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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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Series cast summary:
Winona Ryder ...  Joyce Byers 34 episodes, 2016-2021
David Harbour ...  Jim Hopper 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Finn Wolfhard ...  Mike Wheeler 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Millie Bobby Brown ...  Eleven 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Gaten Matarazzo ...  Dustin Henderson 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Caleb McLaughlin ...  Lucas Sinclair 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Natalia Dyer ...  Nancy Wheeler 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Charlie Heaton ...  Jonathan Byers 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Joe Keery ...  Steve Harrington 34 episodes, 2016-2021
Cara Buono ...  Karen Wheeler 33 episodes, 2016-2021
Noah Schnapp ...  Will Byers 32 episodes, 2016-2021
Sadie Sink ...  Max Mayfield 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Priah Ferguson ...  Erica Sinclair 21 episodes, 2017-2021
Dacre Montgomery ...  Billy Hargrove 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Maya Hawke ...  Robin Buckley 17 episodes, 2019-2021
Brett Gelman ...  Murray Bauman / ... 17 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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It only gets stranger... (Season 2) See more »


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There are many possible homages to the Silent Hill (1999) series of games on the show, particularly the game Silent Hill: Homecoming (2008). In addition to the similarities of the dark "Otherworld" of Silent Hill and the "Upside-Down" (both mirroring the real world, but decrepit and filled with a haze and falling flakes like ash), there are also living portals in inanimate walls, one of which an agent "Shepherd" tears into so he may pass through, just as the character Alex Shepherd does in Homecoming. Mike's (Finn Wolfhard) family share the same last name with Deputy Wheeler from the same game. Elle (El) (Millie Bobby Brown) is a prominent character in Silent Hill: Homecoming. An "Eleanor Gillespie" is mentioned in Stranger Things; the Gillespies are a crucially important family in the Silent Hill mythos (and Alessa Gillespie is a telekinetic little girl who spends most of her life in a hospital). The actor Finn Wolfhard (Finn Wolfhard) bears an uncanny resemblance to Alex Shepherd's little brother, Joshua. See more »

Goofs

At the end of chapter 6 Mike and Dustin set their bikes down outside of Mikes house with Dustin's bike on the left and Mike's on the right. In the beginning of chapter 7 when they are leaving Mike's house to escape, Dustin's bike is now on the right and Mike's is on the left. See more »

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Eleven: Promise.
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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 »

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Stranger Things
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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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Release Date:

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