This post contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2.
Though the setting of Stranger Things season two stayed mostly within Hawkins, in many ways it felt bigger than season one—new characters were added, new Demogorgons were hatched, and new friendships were formed. Some of the friendships were so wonderful and unexpected (Steve and Dustin, among others) that you kind of wanted the show to change course and become just about those new pairings. Forget the Hawkins lab and its nefarious deeds, let's watch Steve and Dustin hit stuff with baseball bats! Here, a list of newly minted BFFs that deserve their own spinoffs.
Dustin and Steve
If you had told me back in 2016 that Steve Harrington would become one of Stranger Things season two's most likable characters, I'd have said you were lying. But if you had told me he'd bro down with Dustin during a mission to bring down a Demodog, I would have slammed the door in your face and walked away. That is exactly what happened though, and somewhere between Steve giving Dustin terrible girl advice and Steve sharing his secret to great hair (four pumps of Farrah Fawcett spray), it became clear that these two should really have their own spinoff. Since they're so good at finding Demodogs, which is more or less the Hawkins equivalent of solving crimes, it'll be a teen detective show called Harrington and Henderson. Dustin will always be trying to change the name to Henderson and Harrington, but Steve will shut him down because (1) he's older and (2) Harrington comes first alphabetically. First mystery: Where the hell is the Byers dog?
Steve and Billy
These two clearly have some tension to work out, and if you ask me and everybody else who's already shipping it, that tension is sexual. In this spinoff, tentatively titled My Own Private Indiana, Nancy will begin tutoring the guys in pre-calculus so they can keep their GPAs high enough to stay on the basketball team. One day she'll forget to tell them she can't make it because she's too busy making out with Jonathan, but the guys will have already convened in Steve's basement. After a round or seven of insults, Billy decides that actually Steve's hair is kind of nice after all, so they decide to shoot pool (obviously Steve's dad has a billiards table). Billy, despite his tough exterior, doesn't know how to hold the stick, so Steve has to teach him. I think you know what happens next.
Hopper and Eleven
Hopper's newly paternal relationship with Eleven is the stuff that changing your mind about having kids is made of, but because Eleven ran off to find Mama and Hopper spent so much time trying to solve the Mystery of the Gross Pumpkins, there were precious few moments to enjoy their adorable family in the making. In Who's the Telekinetic?, Hopper and Eleven adjust to a humdrum life free of Hawkins lab interference the only way they know how—Eggos for her, beer for him, and Dancing Hopper for everybody. Sometimes Hop suggests they do normal father/daughter stuff like go to the zoo, but then he remembers Hawkins never even had a zoo and if it did the Demogorgons would have eaten the tigers, so they just watch TV reruns instead.
Erica and He-Man
I've already pitched one Erica spinoff—Erica Sinclair's Roast Academy—but she's such an MVP that she honestly deserves two. In this one, she'll take her pilfered He-Man doll along on adventures around Hawkins, reviewing popular local establishments like the arcade and the diner. It'll be just like Anthony Bourdain, only Erica will hate everything.
Murray and Vodka
Murray's conspiracy theory about the weird shit happening in Hawkins is only half-right—the Russians probably aren't involved—but half-right is better than not right at all, and you know this guy has a whole trove of wackadoodle ideas he's just dying to talk to you about. On Truth Hour With Murray Bauman, Murray will share his thoughts on everything from the moon landing to the Zapruder tape and maybe even the Montauk Project if you're lucky. Truth Hour will also feature special guest appearances by "experts" that Murray calls in to bolster his evidence, like Hawkins Middle School science teacher Mr. Clarke, but when they inevitably tell him he's crazy he'll throw a glass of vodka at their heads and forcibly remove them from his studio (i.e. his apartment).
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