Stranger Things is one of the most popular shows on Netflix
Stranger Things is one of the most popular shows on NetflixFacebook/Stranger Things

Netflix's original series "Stranger Things" has been one of the most popular phenomena in entertainment. It remains one of the most watched shows on the streaming platform, reportedly ahead of shows like "Making a Murderer," "Daredevil" (Season 2) and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

The supernatural drama about the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy from a small town in Indiana in the '80s, appeals to a variety of TV watchers. Many adults were compelled by the homage "Stranger Things" pays to the pop culture of the '80s, and the works of greats like Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King and George Lucas.

Now, if you are an obsessive fan of "Stranger Things," you are certainly waiting impatiently for Season 2 and knowing Netflix, it is going to be a long wait. Meanwhile, there are quite a few shows and movies you can binge-watch during this period. Check out a few of them here:

Bates Motel

This horror series, originally aired on A&E (now added to Netflix), acts as a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film "Psycho." It centres on the lives of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), who arrive at the fictional town of White Pine Bay in Oregon in the current setting. Season 5 of the show is set to be aired in 2017 and will mark the conclusion of the show and adapt the events of "Psycho."

Earth to Echo

This sci-fi comedy film from Disney Pictures is about three teenagers — Alex, Tuck and Munch — who befriend an alien named Echo. This heartwarming tale is in equal parts entertaining and engaging. This is one of those films you can enjoy by yourself, probably with a tub of ice cream and possibly a box of tissues.

Penny Dreadful

This horror drama series is the recipient of many coveted awards, along with being a viewer favourite. Centred on Dorian Gray, the charismatic and ageless immortal, "Penny Dreadful" keeps things exciting by drawing from history and British/Irish fiction. Gray himself is a reference to Oscar Wilde's philosophical novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Renfield and Count Dracula are all borrowed from other works of art.

Super 8

When JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg join hands for a film, you know it is going to be a masterpiece. This story, set in 1979, is about a group of teenagers, who witness the arrival of an insidious presence in their town. The movie is currently available for streaming on Netflix.


This Netflix original drama series starring Jennette McCurdy as the pregnant teenager Wiley Day portrays the story of a mysterious town called Pretty Lake. It is plagued by an unknown disease that has wiped out everyone aged 22 or over. The whole town is quarantined and the young inhabitants left in the town are forced to fend for themselves. This is the perfect show to keep you up at night until "Stranger Things" Season 2 appears in your library.

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