Stranger Things: 13 scenes that pulled on our heartstrings

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For all its goofy sci-fi references and downright scary moments, courtesy of the Upside Down, Stranger Things is a surprisingly emotional show.

At its core, Stranger Things tells the story of a child’s disappearance and his friends’ and family’s desperate attempts to get him back. Heavy stuff, right? Throughout the course of season one, we deal with one abused child, a massive government conspiracy, and several pretty nasty deaths. Layer all this with the relationships that develop between several fascinating characters, and you get a very satisfying, emotional journey into Hawkins.

In this article, I list off thirteen of the more low-key emotional moments from Stranger Things season one. Sure, we all remember Joyce Byers sobbing into a fried telephone or Eleven screaming as she’s locked in a closet, but there’s more to the show than these obviously passionate scenes.

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The show is incredibly layered; you have to appreciate big moments like those mentioned, but you also have to credit their build-up with the quieter, often sentimental scenes that develop characters and their relationships with one another.

For this reason, this list will not include any loud sobbing or heart-breaking spectacles. Sorry, that does mean that we’ll skimp on the shots of Joyce Byers sobbing. Hey, Vanity Fair reported that Winona Ryder cried for 10 straight hours while filming the Christmas lights scene! That’s a lot to unpack.

Instead, enjoy 13 of the subtle, well-crafted layers that built this show from a simple horror story into a masterpiece on love and growing up.