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“Stranger Things”: The Next Show to Binge-Watch

Alexandra Stassinopoulos, Editor-in-Chief

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The days of watching TV and eagerly awaiting the resolution of last week’s cliffhanger have almost disappeared. Helping them retreat into the past are Netflix’s “Original Series”, in house shows where episodes are not released one at a time, but in entire seasons.

 

Of these “Original Series”, some have been disappointing, some mediocre, and others couldn’t be described as anything but weird. However, Netflix’s latest series “Stranger Things” is anything but a let down.

 

Set in 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, “Stranger Things” producers Matt and Ross Duffer have recreated the atmosphere of small-town America. At first, the town seems to have familiar characters, complete with a brooding sheriff haunted by his past, a crazy, a single mom working long hours to make ends meet, and teenagers who divide themselves into jocks, geeks and everything in between.

 

 

But that’s just the first half of the first episode.

 

Keep watching, and in come characters that jar the idyllic small-town feeling: the missing local boy, the girl who can move things with her mind, and the monster some people can hear moving through the walls. In Hawkins, Indiana, where nothing exciting ever takes place, strange things are about to begin.

 

If your parents ever made you watch “Goonies” or “E.T.” as a kid, you’ll feel right at home with “Stranger Things”; like the movie directors of the past,  the Duffer Brothers have too created a fantastic story–complete with telekinesis, an alternate universe and an evil government lab–placed it in the middle of nowhere, and made it work.  Combine the intense plot with superb acting, “Stranger Things” becomes a show where every development will leave you wanting more.

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