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Netflix has become the place where literally anything goes, and nobody asks any questions. We've seen series about telepathic children, blind lawyers who kick ass by night as vigilantes, and even series about completely sociopathic politicians -- although admittedly that last one isn't a terribly hard premise to get on board with. However, Drew Barrymore's upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet appears to be one of the streaming services most bizarre shows yet. Check out the trailer below to watch Barrymore's character extoll the virtues of cannibalism. Yes, you read that correctly.
Full disclosure: we truly never thought that we would find ourselves liking a cannibal on TV, and yet that trailer for Santa Clarita Diet has already sunk its teeth into us. The series centers on a couple named Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) living in the titular Los Angeles suburb as they go about their relatively boring day-to-day lives. However, one day Sheila (Drew Barrymore) finds her life turned upside down when death enters her life and she subsequently develops a zombie-like taste for human flesh. As you can probably imagine, things quickly become violent when she eventually gives into her newfound bloodlust. The results look absolutely delicious.
Although that premise may quickly conjure up images of The Walking Dead or a George A. Romero zombie flick, that doesn't necessarily appear to Santa Clarita Diet's primary goal. Sure, a zombie grounds the affair, but the series seems to be much more character driven in the way it approaches its main character. Sheila's taste for human flesh actually awakens something in her, and she eventually finds that it's the answer that she's been looking for to her normal lifestyle. It's still better than a midlife crisis, I suppose.
Santa Clarita Diet utilizes a completely insane core premise, and it seems to work by leaning headfirst into it. There's a palpable sense of black comedy present in this trailer alone, and we have a feeling that the dark humor will bleed (pun very much intended) into the series itself. While watching this trailer I unmistakably noticed the DNA of American Psycho at work. It's incredibly satirical in the way that it pokes fun at the vapid southern California lifestyle, and that ironic sensibility is definitely going to play a significant role in generating laughs throughout the course of the series.
Drew Barrymore's bizarre new series will premiere on February 3 on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PT. For more details related to all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts, make sure to check out our comprehensive midseason premiere guide and fill out your TV viewing schedules accordingly!