streaming television series created by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix. [74][75] In particular, The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" was specifically picked to play at pivotal moments of the story, such as when Will is trying to communicate with Joyce from the Upside Down. [129] Rebel Robin a young adult novel by A.R. Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers 9. [169] The game was downloaded 3 million times in the first week, becoming a top download and receiving critical praise. "[92] Review aggregator Metacritic gave the first season a normalized score of 76 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The comic focuses on one of the experiments preceding Eleven: a girl named Francine, who possesses powers of precognition. Troy counted down from five, and when he reached one, Mike jumped. [36] Other influences cited by the Duffer Brothers include: Stephen King novels; films produced by Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven,[37][38][39] and Guillermo del Toro;[34] films such as Star Wars, Alien, and Stand by Me;[34][38][40] Japanese anime such as Akira and Elfen Lied;[34][37] and several video games including Silent Hill, Dark Souls and The Last of Us. Aglow in signature nostalgia, the series finds its true force in the power of parenthood and the undeniably inspired performances of its young heroes; but when it comes to ultimate kudos - this one goes to Eleven. [67] Levy introduced the studio to the Duffer Brothers, who explained their vision of the 1980s-inspired series, which helped the studio to fix the concept the producers wanted. If you haven’t binge watched this series yet, I suggest heading over to Netflix and starting a mini-marathon now – there are only eight episodes in season one. [168] Completing the game gives players a clip from the first episode of the second season of the series. The final sequence is fully computer generated, but they took inspiration from testing some practical effects, such as using Kodalith masks as would have been done in the 1980s, to develop the appropriate filters for the rendering software. Natalia Dyer - Nancy Wheeler 8. Hashtags grew in popularity after the series' release, such as "#ImWithBarb" and "#JusticeforBarb", and several fan sites and forums were created to support her. "[87], For the third season, Netflix revealed that the show had broken viewing records for Netflix, with 40.7 million households having watched the show in its first four days, and 18.2 million already watched the entire series within that timeframe. [25] Subsequently, they were able to use all their own personal inspirations from the 1980s, the decade they were born, as elements of the series,[25][35] crafting it in the realm of science fiction and horror. [189], United States Representative David Cicilline compared the state of the nation during the presidency of Donald Trump to that of Stranger Things during a speech given in Congress on February 16, 2017, using a sign "Trump Things" in the same format as the title card of the series and saying "Like the main characters in Stranger Things, we are now stuck in the Upside Down". [102] Purser did not return for the second season, but the Duffer Brothers used the real-life "Justice for Barb" movement as inspiration for narrative at the start of the second season: Nancy addresses the fact "that no one ever cares about" Barb. Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror Earlier, they announced that they completed all nine scripts and posted a photo of them for proof, potentially confirming a nine-episode season. The series stars an ensemble cast including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Cara Buono and Dacre Montgomery. Stranger Things 2016 16+ 3 seasons TV Thrillers When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl. The brothers were mentored by Shyamalan during the episode's production, so that when they finished, they felt they were ready to produce their own television series. [117][118] The letter included humorous references to the series: "unless I'm living in the Upside Down"; "we're not going to go full Dr. Brenner on you"; "the demogorgon is not always as forgiving". [10] Additional cast who recur include Noah Schnapp as Will,[8][13] Shannon Purser as Barbara "Barb" Holland,[51] Joe Keery as Steve Harrington,[14][13] and Ross Partridge as Lonnie,[52] among others. [81], The first season of Stranger Things was released on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack exclusively to Target retailers on October 17, 2017, and the same for the 4K/Blu-ray combo pack on November 15, 2017, both of which includes vintage CBS-FOX VHS-inspired packaging. The studio began working on the title sequence before filming, and took about a month off during the filming process to let the producers get immersed in the series and come back with more input. The second season, consisting of nine episodes, was released on October 27, 2017 in HDR. BTTF plays a big part in Stranger Things 3 because it was released on July 3, ... and now this," says local townsperson Dean Zimmerman. Troy joked about which one of them would make more money in a freak show. The story took place during the events of the first season and took Will's perspective while he was still trapped in the Upside Down. However, with filming scheduled to take place in November 2015, it was difficult to shoot in Long Island in the cold weather, and the production started scouting locations in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area. Hawkins Middle School (formerly) Setting the series in the 1980s, the Duffer Brothers infused references to the pop culture of that decade while several themes and directorial aspects were inspired primarily by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, as well as anime and video games. When Troy described Eleven's appearance, Hopper seemed interested. [172] This game will be an isometric action game, where players leads selected show characters, including Joyce, Jim, Max, and Eleven, through various levels, with gameplay inspired by several video games of the 1980s. Troy and the others ran to the edge of the quarry to find that Mike was somehow floating above the water below. The series has received multiple awards and nominations including 39 Primetime Emmy Award nominations (and six wins), four Golden Globe Award nominations, a British Academy Television Award nomination, two Directors Guild of America Award nominations, three Writers Guild of America Award nominations, and three Grammy Award nominations. The third season focuses Eleven and Mike's relationship as the kids continue their battle against the Upside Down entities. [58], The fourth season of Stranger Things was expected to consist of eight episodes, with the first episode titled "Chapter One: The Hellfire Club". [69], In addition to original music, Stranger Things features period music from artists including The Clash, Joy Division, Toto, New Order, The Bangles, Foreigner, Echo and the Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel, and Corey Hart, as well as excerpts from Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, and Vangelis. [59] Filming for the season was slated to begin in January 2020 and to last through August. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. The series has received critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and homages to 1980s films. Caleb McLaughlin​ as Lucas Sinclair 7. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 To introduce this monster into the narrative, they considered "bizarre experiments we had read about taking place in the Cold War" such as Project MKUltra, which gave a way to ground the monster's existence in science rather than something spiritual. [43][44][45][46], With Netflix as the platform, the Duffer Brothers were not limited to a typical 22-episode format, opting for the eight-episode approach. Stranger Things season 4 doesn’t have an official release date yet – but we’re expecting it to land sometime in 2021. In September 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season. The Duffer Brothers developed the series as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements portrayed with horror, science fiction and childlike sensibilities. After the discovery of a body believed to be Will's, Troy attended a memorial assembly in his honor. Troy's name could be a reference to the 1985 film. [128] Runaway Max, a young adult novel by Brenna Yovanoff, was released on June 4, 2019, and explored Max Mayfield's early life in San Diego prior to moving to Hawkins in 1984, as well as offering a retelling of events from the second season from her perspective. [114][115][116], In September 2017, multiple media outlets published articles about a cease-and-desist letter sent by a Netflix in-house attorney to the operator of a Stranger-Things-themed bar in Chicago. [137], On June 18, 2020, it was announced that IDW Publishing and Dark Horse will co-publish a Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons miniseries. Sadie Sink - Maxine \"Max\" Mayfield 14. [30], — The Duffer Brothers' original pitch for Montauk[31], The series was originally known as Montauk. [191] Google used augmented reality (AR) "stickers" of Stranger Things characters to introduce its ARCore technology announced alongside its Pixel 2 phone in October 2017. Finn Wolfhard (Vancouver, 23 december 2002) is een Canadees acteur en muzikant, die vooral bekend is door zijn rol als Mike Wheeler in de televisieserie Stranger Things van Netflix en in de films It en It Chapter Two als Richie Tozier Actors auditioning for the children roles read lines from Stand by Me. The second season focuses on Will's side effects from being in the Upside Down with its entities crawling into the real world. [23] The two had completed writing and producing their 2015 film Hidden, in which they had tried to emulate the style of M. Night Shyamalan. [89][90], Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an approval rating of 97% based on 90 reviews, and a weighted average rating of 8.12/10. Troy stood up to hit Mike back but found that he was unable to move. Finn Wolfhard​ as Mike Wheeler 4. [53] Jackson served as the basis of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. [98][99] It was also included on The Atlantic's best TV show of 2017 list. Stranger Things 3 arrives July 4, 2019 only on Netflix. Affiliation Born After reading the pilot, the streaming service Netflix purchased the whole season for an undisclosed amount;[28] the series was subsequently announced for a planned 2016 release by Netflix in early April 2015. Dustin tried to hit Troy with a stick, but Troy grabbed him and held him at knifepoint. [26] As casting was started immediately after Netflix greenlit the show, and prior to the scripts being fully completed, this allowed some of the actors' takes on the roles to reflect into the script. Troy cried out in pain and ran away with his friend. He did not appear to be a very remorseful person, revealed by his countless remarks about Will's disappearance and fake death. Hopper becomes increasingly concerned about Eleven and Mike's relationship while still trying to care for Joyce. [103][104][105], Another impact of the series has been an increased demand for Eggo waffles, as they are shown to be Eleven's favorite food in several episodes and are seen as a representation of the series. Millie Bobby Brown ​as Eleven 5. It is written by Jody Houser, penciled by Ryan Kelly, and inked by Le Beau Underwood. James Dante (best friend)Mike Wheeler (enemy)Dustin Henderson (enemy)Lucas Sinclair (enemy)Will Byers (enemy)Eleven (enemy) With the release of season two, an update to the game added Max as a playable character, and a release for the Amazon Fire TV, which included controller support. Kessler contended that the Duffer brothers used his ideas to devise the premise for Stranger Things and sought a third of the income that they had made from the series. mystery-thriller Noah Schnapp as Will Byers (seasons 2 and 3; recurring season 1) 12. [26] They pitched the story to about fifteen[27] cable networks, all of which rejected the script on the basis that they felt a plot centered around children as leading characters would not work, asking them to make it a children's series or to drop the children and focus on Hopper's investigation in the paranormal. [68], The Stranger Things original soundtrack was composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive. 14 (season one)15 (season two)16 (season three) [1][2], The first season begins in November 1983, when Will Byers is abducted by a creature from the Upside Down. Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler 10. Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror mystery-thriller streaming television series created by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix.The brothers serve as showrunners and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Sinister forces plot against a young soldier when she reveals a magical power that might unite her world. Free Comic Book Day 2019 (General) Stranger Things/Black Hammer (Stranger Things story: Free Comic Book Day 2020 (All Ages) Stranger Things/Minecraft, Halloween in Hawkins (Halloween Special one-shot), Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #3, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #4, This page was last edited on 18 January 2021, at 14:22. [107] Coca-Cola released a limited run of New Coke (introduced in 1985) to coincide with the third season of the show, which takes place in 1985. Het begint allemaal met zijn verdwijning waarna zijn beste drie vrienden, Lucas, Mike en Dustin naar hem op zoek gaan. Ryder praised that the show's multiple storylines required her to act for Joyce as "she's out of her mind, but she's actually kind of onto something", and that the producers had faith she could pull off the difficult role. Capetta will be released on June 29, 2021, detailing Robin Buckley's struggle to accept her identity prior to the events of Season 3. He serves as a supporting antagonist of the first season, being the school bully of Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, and Will Byers, before being scared away by Eleven, alongside James Dante. Stranger Things came about as it sounded similar to another King novel, Needful Things, though Matt noted they still had a "lot of heated arguments" over this final title. [111] The judge denied summary judgment for the Duffer brothers in April 2019, allowing Kessler's suit to proceed to trial. [47], Regarding writing for the children characters of the series, the Duffer Brothers considered themselves as outcasts from other students while in high school and thus found it easy to write for Mike and his friends, and particularly for Barb. RELATED: Stranger Things: Punk Rock Character Identified as Levon Thurman-Hawke Stranger Things 4 began filming again in early October, but the Duffer brothers have stayed busy during their time away from the set. [25], The title sequence uses closeups of the letters in the Stranger Things title with a red tint against a black background as they slide into place within the title. The influence of the Upside Down starts to affect the unknowing residents of Hawkins in calamitous ways. [25] In early 2015, Dan Cohen, the VP of 21 Laps Entertainment, brought the script to his colleague Shawn Levy. Mike confronted Troy about his actions, but Troy brushed him off. It will be written by Greg Pak and set shortly after the Battle of Starcourt Mall depicted in the series' third season. He and James whispered that the assembly was pointless. Abe Zimmerman died of an apparent heart attack in Minnesota in 1968. Troy demanded to know how Mike and Dustin made him urinate himself. [34] Joyce was fashioned after Richard Dreyfuss' character Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as she appears "absolutely bonkers" to everyone else as she tries to find Will. [119], No aftershow was created for the third season. 1969 [57] Set work was done at Screen Gem Studios in Atlanta[57] and the series was filmed with a RED Dragon camera. The site's critical consensus states, "Vibrant and charming, Stranger Things transforms itself into a riveting—if familiar—summer ride that basks in its neon-laden nostalgia without losing sight of the rich relationships that make the series so endearing. They have also published the behind the scenes book Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion[122] (released on October 30, 2018), and a two-in-one Hawkins Middle School Yearbook/Hawkins High School Yearbook (released on March 26, 2019). [25] The Duffer Brothers estimated they went through about a thousand different child actors for the roles. 26. Troy joked about which one of them would make more money in a freak show. They joked about Will's disappearance, and Troy said that Will was dead. [8] In September 2015, Cara Buono joined the cast as Karen,[9] followed by Matthew Modine as Martin Brenner a month later. [97], The show was ranked 3rd best TV show of the year (2016) by The Guardian and Empire. [72] Once the series was green-lit, the Duffer Brothers contacted Survive around July 2015 to ask if they were still doing music; the two provided the production team with dozens of songs from their band's past to gain their interest, helping to land them the role. Gender They say prayer has the power to help So pray from the mother In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell I’m trying to love my neighbor and do good unto others But oh, mother, things ain’t going well However, many fans sympathized with the character; Laura Bradley of Vanity Fair suggested that Barb would be a similar misfit in society, and "looks more like someone you might actually meet in real life" compared to the other characters, particularly Nancy. Wie zijn de hoofdpersonen? [88] Within its first month, the third season was watched by 64 million households, setting a new record for the most-watched original Netflix series. They noted that Wolfhard was already "a movie buff" of the films from the 1980s period and easily filled the role, while they found Matarazzo's audition to be much more authentic than most of the other audition tapes, and selected him after a single viewing of his audition tape. [120], Penguin Random House partnered with Netflix to release a series of books related to Stranger Things, starting in late 2018. Mrs. WalshMr. Anthony Troy Walsh[1], portrayed by Peyton Wich, is a supporting antagonist in Season One of the Netflix original series Stranger Things. [71] The two had been hired before the casting process, so their motif demos were used and played over the actors' audition tapes, aiding in the casting selection. Lego introduced a Stranger Things set called "The Upside Down", based on a version of the Byers' home and its replica in the Upside Down, in May 2019. [60] With the release of a February 2020 teaser for the fourth season, the Duffers confirmed that production had started. [33] Several websites and publications have found other pop culture references in the series, particularly references to 1980s pop culture. The brothers thought the combination of these things "was the best thing ever". [125], In the second quarter of 2019, as part of its Silver Archive series, UK publisher Obverse Books released a book on the first season of Stranger Things by writer Paul Driscoll.[126]. Step right up and get your tickets for the freak show. Dustin told Troy what happened, but Troy did not believe him. [168] The game was nominated for "Mobile Game" at the 14th British Academy Games Awards. [140], On July 23, 2020, Dark Horse announced a prequel one-shot entitled Stranger Things: Halloween in Hawkins[141], Hasbro published a licensed version of a Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons starter kit in May 2019. They went with a middle ground of using constructed props including one for the monster whenever they could, but for other shots, such as when the monster bursts through a wall, they opted to use digital effects. [25], The Duffer Brothers prepared a script[when?] Occupation [100], Stranger Things gained a dedicated fan base soon after its release. "[91] The New York Times has compared the show to Rob Reiner's Stand by Me, relating their nostalgic feel by "...finding that timeless moment where everything seemed tantalizingly, scarily new. [4], The third season is set several months later, in the days leading up to the Fourth of July celebration in 1985. Unbeknownst to the town, a secret Soviet laboratory under Starcourt seeks to open the gateway to the Upside Down, allowing the entities from the Upside Down to possess people in Hawkins and creating a new horror to deal with. Mike then floated back up to the top of the quarry and landed on the ground. Hopper asked for more information, and Troy explained Eleven's telekinetic powers and that he always saw her around Mike, Lucas, and Dustin. Peyton Wich The Dark Horse FCBD 2019 General comic contained a Stranger Things story entitled The Game Master set a few days after the events of the first season. [54], After the third season finished filming, producers considered the idea of keeping the Starcourt Mall set as a permanent attraction for fans to visit, but ultimately decided against it. [75], The first season consisted of eight one-hour-long episodes which were released worldwide on Netflix on July 15, 2016,[76] in Ultra HD 4K. [84][85], Netflix did not initially reveal subscriber viewership numbers for their original series, and Symphony Technology Group compiled data for the season based on people using software on their phones that measures television viewing by detecting a program's sound. The company has since released a teaser showing the Christmas-lights-on-a-wall scenes. [69] Once aboard, the two worked with producers to select some of their older music to rework for the series, while developing new music, principally with character motifs. [133], An original graphic novel based on the series called Stranger Things: Zombie Boys was released on February 19, 2020. It was "much more about mood and atmosphere and suspense and dread than they are about gore", though they were not afraid to push into more scary elements, particularly towards the end of the first season. Dacre Montgomery - Billy 15. The Duffer Brothers have said that Stranger Things is likely to end after its fifth season. [80] Netflix announced on September 30, 2019 that they had renewed the show for a fourth season. Telltale had also commissioned a companion game from Night School Studio titled Kids Next Door that would be a precursor to their title, but this also was canned on Telltale's closure.[182]. [174], Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that it is working on a PlayStation 4-exclusive game, based on Stranger Things, for their PlayStation VR peripheral. The sequence was created by the studio Imaginary Forces, formerly part of R/GA, led by creative director Michelle Doughtey. 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