I just finished watching "Stranger Things" on Netflix.
I think it may be the closest thing to a perfect television show that I've ever watched.
I was a huge fan of "Breaking Bad" and "Lost" when they were in their heyday, but I'll say this one is even better than those.
The show focuses on the disappearance of a young boy and the efforts of his friends and family to get him back from wherever he may be.
And, of course, there may be something supernatural going on. Where's Sam and Dean Winchester when you need them?
I won't give anything away, but each of the eight episodes builds suspense about what exactly is going to happen to these characters.
Now, normally I'm not a fan of child actors or actresses. After a while, they just get annoying and wear on my nerves.
But that could not be further from the truth this time around.
The four main kids, five if you include the missing Will Byers, are all pitch perfect in their performances.
Really, everyone is great.
Winona Ryder is perfect as the disheveled mom, desperate to find her son.
David Harbour plays the small town police chief who won't admit he might be in over his head.
And Matthew Modine (remember him from VisionQuest?) is great as the slimy head of the mysterious Hawkins lab.
Best of all, it takes me back to my childhood. The show is set in the early 80's, when I was the same age as these kids, so I totally get all the references, all
the bike riding after dark, all the nerdiness; that was me!
OK, I'd like to think I was less nerdy.
I finished the show in five days, but I was budgeting; I could have easily finished it in one day.
Now I'm left waiting for season two, which hasn't been officially announced.
I'm looking at you Netflix. What's the hold-up?
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