Love letter to the 80’s on Netflix: Stranger Things

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My kids and I just spent three days holed up in our living room, cuddled together on the sofa, curtains drawn, a/c blasting while the Southern California summer sun was blazing outside. Why have we been living like moles?

Binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix.

Yes. Yes.

It’s 1983, in a small town somewhere in Indiana where kids still ride their bikes after dark, nerds still play Dungeons and Dragons in the basement and moms don’t bother to check and see if their kids are in bed for the night. A young boy disappears and his mother (Winona Ryder), the police chief and the boy’s three friends must confront scary forces to get him back. Stranger Things is a mix of suspense, horror, science fiction and everything good about 80’s movies.

I was a kid in the 80’s so it gave me all the feels. It pays homage to the greats: E.T, The Goonies, Poltergeist, Alien, All the Right Moves and A Nightmare on Elm Street to name a few.

I was mostly excited about a Netflix series I could watch with my kids, especially my younger kids. I won’t give you any spoilers but I will say that there is some profanity (one of the kids playing D&D says p*ssy and I almost fainted) and there are teens making out (we saw a bra! gasp) and in bed together. Tame by today’s standards but it was awkward for my daughters so I just skipped that part. Other than that, we loved the suspense and the fact that we were all squealing and hiding our eyes behind throw pillows TOGETHER. If you watch TV with your family, you know that is no small feat. It almost never happens.

Go ahead and waste a weekend watching Stranger Things — it’s so worth it!

 

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