Stranger Things, Steve, and the Influence of Toxic Friends

(Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things)

I recently found myself falling in love with the Netflix series Stranger Things, a sci-fi horror mystery infused with a love of all things 80s. Despite not having any nostalgia for the 80s, as I was born in the 90s, I quite enjoyed both the show’s send-ups to 80s pop culture and the love it had for the horror classics of the era.

What I found myself most surprised by, however, was their handling of “bad boy” character Steve.


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