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** {{Discussed|Trope}}and then {{Exploited|Trope}} by Murray Baumann when Jonathan and Nancy come to him to [[spoiler: expose the laboratory in Hawkins.]] If he gives newspapers the completely unedited version of what happened in Season 1, it will be too unbelievable, the government will barely have to do any work to destroy it, and nothing will happen. As such, he comes to the conclusion that the most logical option is to fight fire with fire, exploiting the nature of this trope by giving a realistic version of what happened. As such, his official story is that Barb died in a gas leak of some sort.

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** {{Discussed|Trope}}and {{Discussed|Trope}} and then {{Exploited|Trope}} by Murray Baumann when Jonathan and Nancy come to him to [[spoiler: expose the laboratory in Hawkins.]] If he gives newspapers the completely unedited version of what happened in Season 1, it will be too unbelievable, the government will barely have to do any work to destroy it, and nothing will happen. As such, he comes to the conclusion that the most logical option is to fight fire with fire, exploiting the nature of this trope by giving a realistic version of what happened. As such, his official story is that Barb died in a gas leak of some sort.


*** In general there's a lot of smoking, and Hopper even kind of nudges Joyce back into the habit in S2. Today the amount of smoking would be weird and Hopper would be an ''asshole'' for that, but this was all completely ''de rigeur'' for 1983-4.

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*** In general there's ** There's a lot of smoking, smoking in general, and Hopper even kind of nudges Joyce back into the habit in S2. Today Today, the amount of smoking would be weird and Hopper would be an ''asshole'' for that, but this was all completely ''de rigeur'' for 1983-4.



** The kids being able to wander as much as they do can seem like this in the 21st century. The kids stay over at each others houses regularly, are often out with fairly flimsy excuses, and in Season 2 disappear for a ''while'', and while the parents are somewhat concerned they don't generally get too worried. Today, some of this might well lead to less friendly neighbors calling social services on damn near everyone, but in the [=80s=] and earlier decades, suburban kids absolutely had that much freedom to roam.

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** The kids being able to wander as much as they do can seem like this in the 21st century. The kids stay over at each others other's houses regularly, are often out with fairly flimsy excuses, and in Season 2 they disappear for a ''while'', and lengthy period of time. And while the parents are somewhat concerned concerned, they don't generally get too worried. Today, some of this might well lead to less friendly neighbors calling social services on damn near everyone, but in the [=80s=] and earlier decades, suburban kids absolutely had that much freedom to roam.


** Didn't the Byersí have a Dog?
*** Ultimately (accidentally) revealed by Noah Schnapp. [[spoiler: Chester the Dog passed away in the year between Season One and Season Two.]]

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** Didn't the Byersí have a Dog?
*** Ultimately (accidentally) revealed by Noah Schnapp. [[spoiler:
The Byers' dog Chester the Dog passed away in the year disappears between Season One seasons one and Season Two.]]two. Noah Schnapp stated that he died between seasons.


** The cars can also count to some degree; Billy's '79 Chevy Camaro, in particular, is nearly a character unto itself with how much screen time it gets. The only thing getting in the way is that (background anachronisms noted above aside) all the cars are period-accurate and so had been out of production for decades when the show aired. It's really product placement for used car dealerships, if anything.


*** Ultimately (accidentally) revealed by Creator/NoahSchnapp. [[spoiler: Chester the Dog passed away in the year between Season One and Season Two.]]

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*** Ultimately (accidentally) revealed by Creator/NoahSchnapp.Noah Schnapp. [[spoiler: Chester the Dog passed away in the year between Season One and Season Two.]]


** Didn't the Byerses have a dog?

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** Didn't the Byerses Byersí have a dog?Dog?
***Ultimately (accidentally) revealed by Creator/NoahSchnapp. [[spoiler: Chester the Dog passed away in the year between Season One and Season Two.]]


* BlandNameProduct: Murray can be seen drinking "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolichnaya Slotichnaya]]" vodka a few times in season 2.

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* BlandNameProduct: Murray can be seen drinking "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolichnaya Slotichnaya]]" vodka a few times in season 2. However, most products shown on the show are real, such as Schlitz beer.


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** Season 2 has Will and Billy, which are both shortened forms of the name William.


* ShownTheirWork: The show features specific and sometimes obscure aspects of ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 1st Edition'' as well as invents others for narrative purposes.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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The show features specific and sometimes obscure aspects of ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 1st Edition'' as well as invents others for narrative purposes.purposes.
** A Season 3 episode uses a shopping mall as a plot point. The scene was filmed in the largely-abandoned Gwinnett Place Mall in suburban Atlanta, which actually was built in the mid-80s. Storefronts were retrofitted to period-accurate recreations of popular mall tenants of the day, even some chains that are no longer in existence.

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* BlandNameProduct: Murray can be seen drinking "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolichnaya Slotichnaya]]" vodka a few times in season 2.


* RealityEnsues: The boys, particularly Lucas, are initially reluctant to look for Will or keep Eleven's secret. They need to be talked into the former by Mike. Later, Eleven's telekinesis stops Lucas from exposing her to Mike's mom.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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The boys, particularly Lucas, are initially reluctant to look for Will or keep Eleven's secret. They need to be talked into the former by Mike. Later, Eleven's telekinesis stops Lucas from exposing her to Mike's mom.mom.
** {{Discussed|Trope}}and then {{Exploited|Trope}} by Murray Baumann when Jonathan and Nancy come to him to [[spoiler: expose the laboratory in Hawkins.]] If he gives newspapers the completely unedited version of what happened in Season 1, it will be too unbelievable, the government will barely have to do any work to destroy it, and nothing will happen. As such, he comes to the conclusion that the most logical option is to fight fire with fire, exploiting the nature of this trope by giving a realistic version of what happened. As such, his official story is that Barb died in a gas leak of some sort.


''Stranger Things'' is a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original Series created by the Duffer Brothers which debuted on July 15, 2016. Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in TheEighties, the series tells the story of the disappearance of a young boy named Will, the investigation into said disappearance and an attempted rescue mission by his friends, and the supernatural events surrounding the town itself. Along the way, the kids and teenagers of the town affected by Will's disappearance [[ComingOfAgeStory have to adjust to the hardships that come with growing up]], while the adults have to confront [[AdultFear their worst fears]].

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''Stranger Things'' is a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original Series created by the Duffer Brothers which debuted on July 15, 2016. Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in TheEighties, the series tells the story of the disappearance of a young boy named Will, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), the investigation into said disappearance and an attempted rescue mission by his friends, and the supernatural events surrounding the town itself. Along the way, the kids and teenagers of the town affected by Will's disappearance [[ComingOfAgeStory have to adjust to the hardships that come with growing up]], while the adults have to confront [[AdultFear their worst fears]].



** Mike and Nancy's parents are a straight example. Their son hides his esper girlfriend in their basement for almost a week without them ever even noticing. This carries over to season 2, as the Wheelers spend the last few episodes blissfully unaware of where their kids are and simply assume they're with their friends somewhere. Considering the town has a habit of disappearing children, you'd think they would be more concerned.

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** Mike and Nancy's parents are a straight example. Their son Mike hides his esper girlfriend Eleven in their basement for almost a week without them his parents ever even noticing. This carries over to season 2, as the Wheelers spend the last few episodes blissfully unaware of where their kids are and simply assume they're with their friends somewhere. Considering the town has a habit of disappearing children, you'd think they would be more concerned.



** Overall, the story takes place one year after season 1, yet all the subplots somehow happens at the exact same time. Will [[spoiler:is possessed by the Mind Flayer,]] Dustin finds a [[spoiler:baby Demogorgon]] (presumably the same Will threw up a year before), Nancy and Jonathan attempt to [[spoiler:take down's Hawkin's lab]] and [[spoiler:Eleven becomes restless at hiding and runs away]]. Some of this behavior (particularly Nancy, Jonathan, and Eleven) can be partially explained by the "Anniversary Effect" making them feel restless/guilty, but it still coincides with the supernatural happenings.

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** Overall, the story takes place one year after season 1, yet all the subplots somehow happens happen at the exact same time. Will [[spoiler:is possessed by the Mind Flayer,]] Dustin finds a [[spoiler:baby Demogorgon]] (presumably the same Will threw up a year before), Nancy and Jonathan attempt to [[spoiler:take down's Hawkin's lab]] and [[spoiler:Eleven becomes restless at hiding and runs away]]. Some of this behavior (particularly Nancy, Jonathan, and Eleven) can be partially explained by the "Anniversary Effect" making them feel restless/guilty, but it still coincides with the supernatural happenings.



*** In general there's a lot of smoking, and Hop even kind of nudges Joyce back into the habit in S2. Today the amount of smoking would be weird and Hop would be an ''asshole'' for that, but this was all completely ''de rigeur'' for 1983-4.
** Two teenagers buying gasoline, bear traps, nails, sledgehammers, and revolver ammunition doesn't get much more than a weird look from the hardware store clerk, and Nancy can even get away with snarking ([[CassandraTruth or not]]) about going "monster hunting" with it all. Post-UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}, he'd most likely jump to the conclusion that they were planning to [[AxesAtSchool terrorize their school]]. Nancy's comment would make it a one-way trip to juvi hall!
** The kids being able to wander as much as they do can seem like this in the 21st century. The kids stay over at each others houses regularly, are often out with fairly flimsy excuses, and in S2 disappear for a ''while'', and while the parents are somewhat concerned they don't generally get too worried. Today, some of this might well lead to less friendly neighbors calling social services on damn near everyone, but in the [=80s=] and earlier decades, suburban kids absolutely had that much freedom to roam.

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*** In general there's a lot of smoking, and Hop Hopper even kind of nudges Joyce back into the habit in S2. Today the amount of smoking would be weird and Hop Hopper would be an ''asshole'' for that, but this was all completely ''de rigeur'' for 1983-4.
** Two teenagers Nancy and Jonathan buying gasoline, bear traps, nails, sledgehammers, and revolver ammunition doesn't get much more than a weird look from the hardware store clerk, and Nancy can even get away with snarking ([[CassandraTruth or not]]) about going "monster hunting" with it all. Post-UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}, he'd most likely jump to the conclusion that they were planning to [[AxesAtSchool terrorize their school]]. Nancy's comment would make it a one-way trip to juvi hall!
** The kids being able to wander as much as they do can seem like this in the 21st century. The kids stay over at each others houses regularly, are often out with fairly flimsy excuses, and in S2 Season 2 disappear for a ''while'', and while the parents are somewhat concerned they don't generally get too worried. Today, some of this might well lead to less friendly neighbors calling social services on damn near everyone, but in the [=80s=] and earlier decades, suburban kids absolutely had that much freedom to roam.



** In an early episode, Hopper tells an officer that a fall from the local cliff would be fatal, despite there being a lake on the bottom, due to sheer height. [[spoiler:Mike]] later goes over the edge.

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** In an early episode, Hopper tells an officer his deputies that a fall from the local quarry cliff would be fatal, despite there being a lake on the bottom, due to sheer height. [[spoiler:Mike]] later goes over the edge.



** Played very straight in both seasons; close-range assault rifle fire seems to do no damage at all to either the demigorgon or the demidogs. But somehow [[spoiler:a nail-studded baseball bat wielded by a teenager]] is highly effective.

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** Played very straight in both seasons; close-range assault rifle fire seems to do no damage at all to either the demigorgon or the demidogs. But somehow [[spoiler:a [[spoiler:Steve's nail-studded baseball bat wielded by a teenager]] bat]] is highly effective.

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*** In fact, [[Creator/SeanAstin the actor]] who played the protagonist in ''Film/TheGoonies'' has a major supporting role in Season 2.

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** The school buses have white tops. This practice (which keeps the interior much cooler) didn't start until the early 1990s, and didn't become common until the 2000s. 1980s school buses were yellow all over.


--->'''Dustin''' ''(to Ted)''''':''' [[LampshadeHanging You know, you're really no help at all, you know that?]]

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--->'''Dustin''' ''(to Ted)''''':''' --->'''Dustin:''' ''[to Ted]'' [[LampshadeHanging You know, you're really no help at all, you know that?]]



** Doubles as an InJoke. In the final Episode of Season 2, there is a [[spoiler: montage of the kids getting ready for the Snowball Dance.]] There is a moment when Jonathan is filming Joyce teaching [[spoiler: Will]] how to dance. The time on his Camcorder says 7:04 PM; 7 + 4 = 11.
** Also in Season 2, during Episode 6, [[spoiler: Hopper takes time to sit in his car and try to contact Eleven on the CB Radio back at their cabin. If you look at the first shot of said radio, the channel they communicate on is channel 11.]]

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** Doubles as an InJoke. In the final Episode of Season 2, there is a [[spoiler: montage [[spoiler:montage of the kids getting ready for the Snowball Dance.]] There is a moment when Jonathan is filming Joyce teaching [[spoiler: Will]] [[spoiler:Will]] how to dance. The time on his Camcorder says 7:04 PM; 7 + 4 = 11.
** Also in Season 2, during Episode 6, [[spoiler: Hopper [[spoiler:Hopper takes time to sit in his car and try to contact Eleven on the CB Radio back at their cabin. If you look at the first shot of said radio, the channel they communicate on is channel 11.]]



* GunsAreUseless: Played very straight in both seasons; close-range assault rifle fire seems to do no damage at all to either the demigorgon or the demidogs. But somehow [[spoiler:a nail-studded baseball bat wielded by a teenager]] is highly effective.
** [[spoiler: Averted in the Season 2 finale, when Hopper fends off the demidogs while Eleven closes the gate. Although maybe those bullets were just knocking the demidogs down and not actually wounding them.]]

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* GunsAreUseless: GunsAreUseless:
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Played very straight in both seasons; close-range assault rifle fire seems to do no damage at all to either the demigorgon or the demidogs. But somehow [[spoiler:a nail-studded baseball bat wielded by a teenager]] is highly effective.
** [[spoiler: Averted [[spoiler:Averted in the Season 2 finale, when Hopper fends off the demidogs while Eleven closes the gate. Although maybe those bullets were just knocking the demidogs down and not actually wounding them.]]



* KillItWithFire: One of the more effective ways to dispatch [[spoiler: the creatures and growths of the Upside Down. A milder version is used to exercise the Mind Flayer out of Will.]]

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* KillItWithFire: One of the more effective ways to dispatch [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the creatures and growths of the Upside Down. A milder version is used to exercise exorcise the Mind Flayer out of Will.]]



* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: Terry Ives, Eleven/Jane's natural mother,]] is in a permanent, semi-catatonic state, endlessly repeating the refrain "Breathe. Sunflower. Rainbow. Three to the right, four to the left. 450." [[spoiler: It turns out that this apparent nonsense is linked to her memories of losing Jane to the researchers at Hawkins Lab, and her desperate attempts to get her back. [[TearJerker It is all that she has left of her daughter]].]]

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* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: Terry [[spoiler:Terry Ives, Eleven/Jane's natural mother,]] is in a permanent, semi-catatonic state, endlessly repeating the refrain "Breathe. Sunflower. Rainbow. Three to the right, four to the left. 450." [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out that this apparent nonsense is linked to her memories of losing Jane to the researchers at Hawkins Lab, and her desperate attempts to get her back. [[TearJerker It is all that she has left of her daughter]].]]



-->'''Hopper''': "This is Hawkins. You wanna know the worst thing thatís ever happened here in the four years Iíve been working here? The worst thing was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head because it thought that her hair was a nest."

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-->'''Hopper''': "This -->'''Hopper:''' This is Hawkins. You wanna know the worst thing thatís ever happened here in the four years Iíve been working here? The worst thing was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head because it thought that her hair was a nest."



*** Hopper leaves Will, Mike and Joyce to go [[spoiler: search for the tunnels]] without telling them (or anyone else) anything, so when he gets caught, they have to use [[spoiler: Will's powers]] to track him down.

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*** Hopper leaves Will, Mike and Joyce to go [[spoiler: search [[spoiler:search for the tunnels]] without telling them (or anyone else) anything, so when he gets caught, they have to use [[spoiler: Will's [[spoiler:Will's powers]] to track him down.



* SequelEscalation: With regards to the horrors faced -- season one has the cast face off against the antagonistic Hawkins Lab and a single Demogorgon. Come season two, the main villain is apparently [[spoiler: the EldritchAbomination ruling the Upside-Down and has multiple Demogorgons as mooks; the characters have to stop it from mounting a full-scale invasion of their dimension.]]

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* SequelEscalation: With regards to the horrors faced -- season one has the cast face off against the antagonistic Hawkins Lab and a single Demogorgon. Come season two, the main villain is apparently [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the EldritchAbomination ruling the Upside-Down and has multiple Demogorgons as mooks; the characters have to stop it from mounting a full-scale invasion of their dimension.]]

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** The Music/NewOrder song "Elegia", used during [[spoiler:Will's funeral]], is taken from the ''Low-Life'' album, which was released in 1985.

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