It's 1983. In the unsightly little village of Hawkins, in the American state of Indiana, 12-year-old Will suddenly vanishes mysteriously. Subsequently a number of strange things come to light, such as secret experiments in a government lab, a monster, supernatural powers and a strange girl called Eleven.
In eight episodes the somewhat nerdy friends of the missing boy, with the help of Eleven, try to find him. Not without trouble and incidents ...
Directors and brothers Matt and Ross Duffer made this series with a lot of love for the genre of supernatural films from the eighties.
And that love for the eighties is evident throughout. This is a world without smartphones and unlimited home entertainment. Instead there are walkie-talkies, posters of Jaws and the card game Dungeons and Dragons. The camera angles, too, are borrowed from classics such as E.T. and Alien. But it's all subtly done. That makes it fun not just for the generations that actually lived through the 80's, but also for the young twenty-somethings among you.
Central to the whole story is the boys' search for their missing best friend. And what a great performance by these young actors. Or in the words of the directors themselves: there are no other kids that could have played these parts. Indeed, the roles were made to measure for them. And that applies to Millie Brown as well, who portrays Eleven with few words but great depth.
In addition, the cast is led by the talented Winona Ryder. Not by chance is she an actress we still remember well from quite a few top roles in the eighties.