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“Stranger Things” mines the 80s for tropes and images with huge success. Fans of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King adore the show's countless references to 80s films, music and culture. But critics say the show's throwbacks are old and unoriginal. Are you a fan of the #StrangerThings80sTribute? Or do you think #StrangerThings80sRipoff? Vote below!

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From the 80s synths to the Stephen King-esque font, the opening credits for "Stranger Things" draw heavily on the past, but create something truly compelling and original.
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Todd Van Der Werff at Vox enjoyed the show but felt like the patchwork of 80s references never became an original whole.
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At Indiewire, Ben Travers critiqued the series for essentially borrowing all of their source material.
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"Stranger Things" was famously rejected by numerous networks before Netflix picked it up. At Digital Trends, Will Nicol argues that's because the show is actually different and original in many ways. The Duffer Brothers don't just throw in random Pac-Man and MTV references—the details they capture about that era are so meticulous and seamless that they make the show seem authentic and real.
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FINAL RESULTS
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Does 'Stranger Things' pay tribute to 80s films? Or does it just rip them off?
A festive crown for the winner
#StrangerThings80sTribute
#StrangerThings80sRipoff