By JESSICA YU
If you are on the hunt for a new show to binge-watch (A.K.A. distract you from your responsibilities), look no further. Stranger Things is a Netflix-original drama set in Hawkins, a small Indiana town, in 1983. It was created by Matt and Ross Duffer, and it was released this summer on July 25. Winona Ryder, known for her dark, quirky roles in films like Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990), stars as Joyce Byers.
One night, Joyce’s youngest son, Will, mysteriously disappears. She immediately launches an investigation into his disappearance, and with the help of a peculiar girl named Eleven, Chief Hopper, and Will’s friends, she uncovers what happened to Will–and more.
Even though it is classified as genres like horror and thriller, Stranger Things is a show that all age groups–especially people who grew up in the ‘80s–can enjoy. Throughout the show, the Duffer Brothers pay homage to classics like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) and Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984).
Critically acclaimed for its acting, atmosphere, and soundtrack, Stranger Things is a must-see series, and if you are concerned about it taking up your time, you will finish it in two days, tops–trust me.