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Review of "Santa Clarita Diet" 2/3/17
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This comedy series is about a normal middle-class suburban family, The Hammonds. Sheila suddenly turns into a zombie overnight, which changes their lives.  This is a very droll sitcom with some chuckleworthy moments. The actors do a great job and the script is fairly sharp.

My problem is that I don't like zombies, and I don't like grossness, generally. This show has lots of grossness, such as massive vomiting, blood and gore.  I really love Timothy Olyphant, who stars as Joel Hammond, the beleagured pot-smoking husband who has to put up with his zombie wife. Drew Barrymore is great as the zombie wife, Sheila, who transforms in many ways (a lot of them good, believe it or not).  It's a sort of female-empowerment tale, in a way.  Nathan Fillion guest-stars in the first episode as a charming guy, Gary, who turns kind of creepy pretty fast. It's great to see him again, and he looks even more gorgeous than he did on "Castle!"

I watched most of the first episode, but once she started chomping on people, that was my limit. Sorry! Watch it if you don't mind gross stuff or zombies. Otherwise, skip it. I wish them luck because I do love the actors.  Despite the gross stuff, it's a light-hearted and fun zombie show with black humor.


In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, Justified) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction...but in a good way.

Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond, Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond and Skylar Gisondo as Eric Bemis.

Showrunner Victor Fresco, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are executive producers on the series. Nancy Juvonen is a producer. Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix production and is available globally ONLY on Netflix on February 3, 2017.

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