Close
Date TimeNovember 01, 2017
VoiceWhy Netflix Launched a Stranger Things Talk Show

"It's a nice way of extending the series and giving people that extra level of connection," says chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
What should a fan-oriented, spoiler-heavy talk show look like on Netflix? The streaming giant is embarking on a seven-episode experiment with Beyond Stranger Things, featuring the creators and stars delving deeper into the themes of the sci-fi phenomenon.
The chat show, which launched Oct. 27, comes months after the platform first tested out the concept with a 30-minute 13 Reasons Why postseason featurette on suicide prevention. That one-off special, Beyond the Reasons, was a success by the streamer's (elusive) standards, says Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
While aftershows have traditionally been created for ad-driven networks to own and profit from the conversation around a hot property (think: The Walking Dead's Talking Dead and Better Call Saul's Talking Saul), Netflix also is looking for ways to increase engagement for its marquee shows.
"With the level of fandom on Stranger Things, it's a nice way of extending the series and giving people that extra level of connection with the show when they're all done but want more," says Sarandos of the Stranger Things aftershow, made by AMC's Talking Dead producers Embassy Row. (The Walking Dead talk show returned on Oct. 29 with 5 million total viewers, which outrates most cable scripted series.)

It took a bit of convincing to get Matt and Ross Duffer to participate in Beyond Stranger Things, however, as they're not used to being the ones on camera. But the fact that writer-actor Jim Rash was selected to host helped get the brothers on board. "It went from me being wary about it to, 'This is actually a lot of fun,'" says Matt Duffer, who appears with his brother and executive producer Shawn Levy in the series.
The episodes, which range from 15 to 25 minutes, are available to watch on the platform anytime, but they're meant to be consumed after viewers complete the entire season to avoid spoilers. "We didn't want to interrupt the show with the aftershow," says Sarandos of the rollout plan, which keeps Beyond from autoplaying until after the season two finale. Levy adds that producers never seriously considered sticking the aftershow between episodes of the drama, reiterating that it wouldn't fit with a binge-friendly model: “We knew early on that that’s not the way people consume Netflix and it’s definitely not the way people consume Stranger Things.”
Sarandos is open to the idea of aftershows to other original series, too. The exec says, "I think [it'd work for] shows like The OA that are super layered, where people can really tear apart what they think they just saw. And Black Mirror would be fun, too."

Related Stories
The blockbuster that wasnt: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hitThe blockbuster that wasn't: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit
Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Mitzi Gaynor and More:  ‘One of the All-Time Greats’Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Mitzi Gaynor and More: ‘One of the All-Time Greats’
‘Grace and Frankie’ to End With Season 7 on Netflix‘Grace and Frankie’ to End With Season 7 on Netflix
Uzo Aduba Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 4Uzo Aduba Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 4
13 Reasons Why Star Grace Saif Quits Instagram After Backlash Over New Character13 Reasons Why Star Grace Saif Quits Instagram After Backlash Over New Character
8 WTF Moments The Cast Of Friends Have Experienced Since The Beloved Show Finished8 WTF Moments The Cast Of Friends Have Experienced Since The Beloved Show Finished
Derry Girls Nicola Coughlan Expertly Shuts Down Tiresome Debate About Women In ComedyDerry Girls' Nicola Coughlan Expertly Shuts Down Tiresome Debate About Women In Comedy
Hong Kong Police Warn of More Arrests After Sweep of ActivistsHong Kong Police Warn of More Arrests After Sweep of Activists
American Son review – Kerry Washington cant save Netflix misfireAmerican Son review – Kerry Washington can't save Netflix misfire
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Opens Up About ‘Devastating’ HIV DiagnosisQueer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Opens Up About ‘Devastating’ HIV Diagnosis
Latest News
As Congress ends break, House steps up impeachment inquiryAs Congress ends break, House steps up impeachment inquiry
Mark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoenaMark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoena
Serial killers victim portraits could help crack cold casesSerial killer's victim portraits could help crack cold cases
Arab foreign ministers slam Turkish aggression in SyriaArab foreign ministers slam Turkish 'aggression' in Syria
German police investigate bitcoin transfer to synagogue killerGerman police investigate bitcoin transfer to synagogue killer
In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT festsIn or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests
Kellyanne Conway: Joe Biden is now seen in the news as Hunter Bidens father, not Obamas vice presidentKellyanne Conway: Joe Biden is now seen in the news as Hunter Biden's father, not Obama's vice president
Wales hopeful of qualifying after Bale salvages point against CroatiaWales hopeful of qualifying after Bale salvages point against Croatia
I can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Radcliffe’s recordI can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Radcliffe’s record
Ben Youngs warns Australia best is still to come before World Cup showdownBen Youngs warns Australia best is still to come before World Cup showdown
Celebrities
Jimmy-KimmelJimmy Kimmel
American television host
Miley-CyrusMiley Cyrus
American singer-songwriter
Stephen-ColbertStephen Colbert
American comedian
BeyoncéBeyoncé
American singer-songwriter
Justin-BieberJustin Bieber
Canadian singer-songwriter
MadonnaMadonna
American singer-songwriter
Jennifer-LopezJennifer Lopez
American singer
Jay_ZJay-Z
American rapper
Khloe-KardashianKhloé Kardashian
American media personality
Taylor-SwiftTaylor Swift
American singer
Ariana-GrandeAriana Grande
American singer
Lady-GagaLady Gaga
American singer-songwriter
Kylie-JennerKylie Jenner
American television personality
Oprah-WinfreyOprah Winfrey
American executive
Ellen-DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
American comedian
Selena-GomezSelena Gomez
American singer
Kim-KardashianKim Kardashian
American media personality
Related Stories
The blockbuster that wasnt: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hitThe blockbuster that wasn't: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit
Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Mitzi Gaynor and More:  ‘One of the All-Time Greats’Diahann Carroll Remembered by Ava DuVernay, Mitzi Gaynor and More: ‘One of the All-Time Greats’
‘Grace and Frankie’ to End With Season 7 on Netflix‘Grace and Frankie’ to End With Season 7 on Netflix
Uzo Aduba Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 4Uzo Aduba Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 4
13 Reasons Why Star Grace Saif Quits Instagram After Backlash Over New Character13 Reasons Why Star Grace Saif Quits Instagram After Backlash Over New Character
8 WTF Moments The Cast Of Friends Have Experienced Since The Beloved Show Finished8 WTF Moments The Cast Of Friends Have Experienced Since The Beloved Show Finished
Derry Girls Nicola Coughlan Expertly Shuts Down Tiresome Debate About Women In ComedyDerry Girls' Nicola Coughlan Expertly Shuts Down Tiresome Debate About Women In Comedy
Hong Kong Police Warn of More Arrests After Sweep of ActivistsHong Kong Police Warn of More Arrests After Sweep of Activists
American Son review – Kerry Washington cant save Netflix misfireAmerican Son review – Kerry Washington can't save Netflix misfire
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Opens Up About ‘Devastating’ HIV DiagnosisQueer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Opens Up About ‘Devastating’ HIV Diagnosis
Latest News
As Congress ends break, House steps up impeachment inquiryAs Congress ends break, House steps up impeachment inquiry
Mark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoenaMark Esper: Pentagon ‘will do everything we can’ to respond to impeachment subpoena
Serial killers victim portraits could help crack cold casesSerial killer's victim portraits could help crack cold cases
Arab foreign ministers slam Turkish aggression in SyriaArab foreign ministers slam Turkish 'aggression' in Syria
German police investigate bitcoin transfer to synagogue killerGerman police investigate bitcoin transfer to synagogue killer
In or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT festsIn or out? Court case on job bias casts pall on LGBT fests
Kellyanne Conway: Joe Biden is now seen in the news as Hunter Bidens father, not Obamas vice presidentKellyanne Conway: Joe Biden is now seen in the news as Hunter Biden's father, not Obama's vice president
Wales hopeful of qualifying after Bale salvages point against CroatiaWales hopeful of qualifying after Bale salvages point against Croatia
I can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Radcliffe’s recordI can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Radcliffe’s record
Ben Youngs warns Australia best is still to come before World Cup showdownBen Youngs warns Australia best is still to come before World Cup showdown
Celebrities
Jimmy-KimmelJimmy Kimmel
American television host
Miley-CyrusMiley Cyrus
American singer-songwriter
Stephen-ColbertStephen Colbert
American comedian
BeyoncéBeyoncé
American singer-songwriter
Justin-BieberJustin Bieber
Canadian singer-songwriter
MadonnaMadonna
American singer-songwriter
Jennifer-LopezJennifer Lopez
American singer
Jay_ZJay-Z
American rapper
Khloe-KardashianKhloé Kardashian
American media personality
Taylor-SwiftTaylor Swift
American singer
Ariana-GrandeAriana Grande
American singer
Lady-GagaLady Gaga
American singer-songwriter
Kylie-JennerKylie Jenner
American television personality
Oprah-WinfreyOprah Winfrey
American executive
Ellen-DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
American comedian
Selena-GomezSelena Gomez
American singer
Kim-KardashianKim Kardashian
American media personality
Humiliated North Korea on verge of HUGE nuclear launch to save face after tunnel collapse
After New York attack, Trump calls for ending 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program'
Victoria Secret model Adriana Lima then and now: Throwback pictures of Angel age 15
Brexit BOOST – UK ‘better for business than Germany AND France’ as EU nations fall
NYC terror attack: 'We're vulnerable,' experts say
Facebook, Twitter, Google defend their role in election
Halloween horror as car 'crashes into shoppers' in London - one dead, one injured
Google Docs error locks out users
Facebook, Twitter, Google testify before Congress
'I want to quit': Fox News employees say their network's Russia coverage was 'an embarrassment'
The McDonald’s dish you should NEVER order according to staff
Up to 200 killed at North Korea's nuclear test site: report
Selena Gomez Named Billboard's 2017 Woman of the Year
iPhone X - First impressions reveal Apple may have a huge hit on their hands
North Korea nuclear disaster ALERT: Radioactive cloud 'to ENGULF hemisphere,' warns China
Stephen Colbert Mocks 'Fox & Friends' For 'Avoiding' Mueller Investigation
Firms should make more information about salaries public
Russia-linked posts 'reached 126m Facebook users in US' - BBC News
ABC Orders More Episodes of 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'American Housewife' and 'Black-ish'
How to buy bitcoin in the UK: Cash, wallets, price and everything you need to know
Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum Among 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Guest Hosts
Lewis Hamilton survives collision to win fourth Formula One world title
Spain V Belgium: Catalonia leader travels to BRUSSELS after asylum offer from Belgium city
Elon Musk Shares Photo Of 500-Foot Tunnel He's Digging Under Los Angeles - Newsweek
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Adam Sandler, Director Joe Wright (Exclusive)
Kevin Spacey apologizes after actor accuses him of harassment when he was a teenager
AI Can Detect Bowel Cancer In Less Than A Second
Iran blocks 'illegal' rally at ancient king's tomb
Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter posts hands-on video before official release - India Today
'Walk away' Theresa May under pressure to quit Brexit talks and leave EU with NO DEAL
How 'Stranger Things' Season 2 Expands its Upside Down Universe
MSNBC Host Skewers Claims Clinton Helped Sell Uranium To The Russians
‘DO SOMETHING!’: Panicky Trump Tweets about ‘phony Trump/Russia collusion’ as Monday arrests loom
Trump denounces Russia investigation 'witch hunt' as possible charges loom
This mystery object may be our first visitor from another solar system
Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell arrested on gun charge
Celebrate National Cat Day With These Record-Setting Felines
Spain: thousands join Barcelona rally against Catalan independence
Bank of England set to raise interest rates for first time in a decade this week
United states of Europe: Juncker's plot for Chancellor for ALL of EU
Steps for crafting the perfect password
Theresa May: 'I will use all my power to transform mental health services'
Trump says will release nearly all JFK assassination files
Canadian astronomer spots 'visitor' from beyond our solar system
Queen and Prince Philip anniversary: The day Britain celebrated royal wedding 70 years ago
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kate Winslet and Jake Gyllenhaal
Victoria's Secret 2017: Who is performing at the show? Harry Styles Taylor Swift REUNION?
Robot who wants to ‘DESTROY humans’ has been given Saudi Arabia citizenship
WALK AWAY! Brexit no deal is 'win win' because EU needs UK MORE than we need them
YouTube prank sparks discussion of online teen safety
Russians fear 'ALIEN INVASION' and 'END OF THE WORLD' as Putin launches nuclear warning
'Stranger Things' Creators Explain the Darkest Turn of Season 2
White House: All The Women Who Say Trump Sexually Harassed Them Are Liars
Report: Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. discussed memo with Kremlin
WhatsApp FINALLY lets user delete sent messages, here’s how to do it
Catalonia government dissolved after declaring independence from Spain
How many barrels of oil are needed to mine one bitcoin?
White House: 'Real Russia scandal' is Clinton camp's ties to controversial dossier
Spain imposes direct rule after Catalonia votes to declare independence
NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack
Stephen Colbert Believes Ivanka Trump 'Doesn't Know What Words Mean'
Incomplete JFK file dump doesn't provide the drama Trump promised
WORLD WAR 3 FEARS: Russia unleashes SATAN 2 and fires ballistic missiles near North Korea
JFK files LIVE: KGB claim of Johnson plot to kill Kennedy, FBI bid to kill Castro - LATEST
Cloud computing drives massive growth for big US tech firms - Reuters
The latest AI can work things out without being taught
Twitter Bans Two Kremlin-Backed News Outlets From Advertising - New York Times
Google Pixelbook is an impressive Chromebook. But is it worth $1,000?
Apple Watch Series 3 - Major update makes the best smartwatch even better
Scientists discover VISITOR comet that DID not originate in our solar system
Netflix to Launch 'Stranger Things' After-Show (Exclusive)
Sen. Jeff Flake announces retirement in dramatic anti-Trump speech
Malware WARNING: 'Bad Rabbit' ransomware triggers flight delays, is YOUR PC susceptible?
Julian Assange: WikiLeaks Rejected Request From Trump-Linked Firm
World War 3: Trump blasts Russia for ‘HURTING’ a diplomatic resolution with North Korea
Megyn Kelly Asks Why Fox News Would 'Unleash' Bill O'Reilly on Its Workforce
JFK files: Trump teases release as deadline arrives
Kate Middleton pregnancy in pictures: George, Charlotte and Baby No 3
Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres Take CNN's 'Facts First' Campaign One Step Further
Bergen: War against ISIS goes global
North Korea announce plan for HUGE nuclear test - USA on alert
Watch an exclusive trailer for Angelina Jolie's timely animated film 'The Breadwinner'
President George H.W. Bush apologizes to actress who alleged improper touching
David Davis: Brexit deal will not take 'years'
Late-Night Hosts Invite God to Respond to Bill O'Reilly
Grambling State University: 2 shot dead on campus
North Korea owe Sweden £2.4billion after stealing 1,000 classic Volvos to use as TAXIS
Sky TV launches brand-new channel for Halloween
Europeans really want to work at Google
Einstein’s theory of happiness sells for $1.3M at auction
World War 3: US fires ominous warning to North Korea – 'We're ready to fight TONIGHT'
Trevor Noah Calls Out Fox News for Differing Treatment of Weinstein and O'Reilly
Protester throws Russia flags at Trump on Capitol Hill
WARNING: ISIS training jihadis in Caribbean tourist hotspots to target Western holidayers
Saudi Arabia vows to DESTROY extremism - Crown Prince announces return to ‘moderate Islam’
U.S. Is Now The Only Country, Besides Syria, Not To Support Paris Agreement
IVANKA: TAX CUTS NOW!
Macron BLOW as poorer EU nations REFUSE to buckle to French pressure on EU workers rights
Microsoft Declares Victory in Fight to Tell Users About Government Email Searches - Fortune
Federer or Nadal: Who has had the best year?
WATCH: Moment Jean-Claude Juncker is grilled over SHOCK German paper Brexit talk leaks
North Korea: women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam revisit scene of crime
George Clooney's 'Twins' Make TV Debut on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Trump Called Up For Vietnam Service After Last Of Draft Deferments Expires
'Big Bang Theory' Star Simon Helberg Sells CIA Comedy to CBS
Cristiano Ronaldo named Best FIFA Men's Player for second year running
WATCH: Moment Emily Thornberry mouths at Theresa May during heated Brexit speech
George Clooney Talks About Wife Amal Facing Sexual Harassment
Melania Trump addresses bullying in surprise trip to Michigan
Catalan parliament to hold key session, discuss response to Spain’s plan to take control
'If we’re going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.'
Two Italian regions are holding autonomy referendums
'The Walking Dead': How the 100th Episode Honored its Past
REVEALED: Shock graph that shows Lords could BLOCK Brexit even if we AGREE deal with EU
'Worse than nuclear bombs!' Putin reveals terrifying sci-fi weapon amid World War fears
Why Trump's Korean war talk should be taken seriously
Abe to push reform of Japan's pacifist constitution after election win - Reuters
Meghan Markle’s family’s anger as sister to cash in on relationship with Prince Harry
Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report
WhatsApp might've revealed its next major new feature
Angelina Jolie on the 'vulnerability' of girls at The Breadwinner premiere in L.A
President Trump: With tax reform we can make it morning in America again
Trump on North Korea: 'We're prepared for anything'
Experts worried as mountain hosting North Korea’s nuclear blasts shows signs of exhaustion
Carlo Ancelotti favourite to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea - Exclusive
Jimmy Carter interview: Five memorable lines
Google Pixel 2 might have the same problem as iPhone 6 Plus, and this video shows why
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement IMMINENT as aides told to start planning wedding
All five living former US presidents make rare appearance together
Trump says he will allow scheduled release of JFK files
Who wants Amazon’s HQ2 the most? Take a look at bids from other cities
Trump: 'End of the ISIS caliphate is in sight' - CNN
‘This is a coup!’ Catalonia chaos erupts with calls for independence NOW as Spain steps in
Bitcoin smashes through $6,100 to hit a new record high
Loved ones say good-bye to Sgt. La David Johnson, US soldier slain in Niger
EU to IMITATE Spain's brutal Catalan tactics in Brexit no-deal, warns former No 10 insider
IBM lags in cloud computing and AI. Can tech’s great survivor recover?
Razer made a webcam with a selfie light for streamers - The Verge
7 hilariously brutal cartoons about the GOP's last-chance health-care bill
Laptops could be banned from checked bags on planes due to fire risk
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has THIS great hidden feature
French envoy attempt to 'seduce British businesses and exploit UK industry Brexit fears'
Senate investigators spoke with Russians present at Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr
The women fighters who helped defeat ISIS in Raqqa
Trump incorrectly suggests link between terrorism and rising UK crime rate - CNN
Bittersweet return for Leigh Halfpenny as Scarlets lose at Toulon
Lara Trump becomes face of Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign
Dusty Baker out as Nationals manager
Lulu the dog did not want to join the CIA, but she’s still a very good girl
Catalonia economic chaos: Independence to push Spanish debt to 120 per cent of GDP
Google Play 'try it now' button lets users test-drive an Android app without installing it - TechRepublic
Angela Merkel eases Theresa May's Brexit nightmare
OnePlus promises to stop collecting YOUR data with future update
UK faces MONTHS of SNOW: Sinking polar vortex to trigger COLDEST winter since GREAT FREEZE
The Return of Obama - U.S. News & World Report
UK mobile phone firms overcharging customers after contracts expire - The Guardian
REVEALED: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘wedding date already set’
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Disaster Artist'
South Korea does a sudden U-turn on nuclear power
Amanda Holden teases Simon Cowell ROMANCE as she makes shock confession
Google Maps: How to explore space with Google's interactive map of the solar system
George W. Bush Condemned The Trend Of ‘Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism’
World War 3: EU security boss issues STERN threat to North Korea - 'gravest punishment'
Ellen DeGeneres Talks Sexual Assault in Hollywood, Praises #MeToo Movement
Google's parent company leads $1 billion investment in Lyft
North Korea threatens 'unimaginable' strike on United States
'Survivor' Season 35: Jeff Probst Breaks Down the Tribe Swap
Google Doodle: Who is astrophysicist S. Chandrasekhar? - Metro
Trump tried to look compassionate. Instead, he looked like a jerk
Is Merkel BLUFFING? Leaked paper shows Germany is preparing for EU trade deal with Britain
Samsung's new camera has 17 lenses and costs $10500 - CNET
Relationship between sugar and cancer is now clearer, scientists say
Howard Stern on Harvey Weinstein: 'When Did This Guy Have Time to Make Movies?'
'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own
Roma fans in London RIOT: Supporters clash with police ahead of Chelsea match
BREAKING: Explosion rips through Belgian restaurant - at least three injured
3 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Maryland office park, authorities say
Hillary Clinton calls Trump's North Korea threats 'dangerous' and 'short-sighted' - Business Insider
Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter
IBM gets a boost from low taxes and cloud computing
Rihanna’s cosmetics line is a game-changer for women of colour
Storm Brian WORSE than Ophelia: Met Office confirm 'dangerous' WEATHER BOMB to SMASH UK
The Xi Jinping economy: What's next for China?
Liverpool and Man City run riot in Europe as Tottenham salvage point against Real Madrid
Battle against Bitcoin: Russia launches own cryptocurrency dubbed the Cryptoruble
Trump warns McCain: 'Be careful ... I fight back'
Britain facing most 'intense' terror threat ever, MI5 boss warns
Google firm wins competition to build high-tech Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto
Netflix Sort of Releases Some Ratings Data
BREAKING: Royal baby due date REVEALED - Kate and William make big announcement
Jennifer Lawrence shares story of abuse in Hollywood: I had to lose 15 pounds, pose nude
MIPCOM: Nominations for International Emmy Kids Span 16 Countries
MIPCOM: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Hangs Over Cannes
North Korea defector says life is MUCH WORSE than what the West says
ISIS routed in Raqqa as 'major military operations' declared over
Families warned: Mortgage interest rates set to RISE as inflation hits five-year high
BREAKING: Air force jet pilot dies as F-18 crashes while wife and son wait for his return
Emotional Sen. John McCain blasts 'half-baked, spurious nationalism'
Will the next iPhone charge wirelessly?
'I dread it': Jimmy Kimmel opens up about those emotional monologues
Close