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What Series Are Similar to Santa Clarita Diet?
Netflix has a knack for canceling underrated, underappreciated shows, so it wasn't really much of a surprise when they pulled the plug on this bloody brilliant series after the 3rd season.
This zom-com, the first of its kind, was a critics’ darling despite not getting the audience it deserved. Eventually, moves like these will only lead to people moving on to other services. With Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ in the market, among many others, there are certainly a lot of options to choose from. Enough of my rant.
The silver lining is that the show left behind three spectacular seasons. If you've already had the pleasure of binging them, take a look at some other shows like Santa Clarita Diet to scratch that weird itch of yours.
Series Like Santa Clarita Diet
- The Vampire Diaries
- The Good Place
- Penny Dreadful
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Ash Vs Evil Dead
- The Originals
- American Horror Story
- The Last Man on Earth
Comical even in its darkest moments, this CW dramedy is quite similar to Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, except that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. The story follows Liv, a medical resident whose life goes awry when she gets invited to a party. Things are smooth at first, but all the fun and drinking eventually turns into a living nightmare for everyone involved.
She wakes up the next day, not remembering much of what happened the day before. Soon enough, however, she learns who she has really become—a brain-eating zombie. To satiate her new appetite, she works at a morgue. The perk of being a brain devourer is that you get access to all the memories and traits of the deceased. With new powers come additional responsibilities she must bear now.
I had low expectations for the show as part of me was expecting just another typical CW teen drama wrapped in the exterior of the supernatural. Fast forward a few episodes, I knew I was wrong. If you love shows like Santa Clarita Diet, iZombie should be your best bet.
2. The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries chronicles the daily lives of two vampire brothers whose century-old rivalry is reignited when they come across a teenage girl uncannily resembling someone they had known 245 years ago. Could she really be back or is the resemblance just a mere coincidence?
In a bid to unravel the mystery, they cancel everything and make the town of Mystic Falls their home. Things, however, don't go as planned when other players enter the game. They must settle their petty war for what lies ahead—an adventure fraught with danger every step of the way. In a supernatural world where ghosts, witches, and demons are real, these vampire brothers must tread carefully to not draw too much attention to them.
The Vampire Diaries is Supernatural on steroids. People die, only to come back to life and then die again. Though the show never takes itself seriously, especially in the later seasons where outlandishness has been dialed up to eleven, the storylines never stray too far off the main course. Despite being wacky, it's a sincere show with real stakes involved.
The Vampire Diaries Vs. Santa Clarita Diet
Though tons of gore and violence is featured in both the series, it's light-hearted. Even though The Vampire Diaires is billled as a gritty supernartural drama, it's hard to take the murder spree serisouly when the deaths don't have any stakes involved. Then again, TVD is certainly not a dramadey. If you're looking for something a shade darker than Santa Clarita Diet, The Vampire Diaries won't dissapoint you.
3. The Good Place
Zombie apocalypses, nuclear wastelands, dystopias—we have explored everything thanks to countless shows and movies revolving around those themes. The Good Place, however, goes against the grain to bring something enticing to the table. Set in the afterlife, this sitcom revolves around Eleanor Shellstrop, a self-loathing woman who’s never done a single good deed her entire life.
People like her usually find themselves in ‘The Bad Place’—a place for those who haven’t accumulated enough points for their good deeds to end up in the supposed ‘heaven’. After her sudden death, Eleanor wakes up in The Good Place, not aware of her untimely demise. It turns out that the creator of this place has committed a mistake in bringing her to this place. She was not the one he was supposed to bring. Nobody, however, knows that except for Eleanor. Will she do the right thing and come through? Watch this crackerjack of a series to find out.
Though effortlessly funny, The Good Place delivers profound life lessons in its light-hearted jokes. Fret not. It never gets too heavy to be suffocating.
4. Penny Dreadful
The plot follows Venessa Ives, a mysterious lady who has always managed to attract dark entities to her. Wherever she is, they find her. To make things worse, she lives in Victorian London, a safe haven for bloodthirsty creatures that lurk in the night. To keep them at bay, she assembles a team and goes on the offensive. Things, however, don't quite pan out the way she wanted. As those scornful creatures come for her, all her nightmares come true.
The untimely demise of this nightmarish supernatural series was not surprising, especially after its failure to secure good ratings, but it was still disheartening. After 3 mesmerizing seasons, the show was canceled, leaving fans wondering about the cliffhanger of the third season.
Though a spin-off (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels) was released back in April 2020, the lackluster reception pretty much sealed the fate of this ambiguous series, ending with a premature call-off in August 2020.
Will Santa Clarita Diet fans enjoy Penny Dreadful?
While SCD usually relies on the dark humor in its wackiest moments, Penny Dreadful is a gritty, heavy-handed affair. Bloodthirsty creatures roam the streets of London, but they’re usually not as affable as our beloved Sheila Hammond (the brain eater).
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Have you ever wondered how difficult it must be for prisoners to get back out in the world after being detained for decades? The world changes rapidly, but people living inside the locked cells don't. It's hard out there; not a lot of people make it.
Our protagonist experiences the same issues when she's rescued from a doomsday cult. After living 15 years underground, believing that the world had ended, she finally comes to her senses. Everything is normal. Life goes on. Kimmy, our protagonist, however, isn't so sure about what's normal and what's not. The good news is that she's not about to give up. Her newfound enthusiasm to experience this new life in a world she barely knows is refreshing.
Uncannily poignant and effortlessly funny, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the most underrated sitcoms out there. If it somehow flew under your radar, now is the time to redeem yourself.
Note: Don’t judge the series based upon the first 2 episodes. As we get more familiar with the storyline and characters inhabiting the world, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gets a lot better after a while. The first 2 seasons are absolutely binge-worthy. The 3rd one, unfortunately, derails a bit, but the last season is just as good as the first 2, concluding the sitcom with panache.
6. Ash vs Evil Dead
This nonchalantly gory show takes place 30 years after the events of Evil Dead, starring Ash in the lead role once again. Despite being infirm and older, he still has the courage to go against the terrifying creatures that have never stopped haunting.
Ash finally has to take responsibility for not only himself but for the world as well, for the survival of humanity depends upon him. Will he finally step up to the plate or will he let things slide?
We had to wait more than 20 years to see Ash once again, but it was well worth the wait. Unflinchingly cruel and dark, Ash hasn’t changed one bit from his prime days. He still says demons like he used to do, albeit slower. That’s why he finds 2 companions to accompany him in his quest to eradicate darkness once and for all. Instead of making life easier for him, these two often make things messier, leading to gory disasters.
It’s a shame that Starz has to cancel a gem like this. But what else can we expect in the age of brain-dead shows? The good news is, all 3 of its seasons are a delight to whizz through. Those looking for a series like Santa Clarita Diet will love what Ash Vs. Evil Dead brings to the table.
7. The Originals
This spin-off of The Vampire Diaries might seem like an attempt at cashing in on the popularity of the parent series, but it’s much more than that. The Originals started off just like The Vampire Diaries—flashy and flamboyant—but it soon evolved into a grittier version of its predecessor.
The plot revolves around the original family of vampires; the same family who helped create these bloodthirsty creatures. If you want to know more about the origins of this family and their connection with New Orleans, you’ll have to watch The Vampire Diaries first. Both the series are neatly tied to each other, so watch both to get a better understanding of what’s really going on.
I quite like the way they have removed the annoying bits of The Vampire Diaries while keeping all the elements that made it a success. Grittier and darker than TVD, The Originals is a must-watch for anyone who loves gory stories.
Unlike TVD, which overstayed its welcome quite a bit, The Originals neatly wraps up the story in 5 seasons with the banger of a finale. With strong performances from most of the ensemble cast, The Originals is one of the few shows on the CW network to leave a lasting impression. Check it out.
8. American Horror Story
This hard-to-pigeonhole series takes place across different eras with different characters and stories in each season. Innovative and nightmarish, American Horror Story is arguably one of the best horror shows on the air right now. Its uncanny ability to make you squirm in your chair as you witness one monstrosity after another is unparalleled.
If you’re into the slasher genre, you’re probably not going to enjoy it as much as others. There’s gore galore, but it’s blended with some pure psychological horror—something fans of Santa Clarita Diet will enjoy (hopefully).
Of course, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The show is not trying to appease everyone, which is what works in its favor. You’ll either love it or loathe it with passion. Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that American Horror Story is a gory delight.
As of the time of writing, the 10th season is on air, which doesn’t seem like my cup of tea so far. But I understand that that’s the case with most of the anthologies. Some seasons will be enthralling while others won’t be as impressive. In any case, the first 2 seasons are a must-watch for any phycological horror fans.
9. The Last Man on Earth
It has been 2 years since a deadly virus wiped out most of the human population, except for one man. Just an average man with a monotonous job, Phil Miller, the fortunate lone survivor, now finds himself wandering around the US, hoping and praying that there is at least one other human survivor, preferably a woman.
Does he get his wish granted? Revealing any more bits of the story would be just spoiling it. Experience his grief and sorrow first-hand, as he does his best to stave off loneliness and depression with self-mockery and binge-eating.
Before we go any further, let me put an end to your worries right here, it's not a heavy-handed affair. Though the series grazes on some sensitive topics, it's always wrapped in a sardonic tone. While it's no Walking Dead when it comes to cinematography, presentation, and tone, The Last Man on Earth is still an underrated gem packed with humor and originality.
Unfortunately, the series ended on a cliffhanger, getting canceled after the 4th season. Just as it was starting to get its much-deserved limelight, the show-runners quashed it.
Did I miss out on any other shows like Santa Clarita Diet? Let me know in the comments section.