Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers 

At the U.S. Dept. of Energy an unexplained event occurs. Then when a young Dungeons and Dragons playing boy named Will disappears after a night with his friends, his mother Joyce and the town of Hawkins are plunged into darkness.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers (voice)
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland


Something crawls out from an underground lab in the quiet town of Hawkins and kidnaps a local child. The whole town and the child's friends embark in an adventure searching for him. A girl pursued by some shady agents will cross paths with the local kids. Written by kanedasajfar

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When introducing the protagonists (the boys) they are playing Dungeons and Dragons. This is an homage to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) in which the protagonists are introduced while playing Dungeons and Dragons. See more »


When wearing the "astronaut" suit, Dr. Brenner and his crew seal the gloves against the sleeves but the boots are not sealed, they use regular white rubber boots. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Wheeler: [reading from the playbook] Something is coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.
Will Byers: What is it?
Dustin Henderson: What if it's the Demogorgon? Oh, Jesus, we're so screwed if it's the Demogorgon.
Lucas Sinclair: It's not the Demogorgon.
Mike Wheeler: An army of *troglodytes* charge into the chamber!
[slams down a playing card]
Dustin Henderson: Troglodytes?
Lucas Sinclair: Told ya.
Mike Wheeler: Wait a minute. Did you hear that? That, that sound? Boom boom Boom!
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Performed by Jackie James, Ian Curnow
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An exciting start
21 July 2016 | by ahmadmobeenqaziSee all my reviews

So this is where it all starts. I'll be giving a spoiler free review of every episode, covering stuff as briefly as I can.

Okay, so Netflix outs another series with lofty expectations to match. This time, it's the 80s and a small town, Hawkins, gets to be the centre of suspense and drama. We see the world from the eyes of four junior school kids, who are the best of friends with curious minds. One of them gets involved in an intricated plot and the rest have to up their courage and suspend their disbelief to help him survive.

The first thing that you all will notice (and instantly love) is the score. It can be sensed that they put in a lot of effort to capture the 80s horror circuit synth track feel and drama hooks. The cinematography meanwhile, knocks it out of the park with brilliant camera-work and angle photography. I must say that the Duffer brothers (the makers of the show and directors of the entire season) deserve all the praise they get for igniting the perfect mix of nostalgia and entertainment.

All the child actors are phenomenal (you have to see it to believe it), and among adults, Winona Ryder and Cara Buono give very dedicated and convincing performances. The highlight overall though, is the youngling Millie Brown. Her act requires more work with facial expressions and body gestures than dialogues, and throughout, she nails this difficult task with bravado and flawlessness.

Overall, I'd say that the pilot episode definitely succeeds in its task of getting the audiences hooked. Verdict: 9/10.

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