To say that Netflix has had its fair share of success with its original television programming over the years would be an understatement. The streaming service has managed to break all kinds of expectations with its original series, with shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and more all emerging as constant awards contenders each year, and their Marvel Defenders series all (for the most part) being welcomed with widespread critical acclaim. However, even with all of that being said, none of the streaming service’s previous original series were quite as unexpected and strange as Santa Clarita Diet.
Starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, the comedy series came seemingly out of nowhere in the weeks leading up to its release, after Netflix revealed that the show wouldn’t actually just be about a housewife and her suburban family. Instead, the series followed Barrymore’s character after she died and came back to life as a zombie, hankering for human brains in order to stay “alive,” and recruiting the help of her family and husband (Olyphant) along the way. It managed to subvert expectations at every turn, and it looks like Netflix fell just as in love with its zaniness as many critics and viewers did.
After premiering with its first season just a little over a month ago on Netflix, the streaming service has officially renewed Santa Clarita Diet for a freshman season. Set to premiere sometime in 2018, Netflix announced the series renewal in a way similar to how they have with some of their previous hit series also, with a tongue-in-cheek announcement video in which the number “2” is spelled out with human body parts and various forms of meat. Just in case some people weren’t already aware of what exactly the “Diet” in the show’s title actually is. Take a look for yourself in the space above.
This renewal doesn’t come as much of a surprise, of course, considering Netflix’s past pattern of sticking with their original series for, at the very least, two seasons or more. While Santa Clarita Diet didn’t quite capture the pop culture consciousness like Stranger Things or Master of None did, that doesn’t discount its success either, after the strange zombie comedy was met with almost universal praise from critics, as one of Netflix’s most successful original comedies to date.
The season 2 renewal of Santa Clarita Diet should come as welcome news for fans of the series as well, after the show’s first season finale ended with a major cliffhanger, leaving the fates of practically every single main character hanging in the balance. So while the mysteriousness of that ending may have been a bit of a gamble on the part of the show’s creative team, it looks like it has paid off already for them, as fans will indeed get to see what happened to Hammond family after all.
Santa Clarita Diet will return with its second season in 2018 on Netflix.