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In a quiet town in 1980s Indiana, a boy disappears, a girl appears and a mystery is set into motion. Stranger Things, a Netflix series released on July 15, 2016, is a throwback to '80s cinema and an homage to the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Steven King.

The film stars four middle-American boys who don't quite fit in. They spend their weekends playing 10-hour sessions of Dungeons & Dragons in the basement and are the frequent targets of playground bullies. They live in a sleepy Indiana town, on the fringes of which lies the Department of Energy, where strange experiments are being conducted in secret. Childhood fear and insecurity soon becomes tangible when one of the boys mysteriously disappears and a strange, telepathic girl appears in his place.

The boys immediately realize that the girl has some connection to their missing friend. They agree to hide the nearly-mute girl, who is only identified by the tattoo on her arm - Eleven, shortened to El - from the authorities. Meanwhile, the boy's mother, played by Winona Ryder, searches frantically for her missing son, convinced that he is trying to reach her from the beyond through a wall of Christmas lights. The stories of the residents of the small town converge and slowly, not without casualties, the mystery is unraveled.

Friday 12:01 AM et/pt on Netflix
1 Season, 8 Episodes
July 15, 2016
Drama
9.0/10
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown
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Stranger Things Full Episode Guide

  • Dr. Brenner holds Hopper and Joyce for questioning while the boys wait with Eleven in the gym. Back at Will's, Nancy and Jonathan prepare for battle.

  • Eleven struggles to reach Will, while Lucas warns that "the bad men are coming." Nancy and Jonathan show the police what Jonathan caught on camera.

  • A frantic Jonathan looks for Nancy in the darkness, but Steve's looking for her, too. Hopper and Joyce uncover the truth about the lab's experiments.

  • Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Nancy and Jonathan form an unlikely alliance.

  • An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.

  • Lucas, Mike and Dustin try to talk to the girl they found in the woods. Hopper questions an anxious Joyce about an unsettling phone call.

  • On his way home from a friend's house, young Will sees something terrifying. Nearby, a sinister secret lurks in the depths of a government lab.

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