Cape Town – "Oh, Barb!"
The hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, has been renewed for a slightly bigger second season that will become available on the global video streaming service in 2017.
Netflix made the second season renewal announcement in a YouTube teaser trailer video.
South Africans, along with viewers elsewhere in the world, have been binge-watching the frightfully excellent series set in the 80s, with Stranger Things that's filled with multiple touchstones to the thrills and scares of that era's scary movies, infused with the horror and wonder pop culture style from meisters Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
Viewers love the scare-story of a group of boys in the town of Hawkins who find a strange telekinetic girl after one of their friends mysteriously disappears, as they set off on a The Goonies type mystery adventure that also has Wynona Ryder making her pop culture comeback with a Christmas lights set piece that must be seen to be believed.
Meanwhile actress Shannon Purser who plays nerdy girl school girl Barb has just been cast as as Ethel in the upcoming new TV series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics.
The second season of 9 episodes for Stranger Things will have one more episode than the first season of Netflix's breakout hit, and will retain the Duffer Brothers as writers as well as Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen as the executive producers.
The second season of Stranger Things is set to continue in 1984, one year after the time period of the first season.