Sign me up for the Santa Clarita Diet
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant turned up at the Golden Globes to support their upcoming Netflix comedy, Santa Clarita Diet, and now there is a trailer and I am 100% on board with this. First and foremost and most importantly and chiefly, I MISS TIMOTHY OLYPHANT AND AM GLAD TO HAVE HIM BACK. The little snippet of him dancing and the way he says “Act casual,” crack me up. Legit laughed out loud. He’s best known for playing gun-slinging badasses like Raylan Givens and Seth Bullock, but Olyphant is low key hilarious and this looks like it’s taking full advantage of his California chill and humor.
But Barrymore kills me, too—I also laughed at “We’d be heroes!” And this plot is like, The Burbs and Desperate Housewives combined with a bunch of fun actors like Nathan Fillion and Patton Oswalt. Barrymore and Olyphant play suburban SoCal realtors whose lives spiral out of control when Barrymore gets zombified and starts eating people, and her family helps her hide her cannibal murders. This is checking all my boxes.
What’s really winning me, though, is the tone. This show comes from Victor Fresco, who is (somewhat disappointingly) not a bumbling private eye with an office in a strip mall, but is the creator of Better Off Ted, a short-lived but brilliant workplace comedy. Ted nails the combination of observational comedy, parody, romantic comedy, and wacky hijinks. Ted can’t be defined by any one type or style of comedy, which is probably why it didn’t click with a network audience. It’s stupid-smart and despite the bright colors and witty repartee, it’s a little too pointed for comfort. (I highly recommend it—it’s on Netflix.) Santa Clarita Diet is showing some of the same stuff as Ted, except instead of lampooning workplace comedy, it’s going after suburban family sitcoms by way of zombie shows. With Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. It’s like this show was made just for me.
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