Pure Fandom review: ‘Stranger Things’ is one of Netflix’s best originals yet

This is a spoiler-free Stranger Things review

Clear your schedule, because you won’t be getting anything done until you’ve binged this show.

Stranger Things is a thrilling, suspenseful, out-of-the-park home run for Netflix. We’ve read some mixed reviews, but in our honest (and not-so-humble opinion), anyone who thinks this series deserves less than an A is out of their damn mind. It was an eight-episode masterpiece and perhaps Netflix’s finest original series yet. Yes, we’re going that far.

The Duffer Brothers series is set in the ’80s and it does a flawless job of giving us that nostalgic vibe. It’s an engrossing and heartfelt thriller that delivers its stylized suspense all the way to the last seconds.

When a young boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) goes missing, his mother, played by Wynona Ryder, starts to experience some very “strange things.” When Will’s group of tirelessly loyal friends meet a mysterious young girl named Eleven, the truth of what happened to Will starts to reveal itself in a terrifying way. And yes, there is a “secret government agency and facility,” but it doesn’t feel taboo in Stranger Things.

The straightforward plot line and relationships are refreshing. But don’t be fooled — there is still plenty of suspense and mystery in each episode to keep you wanting more. Seriously, it’s impossible not to binge this show.

The series really wins with its cast of stellar actors and the show’s commitment to making us love them from the start. Unfortunately for your nails and tear ducts, you will feel their pain, fear and anguish. Winona Ryder gives a flawless performance as the grieving mother holding onto hope. The three young boys who portray Will’s best friends — Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo — deserve the highest praise for their performances. As for Millie Brown, we’re expecting to see some nominations come her way during award season for her poignant and impassioned performance of Eleven. David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, and Natalia Dyer round out the slew of incredibly talented cast members.

Stranger Things nails pretty much everything — the suspense, acting, pace of the plot, cinematography, and its signature 80s vibe. We promise, you’re not going to be able to look away from this show while you’re watching it.

Overall Grade For Stranger Things: A+

Season 1 of Stranger Things is now available on Netflix for your binging pleasure.

(image credit: Netflix)


Liz & Lindi

Pure Fandom was created by fangirls and best friends, Liz (Pochop) Prugh and Lindi Smith. Their site - along with several other expert fan contributors! - brings you updates and breakdowns on shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Originals', and more. Liz & Lindi have written for Entertainment Weekly, AOL, HelloGiggles, and frequently host Comic-Con panels around the country. They are dedicated to putting a comedic and fun twist on all things fandom.

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