Television Reviews

Santa Clarita Diet: Netflix’s Bloody Brilliant Series

If you mix Dexter with iZombie you’d get Santa Clarita Diet, the newest original series from Netflix. The horror/comedy series stars Drew Barrymore as a recently deceased real estate agent with a hunger for human flesh. It’s a hilariously exaggeration of suburban life with the perfect amount of horror mixed in. With a great cast and a successful premise, Santa Clarita Diet is sure to be your next binge-watch.

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Sheila (Barrymore) and her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) live in your average cookie-cutter suburb with their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson). After Sheila becomes violently ill, dies, and then comes back craving raw meat, the family tries to keep things running as normal as possible. Despite being diagnosed as a zombie by their neighborhood nerd Eric (Skyler Gisondo), Sheila remains fairly the same except for an insane amount of energy and a new diet.

However, after Sheila gets a taste for human flesh she can no longer eat raw animal meat – only fresh humans. Keeping it a secret from their daughter, Sheila and Joel decide to kill criminals in their area for her to feed on. Which only makes their secret even more difficult to keep, especially with such nosey neighbors.

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are a match made in zombie heaven. They both have great comedic timing and the style of this show fits so well with the two of them. The supporting cast is also full of wonderful comedic talent and there are a lot of familiar faces that pop up.

At 30 minutes an episode, you can easily power through this show in a day, and it’ll leave you wanting more. For horror fans, the effects and gore in this show are so impressive. You can’t help but laugh and be completely grossed out simultaneously. This is also a great show for people who can’t quite handle The Walking Dead, but want in on the zombie fun.

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