FIRST LOOK: Santa Clarita Diet (TV Series) – Netflix

Drew Barrymore erotic finger sucking turns into … (see next photo)

Oh yes, these are unusual times.

The good news is if you’re looking for entertaining movies and TV shows to watch, there are tons of options. Shortly, we’re going to talk about one I somehow missed called Santa Clarita Diet.

When this blog started we didn’t do FIRST LOOK on anything except new movies coming to theaters, then because the last couple months we haven’t had any theaters open to watch new movies (except some scattered drive-in theaters in other parts of the country), we started covering new movies and TV series on streaming.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised how many entertaining TV shows there are to watch. Way too many for any one single person who works a completely unrelated full time job. So, what you get here, is me covering as much as I can of what hits my radar and either would like to watch or have watched. What I’m finding most interesting and entertaining at the moment, if you will. Most coverage will be new movies when the theaters reopen soon (still looking like July 2020), but sometimes you’ll get some of the “what we missed and caught up with.”

That’s the case here.

Santa Clarita Diet is a TV series in my wheelhouse that ran for three seasons and was not renewed for a fourth. I’m not a huge fan of zombies, but this offers a clever, often humorous take on them. It’s exciting to see Drew Barrymore, who was in Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye and Firestarter returning to her horror roots, even if it’s more satirical fare.

Meet Joe and Sheila Hammond — no, they very much are not the average couple!

I already have watched all 30 episodes of the three seasons, which again, is something I usually do only after writing a FIRST LOOK, but hey, let’s change with the times. Will there be reviews of all episodes forthcoming? Undecided.

As a mini-review of the entire three seasons of Santa Clarita Diet: the first few episodes were really interesting and super entertaining. As the series waned on, I think it sort of lost its way at times and became a bit too corny. By the end of the third season I can see why Netflix didn’t renew it, but if they change their mind and greenlight a Season 4, I’d probably see where those wild, wacky Hammonds go. Do I recommend watching this, if you haven’t seen yet? Check out the pilot episode to get a great idea what the series will be about.

Some of the screencaps that follow are going to be graphic, so proceed with that in mind…

So what does Drew Barrymore do in the pilot episode?

… ravenous finger eating, which turns into …
… a live human feast!

You can see how a long time dedicated horror fan would dig watching this. Even though I’ve been a subscriber to Netflix for many years, I somehow missed catching when it first came out. It’s a little ironically like finding out about a good restaurant in town that you’ve driven by many times and not noticed, then you try it out and it’s good, but not amazing. Is Netflix like this for anybody else?

All three seasons of Santa Clarita Diet are available on Netflix.

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you watched?

According to Google as of April 18, 2020, Netflix has 165 TV shows. Assuming this number are Originals or series they have commissioned to be continued like Black Mirror and doesn’t include TV series they have licensed from others like Star Trek.

I’m more of a movie person — hence the name of our site — but enjoy watching a great TV show from time to time (will never tire rewatching The Twilight Zone!), because they have the ability to extend that entertainment experience much longer than a couple hours.

Sources: Wikipedia Netflix Original TV series, Reelgood A-Z Netflix TV show list

Back in 2017, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the surprising statement that, “Our hit ratio is too high right now. I’m almost pushing the content team, ‘We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things,’ because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”

10 cancelled Netflix TV shows that are worth binge watching | TechRadar

The article linked above links and described the following 10 Netflix TV shows:

  • Bojack Horseman (2014-2019)
  • House of Cards (2013-2018)
  • Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
  • Mindhunter (2017-2019)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2017-2018)
  • Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
  • Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)
  • Sense8 (2015-2018)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (2017-2019)
  • The OA (2016-2019)

I’ve only watched (briefly) Orange is the New Black. Am familiar with a few others including House of Cards. Would be open to checking out others on the list, particularly Bojack Horseman, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Santa Clarita Diet.

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you seen? Recommended or not?