The creepiest, most nostalgic show on television will be returning over the summer in 2019. Netflix scored a massive sleeper hit when “Stranger Things” first debuted in July of 2016. The series was the perfect blend of sci-fi, horror, and general ’80’s nostalgia. In many ways, it signaled the true return of the VHS era to modern pop culture, combining Spielbergian and Stephen King styles of storytelling. Now, the show has become a pop culture phenomenon. “Stranger Things” merchandise lines stores around the country and the characters have already appeared at Universal Studios on both coasts. Netflix knows that “Stranger Things” holds a place in the cultural imagination unlike any other. With that knowledge, they officially announced the release for Season 3.
As the world turned to 2019, Netflix tweeted out a message from the “Stranger Things” Twitter account. With two words, we now know that the series will return on July 4, 2019.
JULY 4 pic.twitter.com/UX9M1L02rd
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) January 1, 2019
This does have some quick ramifications to look at for the upcoming year. First, the show will debut after the upcoming Emmy deadline. This should be both a positive and negative for the streaming service. On one hand, it lessens the strain that running as many as five dramas for Best Drama series could have on the Emmy season. With “The Crown” and “Mindhunter” likely to return in the coming months, they can focus on those shows and the surprisingly popular “Ozark.” Meanwhile, “Stranger Things” might release its strongest season yet, and it would be a shame to push that against the juggernaut that will exist with “Game of Thrones” later this April. If “Stranger Things” has a chance to win a Best Drama Series prize, it could come after “Thrones” concludes it’s run.
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“Stranger Things” Season 3 will drop on July 4, 2019. Stream Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix today.
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