The Netflix original Stranger Things has garnered a cult following since it was first released last July. The paranormal drama/thriller is a pastiche piece of '80s pop culture that’s equal parts science fiction, horror, and coming of age tale. It tells the story of a monster from another dimension that preys on the residents of the sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana. It’s a binge-watcher’s BFF because it’s engaging, entertaining, and downright creepy AF! Here are more reasons why you should stream the first season, stat:
1. It’s influenced by the greats!
The show was inspired by master filmmakers and storytellers like Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. Those of you who grew up watching films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies, and The Thing, and read some of King’s fiction such as Firestarter, will find tons of Easter eggs scattered throughout the show that pay homage to these pop culture gems. The great thing about the series is it borrows from the best and isn’t afraid to admit it. No copycats here, CGs! Just a refreshing spin on old tropes.
2. The ’80s setting and style is TDF!
Since the show is set in the '80s, the music, fashion, and overall vibe are pretty nostalgic. Hey, maybe you can even get some OOTD inspo from the many cute ensembles female characters Nancy and Barb wear throughout?
3. There are standout characters that you’ll fall in love with.
The Internet is obsessed with characters like Eleven—the young bald girl with telekinetic powers. There’s also Dustin, one-third of a group of geeky kids whose toothless cuteness and indubitable sense of humor will warm your hearts. Let’s not forget that Winona Ryder stars in it as well as Joyce Byers, a single mom whose son is kidnapped by a faceless creature from another dimension. That’s the WINONA FREAKIN’ RYDER, guys!
4. It’s a genre fan's dream television program.
Whether you’re a fan of science fiction, horror, or even teenage drama, Stranger Things has all the elements and themes in place for premium quality entertainment. Government experiments: check! Weird predatory alien-like monster: check! Complicated high school love triangle: check! There’s just something for everyone to enjoy.
5. Short but sweet? YAAASSS!
The first season is comprised of only eight one-hour episodes, which are both a blessing and a curse. The story arc is satisfying in the sense that there’s enough resolution for the viewer to feel closure and enough cliffhangers to keep you on the edge of your seat while waiting for the second season to air. Perf for a Neflix and chill sesh with the boyfriend!