stranger things featurette

The wait for Stranger Things 4 is going to be even longer than expected, so Netflix is keeping us occupied by releasing a new Stranger Things featurette that spotlights the evolving ensemble of the third season. It’s been nearly a year since Stranger Things 3 hit the streamer, but this featurette serves as a nice reminder of what made that season such a well-received hit.

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netflix's most popular titles

Netflix has long been averse to releasing viewership statistics for its original titles, but the streaming giant is never reluctant to toot its own horn when it comes to “popularity.” And with the streaming field set to become more splintered than ever before in 2020 — with newcomers like Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi poised to threaten the current dominion held by Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu — it’s fitting for Netflix to make a show of strength with its annual “most popular” list. And the list of Netflix’s most popular titles of 2019 is a great indicator of what’s in store for us in the future: more Netflix originals, more Stranger Things, and lots of Adam Sandler taking expensive vacations with his friends.

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Stranger Things Bloopers

Even though Stranger Things is a show full of sci-fi terror and suspense, there are times when even the most serious moments are interrupted with laughter thanks to a flub on set. Even though Stranger Things hasn’t been given a home video release full of a lot of special features going behind the scenes of the series, Netflix has thankfully given us some glimpses at the making of the pop culture phenomenon. This week they gave fans the gift of Stranger Things bloopers from all three seasons. Read More »

Stranger Things 3 VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a Stranger Things 3 VFX breakdown showing shots before they were completed with visual effects in post-production. Plus, our favorite video essay creator, Patrick (H) Willems, chimes in with his thoughts on why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great, and a Disney animation designer breaks down the original Cinderella dress transformation scene and how it’s influenced their other modern fairytales. Read More »

Stranger Things 3 Funko POPs

Stranger Things 3 only just arrived about a couple months ago, but it feels like it’s been over a year. Who knows how long we’ll be waiting until a fourth season of the Netflix series gets off the ground, but until then, the ever-expanding line of Funko POPs is giving fans even more vinyl figures to add to their shelf. The latest wave includes two of the breakout, new characters from this season commemorating two of their most memorable moments. Check out the new Stranger Things 3 Funko POPs below. Read More »

Stranger Things Season 3 Twist

One of the best things about Stranger Things 3 is the return of unlikely buddies Steve (Joe Keery) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo). But their friendship is made even more fun by the dry, sarcastic addition of Steve’s fellow Scoops Ahoy! co-worker Robin (played by Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), making them the most satisfying team-up of the show’s third season. But there’s one particular element of this relationship that wasn’t always part of the original plan.

Find out what we’re talking about below, but beware of spoilers for the third season of Stranger Things. Read More »

Stranger Things World Tour

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as the cast of Stranger Things hits New York City while on a world tour for the show’s third season. Plus, learn about a collection of 36 reels of 68mm nitrate prints and negatives made in cinema’s first years, and watch as Idris Elba sits down for the latest episode of Hot Ones to see if he can handle some spicy wings. Read More »

stranger things will sexuality

Stranger Things is no stranger to fan theories, but the latest one that has the internet all abuzz doesn’t have to do with plot twists or cliffhangers, but one character’s sexuality. Stranger Things 3 showed that it wasn’t afraid to touch on LGBTQ representation — an issue that isn’t commonly tackled in ’80s-related, nostalgic properties. But now Noah Schnapp, who has played Will Byers since Stranger Things season 1, is addressing whether his character’s sexuality was revealed in the latest season.

Mild spoilers for Stranger Things 3 below.

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stranger things 3 ratings

The one thing that isn’t strange this year is Stranger Things breaking Netflix’s own streaming records. Stranger Things 3 viewership punched through into a new dimension this past holiday weekend, with 40 million accounts tuning into the third season of the hit sci-fi/horror series, breaking Netflix’s four-day viewing record.

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stranger things 3 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Stranger Things 3.)

When Netflix provided me with screeners to review Stranger Things 3, they included a laundry list of spoilers that could not, under any circumstance, be mentioned in the review. As a rule, I try to avoid any and all spoilers in a general review, but this list was daunting to say the least. Now, the cat is out of the bag. Stranger Things 3 dropped on July 4, and I’m guessing if you’re reading this, you went ahead and binged the entire season over the holiday weekend. That means its time to head back to Hawkins, and delve into the details that Netflix was so hellbent on keeping a secret.

Spoilers follow – obviously.

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