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Netflix’s aptly titled ‘Stranger Things’ combines the weirdness of ‘Twin-Peaks’, the investigative nature of ‘The X-Files’ and a child ensemble similar to that of ‘Super 8’.

Set in the 1980’s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is devastated to find her youngest child Will (Noah Schnapp) has vanished. With the help of her other son, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and the investigation of police chief, Jim Hopper (David Harbour), Joyce seeks answers to the mysterious disappearance of her son.

Convinced of something far darker than a kidnapping, Will’s friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) also set out to uncover what really happened to their ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ compatriot. In doing so, they discover a young girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with seemingly supernatural abilities; a government run laboratory trying to cover-up the mysteries of the town; and a sinister force that no-one could prepare for.

With a fantastic soundtrack, and hair and costumes to match, ‘Stranger Things’ encapsulates the retro-vibe of the 1980’s while creating an addictive plot that culminates in a satisfying finale with plenty left for the future. The performances of all the children involved have to be commended, as do that of Ryder, Heaton and Natalie Dyer (who plays Mike’s sister Nancy).

Far different to anything else I’ve seen this year, such a weirdly original show deserves both the recognition and the praise that it’s currently receiving. With Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) and Paul Reiser (Mad About You) joining the cast, things are looking promising for an equally exciting second season, although July seems like a long wait.

So if you haven’t seen it yet I’d even recommend postponing the viewing until at least the end of June, as once you’ve finished the first you’ll want to be diving straight into ‘Stanger Things’ season two . . .

Actually I take that back. Watch it now, then re-watch later.

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