8 Reasons Why ‘Stranger Things’ Is On Our Weekend Watch List

8 Reasons Why ‘Stranger Things’ Is On Our Weekend Watch List

The new Netflix original stars a desperate Winona Ryder, and a girl with a numeric name. Intrigued yet?

The new Netflix original stars a desperate Winona Ryder, and a girl with a numeric name. Intrigued yet?

Text: William Defebaugh

Let's face it: Netflix is on a roll with its original programming this year. House of Cards managed to change the game even in its fourth season; Tina Fey was as whip-smart as ever on the second installment of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black may have been the series' strongest (and most politically relevant), and its Marvel series might even be better than the studio's film franchises (we love you, Elektra!). So when we saw the trailer for Netflix's newest original, the sci-fi thriller Stranger Things, out today, we knew we were in for a treat. Here's why.

1. It stars Winona Ryder as a mom named Joyce trying to get her abducted son Mike back. Much like her career, we hope he comes back.

2. While there is an unexplained evil at foot, the true villain appears to be Dungeons & Dragons—the game that Mike was playing with his friends just before being taken.

3. There’s a character named Eleven who has a shaved head and superpowers. #goals

4. This line from the trailer: “Want to know the worst thing that’s ever happened here in the four years that I’ve been working here? Was when an owl attacked Eleonore Gillespie’s head because it thought that her hair was a nest."

5. It’s only eight episodes, which is shorter than Netflix’s typical 13-episode season—meaning we can feel slightly better about our decision to binge watch the entire thing.

6. The show appears to be an ‘80s nostalgia love-fest, and if we're being honest, the idea of an era before cell phones is terrifying in its own right. Color us scared.

7. The main characters, aside from Ryder, is a gang of kids, which immediately calls to mind the brilliance of sci-fi thrillers like Attack The Block and Super 8. They even have walkie-talkies!

8. Psychologists have posited that watching horror is therapeutic for processing trauma, and it’s going to be over 90 degrees in NYC this weekend, which is traumatic.

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