Stranger Things: All the Best '80s References

This show knows how to honor the past.

If you’re an ’80s lover, Stranger Things[1] is pretty much the perfect TV series. The first season paid tribute to countless ’80s movies and other pop culture relics, and Season 2 continued that trend in a big way. From Star Wars to Ghostbusters to Stephen King, here are our favorite ’80s references from the first two seasons:

For more on Stranger Things, make sure to check out our review of Season 2[2], read up on newcomer Dacre Montgomery’s thoughts on his character Billy[3], and take a dive into our spoiler-filled examination of Season 2’s ending[4].

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Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter[5], or Kicksplode on MyIGN[6].


  1. ^ Stranger Things (
  2. ^ our review of Season 2 (
  3. ^ thoughts on his character Billy (
  4. ^ examination of Season 2’s ending (
  5. ^ following @jschedeen on Twitter (
  6. ^ Kicksplode on MyIGN (

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