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When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.
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Series cast summary:
Winona Ryder ...  Joyce Byers 25 episodes, 2016-2019
David Harbour ...  Jim Hopper 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Finn Wolfhard ...  Mike Wheeler 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Millie Bobby Brown ...  Eleven 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Gaten Matarazzo ...  Dustin Henderson 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Caleb McLaughlin ...  Lucas Sinclair 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Natalia Dyer ...  Nancy Wheeler 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Charlie Heaton ...  Jonathan Byers 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Cara Buono ...  Karen Wheeler 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Joe Keery ...  Steve Harrington 25 episodes, 2016-2019
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Dacre Montgomery ...  Billy Hargrove 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Joe Chrest ...  Ted Wheeler 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Matthew Modine ...  Dr. Martin Brenner 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Rob Morgan ...  Officer Powell 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Priah Ferguson ...  Erica Sinclair 12 episodes, 2017-2019
John Reynolds ...  Officer Callahan 11 episodes, 2016-2017
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Storyline

In a small town where everyone knows everyone, a peculiar incident starts a chain of events that leads to the disappearance of a child, which begins to tear at the fabric of an otherwise peaceful community. Dark government agencies and seemingly malevolent supernatural forces converge on the town, while a few locals begin to understand that there's more going on than meets the eye. Written by Charles J.

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The world is turning upside down See more »


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Montauk See more »

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Jackson, Georgia, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.00 : 1
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In season 1 the budget per episode was around 6 million dollars, and when season 2 was announced, Netflix gave the creators an increase in budget, with each episode for season 2 having an 8 million dollar budget - only 2 million less than the first season of Game of Thrones (2011) at a budget of 10 million per episode. See more »

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Dustin Henderson: Lando!
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The Stranger Things opening titles and fonts mimic the film grain and look of 1980's television series opening credits. See more »

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A nostalgic callback to the stories from my youth - but also a beautifully shot supernatural tale with charming performances and great production values
23 January 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

There were two dominating forces in the eighties that had a lasting effect on my cinematic taste for ever after and also resulted in my undying love for fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. I guess it isn't an overstatement to say "The Two Steves" probably influenced and shaped the imagination - the dreams AND the nightmares - of an entire generation.

The main factor why I loved their movies and books was that kids roughly my own age figured so prominently in many of them. King wrote 'Firestarter', 'It' and 'Stand By Me', and Spielberg either directed or produced (via his company Amblin) 'E.T.', 'The Goonies' and 'Gremlins'. Those were stories where the young protagonists encountered aliens and monsters or where they themselves had supernatural powers - or where they just went on an adventure (to find a body or a long lost treasure) with grown-ups largely out of the picture. Now if you've seen 'Stranger Things', that should sound pretty familiar, right?

Of course it does: because 'Stranger Things' deliberately pays homage to all those stories - and it does it very, very well. And it's not a rip-off, it's a love letter. The show emulates the themes and a certain style from those eighties treasures, and while it is a (for me) very welcome callback to some of the favorite stories from my youth, it's also very much its own thing. I won't give away the plot here (I guess you get a pretty good picture what it's about from what I wrote above), but I would like to mention that it's beautifully shot, the effects and generally the production values are top-notch, and the period-inspired music is fantastic. The biggest shout-out, however, has to go to the ensemble of actors, especially the kids who play the protagonists: their charming performances are the key to why the show works as well as it does.

To sum it all up: If you're an eighties kid like me, this show is a must. For everyone else, it might depend a bit more on whether you're a genre fan or not, but if you do like supernatural stories, 'Stranger Things' is a treat. I'd rate it eight stars out of ten, but with an extra star for nostalgia, that's a 9.

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