Amazon’s Paper Girls is being compared to Stranger Things – but fans think it’s even better

Amazon’s new sci-fi teen drama Paper Girls follows four teenage girls who find themselves sucked into a time-traveling conflict while out on their paper round one dark morning. Set in the hours after Halloween 1988, the young women must travel between time periods, encountering different versions of themselves as they attempt to save their future.

Since its release, the series has received widespread critical acclaim but there’s been one major theme among the verdicts: comparisons to Netflix’s Stranger Things (H/T Tom’s Guide (opens in new tab)). Among these, The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) calls Paper Girls “Stranger Things by way of The Baby-Sitters Club” while The Guardian (opens in new tab) says it is “a hugely fun sci-fi caper that’s like an all-female Stranger Things”.

The reviews draw on the similarities between the shows both being set in the 1980s and following a group of teens caught in a mystery. However, some Paper Girls fans argue the new series is even better than Stranger Things.

Paper Girls season 1 on Amazon Prime Video

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“If I see one more comment saying Paper Girls is a ‘Stranger Things rip-off’ I’m going to cry,” writes one viewer (opens in new tab). “The series is amazing and started before Stranger Things did. Not all ’80s-themed media today is inspired by Stranger Things.” The Paper Girls comic books by Brian K. Vaughan were released in October 2015, predating Stranger Things’ July 2016 release.

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