Stranger Things, a Netflix original, takes the cake for new shows. Eight hours of this incredible 80’s style show passed by quicker than ever; you really can’t stop once you start.

Stranger Things takes place in Indiana in 1983, and award winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers plays one of many impressive main characters in the show.  The show begins when Joyce’s 12 year old son, Will, vanishes.

The show evolves as Joyce, who refuses to believe her son is missing, and Police Chief Jim Hopper begin investigating.  As they search for him, they being to unravel and experience many terrifying supernatural experiences, and have to deal with the government attempting to hide what the two are discovering.

Aside from their search, Will’s three best friends also have their own search party. As they begin, they discover Eleven, a young telekinetic girl who claims to know where Will is.

As they all search, they slowly start to realize they are dealing with an outside supernatural force that they must conquer in order to find him, leaving you on the edge of your seat at every second of every episode.

What I liked most about this show is how badly I needed to watch each next episode after one ended.  It was sickeningly addicting, and it was inevitable to finish the entire season in two days. Each episode is a small incredible horror film.

Not only was it a perfect combination of horror and sci-fi, it was also based in the 80’s which I absolutely love.  It had such an 80’s movie feel and appearance.  The clothes, the soundtrack, the effects, everything was like an old classic horror film.

It was inspired by many many 70’s and 80’s movies such as Alien, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Goonies, Red Dawn, and Poltergeist, which are some of my all time favorite movies, so I was in heaven watching.

They didn’t need any crazy special effects and features.  It was simple and just the perfect amount of “fright” level without trying too hard. I was always one to prefer the original movies in comparison to the remakes so I loved how simple and original this show seemed.

Aside from that, the acting was honestly some of the most impressive acting I’ve seen in a  long time. Winona Ryder made my heart ache for her son, I cried the first episode, and sobbed the last.

Left to right – Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, and Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler.

I felt a strong strong connection with each actor and actress, and I felt their emotions along with them throughout every second.  You could feel the ache the family and friends of Will felt, and you experience the fear that they did right along with them.

It’s so incredible to me when young kids can act, and the performance put on by the kids in this show gave me chills.  Millie Bobby Brown, as Eleven, probably said about 10 total words in the entire season, but her facial expressions and feelings visible through her eyes said more than she ever could have said.

To not have to speak for an entire season and still make such an impression on a show is remarkable. Aside from her, Wills friends Dustin, Mike, and Lucas were all also such good actors.  I legitimately felt emotional for them, and they played such good best friends in the show.

From left to right – Lucas, Dustin, Mike, and Eleven.

The soundtrack for Stranger Things was also pretty awesome and fitting to the 70’s/80’s era, including songs from Foreigner and The Clash. Every song played complimented every scene perfectly.

They also had a lot of the weird, old, sci-fi sounding stuff which fit perfectly as well. The songs did a good job of complementing how you should be feeling during each scene.

Here is the opening intro. Cool eerie music, and a simple 80’s appearance – it gave you a good feel for the show in such a simple way.

My only complaint for this show was that there weren’t enough episodes, but you know it’s a pretty darn good show when that’s the only con.  Looking around at some other reviews, not many critics disagreed with me.


I would give this movie a 10/10, 100%, or A+.  With captivating acting, such an intriguing story line, the spot on 80’s feel, and a great soundtrack, there is really not anything to complain about with this show. It really is irresistible and I highly recommend it to anyone who has yet to see it.