Stranger Things is an American fantasy horror thriller streaming television series created by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix. The brothers function showrunners and are executive producers along side Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. The series premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016. The series describes the situation when a boy go missing in air, his mother, the police chief, and his friends confront terrifying supernatural forces to bring him back. The series consists of 3 seasons with 25 episodes.
Stranger Things is set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the early 1980s. The nearby Hawkins National Laboratory apparently performs scientific research for the US Department of Energy, but secretly does experiments on the paranormal and the supernatural, including those involving human subjects. They inadvertently created a portal to an alternate dimension, “the Upside Down”. The influence of the Upside Down begins to affect Hawkins’ unsuspecting residents in disastrous ways.
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, the mother of Will and Jonathan Byers.
- David Harbour as Jim Hopper, chief of Hawkins Police Department.
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, middle child of Karen and Ted Wheeler, brother of Nancy and Holly, and friend of Will Byers.
- Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven / Jane Hopper, a young girl with telepathic and psychokinetic skillss and a limited vocabulary.
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, one of Will Byers’ friends.
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, one of Will’s friends.
- Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, daughter of Karen and Ted and older sister of Mike and Holly.
Stranger Things gained a dedicated following shortly after its release. One focus was the character of Barb, Nancy’s nerdy friend and classmate, who is captured and killed by the monster at the beginning of the season. The Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator gave the first season an approval score of 97� out of 90 reviews and a weighted average score of 8.12 / 10. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 94% based on 147 reviews and an average rating of 7.86/10. On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has an approval rating of 89% based on 132 reviews, and an average rating of 7.86/10. IMDb rated it 8.7 out of 10.
The show was ranked 3rd best TV show of the year (2016) by The Guardian and Empire. It was also included in the 2017 Best Atlantic TV Shows list.