The Upside Down: 8 questions about ‘Stranger Things’ season 1

Senior Television Writer
07.17.16 67 Comments

On Friday, Netflix debuted the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things, an unapologetic ode to Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and all the other horror and suspense tropes of the early ’80s that the Duffer Brothers love. I reviewed it last week, and I’m assuming some of you watched it all over the weekend, which means it’s time to talk about the show – with full spoilers for the whole season – coming up just as soon as I steal some Eggos from the supermarket…

Rather than do an episode-by-episode breakdown of something that’s very much just one long story – and one that, as I said in the earlier review, avoids the usual Netflix pacing problems by only running eight hours – I thought I’d pick eight of the topics and moments from the season that struck me, starting with…

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