Stranger Things (Netflix)
A summer blockbuster on television, Stranger Things fittingly returned to Netflix on the July 4 weekend. Led by a gifted ensemble cast including an especially superb team of young actors including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things manages to bathe in a nostalgia of 1980s public pools, malls, and summer hijinks, while restructuring the nostalgia to be more inclusive. Writer-producers Matt and Ross Duffer perform yet another masterful act of chemistry, mixing essences of and homages to a cavalcade of 1980s media, from Stand By Me to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, War Games to The Thing, The Terminator to The Goonies to create a show that still bubbles over with original fun. Part science fiction, part horror, part government conspiracy drama, it fleet-footedly veers between modes and expectations, keeping viewers on their toes and the edge of their seats. For creating such deeply fun television that placed fictional Hawkins, Indiana, and “The Upside Down” on our collective pop culture map, alongside the teeming caverns of secret government experiments, Russian agents, and other-worldly Mind Flayer that live beneath it, we honor the third season of Stranger Things with a Peabody.
Creators: The Duffer Brothers. Executive Producers: Iain Paterson, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, The Duffer Brothers. Producer: Rand Geiger. Co-Executive Producer: Curtis Gwinn. Directors: The Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Uta Briesewitz. Writers: The Duffer Brothers, William Bridges, Kate Trefry, Paul Dichter, Curtis Gwinn. Editors: Dean Zimmerman, ACE, Nat Fuller, Katheryn Naranjo. Talent: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman, Cary Elwes, Alec Ugoff. Directors of Photography: Tim Ives, ASC, Lachlan Milne, ACS. Production Designer: Chris Trujillo. Composers: Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein. Supervising Sound Editors: Craig Henighan, William Files. Production Sound Mixer: Michael Rayle. Re-Recording Mixers: Mark Patterson, William Files, Craig Henighan.