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Winona Ryder’s back in a new Netflix series that’s both terrifying and nostalgic

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Lucy Devine
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We’ve already spent most of this week bingeing on new BBC3 comedy, Fleabag, so it’s only fitting that we have a new programme to help us continue in our sofa-slug state.

Luckily, we’ve got one, and it comes in the form of creepy Netflix original, Stranger Things, starring none other than our teenage icon, Winona Ryder.

The first eight-part season just dropped on Netflix– so cancel all your plans. Filled with heaps of 80s nostalgia, it’s funny, mildly terrifying and dangerously addictive.

Set in 1980s Indiana, Stranger Things is a sci-fi thriller that centres around the mysterious disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers.

Will’s group of friends (think The Goonies) ride around on their bicycles, avoiding the class bully and searching for Will, and his mother (played by Ryder) a scatty, rushed-off-her-feet single mother, becomes obsessed with solving his disappearance, struggling to maintain a grip on reality.

The boys: Lucas, Dustin, Mike and Will

The boys: Lucas, Dustin, Mike and Will

Alongside Ryder is David Harbour, who plays a middle-aged small-town police officer. After a pretty laidback attitude at the start of the series (it’s a small town, he’s not got much work), he quickly becomes determined to solve the mystery of Will.

Not long after Will’s vanishing, a quiet, enigmatic girl dressed in a hospital gown arrives on-foot – the telekinetic Eleven – who believes she can help Will’s friends to find him. But, of course, it’s not all that straightforward. The boys must face a secret government agency lead by the sinister doctor (Matthew Modine), in their quest to find Will.

It’s mysterious, eerie and utterly gripping. Set in the quiet fictional town of Hawkins, Stranger Things has that small-town creepy vibe that totally glues you.

Lucas, Mike and Dustin

Lucas, Mike and Dustin

And if that’s not your bag, the show is also a perfect nostalgia trip, throwing back to the eighties in a Steven Spielberg-meets-Steven King mash-up. The series recalls Stand by Me and ET, peppered with Enid Blyton through boyhood camaraderie with a sci-fi twist.

Nostalgia and thriller – it feels like an unfeasible combination, but it works impossibly well. Within five minutes, you’ll be having a word with yourself over how you could ever doubted having room for one more Netflix series.

Watch it here