Eddie Murphy

Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

There are the obvious precedents for this story about a bunch of kids in ’80s Midwest who stumble upon an alternate universe after their friend goes missing ("The X-Files," early Stephen King, "E.T.") and there is the less canonical stuff that the show latches onto atmosphere-wise ("Wolfen," "Innerspace," one-offs found in old issues of "Epic Illustrated," "Maniac Mansion" for the NES). "Stranger Things" doesn’t indulge nostalgia, it uses nostalgia—the way "Drive" or Amy Winehouse used it—to get at the melancholy of things changing. It’s a collage of...

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