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 ... 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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The 1980s calendar poster of Debbie Harry on Nancy Wheeler's (Natalia Dyer) bedroom wall was issued to promote the 1980 Blondie album "Autoamerican". See more »


There's no need to roll a dice to see if a Fireball spell strikes his target in Dungeons & Dragons. There was a rule of complexity (which is optional) in Chainmail (on which original Dungeons and Dragons was based) but the roll is two six-faced dice, not a twenty-faced dice as the kids are using. 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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References Fantastic Four (1967) See more »


She Has Funny Cars
Written by Jorma Kaukonen and Marty Balin
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
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Nostalgia Trip into the '80s
3 July 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

I'm not very quick on picking up new shows even when there is quite much hype about it. I guess I'm the kind of guy who likes to stay with his old favorites, and I'm not very persistent viewer of TV-shows (I still haven't seen farther than 6th season of my all time favorite 'The X-Files'). 'Stranger Things' was recommended to my by one of my colleagues who knew my interest in supernatural, 1980s, Stephen King and 'The X-Files'. I have to say I wasn't disappointed after watching the first two episodes and now I'm hooked.

The start is quite slow, but the characters are likeable, the atmosphere and tension are present to keep the viewer interested. The show is taking place in 1980s and it has the nice authentic feel of classic '80s horror movies (that authentic feel is something that most nostalgia driven movies fail to capture), so the shot of nostalgia is another strong reason to give 'Stranger Things' a shot. Wonderful synth score has a lot to do with adding more eeriness to the autumn forests surrounding the small town Hawkins.

Acting is great altogether, but besides Millie Bobby Brown's marvelous portrayal of Eleven, Winona Ryder's outstanding job as Joyce Byers definitely needs mentioning.

After first episode I was hooked and after second, I think, I might be an addict.

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15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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