Movies In My Collection #182: Santa Clarita Diet

Continuing to look at Netflix’s most recent original outings, we now come to the new comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet:

Santa Clarita Diet is an American horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco for the streaming service Netflix, starring Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore. Fresco serves as the showrunner, and is an executive producer alongside Barrymore, Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell.

The single-camera series premiered on February 3, 2017 and consists of 10 episodes. The first season has received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the cast and premise, but criticizing the number of graphic scenes. On March 29, 2017, it was announced that Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which will premiere in 2018.

Married couple Sheila and Joel are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a transformation – becoming a zombie who feeds on human flesh.

I mean, how can you not love a concept like this? That is such a good idea to blend aspects of iZombie, Dexter, and Modern Family and roll it into one series. Of course, a good idea does not always pan out to a great series so you have to look at the show itself to fully see if it lives up to that good idea….

…and it definitely does.

I can not tell you how many times I laughed long and hard at some of the stuff they pull off in this series, this has to be one of the funniest and most enjoyable sitcoms I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Drew Barrymore and Tim Olyphant work off each other so well together and they help to create a lot of the comedy that a plot like this has to work with. The rest of the cast is really good too, Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo are fun to watch, there’s a lot of great bits with guests and recurring stars like Patton Oswalt, Nathan Fillion, Thomas Lennon, Natalie Morales, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Andy Richter, Portia De Rossi, and many more.

The comedy is really good in this, like I said, I laughed long and hard at some of the jokes this show gets away with. This was created by Victor Fresco, a man who’s made some great funny shows in the past such as the criminally underrated Andy Richter Controls The Universe and Better Off Ted, he’s also written for My Name Is Earl, the man knows how to great very funny comedy and here, with Netflix’s ‘go ahead and do what you want’ mentality, he’s finally letting himself go and allowing to create very funny comedy without having to deal with a censor in the way.

Some people may also have a hard time dealing with the blood and gore but for god’s sake, that’s part of the purpose of the show. The whole show is centered around a woman who is a zombie and eats people, what the hell are you expecting to see? To me, the blood and gore never bothered me because I knew that was part of the concept of the show and really, most people should be doing the same thing.

Santa Clarita Diet is yet another winner for Netflix, the same studio that has brought us great shows in Stranger Things, House Of Cards, Bojack Horseman, and Orange Is The New Black just to name a few. This is yet another great show that’s incredibly funny, has a lot of great actors involved, it’s well-written, it’s very enjoyable. I had more fun watching this show than I had with most of the shows on TV this year, who knows? This could very well end up being my favorite show of 2017 when it’s all said and done, it’s definitely worth checking out.


Santa Clarita Diet

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