7 Reasons to Watch Netflix’s Popular Season 1 Show

First published May 27, 2022, 2:21 p.m. IST

Stranger Things is one of Netflix’s most popular programs. But what is it about this show that makes it so popular?

It’s been over three years since fans last saw Hawkins, Indiana, and its perpetually terrified inhabitants. Now, Netflix has released the first seven episodes of Stranger Things Season 4, taking us all inside out.

Talk about Stranger Things did more than stand out, as it became a massive hit. Whether a new season has dropped on Netflix or it’s the time between seasons, the show continues to generate conversations and excitement.

The show appeals to nostalgia for a simpler time while tasting the good old days of classic movies and television for young people born in the 1980s and early 1990s. Stranger Things takes classic concepts and turns them into something new and exciting, making it the perfect show for most Steven Spielberg and Stephen King fans. Here are 7 reasons to start watching “Stranger Things” NOW

Science is so cool:
Viewers are rewarded with intriguing information and tidbits due to their characters’ interest in science and technology. Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will are all in touch with their nerdy tendencies, which is adorable. The kids’ interactions with their favorite teacher, Mr. Clarke (Randy Havens), are also some of the show’s most hilarious sequences.

Not too scary:
Stranger Things is sometimes misunderstood as a horror show, which it certainly isn’t. There are scary moments, but the level of fear never exceeds PG-13, giving those who are easily frightened a small dose that is quickly countered with comedy and heart.

Featured cast:
Unlike other hit shows, Stranger Things features a cast of mostly kids, which is one of the reasons for its success. Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp star as youngsters, showing that great actors can be played at any age, whether it’s on Netflix or at an awards show. As the mother of the missing Will Byers, Winona Ryder and David Harbour, as one of the heroes, Chief Hopper, are their adult counterparts. Along with the audience reaction, the Stranger Things cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Television Series.

Stunning soundtrack:
The show’s time placement is part of its appeal, and the soundtrack, which is packed with ’80s hits, doesn’t disappoint. “Toto” from Africa, a Peter Gabriel rendition of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” are among the tracks included. The inclusion of these 80s mainstays only adds to the realism of the series. In particular, The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” plays a vital role in the series, functioning as something of a lifeline, but talking much more about it would reveal too much. Additionally, fans were thrilled to hear the track “Neverending Story,” originally sung by Klaus Doldinger and Giorgio Moroder in 1984, when Duston and Suzie nailed it on the show.

Friendship goal:
Stranger Things It’s clear from the opening scene that friendship is vital, but the dedication of these individuals goes beyond the call of duty. When one of the band members, Will Byers, goes missing, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin set out to locate him, and when they meet Eleven along the way, they befriend her. “Friends don’t lie,” goes an iconic statement from the show, and for this group, it’s true: their selflessness and mutual esteem do something remarkable on screen.

Javier E. Swan