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)


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 3 more credits »




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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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where the three boys pull up to the edge of the woods at night with their bikes, is a reference to the scene in The Goonies (1985) when the boys first pull up outside the Fratelli's hideout on their bikes. The music is almost identical as is the conversation. See more »


The skis that are in the background in the garage when the kids ride away on the bikes have the wrong shape and tip for the 80's these would have been late 90's skis. That is Olins logo on the bottom, They made a few experimental skis such as the Albert but highly doubt this family would have had one. 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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And it begins . . .
26 October 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I had no idea what to expect with "Stranger Things", aside from Marvel-levels of hype. But 'The Vanishing of Will Byers' starts things off on just the right foot. It starts unloading the hat-tips from minute one; Stephen King, John Carpenter, a heaping spoonful of Spielberg. The show's logo and opening theme give you a crystal clear picture of what you're dealing with. Usually, the problem with references is that they can add up, taking over the actual show ("Community", for example), so I'm hoping this isn't the case here, and it's cautious optimism going forward.

But when you get right down to it, this is all about atmosphere, something the Duffer brothers lay on in spades. And it feels like you're seeing something that's actually of the period, not just '80s set dressing. It's not just the hanging of a poster for "The Thing" on the wall, or showing "Knight Rider" on TV. These days, that's saying something. Bottom line, this is an assured debut and has me looking forward to wherever they plan on taking this.


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