Netflix’s ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ packs a bloody punch

Netflix releases a dark comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, a couple who are not what they seem. "Santa Clarita Diet" is an acquired taste.

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in Netflix' weirdly dark new comedy series "Santa Clarita Diet." (PR image via Netflix trailer)

LOS ANGELES, February 4, 2017 – Netflix has introduced viewers to their new dark comedy “Santa Clarita Diet” starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. The show was created by Victor Fresco, the man behind “Better of Ted.”

Barrymore and Olyphant take on the roles of married real estate agents Sheila and Joel. They live ordinary lives until Sheila dies after a long round of vomiting that occurs during a house showing. For some unknown reason, she comes back to “life” supercharged and ready to devour human flesh.

Sheila discovers she has no pulse and her blood as turned into a tar-like substance. A stunned Joel, for his part, struggles with his new role as Sheila’s provider while attempting to avoid becoming her partner-in-crime. In the meantime, Sheila becomes addicted to fresh meat after eating a co-worker. Sheila and Joel quickly realize that sourcing flesh for her appetite will be difficult — and messy — and both decide that proactive action must be taken.

Taking a page from “Dexter,” the new series focuses on devouring people that are “deserving” in successive episodes. The happy couple actively discuss who deserves to get devoured, with Joel realistically concluding, “I guess the prototype would be young, single Hitler.”

Netflix spices up its new comedy offering with dozens of pop culture references and cameos. “Firefly” and “Castle” star Nathan Fillion appears oi the first episode as Sheila and Joel’s real estate competitor until his rather timely death.

As the oddest of odd couples, Barrymore and Olyphant exhibit strong chemistry through the entire 10 episodes provided by Netflix for your bingeing pleasure. True, the show fails to deliver on some of its sick jokes, but still delivers a high dosage of blood and gore for those who like to add a little grindhouse in their TV diet.

While Santa Clarita delivers bloody comedy, it does pack a positive message about the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love no matter the situations we find ourselves in. Sheila and Joel argue like married couples do. but over things that married couples usually don’t face. “I hate eating so late.” “Yeah, well there’s a lot about this that’s not ideal.” Netflix brings out the best in Olyphant, proving once again that he is one of the most flexible and personable actors, coming off of his string of successes and near-misses including “Deadwood,” “Justified” and guest appearances in “The Grinder.”

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