarita Diet was that it ended very abruptly. I felt like perhaps they were not sure where to cut the first season off and just kinda picked a spot. The show leaves many unanswered questions for the second season to dive right into.
There is no mention yet of a second season, but I would be very surprised not to see one come at some point. For now, watch the Official Trailer on YouTube and then go check out the first season of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix.