4 Stranger Things
You would have to have been living in the Upside-Down to have missed all the hype about this show earlier this year (and if you have been living there, you have our utmost sympathies – and stay clear of swimming pools).
Riffing on all the films and shows older generations loved in the ’80s, Stranger Things also introduced them to younger audiences who had no idea they were even there in the first place. At its heart is a brilliant mystery: what has happened to the little kid who has vanished from a quiet town, and who is the peculiar, shaven-headed girl named simply “Eleven” who shows up around the same time?
The cast of child actors is brilliant, and little touches – such as an innovative use for Christmas lights – have taken on a life of their own to become memes (the other is the opening title font). Stranger Things is also the TV equivalent of Pringles: you can’t just watch one episode; you have to watch them all. At least it doesn’t make you fat.