Stranger Things: The 10 Best ’80s References

Stranger Things Season 3 will debut on Netflix on July 4th, and so we’re counting down to its launch this week with a new story each day about the beloved series. Today, we get nostalgic for that crazy time known as the ’80s!

We’re feeling sentimental — not just for Stranger Things’ first two seasons, but for the halcyon 1980s Stephen King meets Steven Spielberg inspired universe in which the series takes place. The show’s creators, The Duffer Bros., were born in 1984 and, like all good Gen-Xers, are obsessed with the pop culture of their childhoods, directing modern audiences to look to the 1980s as the glory days for a thriving pop horror environment that we may never have again. They achieve this by jamming Stranger Things full of innumerable pop culture references, both obvious and subtle, to things they likely grew up with.

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