Stranger Things is a show that takes us back to a time in our lives when we were young and innocent. It’s nostalgic, but not too much so that you feel like you’re watching an old movie. The cast is diverse, including some kids who look older than they actually are—which makes sense given their surroundings! And while this isn’t necessarily something new (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer), what makes Stranger Things stand out even more than other shows are its little details: from how kids communicate via walkie-talkies to how people wore clothes back then (they didn’t wear jeans with sneakers). If you’re looking for something fun to watch this summer or fall—and don’t mind getting your nostalgia fix—look no further than Stranger Things:
1. 80s nostalgia
Stranger Things is set in the 1980s, and its soundtrack is full of 80s hits. From The Clash’s “I Fought The Law” to Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” it’s clear that this show pays homage to some of the most memorable music of that era—and it does so with style.
The show also features many references to movies from the time period: Ghostbusters is referenced several times throughout season 1; Stephen King’s Carrie movie was adapted into a sequel called Pet Sematary; and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind inspired both ET and Stranger Things’ first episode (among other things).
2. The monster from the deep
The monster from the Upside Down is a spider-like creature that lives in the Upside Down and can be seen only by children who are sleepwalking. It’s not a man in a suit; it’s more like an idea of what evil lurks within us all. The strange, creepy feeling you get when watching Stranger Things can be attributed to this creature’s power over our minds—but don’t worry: it won’t consume your soul!
3. Small town innocence
What’s most important to the series is its small-town innocence. The characters are kids, so they’re innocent and naive—and yet they have a strange optimism that makes them capable of doing great things.
This can be seen in how the show handles its settings: The show takes place in 1983, but it looks like 1984 or 1985; there are no cars on this show (and not just because production was limited); everyone wears clothes from the 1980s; everything about Stranger Things feels like something out of a Disney movie set during World War II. But just because everything feels fake doesn’t mean you should dismiss it as unimportant: It’s all part of what makes it so magical!
4. Diverse cast of kids
The kids on Stranger Things are a diverse group. They’re not all the same age, they’re not all the same gender or race, and there’s at least one kid with Down syndrome. You can choose to believe that this is because of how much Netflix has grown as an entertainment company (though it’s worth noting that Stranger Things was produced by Matt and Ross Duffer), or you can consider it evidence of how well its creators understand their audience by including characters who aren’t cookie-cutter stereotypes.
Whether you do or not is up to you—but whatever your opinion about diversity in television series (or movies), there’s no denying that having so many different kinds of people populating one setting creates interesting dynamics between them. And that makes for some pretty effective storytelling!
5. Unconventional families
- The kids are all friends.
- The kids are all orphans.
- They’re living with a single parent or relative who is different from their own parents, but not necessarily bad or abusive (like an aunt/uncle).
- Or they’ve been taken in by someone who is not related to them at all and might even be kind of creepy (like some random couple at the elementary school).
6. Plumbing the depths of various genres
Stranger Things is a show that mixes sci-fi, horror and drama in a way that makes it feel like no other TV series on the air. It’s not just your typical mix—it’s an entirely new genre altogether.
The show is set in 1983 Indiana, where young kids spend their summers at their friend Will Byers’ house playing Dungeons & Dragons, listening to classic rock on cassette tapes and watching movies about aliens from outer space (which are actually real). But when one day he disappears without explanation or warning from his friends’ lives…well…things get weird fast!
Stranger Things combines all of these genres together into something new: an adventure for viewers everywhere who love seeing how different types of stories can interact with each other seamlessly while still maintaining their own unique identities as well!
7. Little details about the 1980s
If you’re like me, Stranger Things has made you want to visit the 1980s. You want to go back in time and relive some of your favorite movies and TV shows from that era. The art direction of Stranger Things is pretty spot-on: there’s an authentic feel to everything from the music (including many songs by David Bowie) to the clothes worn by characters onscreen.
The technology behind Stranger Things looks just as good as it did back then—and yet, it still feels modernized enough for us all to enjoy today! What about those games? They are so much fun!
8. Characters you genuinely care about
- You genuinely care about the characters.
- The kids are believable, and you want to know what happens to them.
- They have depth and aren’t just caricatures of themselves or each other (which is always a plus).
9. Mixing childlike wonder with grown-up themes
One of the best parts about Stranger Things is that it maintains a balance between childlike wonder and grown-up themes. It’s not just a show about kids—it’s also about adults, and how they relate to their inner child.
The show explores themes like family, friendship and love in ways that feel relatable for viewers of all ages. You might think you don’t care about these things as an adult but you’ll be surprised by how much you do!
10. The soundtrack
The soundtrack of Stranger Things is one of the show’s most notable aspects. It’s not just because they’re using it to tell us what’s going on in each scene—the music itself is pretty good too!
The main reason why people love this soundtrack so much is that it perfectly syncs up with events happening on screen. For example: when we see Mike wander into his basement, there are these great blurbs about how everything was fine until he started playing with those boxes. Or when we hear Dustin say “You know Mike,” there are these dreamy electronic beats that make you feel like something exciting is about to happen (and then it does).
11. It’s a fun show!
Stranger Things is a fun show. It’s not just that it’s popular, though—it’s also a good show to watch. The first season of Stranger Things was released in 2016 and has since become one of Netflix’s most watched shows ever. This can be partially attributed to its wide range of characters and storylines, but there are other factors at play as well:
- The show is set in Hawkins, Indiana during the 1980s when many people still had their parents’ old VHS tapes lying around their houses (remember those?). This creates an environment where kids could feel like they were living through something similar to their own childhood experiences without having any real consequences or consequences like death or injury! In fact! Think about how much fun we all had watching videos from our pasts on YouTube yesterday… especially if we had access to some pretty awesome filters too!
- The cast members themselves seem very relatable because they’re teenagers just like us who might have gone through similar situations at home before coming together on screen together over four seasons so far; whether it’s Eleven using her powers against bullies who tease others about having abilities herself…
Stranger Things has a lot to offer in terms of nostalgia and warm, fuzzy feelings. It’s one thing to see your favourite TV shows from another era—it’s another thing entirely to step into their shoes and live through them again. There are few series on TV today that can tap into our inner child quite like Stranger Things does, but that doesn’t mean they’re better than it (though they might be).