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Stranger Things Season 1 Recap

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IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Introduction

Stranger Things Season 1 is an American sci-fi horror and drama series starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine. The series premiered worldwide on Netflix on July 15, 2016 with 8 episodes. Currently, Stranger things is still considered as one of the best and most streamed scifi show on Netflix, most especially after the release of its newest season.

Recap

Set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1983, the story begins when a scientist is attacked by a monster at a U.S. government laboratory. Will Byers who’s cycling his way home after playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair, encounters an unknown creature and vanishes. Joyce Byers, Will’s mom, panics when she finds out in the morning that Will might not have been able to come home and reports his disappearance to Jim Hopper, the police chief.

A girl who has telekinesis and a tattoo of “011” on her arm has just escaped from the Hawkins lab and ends up in Benny’s diner stealing food. Benny is kind enough to let the girl eat and calls her Eleven. He calls social services but ends up getting killed by the people who are looking for Eleven. Mike, Dustin, and Lucas search for Will out of great concern that he might be in danger, but they find Eleven instead. Mike intends to keep her temporarily in his basement until he knows what to do, but when they discover that she has superpowers, they keep her to help them find Will.

Meanwhile, Mike’s sister Nancy and his boyfriend Steve are partying together in his house with his friends and Barbara, Nancy’s closest friend. However, Barbara who’s feeling left out ends up alone by the swimming pool when a Demogorgon suddenly attacks her. She vanishes just like Will. Jonathan, who’s searching for Will near Steve’s house, sees them partying and takes pictures. He misses the part where Barb gets taken by a monster. Now, both Barbara and Will are stuck in the upside down. Barb attempts to escape, but is attacked by the Demogorgon, while Will manages to hide.

Joyce and Hopper continue to find ways to get to Will as Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven also do their best to save Will. Nancy and Jonathan discover that something sinister has taken Barbara, so together, they aim to fight the monster. Soon, all teams who are in constant search of Will and Barbara discover that Dr. Brenner and the staff of Hawkins laboratory are covering up what’s really happening, and this makes everyone more determined to find out the truth. After the truth is revealed about the upside down and the Demogorgon, everyone is sworn to secrecy. In the end, Barb couldn’t be saved, but Joyce and Hopper are able to find Will, all thanks to Eleven who used her powers to locate them. The Demogorgon causes complete havoc in Hawkins by attacking everyone in its path. Eleven stops the monster in the end, but vanishes with it.

After a month has passed, Nancy is back together with Steve and becomes friends with Jonathan. Meanwhile, Will coughs up a small creature and gets a vision of the upside down. He hides this from his family, acting like everything is normal.

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Awards

Award CeremonyCategoryRecipient

American Film Institute

Top 10 TV Programs of the Year

Stranger Things

Dragon Awards

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV series

Stranger Things

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein, Chase Paris

Primetime Emmy Awards

Oustanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series

Dean Zimmerman (Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series

Bradley North, Craig Henighan, Jordan Wilby, Jonathan Golodner, Tiffany S. Griffth, Sam Munoz, David Klotz, Noel Vough, Ginger Geary (Chapter Eight: The Upside Down)

Primetime Emmy Awards

Oustanding Main Title Design

Michelle Dougherty, Peter Frankfurt, Arisu Kashiwagi, Eric Demeusy

Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

Best TV Series

Stranger Things

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

Best TV Actress

Millie Bobby Brown

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

Best TV Supporting Actress

Winona Ryder

Gold Derby TV Awards

Drama Series

Stranger Things

Golden Derby TV Awards

Breakthrough Performer of the Year

Millie Bobby Brown

Golden Reel Awards

Best Sound Editing: TV Short Form (Music)

David Klotz (Chapter Three: Holly Jolly)

Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Outstanding Music Supervision Television

Nora Felder

MTV Movie & TV Awards

TV Show of the Year

Stranger Things

MTV Movie & TV Awards

Best Actor in a TV Show

Millie Bobby Brown

Producers Guild of America

Episodic Television (Drama)

Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson

Saturn Awards

Best New Media Television Series

Stranger Things

Saturn Awards

Best Younger Actor on a Television Series

Millie Bobby Brown

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Main Cast

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