‘Santa Clarita Diet’ made a really impressive debut in its maiden season and got the netizens talking. The show’s unique setup and storyline engaged a wide audience that has seen its popularity go off the charts. The show stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as a seemingly normal couple, whose life as an idyllic family takes an interesting turn when one of them embarks on an unexpectedly life-changing journey.
The first season of the show premiered on Netflix on February 23, 2016. After receiving positive responses from television critics and audiences alike, Netflix announced on March 29, 2017 that it had renewed ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ for second season. Subsequently, Season 2 premiered a year later on March 23, 2018. The third season of the horror-comedy premiered on March 29, 2019.
Santa Clarita Diet Cast: Who is in it?
One one of the best aspects of Santa Clarita Diet is its cast. The central protagonists are played by Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond and Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Sheila’s husband. The couple’s daughter, Abby, is played by Liv Hewson, while Skyler Gisondo plays Abby’s friend Eric. When a show has a star like Drew Barrymore as its main lead, half the job of the creator is already done.
Apart from the main cast members, the show has dozens of recurring cast members, including Ricardo Chavira as Dan Palmer, Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Lisa Palmer, Andy Richter as Carl Coby, Richard T. Jones as Rick, Joy Osmanski as Alondra, Kaylee Bryant as Sarah, Natalie Morales as Anne Garcia, Thomas Lennon as Principal Andrei Novak, Ramona Young as Ramona, and Sydney Park as Winter, among many others.
Santa Clarita Diet Plot: What is it about?
The horror-comedy show essentially revolves around Sheila, Joel, Abby, and Eric. A middle-class family living in Santa Clarita, California, the Hammonds’ normal life (and incidentally, Eric’s), takes a vicious turn after Sheila gets inflicted with a mysterious sickness and starts craving human flesh. While the Joel, Abby, and Eric try to keep Sheila’s gradual deterioration into a zombie at bay, and try to help her find a cure, they have contend with neighbors, societal norms, anti-zombie task forces, and even a neo-Nazi baseball team.
The entire episode starts when Sheila one day starts vomiting violently, and ends up throwing up a fleshy red ball. Subsequently, Joel and family discover that she has no heartbeat, her blood is thick, and she craves human flesh. As they try to help Sheila through the unearthly ordeal, things take a turn for the worse (spoiler ahead) when their neighbor, Gary, tries forcing himself on Sheila, who then kills and eats him. Things get more complex after Gary’s death, as Sheila keeps deteriorating, and the bewildered and stressed Hammond family have to keep up appearances.