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Drew Barrymore's New Netflix Show Has a Morbidly Delightful Twist

By Dustin Rowles | | January 5, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | | January 5, 2017 |

When we heard that Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant and Nathan Fillion were starring in a new Netflix series (due out on February 3rd), we were cautiously optimistic. It’s called Santa Clarita Diet, and for whatever reason, I thought it was based on some mass-market paperback, but the fact that Better Off Ted’s Victor Fresco was showrunner still had us excited.

Barrymore. Olyphant. Fillion. Fresco.

Little information was given the details of the show aside from a logline: “Married couple Sheila and Joel (Barrymore and Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a dramatic change.”

Sounds like a pleasant rom-commy diversion that probably has some edge to it, thanks to Fresco.

Turns out, there’s a whole lot more edge to it than we might have thought.

That dark turn? Sheila is dead, but she’s not just dead. She’s a zombie. The Santa Clarita diet spoken of? That’s human flesh. She needs to eat it so that she can continue “living,” and being the loving wife and mother her family needs.

“I don’t want to watch a show about a couple fighting and falling apart, I can’t handle it right now,” Barrymore told USA Today. “It’s not heavy, but it’s not lacking in a sort of sweetness, if you will. But it’s also got bite and backbone and balls.”

I love the zombie genre, and as long as it’s done well (iZombie, In the Flesh, The Walking Dead (sometimes)), it’s not one I’m capable of getting tired of, because there are so many satiric possibilities inherent within it. Using zombies to explore suburban malaise is a fantastic new twist.

Liv Hewson (daughter of Bono) also stars as the couple’s daughter, and Fillion will play a rival real-estate agent.