Stranger Things’ Barb and Disney’s Moana are starring in a new TV show together

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We know you miss Barb. We all miss Barb. She was struck down in her prime, not given the respect she deserves and we’d all basically do anything to bring her back.

But hopefully Barb fans will be mollified with the news that the actor who plays her, Shannon Purser, has landed a new TV show.

According to, Purser has joined an NBC pilot called Drama High, which “revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town”.

What’s more, Moana star Auli’i Cravalho will be joining her.

The show is from executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Roswell) and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller – and Deadline reports that Katims created the recurring role for 19-year-old Purser after he met with her for another part.

Purser’s short but memorable appearance as the unlucky Barb in Stranger Things made such an impression that it spawned a #justiceforbarb hashtag on social media, and even won her a star turn in Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes opener.

While it apparently gave fans some hope that Barb would be somehow returning for the second series of the Netflix show, despite a rather unambiguous fate in the first, producer Shawn Levy said recently that was not an option.

However he did confirm that her memory would be honoured, so we can all sleep sound while waiting for the Halloween premiere of series two: “Literally, ever since that Golden Globes where she's in the opening, everyone's like, ‘So she's alive?!’

“And [the Duffer brothers] and I are like, ‘No, no, she's dead. We saw a slug coming out of her throat'. There's no coming back from that. But I will say that her memory and the search for justice for her is a part of season two.”

Matt Duffer previously said of the unfortunate pal: “Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”

Well, good.

Image: Netflix


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.