Editors' Choice

A Look At Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet”

Steve Porter / January 28, 2017

Netflix is back with another original series. This one’s a horror comedy called Santa Clarita Diet. The lives of a pair of married real estate agents named Sheila and Joel take a dark turn when Sheila dies. On January 8th, Netflix started releasing promotional material for the new series on their YouTube channel. A 35-second spot titled “Satisfy All Your Cravings” was released starring the wife, Sheila, played by Drew Barrymore (ET, Charlies Angels). On the 9th, they posted their second teaser titled Kind Of Intense which starred Joel, the husband, who’s played by Timothy Olyphant (Justified, The Crazies) which runs for 54 seconds. Then, on the 17th, they blessed us with a full length, 2 minute and 33 second trailer.

 

 

The show is created by Victor Fresco (My Name Is Earl, Better Off Ted) and for the cast, alongside Barrymore and Olyphant we’ve got Thomas Crawford, Christina Ferraro, Terry Walters, and Ramona Young.

 

 

The spot starts with them having a conversation while they dig a grave so they can dispose of a dismembered body, and things don’t go very well. Sheila is a member of the undead, but don’t call her a zombie. The family bands together to help mom get the human flesh she needs to survive.

 

 

I get some odd Dexter vibes from the trailer in that Sheila is a killer with a code. She’s not going to just eat anyone, they gotta deserve it, but what slights or personality traits are deemed worthy of becoming her next meal? I gotta say this looks really promising. The dynamics between characters look pretty great and I’m excited to see where Netflix takes this quirky story.  

 

 

Set your notifications for February 3rd, 2017, but note on IMDB that the two principle actors/characters are only listed as being in 3 episodes. They might be going the same route they went with their recent revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life where they extend the runtime of the episodes to 1 hour and 30 minutes and only produce a small number of them. This way, they essentially treated each episode as if it were a film.