We finished our binge of Netflix's new horror comedy Santa Clarita Diet in the early hours of Sunday morning, and we have to say that it is not what we expected. This new series stars Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore as a married couple who begin their day as realtors -- the same as any other day. As the first episode progresses, all hell breaks loose. This show is fun and crazy with a lot of insanity mixed in, so, if that's your thing, then get binging! The rest of this post will reveal spoilers, so beware as you continue scrolling. Check out the trailer before you dive in!
Sheila (Barrymore) starts off the show as a woman who's very reserved but cares deeply for her family. Her husband Joel (Olyphant) is a regular guy who we learn a lot about as the series progresses. In the first episode, Sheila doesn't feel so hot while she and Joel are showing a house to an interested couple, and she vomits all over the master suite. We are not exaggerating even a little bit when we say that she vomited all over the place.
Along with all her puke, she also loses a small red ball which could be an organ, although that is not explicitly revealed. Joel finds Sheila in the vomit-covered room and quickly takes her to the ER where they get zero care because Joel doesn't know how much vomit is enough to get emergency care. Once they return home, Sheila's new co-worker shows up to let them know that the house has been cleaned, but he's taking over the listing. The co-worker is played by Nathan Fillion, and, even though he doesn't stick around for long, he's excellent. Following Sheila's vomit party, it's revealed that she has some new qualities including: no heartbeat, no impulse control and a hankering for uncooked meat. When their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) comes home to see the state her mother is in, she suggests getting help from their neighbor's son next door.
This family lives between two cops and one of them is not a nice person, but Joel will deal with him eventually. The neighbor's son Eric (Skylar Gisondo) breaks the news to Sheila, Joel and Abby that she's basically turned into a zombie. As if that news isn't bad enough, her new co-worker shows up and makes a pass at Sheila the next day, which she rejects by eating him. Once she gets the taste of human flesh in her system, she can't go back to anything less. The show switches gears from normal suburban family struggles to 'Mom's a zombie and we have to start murdering bad people so she can eat'. We don't want to spoil much more, but we will tell you that this first season ends with a major cliffhanger that left us thinking Netflix had switched shows accidentally because that certainly can't be it.
Santa Clarita Diet is fast-paced, completely insane, full of heart, sometimes so gory you can't eat, and funny enough for you to fall off the couch. Check it out and hope a second season arrives, so we can find out if the cure (which is only going to slow down the progression) works or if Sheila eventually has to be put down. Have you watched Santa Clarita Diet? If so, what are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section below!