Remember that hilarious and oddly satisfying Netflix show where Sheila (Drew Barrymore) is shockingly turned into an “undead person” and her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) has to do his best to keep their family’s appearance as close to normal in the suburbs as possible? We do! No one can dislike these two relatable characters, and it is impossible to not like Santa Clarita Diet. The show was a gem in the sea of Netflix Originals given to us at our fingertips before it was snatched away in a surprising flurry of cancellations. As a fan, all I can say is, I may or may not have signed a petition last year to bring the show back to our screens. Until a studio adheres to my pleas, here are three shows that make the absence of Santa Clarita Diet a tad bit more bearable.

Dead To Me
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini in Netflix's Dead to Me

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini in Netflix’s Dead to Me

There may not be the storing and daily consumption of some type of human body part in Dead to Me, however there’s still the constant element of sloppily, and accidentally, killing people. Of course, by the point of Santa Clarita Diet’s untimely demise, the Hammonds had become professionals at cleaning up their bloody messes. Maybe Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate) will get it together in their third and last season.

What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows

Courtesy of FX Networks: Mark Proksch, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry and Harvey Guillén in What We Do In The Shadows

In Santa Clarita Diet, Sheila, Joel and Abby (Liv Hewson) were technically roommates. In What We Do in the Shadows, Lazlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) and Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), have been roommates for the several hundred years. Both sets of “families” have strategic ways of killing the people that they feed off of– one being strict about only going after bad people and the others preferring the blood of virgins. I can see them comparing notes on the morality of the mortality they inevitably cause. Heartwarming, isn’t it?

Robbie Amell in Amazon Prime's Upload

Robbie Amell in Amazon Prime’s Upload

In Upload, gorgeous images of freshly manicured lawns, clean pressed clothes and an overall upper class lifestyle in the false reality of an afterlife definitely mirror the setting of Santa Clarita. Sheila would probably feel right at home at Lakeview, summoning the “Angels” for her own random entertainment– that is until she, too, realizes that the entire system exists off of a perpetual classist system that screws the average human being out of a quality afterlife. But the views, though!

By now you should be gathering that death is the thread that ties all of these shows together. That, and different ways of preserving the human body is exactly how Drew Barrymore’s passion project will live on until it can officially be given life elsewhere. If you’re reading this FX, it’s never too late…


This article was originally published on 7/16/20



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