‘Stranger Things’ Is Terrifyingly Good 80s Nostalgia (Spoilers Ahead!)

‘Stranger Things’ Is Terrifyingly Good 80s Nostalgia (Spoilers Ahead!)

Human beings inhabit at least three parallel worlds in the course of a lifetime. There's childhood, the teenage hellscape, and the confused territory of adulthood. The child makes unique sense of its environment, taking cues from movies and television; the teen apes its peers; and the adult improvises with the remnants of both, which we call nostalgia. In the early 1980s, when the excellent, desperately nostalgic Netflix series Stranger Things is set, children watched E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial; teenagers flocked to see Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves; and adults had the good-humored horror picture Poltergeist.

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