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New season of ‘Stranger Things’ breaks Netflix record


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If you’re a Stranger Things fan, chances are you already totally binged the new season last weekend. You are not alone, because the new episodes have been watched so many times in the first weekend that the series has broken the Netflix record. Added together, subscribers streamed 286.79 million hours worldwide.

With that number, Stranger Things breaks the record for best debut of an English-language series. That title was first held by Bridgerton, who, with the second season, allowed viewers to stream for 193 hours in its premiere weekend last March. Stranger Things is now number 1 in the Netflix lists of 83 countries, which is also a record.

The success of Stranger Things is also reflected in the music charts. Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running Up That Hill, which returns in several episodes, is suddenly back at number one in the American iTunes chart. The track is also climbing on Spotify and in other countries, thanks to the massive streaming by – probably – Stranger Things viewers.

The first seven episodes of the fourth season have been online since last Friday. They all last more than an hour, which of course plays a part in breaking the record. The rest will follow on 1 July: then two more episodes will be added. You can safely set aside an entire evening for the final episode, which lasts almost 2.5 hours.

There will also be a fifth season, which will be the very last. That made makers Matt and Ross Duffer know at the beginning of this year.

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