Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet” Review: A Morbid Comedy Featuring A New Kind Of Zombie

Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore as Joel and Sheila Hammond /via IMDB

I’m a complete nerd for supernatural creatures. Give me a show/movie with vampires and witches and we’ll be best friends. Except for zombies. I never liked zombies. Not one bit! They’re gross, unappealing and lazy. 

That being said, the zombie idea in Santa Clarita Diet isn’t entirely appalling. Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) dies and comes back to life as an ‘undead person’. They don’t use the term zombie for her condition but it’s pretty much the same thing, minus the decomposing flesh. 

The Hammonds have realized that in order to try to live with Sheila’s new inconvenient appetite for human flesh, they’re going to have to kill people. And being the good, upstanding citizens they are, you can see how that can be a major problem. 

Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond /via IMDB

Drew Barrymore is cute and lovable as a ‘zombie’ however, even with the whole eating people thing. Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) comes off as the best husband in the world, with him trying to make his marriage work even again – with the whole having to eat people thing. 

Barrymore pulls off her character Sheila very well, but I can’t say the same for Timothy Olyphant who seems to struggle with ‘being funny’. I like that they have an amazing character in their daughter however, who seems to carry every scene she appears in with her parents. 

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Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore as Joel and Sheila Hammond /via IMDB

Santa Clarita Diet finds a nice balance between morbid and comedy, but some episodes fall short of comedic relief and come off as completely manufactured jokes that won’t make you laugh one bit. Fair warning to those with light stomachs and sporadic gag reflexes, this show features a fair share of cannibalism so tread carefully.    

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