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Santa Clarita Diet May Be About the Undead, But It’s Alive with Creativity

Netflix is making dieting fun again with its new hit show Santa Clarita Diet.

Santa Clarita Diet

Netflix is making dieting fun again with its new hit show Santa Clarita Diet.

Netflix is known for making hit after hit, and this new little gem is no exception. Everything about the show brings life to the horror comedy genre, pun intended. With Drew Barrymore being just as adorable as ever and Timothy Olyphant giving a very justified” performance, this show is a binge-worthy addition to the Netflix family.

In the show, created by Victor Fresco, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are married realtors who lead a somewhat mundane and disconnected existence in the California suburb of Santa Clarita. That is until Sheila goes through a pretty radical change, and turns their world violently upside down…in a good way.

The writing and special effects add to the clever nature of the show, with some gore that may not be suitable for the average folk. While the show may have its dull moments, overall it is impressive in its narrative skill and original storytelling.

Barrymore truly plays to her strengths in the show, giving humor and bubbly attitude to scenes where all you want to do is shield your eyes or look up some information on the human anatomy. While Barrymore tunes in to her Charlie’s Angels days, Olyphant adds much needed comedic relief. Every time he screeches profanities in this show, I always giggle at his reactions.

Special mention to young actor Skyler Gisondo for being a real scene stealer in the show, playing nerdy neighbor Eric who will soon become a fan favorite of the show before season two is even announced.

While the zombie thing has been done before, thinking of a show about the dead who walk, this one adds some comedy flare to it. The gore may be a bit much, even a horror fan such as myself had to look away a few times, the writing and directing makes up for it in the end. It’s a much welcomed return to form for Barrymore, and some great material to quote until Iron Fist comes out next month. So until then, sit back, relax, and enjoy some “finger” sandwiches, because a show with the title diet in it has never been this much fun.

Rating: 8 out of 10


Laura Dengrove
Laura Dengrove
Hello! My name is Laura Dengrove. I am currently a Junior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Journalism/Media Studies and Cinema Studies. I am a film critic and interviewer by choice, professional Linda Belcher impersonator by birth.

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