In the early 1970s, a rock band wasn’t considered truly successful until they appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. Shel Silverstein even wrote a satirical song about this honor for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show called, fittingly, “The Cover of Rolling Stone.” (Sample lyric: “We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills/But the thrill we’ve never known/Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture/On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone.”) There wasn’t really a TV equivalent of this cultural phenomenon until recently, when mashups became A Thing. A show isn’t popular until it’s been conjoined with another equally adored series, like The Simpsons and Making a Murderer or 30 Rock and Game of Thrones or Stranger Things and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Stranger Things mashups are everywhere, but few are as good as clips from Netflix’s breakout hit playing over Nerf Herder’s theme song for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The pairing works perfectly: Mike (there’s a Finn Wolfram & Hart joke to be made here), Eleven, Dustin, and Lucas would get along with Buffy, Xander, and Willow, although they don’t have a cool name like the Scooby Gang. Maybe the Pudding Pals? Also, both shows have a mom character named Joyce, and now I’m really worried for Winona Ryder.
Eleven will keep on slaying, though.