Though the apparent race for a variety of streaming media seems to be heating up with every passing day, it’s hard to argue with the quality and consistency of Netflix. The platform’s original programming alone has brought in consistent subscribers and given showrunners the somewhat unique opportunity to stretch their wings, so to speak, with regard to content.
Netflix’s 2016 original programming is now beginning to make its way to viewers and among the platform’s latest line up is the new supernatural mystery series Stranger Things. While Netflix maintains an abundance of comedic and dramatic original programming, to date there hasn’t been much in either the mystery or science-fiction genres. Stranger Things looks to try and fill that gap.
The series has just released its first trailer (which can be seen above) and judging by the content, there’s no shortage of creepy and mysterious thrills to be had. Stranger Things also seems to be drawing on a multitude of inspirations, though the story itself remains unique and potentially of interest to a broad host of genre fans beyond sci-fi and mystery alone.
Set in a small American town in 1983, the series deals with the disappearance of a 12-year old boy. As the town and the authorities extend their search for the child, a new world of supernatural intrigue, dark forces, and the revelation of top-secret government experiments unfold. The series showrunners are writing/directing duo Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden), with a cast made up of Winona Ryder (Show Me A Hero), David Harbour (Suicide Squad), Finn Wolfhard (Supernatural), Millie Brown (Grey’s Anatomy) and Matthew Modine (Proof). The eight-episode first season will launch on July 15.
For many people, the first impression made by the trailer is that it resembles something Steven Spielberg could have made. With its 1980s setting following children riding bikes and exploring unknown supernatural forces, the atmosphere of Stranger Things is akin to Goonies and E.T. — albeit much darker. Though it’s best to keep in mind that this is only the first trailer and that it alone doesn’t guarantee an overall quality series, there’s definitely enough here to pique the interest of subscribers, if not warrant an all out binge-watch.
With Netflix continuing to dig into the apparent surplus of original programming, a series like Stranger Things will have no shortage of competition. That being said, if the show delivers from the start, it looks like the sort of series that just might reel in a dedicated fan base.
Stranger Things series one debuts in full on Netflix July 15, 2016.