10 reasons Barb on Stranger Things is the best TV sidekick ever

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Shannon Purser attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. 26592_010 (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TNT)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Shannon Purser attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. 26592_010 (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TNT) /

6. She has wheels

As we all know from the great Steve’s party parking debacle of ’83, Barb owns a car. Yeah, yeah, if you’re picky you’ll realize her adorable Volkswagen Cabrio is an anachronistic ’88 model, but this is totally forgivable.

Like I wrote before about practical skill sets, every sidekick must have something to bring to the table. Barb provides wheels, getting Nancy from Point A to Point B without having to walk through monster-infested woods or face the wrath of a suspicious mother.

We really feel its loss once Barb is gone, because we almost immediately see Nancy traipsing around in dangerous places. When she realizes her BFF is missing, Nancy actually walks back over to Steve’s house (which I assume can’t have been too short a trot) and basically immediately encounters the Demogorgon.

Once again, I find myself repeating: Nancy Wheeler is a hot mess without Barb.

The Cabrio should also be a testament to some of Barb’s other great characteristics. It’s a subtle nod to her trustworthiness; if her parents didn’t trust her, they (hopefully) wouldn’t have gotten her a car. This is underscored by the fact that her parents let her use it for late nights and sleepovers.

It also proves she’s responsible. Her car is neat and still running. She seems to be following the speed limit as the girls drive to Steve’s. My girl Barb don’t likely skimp on no oil change.

All of this is pretty nitpicky evidence but proves Barb’s worth as the best sidekick ever. She’s got Nancy’s back when it comes to boys, and when it comes to safety.