Stranger Things

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street - S1-E2

Factual error: When Chief Hopper and his fellow patrolman are standing over the lake, Hopper has a radio on his belt. The radio is a modern Motorola walkie talkie and at least a decade newer than it should be.

Matdan97

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down - S1-E8

Factual error: When Nancy shoots the creature the second time, she fires at least 8 shots from a 6-shot revolver without reloading. And that's assuming she reloaded after firing 3 shots at the creature the first time, even though the situation made it seem unlikely. (00:20:30)

Bishop73

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street - S1-E2

Factual error: When Steve and Nancy are making out, the intro to "A Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles plays. While the original version of the song was released by folk-pop duo Simon and Garfunkel was released in 1968, the version heard here was released in 1986, 3 years after the scene takes place. (00:52:30 - 00:55:40)

Chapter One: MADMAX - S2-E1

Factual error: Kentucky Fried Chicken did not adopt the KFC logo until the 1990's. They would not have had a KFC logo on their bucket and probably would not have referred to loving KFC.

Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer - S2-E8

Factual error: When Ele arrives, Hopper has an M16A4 with tactical short shoulder butt, which were not around in the 80s.

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Suggested correction: Colt Commandos AKA CAR-15s (Shorter barreled, telescoping stock) have been around since the '60s, What is an anachronism is the picatinny rail that is visible.

Chapter One: MADMAX - S2-E1

Factual error: During the police pursuit in Pittsburgh, the officers are wearing shoulder speaker/microphone handsets. The models are the Motorola Saber radio, which wasn't introduced until 1989, while the season takes place in 1984.

Matdan97

Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer - S2-E8

Factual error: Joyce asks Will if he remembers when he was 8 and she bought him that giant box of crayons for his birthday - the 120 pack. Will is 13 in the show, so when he was 8, it was 1979. There were only 78 colors available in 1979 and the 120 crayons box was not available until 1998, almost 20 years later.

Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt - S3-E8

Factual error: The value of Planck's constant used in the show, 6.62607004 is the value that was measured in 2014. The value that was in use in 1985 was 6.626176. The value was updated again in 2018, to 6.62607015.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy? - S3-E1

Factual error: When Dustin's toy collection "comes to life" (thanks to Eleven), one of the robots is the Transformer Ultra Magnus. Though it appears to be modified with a motorized engine that the actual toy didn't have, that's not the mistake, as there no reason Dustin couldn't have modified it. The error is that the season is set in July 1985, but Ultra Magnus wasn't released in the U.S. until 1986. (Yes, the toy was available as a Diaclone in Japan, but in a different color scheme. Dustin's has the coloring of the U.S. version, and even if he somehow ended up with the Diaclone version, it's highly unlikely he would have repainted a Japanese toy to resemble a Transformer he wouldn't know about the existence of yet, as the 'Transformers' animated movie wasn't released until August 1986).

Vader47000

Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum - S3-E6

Factual error: Lucky Charms didn't add rainbows until 1992.

Chapter Nine: The Gate - S2-E9

Factual error: The military convoy has Desert Tan HMMWVs (Humvees). The Army didn't take delivery of the first ones until 1985 and they certainly were not painted Desert Tan until 1991 in the Gulf War.

Chapter Three: The Pollywog - S2-E3

Factual error: The cordless drill used to fix door bolts in the new cabin is modern, not from the 80s.

Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum - S3-E6

Factual error: When the Russian requests the cherry flavor and refuses to talk, he gets thrown out. At the back is an oil drum from the French energy company "Total." However that logo was introduced only in the mid 2000s. (00:11:55)

Chapter Five: The Flayed - S3-E5

Factual error: When Hopper steals the yellow convertible at the gas station mini mart, the gas pumps have vapor recovery boots on the nozzles. Those weren't in use for another half decade.

Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat - S1-E5

Factual error: The bus that appears in the scene is a Blue Bird TC2000 dating from 1998 to 2003, long after the setting of the series. (00:38:15)

Chapter Four: The Body - S1-E4

Factual error: When Chief Hopper cuts open the fake body of Will, it appears that he opens a knife with a thumb assisted blade which wasn't invented until 1995.

Season 1 generally

Factual error: When Hopper's daughter is dying in 1978, the staff says that the pulse oximeter is dropping. Pulse oximeters were not commercialized until 1981/1983 and not in widespread use until at least the mid 1980's.

nkeeshin

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street - S1-E2

Factual error: When Chief Hopper and his fellow patrolman are standing over the lake, Hopper has a radio on his belt. The radio is a modern Motorola walkie talkie and at least a decade newer than it should be.

Matdan97
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Chapter Two: The Mall Rats - S3-E2

Trivia: The song Scott Clarke is listening to is not 'My Sharona, ' but actually 'My Bologna, ' by Weird Al Yankovic.

Brian Katcher
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