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Santa Clarita Diet is an American horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco for the streaming service Netflix, starring Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore.[1] Fresco serves as the showrunner, and is an executive producer alongside Barrymore, Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell.[2][3]

Santa Clarita Diet
Santa Clarita Diet logo.png
Genre Horror-comedy
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) John Debney
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Victor Fresco
  • Tracy Katsky
  • Aaron Kaplan
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Chris Miller
  • Ember Truesdell
  • Timothy Olyphant
  • Andy Weil
  • Jane Wiseman
  • Brittany Segal
  • Ruben Fleischer
Producer(s)
Cinematography Todd McMullen
Editor(s)
  • Shawn Paper
  • Andrew Doerfer
  • Lawrence Maddox
  • Steven Sprung
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 26-30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03) – present
External links
Website www.netflix.com/title/80095815

The single-camera series premiered on February 3, 2017 and consists of 10 episodes.[4] The first season has received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the cast and premise, but criticizing the number of graphic scenes. On March 29, 2017, it was announced that Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which will premiere in 2018.[5]

Contents

PlotEdit

Joel and Sheila Hammond are everyday suburban real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California.[6] The couple face a series of obstacles when Sheila has a medical turn and starts craving human flesh. With Joel and the family trying to help Sheila through the trying time, they have to deal with neighbours, cultural norms and getting to the bottom of a potentially mythological mystery.[7]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Sheila's husband and Abby's father
  • Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond, Joel's wife and Abby's mother
  • Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond, Sheila and Joel's daughter
  • Skyler Gisondo as Eric Bemis, the Hammonds' neighbor, Lisa's son and Dan's stepson

RecurringEdit

GuestEdit

  • Nathan Fillion as Gary West, a realtor and the Hammonds' co-worker
  • Andy Richter as Carl Coby, the Hammonds' boss
  • Patton Oswalt as Dr. Hasmedi, a virologist
  • Ryan Hansen as Bob Jonas, Lisa Palmer's lover
  • Derek Waters as Anton, a conspiracy theorist
  • Ravi Patel as Ryan, a convention goer
  • Ramona Young as Ramona, a pharmacy worker whose unenthusiastic attempts to help customers trigger epiphanies in them

ProductionEdit

Fresco came up with the premise from wanting to make "a family show with an interesting approach that we haven’t seen before". The zombie angle also allowed Fresco to explore the concept of Narcissism stating that "the undead are the ultimate narcissists. They want what they want when they want it and will do anything to just have what they want and don’t care about other people’s needs" [8]

For the setting Fresco drew from his own experience growing up in San Fernando Valley. Santa Clarita was chosen because of its middle class inhabitants.[8] The Hammonds' profession of realtors was chosen because "It gets them out into the world" as well as the "forced friendliness" inherent to the profession.[8]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "So Then a Bat or a Monkey" Ruben Fleischer Victor Fresco February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Joel and Sheila Hammond are realtors leading a normal suburban life with their daughter Abby. They are trying hard to sell a house but while showing it Sheila begins to violently throw up copious amounts of yellow liquid, including what might be an organ. Joel takes Sheila to the emergency department but it’s slow and they go home. Sheila is acting oddly including an increased libido. Sheila shows the family that she had no heartbeat and her blood is thick. They then talk to Lisa’s son Eric who informs them Sheila is dead and undead, thus driven by her Id. Sheila is okay with her new state. Eric tells them Sheila must always be fed, and if she degrades they may have to kill her. Later, Sheila and Abby sneak out and buy a car then Sheila goes to party with her neighbors. Sheila and Joel's co-worker, Gary, shows up and entices Sheila into dancing with him when Joel finds them. They leave and Sheila thinks her new behavior might be who she really is. Sheila is at home when Gary comes by and tries to force himself on her, threatening to tell others she was unfaithful if she refuses. Sheila begin to lick his fingers, suddenly biting two of them off and begins to devour Gary in the backyard. Joel comes home, and walks into the backyard to see Sheila eating Gary. She tells Joel she wants to make this work as Joel looks on in astonishment and horror.
2 "We Can't Kill People!" Ruben Fleischer Victor Fresco February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
They bury Gary’s remains in the desert. Abby and Eric follow them discovering Sheila killed Gary. While covering up the murder Dan sees Joel spraying his grass in the middle of the night and gets suspicious. Joel consults a virologist but he thinks Joel is crazy. Dan comes to inspect the grass and Joel tells him they have ants. Abby ditches school with Eric. Joel tries to get Sheila to eat meat but she says since she ate Gary she does not want anything but humans. Joel suggests that maybe it is the freshness that matters. Sheila continues to act impulsively including killing a rooster. After they make the sale on the listing Sheila tells Joel she couldn’t eat the rooster. Joel reiterates that they cannot kill people. Joel and Sheila try to find an alternate food source at the morgue but Sheila can’t stand the cadaver flesh. Sheila’s hunger in growing so Joel tells her they are going to kill people so she can eat. They have been together since high school and he is not going to leave her now. Abby comes and sleeps in their bed because she is worried about the changes.
3 "We Can Kill People" Marc Buckland Clay Graham February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Joel and Sheila discuss balancing killing people and being parents. Abby is grumpy with them for being overbearing. They make a plan to find a bad person to kill. Dan talks to them about never having a sloppy kill referring to the ants. They get supplies for killing people. Joel smokes pot in the bathroom to calm down. Eric and Abby have lunch while ditching school where Abby’s friend leaves with her older boyfriend but he breaks up with her. Joel and Sheila talk to Rick, their other neighbor who is also a cop, looking for where to find people to kill. Sheila and Joel overhear the teenagers talking about how bad the ex-boyfriend was and decide to kill him. Once Joel talked to him he decides to let him go much to Sheila’s annoyance. The teenagers teargas the ex-boyfriend's house retrieving her friend sweater. On the way home Sheila and Joel have a road rage incident then Sheila kills the driver of the other car. They put him in the freezer in their storage unit hoping he will not be missed. They go to family dinner and all three of them tell the others how wonderful everything is.
4 "The Farting Sex Tourist" Ken Kwapis Michael A. Ross February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Sheila makes a smoothie from the body in storage then goes walking with her neighbors. She suggests the women should live life to the fullest. She tells them her new attitude is due to her new high protein diet. Joel goes to paranormal stores researching zombies. He finds two prints from Serbia that show someone vomiting up a red ball and then eating someone. Rick talks to the couple about their new car and then Dan interrupts bringing them more ant spray. Abby’s school calls them in and Principal Novak tells them Abby is missing school. They insist everything is normal. Sheila gets upset with Novak and she wants to eat him when he threatens to suspend Abby. Sheila tells Abby she should drop out causing Joel to confront Sheila about her behavior concluding he is not sure their family can survive it. Sheila talks to Eric who tells her the undead have no impulse control and she cannot change. Meanwhile Joel talks to Abby and they steal Rick’s motorcycle before they bond over freaking out about Sheila. Joel realizes Novak is Serbian. Dan sprays Joel’s yard for ants and finds Gary's finger.
5 "Man Eat Man" Marc Buckland Chadd Gindin February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Abby goes to the storage unit and finds the dead man in the freezer. Joel talks to Novak’s Grandmother for help translating the prints. She tells him it is an old story about zombies from a book that might have a cure. Sheila is reluctant about a cure at first as she likes the side effects of being a zombie but finally agrees she wants a cure. Joel finds a possible source for the book, Anton. Abby tells Eric about the dead guy she found. Eric tells Abby he found out his mom is having an affair. Joel asks Rick to run a check for Anton. Dan blackmails Joel into killing a guy named Loki. Joel tells Sheila that Dan knows about Gary. Sheila wants to kill Loki for food and is willing to go alone. Abby complains to Eric about her parent’s lying and he tries to kiss her. Sheila and Joel try to kill Loki and fail. Sheila is worried she bit Loki. Abby notices blood on Sheila’s briefcase but does not confront her mom about it. Loki is on the floor of a hotel room surrounded by vomit like Sheila was before.
6 "Attention to Detail" Craig Zisk Leila Cohan-Miccio February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Joel and Sheila stake out Loki and debate the possibility that he was turned into a zombie. With no resolution they go to a party at Dan’s house and Joel has to lie to Dan about Loki. Sheila realizes she left a pen with her contact information at Loki’s house. Abby and Eric have a hard time recovering from the kiss. Dan wants Joel to kill another guy who he claims is a bad guy but when Sheila goes to kill him it turns out to be the guy Lisa is having an affair with and she does not kill him. Abby and Eric plant a flash bang in Dan’s rose garden to freak him out. In the process they find a stash of money concluding Dan is a dirty cop. Joel runs into Loki’s friends and is held hostage. They knock him out but he is OK and he finds the pen. Joel and Sheila decide they are going to do everything together moving forward. Joel confronts Dan telling him he will not be killing people for him anymore. They get into a fight and Joel kills him with a shovel.
7 "Strange or Just Inconsiderate?" Lynn Shelton Ben Smith February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Joel and Sheila bring Dan’s body to their house and they make a plan to dispose of him. Sheila begins to worry about Joel, who is obsessed with retaining the family's "normality." Rick finds Anton for Joel. Abby finds Dan’s body in the tub and confronts her parents about lying to her. Abby tells Eric that Dan is dead and he is fine with it. Abby and Eric have a plan to help cover up Dan’s murder by revealing he is a dirty cop to the other cops. With the sheriff's department all over the neighborhood following Dan's disappearance, Sheila undertakes to eat him completely to hide the evidence but fails. Joel decides to take the remaining body parts out of the house in a cooler. The cops find Dan’s stash and with it Gary’s finger. Rick tells Joel that Gary’s disappearance is being blamed on Dan. While Sheila is taking a bath her little toe falls off.
8 "How Much Vomit?" Steve Pink Aaron Brownstein & Simon Ganz February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Sheila keeps the fact that her toe has fallen off from Joel. As the police discover more about Dan's corrupt activities, Joel and Sheila hear that Loki is still alive and appears to have turned undead as well. They find him doing an acoustic performance at a local club, and he becomes obsessed with Sheila, forcing them to kill him when he tries to murder Joel. As Joel is coming to terms with Sheila's toe having fallen off, they are both shocked to notice that her right eye is now hanging out of her head.
9 "The Book!" Tamra Davis Sarah Walker February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Joel and Eric head to a paranormal convention to meet Anton, a popular and mysterious figure in the paranormal community, who claims to have an ancient book containing the cure for Sheila's condition. Anton accuses Joel of being a government agent, and when confronted later, admits he is a fraud and does not have the book—however Joel is approached by another attendee, who puts him in touch with the book's real owner, Dr. Cora Wolf. Meanwhile, Sheila tries to bond with Abby, as the two try to get her money back from the brother of the deceased chop shop owner.
10 "Baka, Bile and Baseball Bats" Dean Parisot Clay Graham February 3, 2017 (2017-02-03)
Dr. Cora Wolf moves in with the Hammonds to work on a cure for the virus, which has previously only been tested on rats. Wolf tells Sheila that as her condition progresses, she will become uncontrollably violent and could harm her family and others. With Eric's assistance, Wolf synthesizes the cure, only requiring the final ingredient: the bile of a pure-born Serbian. Joel and Sheila visit Principal Novak's "baka" and attempt to get her to vomit by getting her drunk, however Novak calls the police and Joel is arrested and committed to a mental institution. Sheila gets Abby to chain her up in the basement, to prevent her harming anyone. She takes a call from a real estate client, telling them that she hopes either she or her husband "will be free next week".

Critical receptionEdit

First season of Santa Clarita Diet received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 74% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Santa Clarita Diet serves up an excellent cast, frequent laughs, and an engaging premise – but the level of gore might not be to everyone's taste."[9] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Advertising controversyEdit

In February 2017, advertising for the show sparked criticism in Germany, where Netflix promoted the show with posters depicting a human finger sliced up like a currywurst, a popular German fast food dish. After receiving more than 50 complaints that the advertising was glorifying violence and inducing fear, especially in children, the German Advertising Council, a self-regulatory institution, forwarded the complaints to the company. Netflix then decided to end the campaign and remove all posters.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant To Star In 'Santa Clarita Diet' Netflix Series". Deadline. 
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant to Star in Netflix Comedy Series 'Santa Clarita Diet'". Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Abrams, Natalie (November 28, 2016). "Netflix sets premiere for Drew Barrymore comedy Santa Clarita Diet — exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant to Star in Netflix Comedy Series 'Santa Clarita Diet'". Variety. 
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Drew Barrymore Comedy 'Santa Clarita Diet' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline. 
  6. ^ Respers, Lisa (February 2, 2017). "'Santa Clarita Diet' brings attention to city". CNN Entertainment. 
  7. ^ Harnick, Chris (January 17, 2017). "Drew Barrymore Is TV's Newest Zombie (But, Don't Call Her a Zombie)". E! Online. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Bacle, Ariana. "Santa Clarita Diet creator calls new zombie comedy 'a romantic piece'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Santa Clarita Diet: season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ Plaga, Corinne (20 February 2017). ""Angstauslösend" Netflix muss Werbeplakate für TV-Serie "Santa Clarita Diet" abhängen" (in German). Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 

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