Santa Clarita Diet — Netflix Original

Enjoying a meat smoothy

I give this show a 4 out of 5 stars.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant (Justified) star in the Santa Clarita Diet, a Netflix Original television series.  It’s quirky, funny, gross, and somewhat addictive.  The acting is excellent and plots edgy and unpredictable, but the twists are fast and then the show moves on.  Perfect for brainless binging.  There are ten half-hour shows.  Season 2 has not been approved, but internet chatter is that it will be.

In the first episode, Sheila (Drew Barrymore) dies and comes back to life, much like herself but with no heartbeat,  fewer inhibitions and she can only eat raw meat.  Her husband, Joel (Timothy Oliphant), still loves her and is determined to support her no matter what.  And so it begins.  Nathan Fillian (Firefly, Castle) is in the first show, so that’s fun.  There is way too much graphic and bloody eating for children.

Olyphant and Barrymore play off each other very well, dealing with mom’s “new condition.”  They have a teenage daughter and a nerdy neighbor boy, both of which are well cast and entertaining.  The family dynamics as they turn from mundane dramas to this unending crisis is hysterical.

One important thing that didn’t fit and wasn’t explained in the first season:  not only do we have no idea how Sheila got this “condition” and died, but Joel looks delighted that she’s dead.  I looked at that scene again, and it’s not subtle and not a mistake.  Throughout the rest of the season, he appears devoted.  Hmmmm….