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Stranger Things  
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Air Date:  Friday, July 15, 2016  
Studio: Netflix
Genre: Television
Rating: Stranger Things is rated TV-14This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.

Stranger Things Synopsis

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.

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Stranger Things Season 4 Debut Breaks Records  5/31/2022 4:13 PM EST
Netflix's mega-hit series "Stranger Things" has broken records once again, earning the number one spot for the biggest premiere weekend ever for a Netflix original series.The series' Season 4 Volume 1 has 286.79 million hours viewed since its May 27 launch date. Season 2 of Bridgerton now falls to second place with 193 million hours. The three previous seasons of "Stranger Things" also saw an upti...  More>>

Celebrate This Memorial Day with The Stranger Things Pop-up Store  5/30/2022 11:38 AM EST
It has been six years since Netflix and the Duffer Brothers introduced science fiction/horror fans to "Elle" Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown; Godzilla vs. Kong), Mike (Finn Wolfhard; Ghostbusters: Afterlife), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo; Les Misérables: The Broadway Musical), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin; Concrete Cowboy) and the rest of the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana.  From the first episode, the series and ...  More>>

Its Officially the Beginning of the End for Stranger Things  2/17/2022 12:06 PM EST
The Duffer Brothers have released a letter to their fans about the upcoming penultimate season of their massively popular series "Stranger Things".According to the letter, this season will be different - it will be broken down into two volumes. "With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effect shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any p...  More>>

Stranger Things Season 3 Smashes Streaming Records  7/9/2019 10:01 AM EST
Netflix's "Stranger Things" has broken the record for the amount of streaming in a 4-day period with the release of its third season. The hit horror series has been viewed by over 40.7 million households with 18.2 million having already binged the entire season. This is more than any other film or series in a 4-day period.The 8-episode season takes place during the summer of 1985 in the fictional ...  More>>

Stranger Things Maze Artwork Released for Universal's Halloween ...  7/8/2019 11:23 AM EST
Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have released some new artwork for their upcoming "Stranger Things" maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights this fall. The artwork has been released just a few days after Season 3 of the hit Netflix series was launched.In the artwork, we see the "Stranger Things" cast bravely facing a horrifying monster and ferocious Demodogs - a fate guests ...  More>>

New Coke to Make a Comeback This Summer With Stranger Things  5/21/2019 4:56 PM EST
In honor of the upcoming third season of the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things", Cocoa-Cola is bringing back a product they released in the 1980s - New Coke.It was released in 1985 and the beverage was pulled from shelves after it was received negatively by the public. The new season of "Stranger Things'" storyline begins in July of 1985, the year New Coke debuted.Stuart Kronauge, president of C...  More>>

Stranger Things Plagiarism Lawsuit Heading to Trial  4/19/2019 3:12 PM EST
Stranger Things' creators the Duffer Brothers have been battling a plagiarism suit and, now, they have been told that the case will go to trial on May 6.L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Stern said, "Triable issues of fact remain to be determined concerning what plaintiff said, what he meant to convey by his conversation and how the defendants responded before it can be definitively concluded whet...  More>>

New Stranger Things Mazes Coming to Universal Studios' Halloween...  3/27/2019 1:11 PM EST
Universal Studios has announced that  Netflix's supernatural thriller, "Stranger Things" will be returning to "Halloween Horror Nights" 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort. The attraction will feature all-new mazes inspired by Seasons 2 and 3 of the series. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will be partnering up with Netflix, as well as the creat...  More>>

Stranger Things Begins Production on Season 3  4/27/2018 1:39 PM EST
Netflix announced that their hit series Stranger Things has officially begun production on Season 3.The streaming giant released a video featuring the cast during their first table read for the new season. It also featured shots of the new cast members Maya Hawke, Cary Elwes, and Jake Busey.Producer Shawn Levy spoke about the upcoming season at Paleyfest 2018 saying, "Season 3 has legitimately cre...  More>>

Cary Elwes and Jake Busey Cast in Stranger Things Season 3  4/18/2018 10:52 AM EST
Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, announced some new cast members for the "Stranger Things" universe while at the See What's Next event in Rome. For season 3, we will be seeing Cary Elwes and Jake Busey guest starring. Elwes will be playing Mayor Kline and Busey will be playing a character named Bruce. There aren't any details available as far as plot lines or character info, but both...  More>>

Stranger Things and the Upside Down Coming to Universal's Hallow...  4/3/2018 12:08 PM EST
Netflix's Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. The show has brought audiences into the Upside Down and, now, Universal Studios is bringing an all-new Stranger Things maze experience to its Halloween Horror Nights. The maze will be featured in Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Singapore and will give fans the chance to explore the Upside Down for ...  More>>

Casting News Announced for Stranger Things Season Three  3/2/2018 4:11 PM EST
Stranger Things is still going strong and heading into their third season. Now, the show has announced that they will be adding Maya Thurman-Hawke to the cast.Hawke will play a girl who, bored with her everyday life, seeks out excitement in her small town of Hawkins, Ind., and learns that there is more excitement than she ever knew.In other casting news, Priah Ferguson has been re-signed onto the ...  More>>


Stranger Things: Season 4, Vol 1 Review


Stranger Things: Season 4, Vol 1 Review

My, how time flies… it was six years ago when audiences were transported back in time to the mid-1980s as a group of young people try to understand and navigate middle school.  However, when their friend, Will (Noah Schnapps; Waiting for Anya) goes missing, Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard: Ghostbusters: Afterlife), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Mazarrato; The Angry Birds Movie), and Lucas (Caleb McGlaughlin; The New Edition Story) go searching for him.  Along the way they discover a young girl named Eleven - Elle for short (Millie Bobby Brown; Enola Holmes), they find out Will is alive and that there are evil, supernatural forces lurking just below the surface - literally.

Fast forward to a post- covid world in the year 2022 and the highly anticipated Stranger Things Season Four is finally ready to premiere on Netflix.  As season three ended Elle lost her powers.  The supernatural entity had been contained/destroyed and most of the little town of Hawkins went back to normal.  Mostly, everything was right with the world again…or was it?  The gang is now in high school and sort of going their separate ways. Steve (Joe Keery; Molly’s Game), is still the perpetual babysitter, and Nancy (Natalia Dyer; Tuscaloosa) is applying to colleges while juggling her duties on the school newspaper. But then, teenagers wind up dead and the peace and quiet the earth was enjoying abruptly comes to an end.

The cast, besides those who were already famous, became household names.  Brown, Wolfhard, Mazzarato, and McGlaughlin were the newest “it” kids.  Nobody wanted to wait for season two but wait they did.. almost a year and a half.  Netflix had a hit on its hand but would need to “tread carefully” to maintain its momentum.  Luckily, there was no need to worry because, from there, things only got bigger for the show.

The streaming service is ready to run Season 4 Volume 1 on May 27, 2022, with part Volume 2 coming on July 1, 2022.  Here is what I can tell you so far:  Season 4 is decidedly darker than previous seasons, CGI is extremely well done and those kids grew up A LOT in the last six years.  The cast seems to have built a camaraderie making them a cohesive unit ready to fight whatever comes their way and, while there is still witty and amusing dialogue, there is also something sinister stalking the town of Hawkins.  

Season 4 may just be the best one yet which shows how well the cast and crew have done creating something worthwhile.  With so many shows taking a nosedive by their fourth season (if they even make it THAT far) Stranger Things seems to age like a bottle of fine wine and only gets better.  One of the few drawbacks of the show and its release schedule is that, when working with kids, they tend to grow up and morph into young adults which could make portions of later seasons somewhat awkward.  For example, when the first season was taped Keery was a twenty-four-year-old playing an eighteen-year-old.  Now he is thirty portraying a nineteen or twenty-year-old and it just doesn’t work as well.  

Fans of the show will be pleased with Season 4: Volume 1 and will anxiously be awaiting Volume 2 to come out this July.  So far, there are some interesting answers to questions we didn’t even know we wanted to ask. We fear for most of the cast as plot twists and turns seem to be coming out of left field.  I only pray they don’t mess up Vol 2 as they have started off season 4 with grotesque killings and a mystery we’re not sure we want to solve.

Fear not fans!  Netflix has already announced season five will be here…eventually.

Grade A

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