Netflix is pretty well-known for its zany shows. If you are ever looking for a television premise that would never possibly be aired on a daytime TV channel, you can probably find it on Netflix. Some of these shows are received well, and others have a tendency to fall a little flat. While Barrymore’s Santa Clarita Diet was received well enough to have three seasons, Netflix is now giving it the boot.
The show, made by Better Off Ted writer Victor Fresco, starred Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as parents trying to deal with a Barrymore’s newly found, irrepressible urge to eat human flesh. Like we said, zany, if you’re putting it mildly. It’s not every day that you see a sitcom starring a face-eating zombie, especially considering the juxtaposition between the generally quirky and humorous setting of a sitcom and the massive body count of a sitcom about eating people.
In the end though, the show’s cancellation might not actually have anything to do with its ratings at all. Rather, Netflix seems to have settled on three seasons as being the ideal ‘runtime’ for a show that they are supporting. This could possibly be because back-end royalties really begin to start stacking after a third season, but whether or not that is the only reason Netflix is booting three season shows is unclear.
Regardless, the Santa Clarita Diet isn’t the only show to be axed after a third season, just the most recent, and one of the more interesting. How many other shows will end up on such a chopping block is a mystery, as it is possible that Netflix might choose to continue shows that have hit three seasons if their ratings are high enough.
The real issue might be the dropping interest of Netflix streamers if more and more shows get cancelled just because of their ‘runtime’. If you’re scared of starting new series on Netflix because you can’t be sure if they’ll even continue past a third season, one’s investment in the service could drop, and Netflix already has enough competition in companies such as Hulu as it is. Of course, Netflix will probably still offer plenty of other good, lengthy shows, so it might only be an issue for those that enjoy getting attached to series that are just starting out.
In any event, The Santa Clarita Diet has finished its run, but at least it managed to do so in a manner befitting its themes. The season finale was suitably wild, violent, and goofy, hitting all the same notes of the show itself. If you have to go out at all, it’s definitely better to do so with the same flair and appeal that attracted viewers to your show in the first place. Not every good show gets an opportunity to go out on their own terms, or even good ones.
Here’s a little taste of what the 3rd and final season had to offer: