It’s been virtually impossible to escape the nonstop praise for Netflix’s newest original series, Stranger Things. The science fiction mystery focuses on the disappearance of 12-year-old Will, who lives in a small town in Indiana during the 1980s. Refusing to believe he’s gone, those in Will’s life begin to search for him in their own ways and uncover more otherworldly happenings.
I love a good mystery series, especially one that has a more supernatural focus. While this series will definitely remind you of other gems from the 80s (E.T. and Goonies), it’s something uniquely it’s own. I’ve enjoyed the separate stories intertwined, as several groups are searching for the missing boy and all are discovering different things. Will’s friends with the help of a telekinetic girl, Will’s brother and a local girl, and Will’s mother and the police chief – all of whom are figuring out the pieces. I don’t want to share much on how the series progresses, as it would be very spoiler heavy, but I’ll tell you that those pieces are insane.
My favorite part of the show has been Winona Ryder, who plays Will’s distraught mother. She starred in some of the most classic late 80s and early 90s films and although she’s been acting in several films over the past two decades, this role has truly been a great opportunity for her to shine and show her range.
If you haven’t given the show a watch yet, you need to. With only eight episodes and fantastic storytelling, this show is one of the easiest to binge watch.