I watched this whole first season in a day. Granted, it was only 8 episodes, each about 45 minutes, but still, I don't think I've don't that since my much younger, more energetic college days.
This show was great. I was hooked in the first ten minutes. I started watching it originally because I needed something to look at while I ate my chipotle alone and because I needed a new show to keep me sustained for the next week or so. The latter didn't happen since I finished already, but it became so much more than my lonely chipotle eye candy.
The show takes place in a small, boring town in the 80's and deals with the dramas of adults, kids, bros, young love, hormonal teens, monsters, telepathy. Oh yeah, and it's sci-fi mystery horror thriller. But very sci-fi. You're immediately thrown into it. Question after question are created, making you always want to let Netflix autostart each episode so you can find the answers.
The story mainly follows a group of middle school boys, making this a period drama with that young detective novel type of vibe. It's great. Along with the awesome score, you're thrown right into the 80's. When the focus isn't on the kids, you get to see the complicated lives of other civilians. Even if sci-fi isn't your thing, the very real drama was enough to make sure I was never bored.
If you're a nerd and like sci-fi, you'll like this show. I will say that you need a pretty strong suspension of disbelief. This show is very campy, and you're going to have to let some things go. If you don't like sci-fi or you don't know how to suspend your disbelief, you might not have a good time. Also if you hated the 80's.
Anyway, Stranger Things is DMo approved. Check it out!