Tag: Stranger Things (TV Program)

Done with ‘Stranger Things’? Here Is Your Next Netflix Binge

This essay includes spoilers for “Stranger Things” and the first season of “Dark.” It’s a dark night in a rural town surrounded by woods. People are frantically searching for a little boy who has gone missing. The police seem inept to help. The reason he has gone missing is inexplicable and, perhaps, supernatural. No, this […]

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‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for HBO Max, AT&T’s New Streaming Service

After AT&T spent over $80 billion to acquire Time Warner in part to take on Netflix, the phone giant’s new streaming service finally has a name: HBO Max. The company also announced it will debut next spring and will offer 10,000 hours of content, including exclusive access to the hit show “Friends.” What will be […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Recap: All’s Well That Ends Weird

This recap includes spoilers for Season 3 of “Stranger Things,” including the finale. The creature in the third season of “Stranger Things” is a grisly, fearsome, overpowering amalgam of borrowed parts, created from the melted-down essence of other beings. Which is to say, the creature is “Stranger Things.” Every season, this sci-fi pastiche assembles itself […]

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‘Stranger Things 3’: A Guide to the Major Pop Culture References

This article contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Stranger Things.” See some references we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section. The Netflix hit “Stranger Things” is built on nostalgia for late ’70s and ’80s pop culture, including the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter and John Hughes. The first two […]

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Women Crash the Pool Party

There is a three-second shot in Hulu’s “Shrill” that lingers. Annie, a tenderly insecure young journalist played by Aidy Bryant, is at her first Fat Babe Pool Party. It’s a glamorous bash featuring women dancing and splashing around in cute swimwear, and while Annie is enchanted with what she sees, she is not quite ready […]

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Reaches 1985 and Goes to the Mall

In the wake of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the biggest television show left standing may be a show that isn’t on traditional TV (and therefore doesn’t get rated by Nielsen). For the moment, anyway, nothing feels like it has more big-tent appeal than Netflix’s energetically spooky sci-fi drama “Stranger Things,” whose eight-episode third season arrives […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Is Back. Here’s Where We Left Off in Season 2.

Needle-drops have always been part of the fun of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” a sci-fi series that doubles as a comprehensive tour through ’80s popular culture. And the second season ended with a doozy: the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” a middle-school slow-dance favorite that sounds romantic but is much creepier under the surface. (“Every step […]

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Cary Elwes Is the Latest ’80s Hero to Star on ‘Stranger Things’

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” returns Thursday for another season of the Upside Down, paranormal pyrotechnics and, of course, ’80s nostalgia. And as in the first two seasons, the creators Matt and Ross Duffer have given a supporting role to a well-known actor from the era. Following in the footsteps of past “Stranger Things” guest stars like […]

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These Kids Know ‘Stranger Things.’ But What’s Stranger Than Growing Up?

It must be strange to live in a Midwest town that is home to nefarious conspiracies, secret experiments and a portal to an alternate dimension populated by grotesque monsters. But coming of age is still stranger. After an absence of almost two years, “Stranger Things” returns on July 4 for its third season on Netflix, […]

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