After a three-year hiatus, Stranger Things season four part one was released on Netflix in its entirety last month, allowing fans to binge the episodes in one sitting.
However, some viewers believe that the show would have benefited from dropping weekly episodes to increase the tension and help avoid spoilers for fans who don’t want to binge watch.
This is partly due to the episodes in season four being significantly longer than in previous seasons, with the first seven episodes averaging at 77 minutes each, while the final episode of part two is set to be nearly two and a half hours long.
But Peter Friedlander, Netflix’s head of scripted series, disagrees, explaining that this is how fans have always watched the show and will continue to do so for its fifth and final season.
At an industry event on Tuesday (June 7), he said: “For the fans of Stranger Things, this is how they’ve been watching that show, and I think to change that on them would be disappointing. To not give them exactly what they’ve been expecting would be an abrupt change for the member.
“We fundamentally believe that we want to give our members the choice in how they view. [Giving] them that option on these scripted series to watch as much as they want to watch when they watch it, is still fundamental to what we want to provide.”
Instead of weekly episodes, some series, such as Stranger Things 4 and Ozark’s final season, were released in two parts to allow viewers to watch episodes without having to wait for post-production to be completed on everything.
“When you see something like a batched season with Stranger Things, this is our attempt at making sure we can get shows out quicker to the members,” explained Friedlander.
Stranger Things co-creator Ross Duffer recently admitted that they’re still at work on season four despite part one already being out.
“Believe it or not, we’re still working on season four,” he said. “We’re trying to finish the final two episodes, they’re so massive.”
Stranger Things season 4 part one is available to stream on Netflix. Part two will premiere on July 1.