This fun little show flew completely under the radar. As a person with no cable tv, I had no idea it even existed. Thank the streaming gods!
Basically, Stan Against Evil is John C. McGinley at his best; a grump with a soft heart, hidden beneath a fleshy coating of sarcastic remarks. As the retired sheriff of his town, Stan thinks he's leaving the world of totally bizarre crime behind. With the loss of his wife, a former demon hunter who protected him as the town's cursed law enforcement, he settles in for a life free of the dangers of policing a town where demonic trifles are constantly afoot. That retirement goes, of course, about as well as you'd expect.
Horror Comedy is so hard, but this show gets it right. The imagery is all there: demonic items, creatures (and practical effects!), puristan era witches, and all the makings of a small town. Stan even drives a wood panel station wagon. But, McGinley cracks wise in the way only he can. He has the formula down to perfection. Perhaps best of all is that each episode is self contained, featuring a new demon each week, but still working a continuous thread of the history of their town and the evil forces that inhabit it. Did I mention the show uses practical effects? The demons here were crafted with care, sometimes leaning toward body horror and deformity akin to the effects of movies like Slither. At the same time, creatures like the pig demon are allowed to look cartoonish in their wellcraftedness. The crew on this show just gets it. They give the horror fans what they want, but they also allow themselves to be silly.
I could watch Stan and his lovable goof of a daughter be mean to demons for a long time!