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How Stranger Things Won Our Hearts With its Classic Take on Growing Up

'Stranger Things took Netflix citizens by storm recently and with great reason'

Runa Mukherjee Parikh | @tweetruna

Updated:August 16, 2016, 4:03 PM IST
How Stranger Things Won Our Hearts With its Classic Take on Growing Up
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Stranger Things took Netflix citizens by storm recently and with great reason. A classic take on the cult genre of 70's and 80's sci-fi, the miniseries had everything; hair-raising suspense, friendship, teenage love, drama and oodles of despair. With four children starring as main leads along with the ever beautiful Winona Ryder in a storyline that leaves much to imagination even after the end of a season, the show straightaway walked into our hearts.

But even while Stranger Things was largely about the Upside Down and the exploration of the supernatural, there were elements of young romance, parenting and growing up awkwardness that not only filled in the ‘mundane real life’ bits of the story but endeared it to us even more. Here are some we loved...

When Steve climbed into Nancy’s room for some good ol’ studying. The sneaky entry through the window, then -convincing little-miss-perfect for some loving, the scene was all too familiar and yet, just as cute.

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When Mike asks Eleven if she would like to go to the Snow Ball with him. Mike tells the girl with superpowers that she can live with his family after the crisis is over and goes all awkward explaining why he cannot be her brother. The scene is adorable and reminds the viewer of just how special childhood infatuation is.

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The equation between Nancy and Mike is one all siblings know too well. While the elder sister Nancy is perennially bored and disinterested with what her younger brother is upto, Mike watches with disgust as his sister’s love life starts to blossom.

The parents try their best to keep a tab on what each of the children are upto but are almost always clueless. Mike hides Eleven in his room for a week, feeding her candy and leftovers, Nancy chases monsters and deals with young romance by sometimes escaping from the house all night to inviting company in at other times. But most hapless of all is the over-worked Joyce Byers who doesn't even realise Little Will is missing until it is too late.

From being the ultimate casanova in school to turning a new leaf after getting to know Nancy, Steve does a classic high school turnaround. He impresses Nancy, breaks Jonathan’s camera for taking their photographs and shames her in public when he discovers Jonathan in her room. Later, he tries to make things right and at one crucial point, saves Nancy and Jonathan from being killed or taken by the monster. Of Course, he wins the girl back.

Best friends Lucas and Mike end up fighting when a girl (Eleven) comes into the picture. Lucas doubts the weirdo’s motives throughout but develops a special hatred for her when he sees his childhood buddy care for the girl more than ever. They have a big fight, say some bad things to each other and declare truce only when the third friend shows them their real feelings. Wipe that tear away, guys.

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