Netflix is taking over television as we know it. Dumping tons of money into original programming. Some is good. Some is great. And some just exists. Much of what they produce is so incredibly niche, that it is only for the specific people that are interested. They have very few broad shows to attract a mass audience, which works when you don’t need to release the numbers on which shows are watched the most. House of Cards is probably their most broad show, but even that isn’t totally for everybody. Heck, it’s not even for me.
It seems every week we are getting a trailer to a new show or season debuting on Netflix. This week it is Stranger Things, a show that seems to have a classic 80s feel. You get a lot of E.T. and Poltergeist, if you ask me, coupled with a Stand By Me vibe, due to the cast of children. The 80s were peak kid dramas and this seems to hit that note.
Winona Ryder stars, or at least is first billed. She did great work in David Simon’s Show Me a Hero. Perhaps she is on a little bit of a career rejuvenation, as a Beetlejuice 2 has been announced.
And you don’t cast David Harbour in your show to be a good guy, so I am pegging him right now as the bad guy who wants to cut out whatever paranormal activity is happening. He is a soul crusher in nearly everything I have seen him in.
There are still a bunch of Netflix shows I want to watch and am a bit behind (I’m looking at you, Narcos!). However, I am still looking forward to adding this to my never-ending queue. Stranger Things debuts on Netflix on July 15, 2016.