Stranger Things is now the most popular Netflix show, and as a result, parents all around the world are questioning if indeed the show is appropriate for children.
Stranger Things is indeed a programme about kids, but it may not be appropriate for all children. Stranger Things is rated TV-14, which implies that some of the content may be inappropriate for children under the age of 14.
Stranger Things’ initial season is far less upsetting than the second and third seasons. There is some gun violence in the very first season, and that there is a monster and graphic brutality related with that creature that may be distressing to some viewers.
The 2nd and 3rd seasons are even more violent and graphic, as well as I imagine this is where many parents draw a line with this show. The brutality inside the second season increases, particularly the graphic violence related well with monsters. There are more fatalities seen on film, which is more upsetting for younger viewers.
Season 3 of Stranger Things is indeed the show’s most mature season to date. There includes severe violence, more on-screen character deaths, and several truly horrible sequences linked to the season’s monsters. Even some youngsters as well as adults over the age of 14 may find it to be too much.
Parents definitely have the final say. Although I don’t believe the programme is particularly frightening, I’m sure that some smaller children, and even adults, would find some of the images distressing or unnerving.
And it all comes down to what children and adults are comfortable with. I’m sure there will be many youngsters who will like this programme, while others may struggle to cope with what is presented on television. Some of the horror themes, stunts, and visuals may be too much for some adults.
Stranger Things is returning for a fourth season. The show began filming earlier this year, but due to the coronavirus, it had to be postponed.