By Dave B.
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) is an over-the-top comedy that follows the misadventures of a suburban California family as they try to cope with their matriarch’s newfound lust for devouring human flesh. Currently, there are two seasons available and this review covers both of them, as I didn’t think there was a significant difference in quality between the two seasons. Santa Clarita Diet is gory and silly and, surprisingly, it completely works on every level.
Sheila and Joel Hammond (played by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Oliphant) are a loving couple, living a mostly happy life of relative suburban boredom when Sheila unexpectedly dies and revives minutes later as one of the undead, with a need to eat people. The couple and their daughter Abby (played by Liv Hewson) spend the two seasons of the show trying to keep Sheila fed while avoiding authorities who become suspicious of mounting disappearances in the community. Of equal importance, they also search for the root cause and a cure for the zombie virus and attempt to prevent it from spreading and destroying civilization.
I actually struggled with understanding why I like this show so much. It’s definitely funny, but there are funnier shows that I like less. I’m personally a zombie fan, but there are plenty of zombie books, shows, and movies that I don’t like. Eventually, I realized that what set this show apart is that, at its core, it’s all about love and what people will do for those they love. That isn’t necessarily a unique theme, but Santa Clarita Diet excels at melding that theme with gore and jokes in a way that I haven’t ever seen before and that combination, its uniqueness, and the overall skill exhibited by the cast, crew, director, and writers is very appealing.
Santa Clarita Diet isn’t the best comedy that I’ve seen in the past year (that honor still goes to The Good Place), but I really enjoyed it and I’m excited that Netflix renewed it for a third season. I highly recommend Santa Clarita Diet and I think it will appeal to a lot of people whether or not they have any interest in the undead. It’s all about the love, after all. 8/10