There’s no denying that since Stranger Things premiered on Netflix last summer, it has blown up. From viral social media videos to late night talk show interviews, it’s almost impossible to go one day without hearing about the show. And while millions of people across the world have tuned in to view the secrets of small town Hawkins, there are others who still refuse to give it a try. In honor of those stubborn Netflix viewers, I’ve compiled a list of 11 reasons to should watch Stranger Things – because in my opinion, everyone should watch Stranger Things.
1. The Plot
I don’t know about the avid sci-fi watchers, but for me, Stranger Things was unlike any other show I’ve seen before. With an unusual plotline that doesn’t get too crazy, Stranger Things makes you believe in the unbelievable. And with a cliffhanger at the end of almost every episode, it’s almost impossible not to keep clicking ‘Next Episode.’
2. The Actors
It takes good actors to make a good television show, and Stranger Things is no different. With a phenomenal cast of well-established, young actors and actresses, you’ll be convinced that an upside-down really exists. Plus, let’s be real. These 13, 14 and 15-year-olds dress way better than we ever did.
3. The Genre
Are sci-fi movies not really your thing? I don’t blame you. They’re not mine, either. It’s a good thing that Stranger Things isn’t your awkwardly-scripted and poorly-edited science fiction television show. In reality, it’s so much more than that. Sure, it’s creepy, dark and even a little scary, but there’s also a bit of comedy, romance, action and drama. There’s truly something for everyone – even the pickiest of Neflix viewers.
4. The Reviews
While you may not care about a show’s reviews, they tell a lot about a show’s success. With pages and pages of positive reviews and ratings, there’s no denying that Stranger Things is loved by viewers all over the world. With a 94% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and more than 15 million people tuning in for season two on it’s opening weekend, everyone should have some sort of curiosity about the show. https://i.redd.it/tq49c8u54zwz.gif
5. The Lack of Commitment While some Netflix shows require multiple months of dedicated couch potato-ing to complete (*cough* Grey’s Anatomy *cough*), Stranger Things only has 17 episodes, making it an easy show to binge. Next time you’re sitting on the couch avoiding responsibilities, give Stranger Things a try. I bet you’ll be hooked by episode three.
6. The Nostalgia
Set in the 80s, Stranger Things is filled with all sorts of throwbacks. From the cars to the clothing to the posters on the wall, the Stranger Things set designers thought of it all. If you’re a 90s baby who wasn’t alive in the 80s like me, watch the show with your parents to see their nostalgic reactions.
7. The Memes Like I mentioned above, you can’t go one day without seeing something online about Stranger Things. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally understand the memes you’ve been scrolling past for weeks?
8. Everyone else is watching it. It may seem like everyone you know is watching Stranger Things, and maybe that’s the reason you’ve refused to tune in yourself. Maybe you have hipster-like qualities and only care about things that aren’t ‘mainstream’ and ‘popular.’ However, what’s worse than finishing a TV show and having nobody to discuss it with? With Stranger Things, I can assure you that this wouldn’t be an issue, and that the majority of viewers would love to have hour-long conversations about all things Stranger Things.
9. It’s something different.
If you’re like me, you have three or four go-to Netflix shows. For me, it’s Parks and Recreation, Gossip Girl and Friends. Stranger Things is unlike any of the other shows I watch, which makes it the perfect change of pace during my Sunday afternoon Netflix binges.
Sure, he’s the perfect example of the popular jock in season one, but by season two, he has transformed into a new man. From watching after the kids to spilling his deepest, darkest hair secrets, Steve is suddenly the guy everyone wants at their family Thanksgiving. Can you blame us?