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Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: While Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) adapt to her new condition, the number of mysterious disappearances is starting to cause suspicion.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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  1. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Mar 22, 2018
    50
    Santa Clarita Diet has accomplished actors and great one-liners but its stakes are stuck at sea level. Even when it fleetingly considers the morality of murder, the series is prone to take the easiest path possible and then wrap it up in a gag about undesirable body parts. ... Santa Clarita Diet sets up joke after joke about pain, death, and dismemberment but it doesn’t let you feel any of it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 23, 2018
    50
    Season 2 edges closer to making you care about these people instead of trying (and often failing) to make you laugh at their mindfully delivered jokes.
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  1. Apr 22, 2018
    10
    In season 1 I thought Drew Barrymore's performance was stiff and detracted from the quality of the show. I am happy to report that is noIn season 1 I thought Drew Barrymore's performance was stiff and detracted from the quality of the show. I am happy to report that is no longer the case: Barrymore is now putting out a strong and amusing performance. In fact, every character has improved: both in writing and performance. The writing is especially sharp this season, and they are actively world building as the central mystery of the show is elaborated on. In my opinion, this is one of the funniest shows currently running. My favorite part of the show is the central romance. Barrymore and Olyphant are the most compelling on screen couple I've seen in a long time. Their partnership feels very real, and their bickering and mutual support is very endearing. I would recommend this show to anyone who is interested in the premise of a benevolently murderous and always supportive couple. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2018
    10
    This comedy about a suburban family dealing with the mom becoming a zombie returns as funny as ever without losing any momentum from the firstThis comedy about a suburban family dealing with the mom becoming a zombie returns as funny as ever without losing any momentum from the first season. Though the characters' conflicts don't change that much from before, the writers and cast are having so much fun with how goofy and deranged this show gets that it's not really an issue. Plus, there are some real curveballs that you won't see coming.

    Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant have great chemistry and comic timing. Plus, the show manages to spend more time with some interesting characters from the first season who they didn't have enough time for the first season.

    Only downside this season in my opinion is that the neighbor cop and his wife don't have a lot of time this season. Yeah, they're not crucial to the show, but I liked their interactions with the main cast.
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  3. Apr 14, 2018
    10
    I never thought about how much i liked season's 2 development. I felt a little disappointed when they just throw away all questions they madeI never thought about how much i liked season's 2 development. I felt a little disappointed when they just throw away all questions they made at season 1, but it worth it when they show us new things better than season's 1 content. You laugh, you fell excitement, and you always want to press the "next episode" button. Expand
  4. Mar 31, 2018
    8
    A solid second series. Drew Barrymore was great again and Timothy Olyphant toned down his performance, which was an improvement. Less is more.A solid second series. Drew Barrymore was great again and Timothy Olyphant toned down his performance, which was an improvement. Less is more. The only negative, which really isn't a negative, is that I wanted more episodes. The over-the-top gore and colorful language were highly appreciated. As a horror comedy with subtle humor, Santa Clarita Diet is great. Expand
  5. May 3, 2018
    8
    Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life,Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a quiet life, raising their teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. Their world unexpectedly changes when Sheila dies and becomes a zombie, a cute hungry and sometimes feral zombie.

    The show is a lot better then I would expected. I wouldn't have thought that either actor would do well in a 30 minute comedy based on keeping the wife fed, looking for a cure (thanks Serbia) and from being discovered. The show can be gory, can be crass but is almost always funny. There are a ton of guest stars as well, all in memorable roles. I am looking at you Nathan Fillion (GARY!).

    The show is even good enough that I enjoy the teenager subplots involving their daughter and daughter's geeky best friend. The show also kept what made it good in the second season and improved it. I am looking forward to season 3 already.

    Pros: Great writing, acting and humor.

    Cons: Starting to get a lot of secondary characters, I hope they don't keep up increasing it in Season 3.
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  6. Apr 22, 2018
    8
    Season very uneven but much more "scathing" than the first episodes from last year. We have here a lot more information about zombies,Season very uneven but much more "scathing" than the first episodes from last year. We have here a lot more information about zombies, extensive universe and hilarious family quarrels. If you do not mind a large dose of gore (tripe, lots of blood and fluttering limbs) then this series is for very good. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2018
    5
    I was hoping for a lot more from this season because of the way they ended the first. Unfortunately, it seems like the writers kinda forgotI was hoping for a lot more from this season because of the way they ended the first. Unfortunately, it seems like the writers kinda forgot what they had planned and instead just copy-pasted the first season into the second season word document.

    The characters mesh a little better than they did the first season, they seem to actually know each other and genuinely care about each other, which is a testament to the actors stepping up their game, but unfortunately they just weren't given much to work with here.

    In the end, much like most of their other shows, they pulled a classic Netflix here. A good first season followed up by a middling second that leaves you wondering what happened.
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