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Name: Stranger Things
Abbreviation(s): ST, SThings
Creator: The Duffer Brothers
Date(s): July 15, 2016 – present
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Official site
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Stranger Things is a supernatural horror Netflix TV series that was released in July 2016. It stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery.

Stranger Things is notable for the way it pays homage to (or sometimes makes overt references to) horror or supernatural movies of the 1980s, like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Carrie, or Alien,[1] and also 80s pop culture such as Star Wars and Ghostbusters.

Stranger Things was created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer and sold to Netflix after being turned down by over ten developers. The story is based on a myth originating in Montauk, New York about a government facility that kidnapped children and performed experiments on them during the Cold War. The show began filming in 2015 using sites around Atlanta, Georgia. The first season was released in 2016, was renewed, and the second season was released in 2017. Season three premiered on the Fourth of July in 2019. Season four was released in 2022 in two parts, the first part on May 27 and the second part on July 1.


On November 6, 1983 in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will's location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.[2]

Main Characters

Reccurring Characters


Stranger Things is a new fandom and has been growing in popularity since its release, especially in August 2016 after being recced constantly on Facebook and Tumblr. Fanworks started appearing nearly immediately on Archive of Our Own, Tumblr and Stranger Things RPF has also appeared. The fandom also has a strong presence on Reddit, Twitter and Instagram. Because the show draws inspiration from a lot of 80s media and uses it to plant clues and easter eggs, the fandom tends to write a lot of analysis and meta pointing them out. Before each new season drops the fandom sees an increase in discussions and theories about what's going to happen next, often encouraged by the Stranger Things official accounts on social media.


  • In 2016, Stranger Things was ranked eleventh in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr[3].
  • In 2017, Stranger Things moved up three places, ranking eighth in the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr.[4]
  • In 2018, Stranger Things remained in eighth place on Tumblr's list of the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television shows[5]
  • In July of 2019, after the release of the third season, the show appeared for the first time in letzan's Top 20 Femslash Week in Review[6]
  • In 2019, Harringrove was the 31st most popular ship on Tumblr.[7] Toastystats listed Stoncy as one of the most popular poly ships on AO3.[8]
  • In 2020, Harringrove was the 32nd most popular ship.[9]
  • In 2022, Stranger Things became #1 on Tumblr's TV show year in review based on fandom presence.[10] Byler was the most popular ship on Tumblr, with Steddie in second and Ronance as fourth. Harringrove was 31 and Lumax was 32, with more Stranger Things ships appearing later on.[11] There was a separate year in review post to summarize Stranger Things fandom development.[12] AO3 Ship Stats 2022 listed Steddie as the 10th most popular ship on AO3.[13]







Crossover Ships




Fan Theories


After season one and the death of character Barb Holland fans began tweeting #justiceforbarb, feeling that the character's death was not given the weight it should have been during the season. The hashtag became a fan campaign, it attracted the notice of the show's creators and stars. Barb's popularity and the anger at her death was a surprise

Brian Moylan suggested it’s because a certain type of fan sees something of themselves in her, the kind of girl who doesn’t get invited to the prom and instead stays home to polish her rock collection. Like Daria Morgendorffer or Enid and Rebecca of Daniel Clowes’ “Ghost World,” disaffected loners on the outside of teen life looking in, Barb stands in for the outcasts and the misfits.[14]

As a result of the campaign the show's creators promised that fans would find justice for Barb in the second season, and bringing closure to Barb's story was a large part of Nancy's arc.

Example Fanworks



untitled, Archived version by Hetteh-SpegettehFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 14 January 2018Length: 6Medium: FanartStatus: Complete
I recieved SEVEN sketchbooks for Christmas and apparently the first one is just. Basically. All. Stranger Things. Oh well.
Stranger Things 2, Archived version by Gop GapFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 2018Length: 5Medium: FanartStatus: Complete
Chapter one : MADMAX





Stranger Things S2, Archived version by ElevnnsFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 01 November 2017Length: 8Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon
Nothing’s gonna go back to the way that it was.

Date Published Unknown

stranger things meme ✿ ( 1/10 episodes ), Archived version by MichaelsWheelerFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: unknownLength: 7Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon
Chapter Seven: The Bathtub. ❝Awesome. It was awesome. Everything I said about you being a traitor, I was wrong. I’m sorry.



Further Reading

Archives & Fannish Links





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