When it comes to inspiration for the show, there are two main directions. The first is classic movies of the eighties, the second is the classic horror novels of Stephen King. They have plenty of kids, small towns, creepy stuff, and other elements similar to the show.
The show threw a reference to that inspiration by having Bob Newby (played by Sean Astin) want to move to Maine, the setting for many of King’s books. However, Matt Duffer said that Bob probably doesn’t read King books – he would hate that kind of story. It’s explained by Bob’s parents living in the state.
Shipper on Deck
Season three has Jim Hopper doing his best to become Joyce's new paramour, and even though it doesn't exactly work out for a variety of reasons, there are plenty of other people who thought the match would work out. One of those people was Hopper's actor, David Harbour, who was in favor of the union since season one.
The two characters didn't get the chance to do much with the relationship, as Joyce was still mourning Bob, but that didn't stop Harbour. He dubbed the potential relationship #Jopper on Twitter and got his wish in season four!
A Taste of Blood
Seeing as how “Stranger Things” had plenty of horrors, it makes sense that the directors and producers would add some visceral elements. The shocking death of Barb in season one included a nod to another famous monster, the shark from “Jaws.” Barb has a small injury that drips blood into the pool where she's hiding, and that draws the attention of the Demogorgon, just like how the blood of the first victim in “Jaws” gets her a grisly end.
The shark was a much more realistic monster, of course, but it adds an element of realism to the Demogorgon – if it devours living creatures, of course it would be drawn to the scent of blood.
This Thing Doing NUMBERS
It took a little bit of time for the first season of “Stranger Things” to take off, but that wasn't the case for the second season. Netflix's records show that almost nine million people (or accounts, or something like that) watched the second season of the show within its first three days of being available.
That incredible stat is beaten by one that is sort of eye-popping: According to Netflix, 361, 000 people watched the entirety of the second season within twenty-four hours of it becoming available. That's about nine hours of TV in a single day. Sure, we all love the show, but make sure you at least take some bathroom breaks.
A Classic Eighties Actor
Bob Newby is played by Sean Astin, and while most probably know him as the stalwart friend of Frodo's in the Lord of the Rings, he has another claim to fame. He was also Mikey in the eighties classic “The Goonies,” which has a bunch of kids on an adventure trying to find a hidden pirate treasure.
Astin's role in “Stranger Things” is in itself a nod to the beloved film, but there's a little more. In episode five of season two (Bob's only season) the gang uses a map to track the Demogorgons, and Bob points at an X, asking if it's a pirate treasure. He's still on the hunt after all this time.