Friday Fascination

Stranger Things – Netflix Awesomeness

I feel it’s my duty to gush about amazing things I happen to stumble upon (or am guided to, in this particular case), and this. THIS!

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One of my fellow Supernatural-loving friends told me about this show, and then one of my author friends mentioned it too, so I thought why not check it out? My friend (Brian, I’m not sure if I should curse you or bless you) had sent me the link to the first 8 minutes of the first episode, and you know, I can spare 8 minutes in my zero free time, right? And this happened…


People, I never TV binge. NEVER. Like I said, zero free time. But you know what I did? Instead of wisely using my precious time like a good writer (I mean, I work full-time, I have a novel to finish, another novella with a deadline, and a blog tour at the end of the month, so nope. I’ve got nothing to do!), instead I stayed up until the wee hours of night, watching until my eyes burned. Then I got up in the morning and binged until the final episode.


Stranger Things is a combination of Goonies, Supernatural, and the Bourne movies. There is the totally loveable, geeky middle school tribe of D&D lovers who are into science and think girls are gross. The older, straight-laced sister on the verge of acceptance by dating the “popular” guy. The outcast, sensitive boy who adores the girl from afar…until danger draws them together. The emotionally-scarred sheriff who doesn’t care until some serious stuff drags him back into life. The crackpot mom (played by Winona Ryder) who works all the time just to provide for her boys and isn’t about to sit around when one of them goes missing. The fenced-off government lab where a no-morals scientist conducts experiments…and the girl who escapes. Then there’s the scary THING that ties everyone together.

I’ll just leave it at that because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Every episode is epic, the perfect mixture of laughs and nostalgia, heartache and triumph, terror and friendship, mystery and mild romance. It’s television at its finest…but be warned. Don’t start watching until you have the eight or so hours to keep watching until the final episode. It’s that good, and in case you don’t believe me, here’s the first eight minutes that HOOKED ME LIKE A FREAKIN’ HAPPY FISH. And if you don’t have Netflix, guess what? First month’s free.

Now you have something to do this weekend. You’re welcome.

On a side note, there’s a Goodreads giveaway going on for a signed paperback of Wonderfully Wicked, so if you haven’t snagged yourself a copy, enter to win!


And in case you hadn’t heard, Beautifully Burned is up for pre-order – coming August 23!

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-There's no going back.- His voice, deep and hypnotic as the night, tingled over her skin.



  1. I occasionally binge watch, it usually happens when I am avoiding something that NEEDS to be done – it’s an escape, but a fun escape. I watched the entire series of ‘Madame Secretary’ earlier this summer, when I should have been cleaning my office desk. Yes, it is really that bad. I hopped on over from your comment on JansenSchmidt’s guest post on my blog. Thanks for the suggestion and stopping in. You brought a smile to my face this morning. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hi, Clay! Yes, I “recognized” you from Patricia’s blog. 🙂 Well, if it was a choice between cleaning pretty much anything and watching Stranger Things, that’s a no-brainer! Thanks for dropping by, and a happy weekend to you too.

    2. Madam Secretary is AWESOME! John and I love that one, too! I’ve watched some episodes twice just because I love the characters and the way the actors look so natural interacting together, especially the happily married couple. GREAT show! 😀

  2. I’ve wanted to watch this show but haven’t really sat down, but now I really want to see it.

    On another note!! I entered the giveaway!!!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Ingrid, it’s so good. SO GOOD! So worth sitting down and doing nothing for eight hours…no matter the stacks of laundry, the weeding, feeding small children…or maybe hold onto a box of cereal and toss an occasional handful to them. Just kidding, of course! 🙂 At least, to the kid feeding part. Woo-hoo – good luck in the giveaway, and have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Well good for you. Sometimes you have to hide away from the real world in order to appreciate the real world again. The chores will wait and the writing won’t go anywhere without you, so just do it.

    I have done some binge watching, but not lately. I can’t even remember the last show I watched episode after episode. Hmmmm. Perhaps it’s time to find something, huh?

    Now, get back to that word court missy.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hey, maybe it’s time to binge-watch a show with a bit of supernatural going on, eh? I know you you love all that paranormal stuff. 🙂 Yes, yes…now I’m binge-writing to catch up! Hope everyone at Baer House has a lovely weekend!

  4. Ah no Netflix here (darn it sounds good!) but I do that with Amazon ones on a regular basis. lol Some are just too good to resist.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      No Netflix?! So, so sad…

  5. John and I LOVE that show!! We absolutely cannot wait until the next season!! I’m sure I’ll have to watch it at least once – maybe twice – more! 😀

    I just entered your Goodreads Giveaway, too!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Right?! I was thinking about watching it again…maybe this winter when it’s rainy and my schedule isn’t so tight.

  6. Mechelle says:

    Okay, it’s December and my holiday break is going to be watching Stranger Things!!

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Woohoo! It’s SOOO good, I can’t even find the right words besides harassing everyone to watch it. 🙂

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