Stranger Things has become a phenomenon ever since it first hit Netflix in summer 2016 and with at least four seasons planned, the horror-tinged, ’80s-set series isn’t going away anytime soon. One of the show’s most endearing qualities is how it wears its inspirations on its sleeve, as series creators Matt and Ross Duffer are upfront with the fact that their show is essentially one big love letter to ’80s pop culture. The downside in this is that much of the shows younger demographic are either too young to have grown up in the 1980s or weren’t even born yet, so there’s a good chance that many of the show’s references to the era have gone right over their heads. In celebration of the release and conclusion of season three, we thought it would be fun to take a look breakdown some lesser known facts about Stranger Things.
Here are 20 cool facts fans of Stranger Things might not know about the record-breaking Netflix original. Enjoy!
20. Stranger Things > Montauk
Some might be surprised to learn that Stranger Things was actually sold to Netflix under the working “Montauk.” The Duffer brothers had originally intended for their sci-fi horror series to take place in Montauk, Long Island, but after the series was picked up, the location was changed to Hawkins, Indiana. Interesting enough, the Duffer brothers chose Montauk because of the cities connection to “The Montauk Project,” an alleged government experiment involving the abduction of children during the early ’80s, a significant source of inspiration for the brothers’ script, but we’ll discuss in more detail below.