Who doesn’t appreciate a show with Drew Barrymore eating people?
On February 3rd, a new show on Netflix came out, Santa Clarita Diet. The name does not really give off any type of hints as to what this said diet will be, only that it involves some type of special food, and it makes Barrymore feel more alive than ever (ironically enough)! And that food, ladies and gentlemen, is not your average meal.
Drew Barrymore plays Sheila Hammond, a successful realtor who partners with her pothead husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant). Together, they are a dynamic duo that has been married for 25 years and have one child together, their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson). They live in Santa Clarita, a small town in California, and they live smashed in between a cop and a sheriff who are polar opposites of each other, and rivals. One day at a house tour, Sheila gets terribly sick and pukes everywhere. From then on, she has no heartbeat and according to the sheriff’s nerdy but charming son, Eric (Skyler Gisondo), she is ‘undead’ and acquires hunger for human flesh. Her id leads her impulsivity and her new diet is rather visually gruesome (if you have a weak stomach, cover your eyes when she feasts). The Hammond’s adventures to obtain this human flesh, however, always seem to go wayward but somehow successfully and cleanly wrap back around to end the pursuit like a loving, “normal” family. When Joel researches for a cure and finds a potential doctor, everything seems to be going in the right direction until both Sheila and Joel get trapped in different situations and it is up to Abby to save them both. Will she be able to do it? Santa Clarita Diet is making us wait until season 2!
Overall, if you are looking for a new show to procrastinate the homework, readings, and exams you have coming up, this is a pretty good one. With only 10 episodes in season 1, you can safely binge watch it in 2 days like I did and while you wait for season 2, you can finally get back to your school work. Or not.