Stranger Things has always been full of Easter eggs and references to pop culture, particularly TV and films from the 1980s, and season three is no exception. The Netflix show’s new series includes references to everything from The Karate Kid to Cheers as well as countless other references. Stranger Things fans can read on for our guide to all the movie and television Easter eggs in Stranger Things season three on Netflix, which we will update it as more references are uncovered.
Episode 1: Suzie, Do You Copy?
Popeye: Robin (played by Maya Hawke) calls Steve (Joe Keery) “Popeye” in episode one due to the nautical uniform he has to wear for his job at Scoops Ahoy.
Ghostbusters: Robin’s uniform, meanwhile is reminiscent of that worn by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters, continuing the series’ love of dressing its characters as characters from the 1984 film.
In fact, we get a flashback to the gang’s Ghostbusters looks in episode three of the series
Cheers: In the first episode, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) watches an episode of the popular US comedy, which causes her to reminisce about watching the series with Bob Newby (Sean Astin)
One Million Years BC: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has a poster of a dinosaur in her room which seems to be a still from the Bo Derek-starring prehistoric drama.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Other have noted how the dinosaur and moth posters on Eleven’s wall may be a reference to Millie Bobby Brown’s appearance in the recent monster movie starring Godzilla and Mothra.
X-Men: The gang call Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) makeshift radio transmitter ‘Cerebro’, the name of Professor X’s machine in the Marvel comic, TV cartoons and film series.
Day of the Dead: At the cinema in Starcourt Mall, the George Romero film Day of the Dead is playing, which is referenced again when Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) fight a man zombified possessed by the Mind Flayer.
Day of the Dead sees a group of survivors battling zombies in a shopping mall, so it is very pertinent to Stranger Things season three.
Gremlins: Actress Phoebe Capes, who had starred in Gremlins the previous year, is named a number of times as the perfect woman.
Later, in episode seven, a child wins a toy Mogwai from one of the fair stalls
Nancy Drew: Throughout her time in the newspaper office, Nancy is repeatedly compared to her teen detective namesake
The Evil Dead: Will (Noah Schnapp) has a poster for the Sam Raimi horror film in his bedroom
Star Wars: Dustin says “Gold leader returning to base”, a reference to an obscure Star Wars character, and has an R2D2 toy
Charlie’s Angels: Dustin defends himself with a can of Farrah Fawcett hair spray
WHO IS PHOEBE CATES?
Stranger Things season 3 features a number of references to film star Phoebe Cates (Image: Netflix)
Episode 2: The Mall Rats
Mallrats: The title of the episode is a pun on Mallrats, the 1995 Kevin Smith film
The Thing (1951 and 1982): A poster for the classic 1982 horror film is briefly glimpsed in episode two, while Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) compares the 1951 original and the remake in a speech in episode seven
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Mind Flayer’s MO of taking over bodies is straight from the 1956 original and 1978 remake
Jaws: Hopper’s line “I can do anything I want, I’m the chief of police” is from the Steven Spielberg classic
Episode 3: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
The Karate Kid: Eleven and Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) look through a magazine featuring lead star Ralph Maccio, while in the later episodes Lucas wears a very Karate Kid-inspired ensemble.
The Terminator: In episode three, we first meet the mysterious character known to fans as the ‘Russian Terminator’ due to his similarity to the Arnold Schwarzenegger character
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST SERIES OF STRANGER THINGS?
80s star Ralph Maccio is referenced in Stranger Things season 3, episode 3 (Image: Netflix)
Episode 4: The Sauna Test
The Endless Summer: Max has a poster for the classic 1966 surf movie in her bedroom
Dungeons and Dragons: Episode four has Stranger Things season three’s first reference to the Mind Flayer, a common name for the illithids from role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, made into a cartoon from 1983 to 1985.
Gumby: Due to his lack of collarbones, Dustin is compared to Gumby, an American claymation character similar to the British Morph who appeared on a number of TV shows and in his own movie in 1995.
Doctor Strangelove: We’ll Meet Again plays in this episode, an odd choice for a 1980s-inspired series until you realise it is the song from the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece
WHO IS IN THE CAST OF STRANGER THINGS?
Stranger Things season 3 features a