It’s been a good week for unsurprising renewals of popular Netflix shows! Just yesterday, the streaming service announced that its popular new series, Mindhunter will be coming back for Season Two. Fans weren’t very surprised because the show has been so popular that it seemed all but certain that it would be coming back. Frankly, the only thing stranger would be the cancellation of Stranger Things! But now we know for certain that the horror-centric 80s throwback is definitely coming back for Season Three. Netflix took to its official Twitter account to formally announce the show’s renewal:
Only a few short years before the events of Stranger Things, the pop-culture-obsessed kids of Netflix’s hit show were surely tuning in to the iconic Sesame Street. Most would reasonably assume that’s where the connection between the two series stops. However, Sesame Street‘s official Youtube channel has launched a 6-minute parody video over the holiday weekend which samples numerous characters and scenes from Seasons One and Two of Stranger Things! Entitled, “Sesame Street: Sharing Things,” the video features everything from the series’ eerie opening text to a demogorgon-esque Cookie Monster. read more
In the history of comic books, there are some strange coincidences when it comes to timing. Probably two of the most famous examples are the initial similarities between The Doom Patrol and The X-Men and Swamp Thing and The Man-Thing. Both pairs were released very close to each other by DC and Marvel, and they bear more than a passing resemblance to each other, at least on a surface level.
In a similar fashion, when it comes to Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Image Comics series Paper Girls, comparisons to the Netflix darling Stranger Things are impossible to avoid. Although the first issue of Paper Girls debuted almost nine months before Stranger Things aired, new fans whose first introduction to the series through the trade paperbacks and the new hard cover deluxe edition are sure to see some similarities. read more
As ratings for The Walking Dead continue to plummet, Stranger Things’ second season shows that fans still crave horror programming on television. While Netflix is usually quite secretive about its viewership numbers, Nielsen has released “Live + 3 Day” viewership ratings for all episodes of the new season. According to The Wrap, the results are incredible!
15.8 million viewers watch the series premiere over last weekend. Almost 11 million of those viewers represented the highly-coveted 18-49 age demographic. Here are the viewership statistics for the rest of the season’s episodes during the first three days of availability: read more
Netflix’s wildly popular second season of Stranger Things is finally upon us! Just like the early franchises of the 80s from which it draws its inspiration, the sequel was bound to draw comparisons to its breakout first season. Just like how no one can watch Ghostbusters II without preconceived expectations based on the incredible success of its predecessor, Stranger Things 2 will undoubtedly be judged by what it does with the characters, monsters, set pieces, and motifs it established to such critical acclaim in 2016. The filmmakers seem aware of the blessings and curses of a sequel, cleverly titling the second season “Stranger Things 2” like a proper sequel as opposed to the continuation of a television series. read more
Stranger Things mania is at a fever pitch with just one day to go until Season 2’s premiere on Netflix; and the popular streaming company just added some fuel to the fire! Introducing Beyond Stranger Things, a new aftershow program hosted by “writer, producer, actor, and super fan Jim Rash.”
Centered around a giant Dungeons & Dragons-esque setpiece, each episode will feature guests from the series delving deeper into the various scenes and provocative mysteries of the franchise. The studio has just released a brief trailer for the new series, which gives a small taste of what fans can expect. read more
There’s nothing spookier than a Friday the 13th in October! It only happens once every several years; but when it does, corporate promotional departments are always ready to take advantage of the extra spooky date. I vividly remember picking up Mortal Kombat 3 for Super Nintendo on “Mortal Friday” the 13th, 1995. This October’s Friday the 13th comes merely a fortnight before Stranger Things Season Two debuts on Netflix, and the streaming studio chose the day to debut its final trailer for the highly-anticipated show. read more
Back in August, Danny and Doug Marks, a pair of Chicago bar owners who run Emporium Arcade Bar, opened a Stranger Things inspired pop-up called “The Upside Down”. Complete with the Byer’s couch, Joyce’s light-up Christmas light wall and plenty of “Hawkins”-related material, the bar also offered drinks inspired by the show (for instance, “Eleven’s Eggo’s” has a maple syrup base and is served with a wedge of a waffle).
In mid-September, Netflix got word of the clever pop-up and unfortunately for the Marks’ brothers, they never sought out permission or licensing. The pair received a cease and desist from Netflix but in the form of a rather humorous letter penned by Netflix lawyer Bryce Coughlin. The text of that letter is below: read more
Netflix is ramping up the excitement as we inch closer and closer to the October 27th premiere of Stranger Things Season 2. This morning, the streaming service released a new game based on the popular television series for iOS and Android devices. The free game, which is the result of a collaboration with indie studio BonusXP Inc, was released to fans as a complete surprise. In this new side-scrolling adventure, players can take control of the series’ various popular characters and explore famous Hawkins locations, solve puzzles, and collect Eggos and gnomes to unlock bonus features. The game is meant to have the retro look and feel of the video games of 1984, when the new season of the show takes place. read more
In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the creators of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things stated that the series will run for four seasons and then they are “out”.
Matt and Ross Duffer went on to say that “We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”
The brothers also cited the fact that by a fourth season the characters would be of college age (and would also quickly be escaping the 1980’s setting that is part of the charm of the series). read more