Set in the 1980s, “Stranger Things” takes place in Hawkins, Indiana. This place doesn’t really exist but is representative of many towns in middle America. The story starts with a boy named Will, who mysteriously disappears. His mother decides to launch her own investigation to find him and bring him home. Will’s friends join in the search, and along the way, uncover a series of unusual secrets, which include everything from the supernatural to worrying government activities and experiments.
“Stranger Things” has a thrilling plot as well as an ensemble of talented child actors (namely Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown). It is a homage the ’80s, which is lovely to see in today’s age when most of the entertainment centers around technology and the future. It’s no surprise this is one of the most popular shows on Netflix.
There was a little something for mystery lovers, now on to reality TV! “Queer Eye” is a remake of the original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, which first aired on Bravo in 2003, and lasted until 2007. The basic premise is the same: a squad of gay men, known as the fab five, who make over a nominated, usually straight, male participant each week. However, the original series took place in New York City, whereas the new version is based in different states, which gave it more of a ‘hometown’ feel.
It was good back then, but it’s even better now. The fab five each bring their own personalities to the table and are overall more endearing and engaging. The viewer feels like they want to be their friends. The show focuses on a number of themes, usually based around each of the fab five’s area of expertise, but others include self-esteem, relationships, and love, which give an overall good feel to the show. It’s binge-worthy and easy viewing, with a soul.
And now, a biopic. “The Crown” tracks the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, alongside some of the events that have shaped the 20th century. While some elements are fictional and the producers have taken many creative licenses to make the show more artistic, they are based on events of her reign. The period piece is full of beautiful costumes and plenty of drama. The characters portray the exquisite privilege enjoyed by the Royal Family. They also do an excellent job highlighting the challenges of a life of duty alongside relationships, struggles, and successes.
Aside from beautiful costumes, people, and performances, “The Crown” lets you step into the world of the Royals and gives you a glimpse of what life is like for them. With all of the glitz and glamour, there are the same issues that appear in your everyday relationships. You come to terms with the fact that they are people too.