Netflix can seem to do no wrong these days. They have been producing hit, original shows for a few years now, and with the release of Stranger Things a few weeks ago, they have another huge success on their hands. The show is a throwback to a lot of classic 80s things, and they are for the most part, creepy strange things. But just because it was set in the 80s, someone had to imagine what it might look like if the show were an 80s sitcom, as opposed to a sci-fi thriller.
Tim Bennett recently uploaded a video to his YouTube channel, recutting some footage from Stranger Things, showcasing what the show would look like as a sitcom. The video is very reminiscent of opening sequences for shows like Who's The Boss? or Growing Pains, and it even comes with music from Randy Newman. Given the tone that Stranger Things ultimately ended up taking on, this recut works shockingly well.
Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980s, Stranger Things tells the story of a search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under very strange circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy's disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries. The story leads the characters to discover top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Millie Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) and Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler). The supporting cast also includes Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies). The Netflix series was written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden).
The first season of Stranger Things consisted of eight, hour long episodes, and that didn't seem like nearly enough for the many fans of the show. Netflix doesn't reveal streaming numbers, but the show has been dominating the conversation on social media, so it is clear there is a massive audience for the show. Perhaps this alternate, sitcom style take can help tide everyone over until season 2 of Stranger Things eventually drops. Be sure to check out the video for yourself below.