Over the weekend, Stranger Things returned for its second season, promising impossibly great child acting and a whole lot of ’80s references. For those of you who already managed to binge through the nine new episodes, you might find yourself craving some more thrilling adventures from Chief Hopper, Eleven, and the rest of the gang in Hawkins. And while we are going to have to wait a while for Season 3, if it comes at all, a new, hilarious parody of the hit Netflix show should be enough to satiate some of your Stranger Things cravings.
The parody comes from devinsupertramp and StudioC on YouTube and has one simple but effective twist: all the kids from the show are played by adults and the adults from the show are played by kids. And Eleven is played not just by an adult but by an adult man who is definitely on the heavier side. It may not be reinventing the wheel of comedy, but seeing an adult Mike whine to his child mom while bearded Dustin stands by is reliably funny. And it only gets better when a bunch of tiny “feds” show up to try and stop the “kids” from sticking their noses where they don’t belong. There are also U-haul trucks, for some reason (devinsupertramp insists the video is not sponsored by the moving truck company).
As “the kids” are trying to escape “the feds” on their bikes, they ride by Gaten Matarazzo (who plays Dustin on the show) and he exchanges a slightly confused look with his older, slightly schlubby self. And in the final scene, the ’80s references heighten to absurdist extremes, with “the boys” literally whistling the theme to E.T. as they elude capture. As a parody, the video is on the nose, pretty weird, and the perfect tribute to one of the best shows on TV.