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[Sept. 2016 Arts] “Stranger Things”: Show of the Summer

By Christoph Russi ’18 Web A&E Editor and Olivia Ronca


The first season of “Stranger Things” premiered on Netflix as a Netflix Original series this past summer on July 12, 2016.

Despite its recent debut, “Stranger Things” is currently one of the most discussed television shows across the internet, according to The New York Times. This eight-episode part series, set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1983, deals with missing children, supernatural experiences, and a young girl with telekinetic abilities. The show has received tons of raves for its creepy and suspenseful episodes that hook viewers.


This horror/sci-fi show follows the search for 12-year-old Will Byers. With the whole town paranoid on Byers’ whereabouts, there are few people who notice the strange and unexplained occurrences taking place throughout town.


Written and produced by Matt and Ross Duffer, known better as the Duffer Brothers,  the show has attracted over 44 million viewers since its initial release. As a result of the show’s overwhelming success, The New York Times called it “the show of the summer.”

Of the 44 million people who have watched “Stranger Things,” some are Staples High School students.


“I liked it a lot. It was something new. Something cool. I liked the movie ‘Super Eight’ and it was a lot like that,” Casey Cohen ’19 said.


Along with Cohen, Izzy Baildon ’17 has positive views on the show.  “They never made it cheesy, and it was tastefully done. I also like the effects they used,” Baildon said.


Cece Marino ’19 recommends the show for “anyone who enjoys watching mysteries and anything scary that has to do with anything supernatural,” Marino said.


Season Two for “Stranger Things” is said to hit Netflix in early 2017.


“I just hope season two is as good as season one,” Cohen said.

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