Stan Against Evil – TV series – reviews

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Dana Gould, the creator of comedy horror TV series Stan Against Evil has announced via his podcast that IFC has cancelled the show.

Stan Against Evil, I am sad to report, will not be returning for a fourth season,” Gould shared. “It had a great run of three seasons. It’s not coming back. Will it show up in some other form on some other network someday? Maybe. But right now, as we like to say, it’s dead as Kelsey’s nuts.”

Gould continued: “I’m very proud of the show and its fantastic cast: John McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr., our great directors, Eban Schletter our great music person, Autonomous F/X, all the people that worked on the show. I’m leaving a lot of people out. This isn’t the official format for my thank you, but I thought everybody did a great job. The show’s on Hulu, you can enjoy it. It ain’t comin’ back anytime soon, but that is -as they say- showbiz, and I’m already working on some other cool crap that will hopefully come your way.”

Details of the show are below:


Stan Against Evil is a 2016 – 2018 American supernatural comedy horror television series created by Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Susan Burke. Directed by Jack Bishop and Justin Nijm, the TV series is a 3 Arts Entertainment and Radical Media production for the IFC Channel.

Season 3 premiered on October 31, 2018, on IFC with eight episodes.

The series stars John C. McGinley (The Belko Experiment; ScrubsSe7en), Janet Varney, Deborah Baker Jr., Nate Mooney (Vampire Vermont), Mick Ignis, Danielle Phelan, Gregory Nassif St. John.



Stan Miller (McGinley) is a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town.

Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.


Reviews [click links to read more]:

Stan Against Evil might not be the most original program that you watch on TV this season, but there’s no denying the passion and love for the genre that just oozes out of IFC’s new series. There is a strong, fun, macabre mentality at play here and the episodes push binge-worthy storytelling where cliffhangers are populating most of the episodes.” Daniel Kurland, Den of Geek!

“Overall, Stan Against Evil is a fun and sillier horror comedy alternative this fall, guaranteed to please those who have been looking for a solid stand-in for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Gould’s humor and appreciation for the genre, as well as the natural charisma of the cast on display, Stan Against Evil certainly rises up and delivers monsters and mayhem, even with its tongue planted firmly in cheek.” Ken W. Hanley, Fangoria


“The main reason to tune in to this cheerfully goofy show is to see typically excellent performances from leads John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, who work well together … The only recurring annoyance is that the title character’s constant litany of complaints contain a lot of lazy sexist jokes, which the show seems to think are funnier and more original than they are.” Maureen Ryan, Variety


“The effects for the witches (who love popping up for jump scares) are familiarly latex-looking or CGI cheap, an economic necessity that’s either endearingly part of the joke or tossed-off, depending … Still, the cast is game, and, if you’re looking for a knockoff Bruce Campbell this Halloween season, you could do a lot worse than John C. McGinley.” Dennis Perkins, A.V. Club


“ …it’s a sort of Mayberry RFD strained through Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with as many bad words as basic cable will allow. There is a bit of a through line, a low-lying arc; but it’s basically episodic television, each week giving its heroes a new sort of spook to understand and dispatch … Stan is busy enough and its players … appealing enough to keep you interested if not really invested.” Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


“At best, Stan Against Evil could be described as a campy mash-up, some sort of would-be Wet Hot American Horror Story, but Gould’s no Lloyd Kaufman, and his series will be lucky if it runs longer than the buffoonish cartoon of a series it most echoes, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo.” Aaron Riccio, Slant magazine

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