Every Inaccuracy In The 'Stranger Things' Version Of The '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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    Barb Drives A Car That Didn't Exist For Another Five Years

    Barb Drives A Car That Didn't Exist For Another Five Years
    Photo: Netflix

    The most glaring, in-your-face anachronism comes in the form of Barb's Rabbit convertible from 1988. The car is definitely a great ride for a suburban teenage girl, but it didn't exist in 1983. 

    Gearheads will notice that Barb's car features a plastic-covered bumper and small, inner headlights - features that weren't available until the end of the decade. The rest of the cars in the series are spot-on, so it's odd that this car slipped past inspection.

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    The Periodic Table In The Science Lab Is Full Of Modern Elements

    The Periodic Table In The Science Lab Is Full Of Modern Elements
    Photo: Netflix

    This anachronism feels off more so than many of the others collected here, specifically because it's so blatantly incorrect. In Season 2 of the series, a periodic table can be seen behind Mr. Clarke, and it's full of elements that had yet to be discovered. 

    The periodic table contains nine elements that weren't discovered until 1994 or later, including Darmstadtium (Ds), Roentgenium (Rg), and Copernicium (Cn). 

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    The Chicago Skyline Is All Wrong

    The Chicago Skyline Is All Wrong
    Photo: Netflix

    Season 2, episode 7 takes a trip to Chicago, where Eleven finds a whole family of misfits and another girl genetically altered by Hawkins Labs to hang out with. While some fans of the series found the narrative detour mind-boggling, it was fans from Chicago who were the most upset. 

    Citizens of the Second City were up in arms over the Chicago skyline and the inclusion of period-inaccurate buildings, including Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Two Prudential Plaza building, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower. The oldest of these buildings is from the early '90s. 

    It's not just the skyline that got under the skin of Windy City residents - it's the mind-boggling geography used in the episode. Chicago lies west of Lake Michigan; however, when Eleven is seen on the roof of a building, the skyline is to the east, which means she should be in the middle of the Great Lakes. 

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    No Computer Would Be Using HTML

    No Computer Would Be Using HTML
    Photo: Stranger Things / Netflix

    In Season 4, Dustin's long-distance girlfriend Suzie helps the gang with a tool not many people had in the ‘80s - a personal computer. Beyond having access to such a revolutionary device, Suzie is an intrepid young hacker, who is able to gain access to classified information. 

    While a little over-the-top, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of this. However, in an episode where Suzie attempts to locate Project Nina, her computer screen shows HTML coding. Unfortunately, HTML wasn't invented until the early 1990s.

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    Characters Take Prozac For Anxiety Before Prozac Was Invented 

    Characters Take Prozac For Anxiety Before Prozac Was Invented 
    Photo: Netflix

    In Season 1, episode 4, Sheriff Hopper notes that Joyce Byers takes Prozac for her anxiety; however, the antidepressant wasn't avalable until 1987, four years after the events of the series. 

    It's likely that this anachronism is just to keep the dialogue moving without having to stop and explain that people suffering from anxiety issues used different medications than what's available now. 

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    The Millennium Falcon Model Is From The Early 2000s

    The Millennium Falcon Model Is From The Early 2000s
    Photo: Netflix

    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

    1,539 votes