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Every Inaccuracy In The 'Stranger Things' Version Of The Early '80s

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Vote up the errors that you’ll never be able to unsee in ‘Stranger Things.’

Stranger Things is a catchall vision of the 1980s in which the government is conducting freaky mind experiments on children and creatures from a parallel dimension are running amok in Hawkins, Indiana. The clothes, props, and sets look amazing, and they’re good enough to inspire nostalgia in viewers who weren’t even alive in the greatest decade - but how accurate is Stranger Things to the '80s?

The crew behind the series puts in a crazy amount of work to make Stranger Things look as period-accurate as possible, including the Starcourt Mall where the kids hang out in Season 3, but sometimes anachronisms slip through. Don't let this ruin the show for you - it's still a lot of fun and there's nothing wrong with jamming to the Smiths a year before their first album was released. Whether it’s cars, songs, or toys, these items shouldn’t exist in Stranger Things

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    The Millennium Falcon Model Is From The Early 2000s

    The Millennium Falcon Model Is From The Early 2000s
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    Mike's basement is full of items that should make every '80s kid jealous, from his piles of D&D manuals to the gorgeous wood panels. The one item that's not as exciting is his Millennium Falcon toy. 

    The toy that Mike has is actually from 2004 - you can tell because the version from the early '80s had a sticker where the sublights are, and later versions featured actual lights

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    The Boys Shouldn't Know What Proton Packs Are Called

    The Boys Shouldn't Know What Proton Packs Are Called
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    In Season 2, the boys get into Ghostbusters in a big way. In the Halloween episode, they even dress up like the characters in homemade outfits with DIY versions of the group's trap and proton packs. 

    Some of this is period-accurate - there were no licensed Ghostbusters outfits or toys for years - but the boys still shouldn't be calling the proton packs by their colloquial names. 

    In the first film, proton packs are described as "positron colliders," and it's not until the sequel (1989) that they are referred to as proton packs.

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    Will Couldn't Have A Box With 120 Crayons

    Will Couldn't Have A Box With 120 Crayons
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    In the back half of Season 2, Joyce does her best to remind Will who he is in order to purge the creature from the Upside Down that's using him to spy on everyone. 

    She asks if he remembers the 120-crayon box she bought him when he was 8, which would have been in 1979. However, at the time, the largest amount of crayons that Crayola sold was a box of 79. 

    Crayola didn't offer the box of 120 colors until the early '90s. Joyce is a great mom, but she doesn't have a time machine. 

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    The Music Doesn't Make Sense

    The Music Doesn't Make Sense
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    None of the music in Stranger Things makes sense aside from "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," which was released in 1982. Just about every other song comes from later in the decade. 

    During Will's funeral, New Order's "Elegia" is heard, but the song wasn't released until 1985 on the album Low Life. At the end of Season 1, episode 2, a cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter" by the Bangles plays, which wasn't released until 1987 for the soundtrack to Less Than Zero.

    Many of the other tracks heard in the series are spot-on with the time period, such as "Heroes" by David Bowie and "I Melt with You" by Modern English, so it's clear that the Duffer Brothers were just trying to set a mood that's more about gloomy indie rock than period accuracy.