If you're into a strong female protagonist who happens to be a zombie, there is a show you definitely should be watching. No, we're not talking about the critically acclaimed Santa Clarita Diet, although you should definitely check that out as well.
No, we're talking about iZombie, the first female-driven zombie show that seems to fly under the radar. It has all the dark humor and appeal of Veronica Mars and a female star who has the range of Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.
If you're into crime procedurals, it has a healthy dose of that, too. Basically, there are many reasons to love iZombie, but in order to love it, you have to actually watch it.
So, check out our list of reasons why you should be watching iZombie. Then, you can watch iZombie online right here via TV Fanatic!
Liv Moore As The Badass Female Zombie Protagonist We've Always Had But Take For Granted
ICYMI, for THREE seasons there has been an awesome zombie female protagonist right under your noses. Olivia Moore also happens to be one of the greatest female protagonist on television at the moment, period. She's sweet, smart, sassy, and savvy. The best part is, brain eater aside, Liv Moore is also relatable.
She's a woman like any other woman, trying to figure out who she is and her place in the world, while balancing love, friends, family, life, and solving murders. She just so happens to be undead, too. She's fun, relatable, and someone you genuinely root for.
She's also played by Rose McIver who just so happens to be one of the most underrated actresses on television. She's the Tatiana Maslany of the supernatural genre, just as talented but not praised nearly as much. Each week she is tasked with channeling a whole new character while also maintaining the essence of her main one, all in an understated, charming way. We don't know how she does it, but she's damn good at it. If you don't watch iZombie for any other reason, you should watch it for her performance alone.
(Brain) Food Porn
Another highlight of the show is watching Liv prepare her meals. The cinematography of Liv's food prep will appeal to any Foodie. It's so appealing it has been mistaken for normal food more than once by unsuspecting humans. You can still find the traditional messy brain eater every now and then, but Liv eats brain with class. Each week she finds shockingly appealing and fun ways to consume human brain. Nachos, pizza, spaghetti, sushi...it's all up for grabs. The food prep/consumption sequence has become a favorite staple of the show.
Brain Personality Twist
Unlike the usual zombie folklore, iZombie zombies don't have to consume an entire brain to sustain themselves. The best and most interesting part, however, is the zombies take on some personality traits of the brain that they consume. They also have visions from the dead person's life. That means someone like Liv, can use this zombie quirk to help solve murders.
This also means, much to viewers' delight, iZombie zombies take on all kinds of fun personalities. Some of the best so far have been Liv on superhero vigilante brain, frat boy brain, magician brain, jealous girlfriend, grumpy old racist brain, horny romance novelist brain, real housewife of Seattle's brain, and mercenary brain. The highlight of season three so far has been the teen girl and loving dad brain duo. Each week there is something new. It's a weekly treat watching how Liv will behave based on who she consumes.
Every insanely funny show needs its "straight-man." For iZombie, Clive Babineaux is it. Don't mistake that for him being anything other than hilarious though because, with his dry humor and facial expressions, he's one of the funniest characters on a show filled with funny people. Detective Babineaux is the perfect partner in crime-fighting for Liv. Not only is he a damn good detective, but he's also a really good friend. He's most relatable when he's exasperated with his friends' shenanigans, which is pretty much all of the time. It's even better now that he's in on more of the zombie action. We dare you not to fall in love with this guy after one viewing.
The Ravi and Major Bromance
The friendships on iZombie are pretty special, but the bromance between Ravi and Major required a slot of its own. Liv is responsible for bringing these two together, and we should all be thankful for that. They're roommates, BFFs, and the epitome of #FriendshipGoals. Honestly, they may even be in love with each other. No doubt about it, the Rajor bromance will give you major feels, most of them warm and fuzzy. The friendship between these bros is the best.
It's An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride With Fantastic Writing
The concept for iZombie may seem absurd on paper, but the writing for the show is incredible. The show will have you laughing and crying within the same episode. There are a diverse, multi-dimensional characters who are well written and the lion's share of plots that makes it more than just a supernatural show or a procedural show. For every storyline that makes you laugh, there is another that will break your heart, or tug at the heartstrings, or make you so upset you can't see straight. No matter the feelings being invoked, iZombie will keep you invested.