It hasn’t been long since Stranger Things 2 dropped, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably be on your fourth or fifth run through by now. Where’s Chief Hopper when you need him to pull the plug?
As a child of the 80s, one of the things I love about the show is its unapologetic reverence for brands from that decade. And although I didn’t think it was possible, the second season ramps up the nostalgia even more than the first.
It’s no surprise then that the show’s creators, The Duffer Brothers, were both born in 1984 and the second season is actually set in the same year. But with more than two dozen brands featured this time around, there’s some you might have missed.
From Dig Dug and Oreo to RadioShack and JVC, here’s 11 of my favourites.
Caution: there’s no spoilers ahead but a few of these will make you hungrier than a baby Demodog.
Last season we found out Eleven has a real taste for Eggos. That doesn’t change in season 2. Can you blame her?
Ghostbusters was one of the most popular movies released in 1984, explaining these incredible Halloween costumes.
Is it possible to be annoyed by the way someone eats Cheetos? New character Keith tries really hard.
4. Mrs. Butterworth
You might not be so familiar with this one, but the sweet syrup is a firm favourite with several characters this season.
It’s hard not to miss this early JVC camcorder. It features so heavily in the story and the mystery surrounding Will Byers.
6. Dig Dug
There’s plenty of classic games on show during the arcade scenes, but Dig Dug is definitely one of the gang’s favourites.
7. Kentucky Fried Chicken
Did you catch the Harringtons tucking into their Kentucky Fried Chicken (not KFC) dinner during the first episode?
Polaroid cameras crop up everywhere in Stranger Things, and it’s no surprise as this was one of the most popular brands back then.
Believe it or not, there are still a few of these dotted around the UK. Bob can be seen working there throughout season 2.
10. Reece’s Pieces
While you can still get your hands on the world famous peanut butter and chocolate combo, its popularity peaked in the 80s.
Another brand that has stood the test of time, Eleven is fascinated with the Oreo ad when it interrupts her marathon TV viewing.
Are there any others you spotted? Tweet us @holdensagency.