103 “Stranger Things” Hidden Details And Easter Eggs You May Have Missed During Your First Watch


It's been almost six years since the first season of 'Stranger Things' was released on Netflix, and during that time it has won seven Emmys and countless hearts all over the world.


Fans adore the show for the emotional rollercoaster it takes them on, with the Stephen King vibes and '80s nostalgia hitting you right in the feels as you try to catch all the jokes while following intricate group dynamics.


What I'm trying to say is there's a lot going on. So much so that many (rightfully) choose to rewatch the whole thing, and find new hidden details and Easter Eggs with every viewing.


So we at Bored Panda decided to put together a collection of such gems, and give you even more reasons to appreciate the series. Enjoy!


#1 In The Stranger Things Episode ‘Chapter Three: The Pollywog’ (S2e3), If You Look Closely At Mr. Clarke’s Town Model, You Can See The Betelgeuse Tombstone From Beetlejuice (1988) - A Nice Little Nod To Series Star Winona Ryder, Who Had Her First Breakout Role As Lydia Deetz In That Film


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#2 She Still Has Her Door Open 3 Inches!


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#3 Winona Ryder Provided 1980s Fact Checks On Stranger Things And Even Got Script Changes For Period Accuracy


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#4 A Little Detail That No One Remembered


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#5 The Numbers For Surfer Boy Pizza And The Nina Project Really Work


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#6 Spoilers: A Small Detail You May Have Missed... Just In Case You Wanted To Cry Again.


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#7 That 70’s Show & Stranger Things!


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#8 When Victor Creel Is In His Cell And Scratching His Fingernails On A Desk, It Is A Purposeful Nod To Freddy Krueger, Who Robert Englund Notably Portrayed. It Was Meant To Represent Freddy's Razor-Sharp Blades Attached To His Fingers


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#9 In Stranger Things 2, This Album Was Chosen Because It Looked Like The Demogorgon


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#10 Neat Detail: The Rainbows On Half Of The Rainbow Room Are Upside Down


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#11 When Nancy And Robin Are Shown "The Listening Room" At Pennhurst, You Can Spot The Names Of Songs On The Chalkboard. All Of The Songs Deal With Dreams, Which Links To Vecna And The Ongoing Theme Of Nightmares And The Fact That Songs Save People From Vecna


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#12 It Was Improvised


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#13 In Episode 6 Of Stranger Things 3, Murray's Phone Number Is Revealed On Screen. It's A Working Number In The Reality, And When You Call You Get Put Through To Murray's Voicemail


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#14 Max Escaping Vecna Thanks To "Running Up That Hill" By Kate Bush Isn't The First Time Music Has Been Used To Defeat Creatures From The Upside Down. In Season 2, Jonathan Notably Played Will's Favorite Song "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" By The Clash While He Was Possessed By The Mind Flayer


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#15 Interesting Wheeler Siblings Comparison I Noticed...


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#16 When Dustin Calls Steve From The Phone Booth At School, You Can See That Someone Wrote "E.t. Phone Home," Which Is A Nod To Steven Spielberg's E.t. The Extra-Terrestrial From 1982. Spielberg's Films Have Had A Big Influence On Stranger Things Too


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#17 After Steve Fights Off Some Nasty Bat-Demons, Eddie Compliments Him By Saying What He Did Was Pretty "Ozzy-Like," Because The Lead Singer Of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Once Bit The Head Off A Bat On Stage


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#18 In Episode 3, After The Party, Nancy Calls Barb's Mom To Ask If Barb Made It Home Last Night, And Then Lies About Her Being At The Library. In Episode 8, Hopper And Joyce Enter The Upside Down And Find Barb's Corpse In The Public Library


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#19 In Stranger Things Season 3, The First Time We See Hopper He’s Watching Magnum P.i. - Which Has Clearly Influenced Him To Grow A Moustache And Later, To Ask His Assistant To Get Him A Very Specific Shirt (Which Tom Selleck Wears In The Show) For His Date With Joyce


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#20 When Nancy And Robin Are Inside Pennhurst And Walk Down The Hallway To Victor Creel's Cell, It's A Nod To The Moment From The Silence Of The Lambs When Clarice Visits Hannibal Lecter For The First Time


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#21 Nancy's Fake Resume Says She Was A "Youth Worker" In The Years She Spent Helping Her Little Brother And His Friends Save The World


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#22 In Stranger Things Season 4 Episode 8, The Assault Resembles The Opening Assault On Leia's Transport In Star Wars: A New Hope


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#23 In Stranger Things Season 4, Episode 8 - Eddie Wearing A Michael Myers Mask. This Isn't Just A Nod To Halloween; It's Also An Appropriate Call-Back To Stranger Things Season 2, When Max Wore The Same Mask On Halloween


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#24 Stranger Things S1e8 Steve Makes A Grab For The Byers’ Wall Phone, Which Until This Point Has Always Had A Cord. Having Been Fried Twice Previously When Making Contact With The Upside Down, It’s Revealed In This Scene That The Family Has Since, Understandably, Made The Switch To Cordless


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#25 11's Stuffed Lion Has Blood On Its Mane From Her Using Her Powers


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#26 In Stranger Things S04e03 (2022) Dustin's Comment Regarding Missing Collarbones Refers To His Real-Life Condition 'Cleidocranial Dysplasia' - A Rare Genetic Disorder Gaten Matarazzo Suffers From, That Also Affects The Growth Of His Teeth


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#27 Stranger Things S1e1: The Shed Where Will Hides Has An Upside Down (Unlucky) Horseshoe


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#28 S4e2 - Neat Little Detail, Looks Like They Kept El's Scar From When They Tried To Cut Out The Growth During The Battle Of Starcourt. Not Sure If It's Been Mentioned Yet, But I Love Small Continuity Details Like This


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#29 In S02e09 Of Stranger Things, Right Before Mrs. Wheeler Meets Billy For The First Time, She's Reading A Romance Novel That Has A Man That Looks Exactly Like Billy On The Cover


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#30 In Stranger Things 3 A Quick Wide Shot Of The Machine Shows A Possible Escape Route For A Certain Character


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#31 On The Left: Scene From The First Season Of Stranger Things, Set In 1983. On The Right: Me, Wearing The Exact Same Shirt In 1983


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#32 Lucas's #8 Basketball Jersey Is A Nod To Kobe Bryant's First Jersey Number When He Played For The Los Angeles Lakers. Caleb Mclaughlin, Who Is A Huge Kobe Fan, Had The Idea To Pay Tribute To The Basketball Legend In This Way. Kobe's Original Jersey Number Was #8 Before He Switched To #24 During The 2006–07 Season


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#33 While Playing Dungeons And Dragons, Dustin Tells Eddie, "Never Tell Me The Odds," Which Is A Reference To Han Solo's Line In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Which Came Out In 1980


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#34 When Eleven And Will Go To School With Their Class Projects, You Can See That Will Did His On Alan Turing, A Code-Breaker During World War II. This Is Also A Notable Easter Egg Because Alan Turing Was Notably Prosecuted For Being Gay, And There Have Been Fan Theories Suggesting Will Is Too


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#35 The Tom Cruise Poster That Nancy Has Hanging In Her Room Has Been There Since Season 1. The Photo Of Tom Cruise Was Taken In 1980, Which Is Before His First Movie Roles In Taps And The Outsiders Were Released In 1981


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#36 And, As Robin And Steve Move Through The Video Store, You Can Also See Ads For The Man With One Red Shoe (1985), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Raider's Of The Lost Ark (1981), Gremlins (1984), Pete's Dragon (1977) And More


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#37 When Max Is Brought Into Vecna's World During "Dear Billy," You Can Spot What Appears To Be A Myers Gravestone, Which Would Be A Nod To Judith Myers' Gravestone From Halloween (1978), And Max Notably Dressed Up As Michael Myers For Halloween In Season 2


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#38 When 001 Becomes Vecna, The Music Playing In The Background Is The Same As When Jon Osterman Becomes Dr. Manhattan In The Watchmen Film. In Watchmen Comics, Jon Is Put Into A Particle Accelerator, Is Ripped Apart, And Then Becomes An All-Powerful Being, Which Is Similar To Vecna


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#39 When Nancy, Robin, Steve, Dustin, Lucas, And Max Enter Victor Creel's House And Dustin Reveals He Has Flashlights In His Backpack, You Can Spot A Ghostbusters Pin. This Is A Reference To Dustin, Lucas, Mike, And Will Dressing Up As The Ghostbusters For Halloween In Season


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#40 When Eleven Is Recreating The Crushing Coca-Cola Moment From Season 1, You'll Notice That She's Crushing A "Classic" Coke Can. In 1985, Coca-Cola Tried A New Coke Formula And Then Changed It Back To The "Classic" Coke Formula. New Coke Was Mentioned Throughout Season 3 Of Stranger Things As Well


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#41 In Stranger Things, Hopper’s Daughter’s Blue Ribbon Is Subtly Shown Throughout Season One And Two


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#42 In Stranger Things The Book Dustin's Girlfriend Is Reading Shown Here Is Called "A Wizard Of Earthsea" Which Is About A Young Person With Magic Powers Who Accidentally Releases An Evil Being Into The World


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#43 In Season 1 Episode 1 Of Stranger Things, Dustin And Will Race On Their Bikes For A Comic Book. Will Wins And Chooses X-Men 134. It Is Titled Heroes And Hellfire. An Ode To Their Future Dnd Group


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#44 Cool It Easter Egg In Stranger Things 2


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#45 In Stranger Things Season 4, Which Gives Some Heavy [certain 80's Horror Movie] Vibes, A Well-Known Actor From That Horror Movie Makes A Guest Appearance


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#46 When Steve And Robin Are Driving, Steve Mentions That Robin's Crush Vicki Returned A Copy Of Fast Times At Ridgemont High Paused At 53 Minutes And Five Seconds. Well, That Time Stamp Is When Linda Removes Her Bikini Top During A Dream Sequence


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#47 When Max Is Looking Through The Student Files In The Guidance Counselor's Office, You Can See The Names "John Bonaccorse" And "Ray Brown" Before Max Gets To Chrissy's File. John And Ray Actually Work On Stranger Things. John Is A Second Assistant Director, While Ray Is A Key Grip. They've Both Worked On The Show Since Season 2


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#48 Before The Police Come For Eleven, You Can See That Will And Jonathan Are Watching An Episode Of Ewoks In The Living Room. Ewoks Ran For Two Seasons Starting In 1985 And Followed The Ewoks That Were Introduced In Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi


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#49 When Max Is Recounting The Night That Chrissy Died To Dustin, You Can See That Max Was Watching An Episode Of Misfits Of Science Starring Courteney Cox. The Series Premiered In 1985 And Only Lasted A Single Season, With Courteney Playing A Telekinetic Teenager, Similar To Eleven On Stranger Things


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#50 When Jonathan Tells Will And Mike About His Plan To Leave Their House And Go To Hawkins, He Refers To The Two Officers Watching Them As "Ponch And Jon," Which Is A Nod To Officer Jonathan Andrew Baker And Officer Francis "Ponch" Poncherello From The Popular TV Series Chips. The Series Ran From 1977 To 1983


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#51 When Max Is Reading The Letter She Wrote For Billy, You Can See That Max's Handwriting Is A Script-Print Mix. Sadie Sink Explained That She Actually Wrote The Letter And Her Usual Handwriting Is Cursive. However, The Production Team Thought That Max Would Most Likely Write In A Print-Like Font, So Sadie Created A "Hybrid," Which Is A Perfect Mix Of Her Own Handwriting And What She Thought Max's Would Look Like


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#52 When Robin And Nancy Travel To Pennhurst Mental Hospital To Chat With Victor Creel, The Hospital Was Previously Mentioned Way Back In Season 1 When Mike, Dustin, And Lucas First Find Eleven After Will's Disappearance. Also, Pennhurst Was A Real Mental Hospital, And It's Believed To Be Haunted


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#53 Also, When Robin Is In Nancy's Room For The First Time, She Also Looks At Nancy's Ballerina Jewelry Box, Which Is The Same Thing Eleven Did In Season 1 When She Was Exploring The Wheelers' House


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#54 When Mike, Jonathan, And Will Call The Number For The Nina Project, Will Mentions That The Sound Of The Computer Reminds Him Of Wargames. Then, Mike Even Wonders If Nina Is Like Joshua, Who Is The Computer In The Movie. Wargames Came Out In 1983 And Follows David, Who Accidentally Hacks Into A Us Military Supercomputer


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#55 Throughout Stranger Things Season 4, There Are A Lot Of Similarities To The Movie Labyrinth (1986), Including The Use Of Clocks, And Steve And Robin Even Mention A Muppets Joke In Episode 2


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#56 When Joyce And Hopper Find Themselves In Uri’s Hideout, They’re In Desperate Need Of Some New Clothes. But All They Can Find Are Hulk Hogan T-Shirts. He Was The Most Prolific Wrestler Of The '80s And Would Have Been A Huge Star At The Time


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#57 In Stranger Things S3 E4, Tom Kicks His Chair As The Camera Shifts Into A Dutch Angle, A Shot Used To Display Uneasiness Or Tensio


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#58 In S2e8 Of Stranger Things, During Billy And Steve's Fight, Steve Is Winning Until Billy Hits Steve Over The Head With A Plate. In S3e6, When El Sees Billy's Memories, It's Revealed Billy's Mom Tried To Defend Herself Against Billy's Abusive Father By Hitting Him With A Plate


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#59 Mike Wheeler Solved His Rubik's Cube


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#60 Cool Little Detail About This Character


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#61 In Stranger Things, When Nancy Asks Allie If She’s Seen Barb, There Is A Visible (Quoth The Raven,) “Nevermore...” Poster In The Background


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#62 Pointed Out By My Dad. In The Stranger Things, Jim Hopper Has The Same Model Car (Cheverolet Blazer) As Chief Brodie In Jaws, A Movie Poster For Jaws Can Also Be Seen In Wills Bedroom


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#63 In Stranger Things, Hopper’s “Chief Of Police” Quote Is Used In Jaws And Bride Of Chucky


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#64 In The Stranger Things S02e01 Murray Comes To Jim With Russian Conspiracy Which Turns Out To Be Forshadowing The Next Season


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#65 In The Last Episode Of Stranger Things 2, Steve Casually Tosses Aside Christmas Lights While Sorting Through Junk From The Shed


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#66 In Stranger Things S3 E8, Susie Has Dustin's Hat From Seasons 1 & 2 On Her Bedside Table


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#67 When Calling Russia In “Stranger Things” S4e2 (2022), Murray’s Computer Switches The Origin From Lenora Hills, Ca To Durham, Nc—hometown Of Series Writers/Producers/Directors The Duffer Brothers


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#68 Stranger Things 3: A Poster Is Prominently Displayed For Firestarter. The Main Character, Charlie, Shares Many Characteristics With Eleven


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#69 The Color Coordination Of Mike And El's Clothing Was A Nice Detail In S3. Even When They Split Up They Were Still Bonded Through Their Outfits


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#70 The Mechanical Hammer That Dustin Makes In Stranger Things S3 Is A Homage To The Gremlins Which Also Stars Phoebe Cates


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#71 [strangerthingss2] Legit Password Cracking Algorithm (Brute Force)


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#72 In Season 4, Episode 2 Of Stranger Things (2022), A Certain Character's Name From Rick And Morty Appears Onscreen


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#73 In Stranger Things, Mr. Clarke Says That The Healthkit Ham Shack (The Big Radio In The Av Club) Is Powerful Enough To Contact Australia. It Would Later Be Used To Contact Will In The "Upside Down"


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#74 [stranger Things 2] [spoilers] [nsfw] Dart Foreshadowing Written Behind The Door


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#75 In Stranger Things S02e07 There Is A Scene With A Graffiti Saying "Grabowski". Lori Grabowski Is The Series' Script Supervisor


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#76 In S1 E4 Of Stranger Things The Cop That Hopper Knocks Out Is Reading Cujo A Stephen King Novel About An Evil Dog. This Foreshadows One Of The Main Plot Points Of Season 2


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#77 In The Newest Stranger Things Season 4 Teaser Trailer (2020), You Can See Jim Hopper Looking A Lot How You Find Eleven On The Very First Episode Of Season 1


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#78 Call This Number From “Stranger Things” S4: E5


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#79 Meanwhile, Eleven's Project Featuring Hopper And The Cabin They Used To Live In Is Made Using An Old Reebok Shoe Box, Which Is A Clever Nod To The Fact That Joyce Always Wears Reeboks


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#80 The Mullet Haircut Mike Rocks During Season 4 Is Actually A Nod To Eddie Munson. Mike's Long Locks Are Meant To Show That He's Trying To Look Like His New Role Model Eddie. Mike Looking Up To Eddie Also Relates To The Fact That Mike LED D&d Campaigns For His Friends Just Like Eddie Does In The Hellfire Club


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#81 When Dustin Is Telling Eddie Some Bad News About How The Police Are Still Looking For Him, He Mentions "Cerebro," Which Is A Nod To The X-Men Comics. Cerebro Is Notably The Name Of A Device Charles Xavier Uses To Enhance His Powers In Order To Find Mutants


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#82 After The Roller Rink Incident, Jonathan Suggests That Maybe They Go To The Movies And See Police Academy 3. In Real Life, The Film Hit Theaters On March 21, 1986, Which Is When The First Episode Of Season 4 Is Set


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#83 Also, Angela And Her Friends Humiliating Eleven In Front Of Everyone Is Likely A Nod To Carrie (1976), Where Carrie, Who Is Also A Telekinetic Teenager, Gets Pig Blood Dumped On Her At Pro


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#84 In The Front Window Of Family Video, Where Robin And Steve Work, You Can Spot A Poster For Weird Science, Which Was Originally Released In Theaters In 1985


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#85 If You Look Closely, Will Has Several Amazing Posters Hanging In His Room, Including One For R.e.m, Jaws, And The Musical Little Shop Of Horrors


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#86 When Lucas And Max Are Exploring Victor Creel's Old House, Lucas Makes A Joke About If He Plays The Piano Correctly, A Secret Door Might Open. This Is Most Likely A Reference To The Goonies (1985) Where Andy Has To Play A Piano Perfectly In Order For The Crew To Find One-Eyed Willy's Treasure. Goonies Is Yet Another Steven Spielberg Film Referenced In Stranger Things


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#87 In Stranger Things Season 4, Enzo Actually Appeals To Yuri Using Real-World History. He Recalls Legends Of Yuri's Heroism At Damansky In The Sino-Soviet Border Conflict In 1969, A Seven-Month Clash That Brought The World's Two Largest Communist Countries - China And The U.S.S.R. - Into A State Of War


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#88 In Stranger Things S2, Will Knows Morse Code Because In This Scene In S1 He Only Has 1 Bit Of Communication With His Mom


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#89 (Spoiler) In Stranger Things S2e7, Jane's Mom Turns The TV To Channel 8 When Jane Leaves To Look For Her "Sister" Who Turns Out To Be Eight


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#90 In Stranger Things Season 2, Nancy And Steve Are Dressed Up As Rebecca De Mornay And Tom Cruise In Risky Business


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#91 Stranger Things 3 - Episode 6 (2019) When El Is On The Beach, The Returning Water Is An Upside Down Image Of The Mind Flayer


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#92 In Stranger Things S3e5, Steve Beats Up The Russian Comms Officer With A Mic Shaped Like An Ice Cream Scooper, Something He Is Very Used To Handling


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#93 In Stranger Things S2e1 Melvalds General Store (The Store Will's Mom Works At) Sells The Masks The Robber In The Beginning Of The Episode Wore


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#94 Man This Show Pays Attention To Detail You Can Still See Robin's Bike Parked In The Front Of Starcourt


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#95 In Stranger Things (S02e09) Paul Reiser's Character Offers Half A Sandwich To The Chief. This May Be An Homage To The Sandwich Scene In Diner (1982) Where His Character Was Always Trying To Mooch Food From His Friends


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#96 Stranger Things S3e2, Ryder's Character Arrives At A House Playing "My Bologna" Which Spoofs The Song "My Sharona" Which Her Character Famously Danced To In Reality Bites


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#97 Another Detail I Noticed, Brenner Gave El A Plant After Almost Making Contact The First Time


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#98 In ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, Ep1, Dustin’s Toys Seemingly Come To Life And Start Moving Around Including A Cymbal Bashing Monkey. This Is A Direct Reference To ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ By The Duffer Bro’s Great Inspiration, Stephen Spielberg


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#99 The Minor Character Funshine Dons A Care Bear Mask During A Home Raid. Funshine Was The Name Of A Care Bear Introduced In 1982


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#100 Stranger Things (2016 - ) Is Obvs An 80s Easter Egg Party Which Is Why It Rules That They Quietly Dropped A Truly Bizarre Sneakers (1992!) Ref Into S3


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#101 In The Movie Die Hard (‘98) John Holds His Gun To Another Guys Head, The Guy Says “You Won’t Shoot Your A Policeman, You Have Rules”. In Stranger Things (2018), A Sheriffs Deputy Named Hopper Holds A Gun To An Assassins Head, The Assassin Says The Same Thing, Almost Using The Same Words


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#102 Way Back In Season 1, Will Wins Dustin's X-Men Issue #134 From 1963 After Winning Their Bike Race, And That Issue Follows The X-Men As They Go Up Against The Hellfire Club


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#103 In Jonathan's Room In California, You Can See That He Has A Poster For Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead On His Wall. The Evil Dead Was First Released In 1981, With The Second Film In The Iconic Horror Series Coming Out In 1987


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