Netflix has just confirmed that its massively popular original show, Stranger Things, will return in 2017 for a second season. That's still a ways off, though, so if you're jonesing for some Stranger Things-like strangeness, check out some of these movies (and one TV show) which likely inspired and influenced the series.


1. E.T. the Extra-terrestrial (1982)

Stranger Things is basically E.T., only darker, and with the added element of a missing kid. But Stranger Things' Eleven looks much better in a wig than E.T. does. (Stream it on Netflix)

2. Amazing Stories (1985-1987)

E.T.'s director Stephen Spielberg (perhaps you've heard of him) created this Twilight Zone-ish television show that aired on NBC from 1985 to 1987. It's a rare combination of hair-raising and interesting without being too scary for kids. (Watch episodes on NBC's website.)