October 1, 2022
'Stranger Things' recap: Here's a refresher ahead of the season 4 premiere

Chicago – It’s been three long years since “Stranger Things” last graced our Netflix screens. And the spooky hit is finally returning with its (supersized!) fourth season, starting this Friday, May 27. If you’re anything like us, however, you might need a little refresher as to what exactly went down in Hawkins, Indiana over the course of the show’s first three seasons. Thankfully, Netflix has you covered with three recap videos to jog your memory.

Set in 1983, season one centers on the disappearance of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), a sweet 12-year-old nerd who spends his time playing Dungeons & Dragons with his best friends Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin). 

Along with his friends, Will’s search party also includes his determined single mom Joyce (Winona Ryder), his loner brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and grumpy Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour). Meanwhile, a mysterious telekinetic girl known as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) wanders into the fray, having escaped the experimentations of evil Hawkins National Laboratory scientist Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine).

The show’s breakout first season introduced us to a haunted alternate dimension known as the Upside Down and a monstrous creature called a Demogorgon — not to mention supporting characters like Mike’s tenacious older sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer), her popular boyfriend Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and her sweet, ultimately doomed friend Barb (Shannon Purser, who earned an Emmy nomination for her trouble). 

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