This show was a big surprise for me.
Normally I am deeply bored with Zombies, especially with the recent trends, which are seemingly bent on making Zombie movies and Zombie series all around, only to mask the total lack of new ideas. It's like "I dunno which business I should run, so I open a beer shop, and people will come and drink beer."
'Death Valley' is very different. It combines a generic Police department show with a Horror/Monster show and creates a new comedy/action show, leaving the Police department part intact and developing plot lines from the Monster part, all together in a scenario of daily life, not the usual End-Of-The-World.
The great thing with 'Death Valley' is, that it is intentionally funny, ridiculous and silly. In the first few episodes there are a few scenes where the concept is exaggerated, but it gets continuously better. Especially the Captain (great: Bryan Callen), obviously designed as a laughing stock, gets a profile and grows up with every episode.
The serious part is also surprisingly well designed. For instance, in one episode, John-John (well played by Texas Battle), the team's strongest Zombie-basher, finds out that his father is now a Zombie, used in illegal Zombie fights like a dog. At this moment, all laughter is gone, and the show reaches another level of quality, which is rare for action-comedies. In another episode, Stubeck (excellent: Charlie Sanders) tries to get a Vampire hooker off the street, but fails. While this is of course a cliché, it has it's quality between all the cool (or sometimes not so cool) lines and gives the characters serious background.
The most funny episode for me up to now was, where Stubeck and his partner Billy (perfect as a sex addict: Bryce Johnosn) have a presentation about their work at the Kindergarden where Stubeck's children are, and suddenly are both forced to handle a threat by a Zombie prepared with a bomb, in front of the kids.
The show is not perfect, but has much potential with the various story lines and conflicts opened in this first season. It is refreshing, well directed and well cast. From my point of view it is good for a hit; hopefully the ratings will follow my impression and allow a second (third, fourth...) season.