Stranger Things is now bigger than Marvel on Netflix

The Duffer Brothers show is the third most-watched programme on the streaming service.

Stranger Things posterEven the poster for Stranger Times is an 80s homage. Image Picture Netflix

What do you mean you haven’t seen it?

Stranger Things has been the surprise TV hit of the summer. Initially a sleeper success on Netflix, the eight-part supernatural miniseries became a bona fide success through word of mouth and a rabid fanbase championing its 80s nostalgia.

Netflix has never released official figures for its ratings, but start-up firm SymphonyAM developed a cunning algorithm to measure the first 16 days worth of streams.

According to Business Insider, Stranger Things is officially bigger than both of Netflix’s Marvel properties Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

It’s also outpacing other Netflix originals like Making a Murderer and House of Cards, landing in third place overall in the SymphonyAM chart behind Full House revival Fuller House and Orange is the New Black’s fourth season.

The list of the top 10 Netflix shows – with first 16-day streams – is as follows…

  1. Fuller House – 13.1 million
  2. Orange is the New Black – 13 million
  3. Stranger Things – 8.2 million
  4. Daredevil – 6.8 million
  5. Making a Murderer – 5.1 million
  6. Jessica Jones – 4.8 million
  7. House of Cards – 4.77 million
  8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 4.75 million
  9. The Ranch – 3.8 million
  10. F is For Familer – 3.7 million

Stranger Things’ place in the top ten is refreshing considering so many films and TV shows are sequels, reboots or remakes.

It seems the show’s cocktail of inspirations – Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King and 80s nostalgia – has turned out something people truly want to watch.

Netflix is yet to officially renew Stranger Things for a second season, but creators The Duffer Brothers want to make one – they even have a 30-page outline document mapping out a return to The Upside Down.

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things
80s teen queen Winona Ryder in Stranger Things. Image Picture Netflix

“We don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season — there are definitely some dangling threads,” Matt Duffer told IGN.

“The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.”

Ross Duffer added: “If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story — we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it.

“If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30-page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters.”

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn