SANTA CLARITA DIET // s01-03

Finding this post-cancellation was a damn shame, since it fairly abruptly comes to an end while it has so many balls still up in the air.

As a comedy, it’s perfectly written. There’s an expert balance with saccharine tone and dark subject matter that really works here — it’s a champion of the “yes, and” ethos in that it’s continually building off itself and reintegrating throwaway gags into the overall plot.

But, as mentioned, it died an unceremonious Netflix death while it still had a comfortable season or two worth of steam left in it, which is a damn shame. Not a lot of shows manage this level of sharp dialogue without feeling overwritten or trying too hard.

The practical effects are horrifyingly over the top, but it’s all anchored by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant’s brilliant comedic timing (the whole remainder of the cast is pitch perfect too).

If you can handle the fact that it doesn’t have a satisfying conclusion, this is a really fun one and well worth your time.

Two severed thumbs up.

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