‘Stranger Things’ and Streaming TV’s Indulgence in Overlong Episodes
Alison Herman and Miles Surrey:
This weekend’s ‘Stranger Things’ finale is slated to run 140 minutes, a move that has few precedents in the history of television. Our TV critics discuss the exacting task ahead, and a trend that’s increasingly prevalent in the medium.
This conversation goes on a little long.
We’re watching Stranger Things on friday nights, late. It’s pretty long, but we’re treating each episode like a movie, because the episode lengths don’t give us much of a choice.