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Stranger Things Was Released 4 Years Ago Today

4 years ago today the show that has become a worldwide phenomenon was released for all our viewing pleasure. 

I remember my dad telling me about some show with kids playing Dungeons & Dragons so I was skeptical at first. But then like everyone else I gave it a shot and was fucking hooked the minute I heard the intro music. 

Really I don't think it's too far out of the question to call Season 1 of the show a perfect season of TV. It hooks you right away with the disappearance of Will Byers then has you on the edge of your seat all the way until Will is back with Joyce and Johnathan on Christmas then BAM! Cliffhanger for Season 2. 

It's succinct only being eight episodes in the first season so it doesn't waste too much time to lose you. I think it's really only gotten better with each season. 

Production has been delayed on Season 4 because of COVID but we got this teaser in the beginning of 2020:

Hopper is alive. Thank God. They tried to fool us (spoilers) at the end of Season 3, but we never actually saw him die so it looks like they'll be hiding behind that which is cool with me because Hopper is one of my all-time favorite characters and a total badass. 

I'll admit it - I shed a tear when I thought that was the last we had seen of Hop. That followed by his letter to El in the finale had everyone wrecked. 

"The American". What a nickname. My guess is, and Robbie and Clem have talked about this before, but it's lining up timeline wise to have this end of the "Upside Down" be something to do with Chernobyl. I'm down with that. It seems a little too obvious looking ahead right now, but I think it'd be a cool and tidy way to wrap up one of the best shows ever. 

That's not hyperbole, either. You don't think of Netflix originals or streaming without thinking of Stranger Things.