Things Are Getting Stranger

Last July, Netflix released a binge-worthy success from the creative team known as the Duffer Brothers. Set in the 1980s in a small Indiana town, Stranger Things swiftly became one of the most talked about Netflix original series of the season. Social media platforms were flooded with quotes and GIFs from the show, and fans were well aware of its immense influence. Stranger Things catapulted its young actors into overnight superstardom. “Stranger Things is a masterpiece. I loved every minute of it,” says sophomore Kara Vito.

Its main male lead, Finn Wolfhard, even landed a role in the highly-anticipated remake of Stephen King’s It, but the origin of Stranger Things’ success undoubtedly lies within its unmatched ability to create countless cliffhangers that always leave the viewers on the edge of their seats.

Stranger Things was honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of binge watching on Netflix. Perfect mix of sci-fi, romance, and comedy all in one show. Can’t wait for season 3 to come out!” says junior Lily Mata.

The end of season one left viewers with countless questions. What had happened to Eleven? What was the strange creature that Will had vomited? Was Will finally safe from the Demogorgon and the Upside Down? All of these questions and more allowed for a build-up leading into season two, and the anticipation and following showed. Within its first full week, it quickly became the most demanded show among U.S. Netflix subscribers. The show had reportedly registered 69.9 million average “demand expressions” (indicating intent to view or actual viewing), according to a media-analytics firm, Parrot Analytics, and based on overwhelming public opinion, it seems that season two lived up to the hype.

According to Nielsen data released, Stranger Things season 2 episodes each drew more than four million viewers in the first three days of the show’s premiere on Oct. 27-29, with the first episode averaging 15.8 million viewers. One question still remains: Did Stranger Things Chapter 2 live up to expectations? The answer to that question lies in the eye of the beholder, but one thing is definitely true, Stranger Things is the Netflix show to beat.