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The surprise TV hit of the summer is a show that looks like it could have been made 30 years ago. Netflix’s Stranger Things is a suspense horror show set in 1983. It takes place in small Indiana town where one night a boy goes missing. There’s a mysterious government lab, a monster and boys riding around town on bikes.

If you’re hearing echoes of E.T., The Goonies or any number of beloved 1980s classics, that’s not a coincidence. Matt and Ross Duffer, the show’s twin brother creators, tell NPR’s Ari Shapiro that when they pitched Stranger Things, they didn’t use a storyboard or a written synopsis; instead, they assembled a trailer made of snippets from ‘80s films.

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