Stranger Things after show to launch with Season 2
James R | On 26, Oct 2017
Stranger Things is getting its own after show, Netflix has revealed.
These days, you’re not a show if you don’t have your own after show – a programme about the programme that dissects the episode that has just broadcast. The format began years ago, but really built momentum with Talking Dead, AMC’s talk show discussing each episode of The Walking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick. He’s since hosted Talking Preacher, Talking Saul and Talk Bad for AMC, alongside Talking Dead. Other popular hits have started their own after shows, from Hacking Robot (Mr. Robot) to After the Thrones (Game of Thrones).
Now, Netflix is getting in on the game, with Beyond Stranger Things. The streaming giant is no stranger to after shows, with After Trek accompanying Star Trek: Discovery. While those arrive weekly, following their broadcast in the USA, though, Beyond Stranger Things marks the first time Netflix has created its own after show to launch all-at-once alongside an original series.
The series will be hosted by writer, producer, actor and super fan Jim Rash, tackling inspiration for the series, behind-the-scenes stories, and analysing every aspect of the show’s second season. While normally these will answer burning questions from each instalment, as fans wait for the next chapter, Stranger Things’ box set release makes it a slightly difficult proposition for audiences: will they break up their desire to binge-watch with one of these behind-the-scenes episodes every hour? Or will they save them up for a second binge a week later?
However it works, the show is certainly not short of potential guests, with Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, executive producer Shawn Levy on board, alongside the series’ ever-expanding cast, including Sean Astin, Linnea Berthelsen, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Brett Gelman, David Harbour, Randy Havens (aka. everyone’s favourite science teacher), Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Dacre Montgomery, Paul Reiser, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, and Finn Wolfhard, and more.
As for Season 2 itself, you can read our spoiler-free review here, with more spoilery discussion to follow.
All seven episodes of Beyond Stranger Things will be released on Friday 27th October. Here’s a taste of what to expect: