The fifth and last season of “Stranger Things” can’t come soon enough. While you wait for the latest season of the show to arrive, you can revisit the thrilling moments that took place in Hawkins. Or if you’re brave enough, even dive into the Upside Down. Well, virtually that is. And if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s never too late to catch up on the show and get hooked on it.
In this article, we will provide all the information you will need so you can start binging the series, whether via streaming, VOD, or cable TV.
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What Is Stranger Things About?
“Stranger Things” is a sci-fi horror series set in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. It follows the endearing story of five friends who befriended an enigmatic young girl that possesses psychic powers. These six young individuals then band together to uncover shocking government conspiracies which include interdimensional travel along with the horrors that lurk within.
The first season of the show was released on Netflix on July 15, 2016. It’s an ongoing series with 4 seasons and a fifth season is on the way. Each season has 8-9 episodes with a 42–139-minute run time.
Who Are in the Cast and Production of Stranger Things?
The show’s main cast members include:
- Millie Bobbie Brown as El/Eleven – Eleven is a socially-awkward young girl who gained psychic powers after she was experimented on.
- Finn Wolfhard as Mike Byers – Mike is the de facto leader of the group, taking charge of the situation while his friends rally behind him.
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson – The brains of the group; Dustin is smart and quick-witted and always has a plan for every occasion.
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair – Lucas serves as the voice of reason of the group, often providing logic and reason to the group’s many outlandish and dangerous plans.
- Noah Schnapp as Will Byers – The emotional heart of the group, Will is timid and shy compared to his other peers.
- Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield – Max is a hotheaded and quick-tempered redhead with a soft spot for her friends.
The main cast is joined by an equally endearing supporting cast composed of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Maya Hawke. Monkey Massacre Productions and 21 Laps Entertainment produced the series while the Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, and Dan Cohen helmed the show.
What is the Rating for Stranger Things?
The series is rated 14A which means viewers under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. While the show is generally lighthearted with coming-of-age elements, some moments on the show may be too mature or terrifying for younger audiences.
How Many People Watch Stranger Things?
The series has enjoyed a consistently high viewership rating. The first season alone had 14.07 million viewers in the U.S. while its third season had 40.7 million households binging it a month after its release. The first volume of the fourth season broke viewership records with 286.7 million hours viewed.
How Are the Reviews for Stranger Things?
The series was a hit with both critics and fans praising its endearing and well-written story. All four seasons were consistently praised, with the first season possessing the highest rated score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series is also widely commended for its successful and creative use of 80s nostalgia. The series is a love letter to the 80s, using popular movie tropes to create a compelling, and often, terrifying story about love and friendship.
How to Watch Stranger Things in Canada
In this section, we will be providing you with the viewing options for “Stranger Things.”
Is Stranger Things Available on Streaming?
Yes, “Stranger Things is available for streaming. However, it is only available on Netflix. The series is produced and solely distributed under the Netflix banner, which limits the viewing options for non-Netflix users. On the upside, Netflix enables users to stream their favorite series on multiple devices. Users can also download individual episodes in standard or high definition so you can binge it anytime, anywhere.
Netflix offers four subscription plans. These plans vary in terms of maximum video quality and the number of simultaneous streams.
The Netflix Basic with Ads plan, for one, allows high-definition streaming limited to a single device with a monthly fee of CAD$5.99. Bear in mind that the Basic plan has 4-5 minutes of ads per hour of streaming. Additionally, the Basic plan has no download feature while certain movies and shows might also be unavailable.
The Netflix Basic plan, on the other hand, allows HD streaming on a single device without the occasional ads and is priced at CAD$9.99 a month.
Meanwhile, the Netflix Standard plan allows users to do simultaneous high-definition streams on two devices for CAD$16.49 a month.
If you want to stream the show in 4K, you can also opt to go for a Netflix Premium subscription with a monthly fee of CAD$20.99.
Since Netflix has restricted account sharing, additional account users will incur an extra CAD$8.00 per month.
Is Stranger Things Available for Rent (VOD)?
“Stranger Things” is only available on the Netflix streaming platform, it is unavailable on other major streaming services.
Is Stranger Things Available on Cable or Free TV?
No, “Stranger Things” is unavailable on cable or free TV. However, all 4 seasons of the hit Netflix series are available in home media. Blu-ray copies of the series are available for purchase online or from the nearest Target retailer.
Should I Use a VPN to Watch Stranger Things?
No, you won’t need a VPN to watch “Stranger Things.” Just sign up for a Netflix account or get a Blu-ray copy of the latest season and you’re good to go.
Will you tune in when the 5th season drops?
“Stranger Things” is an exciting, scary, and heartwarming series that will surely catch the attention of fans of Spielberg and Zemeckis’ works. Its engrossing story and lovable characters have hooked viewers since the first episode of the show. Fans can rewatch their favorite moments as they wait for the next season to drop. Whether you choose to hunker down and binge it on Netflix or watch the episodes on Blu-ray, there’s simply no reason to skip this show.