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Stranger Things 

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When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.
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2021   2019   2017   2016  
Top Rated TV #66 | Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 69 wins & 190 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Winona Ryder ...  Joyce Byers 33 episodes, 2016-2021
David Harbour ...  Jim Hopper 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Finn Wolfhard ...  Mike Wheeler 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Millie Bobby Brown ...  Eleven 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Gaten Matarazzo ...  Dustin Henderson 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Caleb McLaughlin ...  Lucas Sinclair 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Natalia Dyer ...  Nancy Wheeler 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Charlie Heaton ...  Jonathan Byers 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Joe Keery ...  Steve Harrington 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Cara Buono ...  Karen Wheeler 32 episodes, 2016-2021
Noah Schnapp ...  Will Byers 32 episodes, 2016-2021
Sadie Sink ...  Max Mayfield 25 episodes, 2017-2021
Priah Ferguson ...  Erica Sinclair 20 episodes, 2017-2021
Dacre Montgomery ...  Billy Hargrove 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Maya Hawke ...  Robin Buckley 16 episodes, 2019-2021
Brett Gelman ...  Murray / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2021
Joe Chrest ...  Ted Wheeler 15 episodes, 2016-2019

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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 of the 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. (Season 1) See more »


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Trivia

In an interview on NPR, the Duffer brothers (Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer) praised Millie Bobby Brown as a precociously gifted actor and said that she is able to adjust her performance to different lens or camera positions in a way that most child actors don't know how to do. But they also said that there were times on the set when they were reminded that she was just a little girl; the example that Ross Duffer gave was, "one day she showed up on set and she [was] just covered head to toe in glitter. And she's like, 'I don't know where this glitter came from.' And it's like "I'm not having this problem with any of my adult actors. David Harbour is not coming in covered in glitter." The Duffers said that removing the glitter delayed their shooting schedule by 45 minutes. See more »

Goofs

The teenage characters frequently use the phrase "chill" to mean hang around. In 1983, "chill" would have been used as a command to someone the speaker perceived to be overexcited about something. "Chill" didn't mean "hang out" until some point in the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Dustin Henderson: [whenever the kids are about to do something stupid] Let's engage!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in After Trek: Into the Forest I Go (2017) See more »

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Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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Two very different seasons (EDIT: A few words about Season 3)
27 October 2017 | by Kevin-42See all my reviews

I guess plenty of people have said a lot of things about all the movie and TV references this series has and how it recreates the eighties in all their faults and splendor. I will not add to that.

With the release of the second season I'd simply like to advise that both seasons are very different animals. Think of it as the difference between the original Alien movie and the Aliens sequel: Whereas the first season was more about an unknown and unseen horror and the mystery behind the backstory, the second has more in-your-face action and horror laced with character development arcs which feel nice but sometimes sidetrack the series a bit.

Consequently, a fan of the show should probably watch the second season as a separate work of fiction rather than a true continuation of the first season in tone and spirit. The writers move the story forward and we get a very good piece of entertainment but the new season has to be judged on its own merits.

EDIT: Season 3 turned out to be a huge change in tone for the series. Maybe it's really hard keeping up the mystery if much of the "world" of Stranger Things already yielded many of its secrets but the overall "feel" of the series went into a different direction. Maybe the writers simply ran out of 80' templates to rip off. Season 1 was very much inspired by supernatural horror as in "Poltergeist". Season 2 took many cues from "Creature Features" like "Gremlins" or "Aliens". Season 3 now uses elements of 80' zombie flicks and low budget gore horror with a little bit of spy comedy mixed in (and fight scenes which feel straight out of "Die Hard"). All those genres didn't really mix well in the 80' and this strange cocktail sure doesn't work today. That doesn't mean that Season 3 is bad. It simply relies on characters who were established in previous seasons which used very different 80' story elements and tropes. It's almost like seeing Darth Vader in an Indiana Jones movie. Both work on their own but not together.

Basically, Season 3 is an all too transparent attempt to plough a fresh nostalgia field but it doesn't work in the context of previous seasons.


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