Sometimes when I find myself watching The Walking Dead, I think it's missing one key element — humor. OK, I've never actually thought that, but now that Netflix's new series Santa Clarita Diet has arrived, I've learned that zombies, cannibalism, and comedy are the perfect combination for a TV series. (Who would have guessed?) Plus, it stars Drew Barrymore and is set in sunny Santa Clarita, California, so it's perfect for the winter months. And, if that isn't enticing enough, the Santa Clarita Diet soundtrack is to die for. (Pun intended — sorry, I had to.)
The show's original score is composed by John and Josh Debney. John Debney is a veteran in the music and TV biz who received a "Best Original Score" Oscar nomination for The Passion of the Christ. He's also composed music for a diverse array of TV series and movies including Law and Order, Hocus Pocus, Elf, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Sin City. His son Josh is now following in his dad's footsteps, and the two successfully collaborated on the score for the thriller Careful What You Wish For before joining forces again for Santa Clarita Diet.
In addition to the Debney's killer score, each episode concludes with the perfect song. Although a soundtrack hasn't yet been announced or released, you can easily make your own playlist. Here's a handy roundup of all of the songs featured in the credits.
1 "Chest Wide Open"
This hip-hop/rap tune by the band Lyrics Born can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play, and it's also available on Spotify.
2 "Trouble" By Cage The Elephant
Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant evoke the '60s in their music, and this song is available on Apple, Google Play, and Spotify.
3 "Big Steps"
No Small Children's catchy alternative tune is available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play, and you can also listen on Spotify.
4 "I Wish"
Skee-Lo's rap tune is one of the series catchiest songs. Buy it on iTunes or Google Play, or add it to your Spotify line-up.
5 "Too Much Time On My Hands"
Fans of classic rock will be stoked to hear the Chicago-based rock band Styx on Santa Clarita Diet. "Too Much Time On My Hands" is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.
6 "Get Some Freedom"
Electropop band Big Data collaborated with the Canadian band Dragonette for this awesome song that can be found on Apple, Google Play, and Spotify.
7 "Breakin' Outta Hell"
Airbourne's rock song "Breakin' Outta Hell" is so fitting for Santa Clarita Diet. You can buy it on iTunes and Google Play, or listen on Spotify.
So, if you simply don't know what to do with yourself once you've marathoned Santa Clarita Diet, head to your music app of choice and create a killer playlist.