DISCLAIMER: This should be five reasons you should watch “Stranger Things” with a friend, anyone…just not alone.

I can’t watch the increasingly-popular Netflix series alone. That might tell you something about the show or how weak I am when it comes to scary movies.

Now let’s get to why you should watch “Stranger Things”:

  1. It’s a good story that will pull you in immediately.

Isn’t that reason enough? No, keep reading.

Netflix plugs the hit show as this:

A lost boy. A government lab steeped in terrible secrets. A mother who won’t rest until her son is found.

Not only is it a good story — but the acting is excellent, including a captivating performance by Winona Ryder as a worried mother searching for her lost son — and the kids that star in the show are great on the screen and in their interviews off screen.

  1. It’s the little man versus BIG Government.

This is one of my favorites. No, really, this is quite refreshing. As an American, there is nothing better than seeing individuals (think “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) rage against government run amok. And if you’re into conspiracies — this movie is for you! Honestly, though, the fandom reaches far and wide, so you will have friends to discuss your opinions and theories with.

  1. It’s a thriller set in the Midwest.

In the great state of Indiana — so the people are awesome — but really, it’s small town America complete with scenes of the one high school, scenic woods, empty stretches of road, and a community where everybody knows everybody — that’s key for a mystery. (And no bias from this kid from the neighbor state of Ohio.)

Unfortunately, this might be a spoiler, but the town is completely fictional, so you can’t actually visit it, which was one of my first thoughts when I started watching.

  1. There is a lot of nostalgia.

The story is set in the 80’s, so there’s a lot of nostalgia for millennials and education for those of us who never got to live though those years before cell phones and internet. The soundtrack is amazing with songs like “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and eerie music that combines nostalgia with a modern sound.

  1. Finally, you don’t know what’s going to happen next…

It literally keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Are you a fan of “Stranger Things”? Let me know why below.

****Please no spoilers in the comments**** (i.e. #JusticeforBarb)

If you’re brave enough, below is the first 8 minutes of the first episode. Text your friend (or call your mom), grab a blanket, and enjoy:

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September 7, 2016


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