‘Stranger Things’: Best New Show This Year


The main cast of ‘Stranger Things’. Photo: Netflix

Over the past few years “Game of Thrones” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have dominated television ratings. Sure, those two are great, but never in my life have I seen an amateur project as good as “Stranger Things” directed by the Duffer Brothers. It took the world by storm, becoming one of the most popular shows of the summer. It was hard to believe that “Stranger Things” would be such a hit because the majority of Netflix originals have been mediocre at best.

“Stranger Things” has a character for everyone. There’s Mike, the curious 12-year-old who wants to figure out the mystery. Nancy is your classic teenage girl who has fallen in love. There’s Jonathan, a shy teenage boy, and Steve who is an ordinary jock. Almost everyone can relate to a character in the show, which is part of the reason why “Stranger Things” is intriguing.

You would expect that the show would have a famous and talented producer, but the show was actually produced by two amateurs, the Duffer brothers. It is amazing to see that their first production earned five stars on Rotten Tomatoes.

“It will be hard to stop watching, since all of the episodes end on cliffhangers,” said junior Jack Wray. “I watched it a couple of weeks ago and I could not complete any homework because it kept me wanting more.”

The most unique aspect of the series is the diversity of genres in the show. These genres range from thriller, to romance, to sci-fi. The genres coincide with each other so well to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. “‘Stranger Things’ is not your traditional TV show, but there is also a normal high school romance underneath the craziness,” said junior Sydney Muse. The horror tag on “Stranger Things” drives people away from it, but the horror also sprouts curiosity.