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Stranger Things: Season 1 Reviews

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January 17, 2018
Stranger Things succeeds because it's not just getting by on pop-culture references, it's also working to subvert them in smart ways.
November 6, 2017
Where this approach falls down is when these references are no longer used as entertaining background details, but instead are swiped wholesale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2017
Stranger Things perfectly captures the moment between childhood and adolescence, when new friends and interests-and interest in new friends-can either make or break lifelong friendships.
August 28, 2017
Stranger Things is weird, it's hyper-referential, and - for a touching coming-of-age story that's also a conspiracy thriller, a paranormal horror movie, and a nostalgic love letter to '80s cinema - it's really, really good.
August 14, 2017
Stranger Things is like Epcot Center. It takes something people are interested in and creates a world for them to visit.
May 9, 2017
Growing up doesn't stop at adulthood, and that's why something like Stranger Things works so perfectly. The journeys of Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven are epics in microcosm.
March 7, 2017
I finished the entire first season in a 24-hour time period, and I want to watch it again.
February 10, 2017
In the spirit of longform TV mysteries such as Lost and Under the Dome comes a playfully spooky, Stephen Kingesque headscratcher designed to hook you five minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2016
Stranger Things is the most delightful, gripping, charming, nostalgic, compulsive, edge-of-seat entertainment I've had in ages.
November 17, 2016
"'Stranger Things' ends up being an entertaining and impassioned throwback to the time when friendly aliens were all the craze, but there's a consistent sense that a far more imaginative and daring series hiding behind the monsters."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2016
From time to time in the early episodes it does feel as though Stranger Things is only a gratuitous reference or two away from tipping over into uninspired pastiche, but it has enough ballast to keep righting itself.
September 21, 2016
Aside from the cliffhangers and the winks to the past, Stranger Things is an entertaining watch, even for those who don't like horror movies, because it succeeds in making us long for the simpler times of our youth.
September 14, 2016
There's plenty of heart to be found in Stranger Things and a sincerity rare to television; scary, funny and full of adventure, it's a wonderful blend of everything 80's and as binge-worthy a TV show as you'll find this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 6, 2016
It understands perfectly that a homage is not the same as a rip-off.
September 6, 2016
Netflix's new original series Stranger Things is the best new show this year.
August 24, 2016
The films "Stranger Things" honors transcended their genres. This seems happy to propitiate them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 15, 2016
Stranger Things might feel like a mere retro roller coaster were it not for that slow drip of sorrow and trauma, the residue of Reagan-era anxiety about the nuclear family.
August 8, 2016
For the most part, and in absolute defiance of the odds, Stranger Things honors its source material in the best way possible: By telling a sweet 'n' scary story in which monsters are real but so are the transformative powers of love and fealty.
August 4, 2016
Stranger Things is a rare example of a cultural phenomenon that has delivered wistfulness and familiarity without simply giving audiences more of the same.
August 3, 2016
Stranger Things is a different creature, an original story that hits the same nerve as a remake.
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