Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Now on Netflix: Santa Clarita Diet, Season 2 (2018)

Santa Clarita Diet, Season 2 (2018) - Created by Victor Fresco; Starring Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Natalie Morales, Thomas Lennon, Nathan Fillion, Andy Richter, Joel McHale.

By Kenny Howell 

The problems that plagued Santa Clarita Diet in season one are still there in season two. Also, it is still really funny.

The problem with Santa Clarita Diet is a big one, that Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are really miscast as husband and wife Sheila and Joel. That is not good since they are the leads and the majority of the show. Creator Victor Fresco has a definitive style, a screwball comedy banter mixed in here with very dark laughs about the undead and eating people. It's a very odd language, and Barrymore and Olyphant never really seem to get it, though Olyphant is a little better this season.

What helps is the writing around them, as well as the actors, are top notch. Specifically great are the kids of the show. Liv Hewson as their daughter Abby, and their neighbor Eric, played by Skyler Gisondo are fantastic, and I mentioned in my season 1 review that I almost wish the show could have waited 15 years, and they were the married couple. Still, the show has some very clever bits, and everyone has a lot of fun with the concept, which helps out a ton.

Season 2 shifts from dealing with Sheila's condition, to finding out why she is in it in the first place. That leads to finding other undead people, and the source that made them the way they are. It's still a lot of fun despite its faults and one of the nice little surprises on Netflix.

The first two seasons of Santa Clarita Diet are now on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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