I've resubscribed to Netflix because Stranger Things S4 is a must-watch show

I cancelled Netflix due to the cost of living crisis, just like 200,000 other users. But Stranger Things has lured me back in yet again...

Stranger Things Netflix show
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It's no secret that Netflix has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent months. Over 200,000 subscribers cut ties, cancelling the once must-have streaming service. It's down to a bunch of things: the cost of living crisis, Netflix itself laying off staff and burying projects before they're barely off the ground (here's every cancelled show in 2022 thus far), and too much competition.

With all that in mind, however, I've just resubscribed to Netflix. Why? Stranger Things, but of course. Now the 'part 1' phase of its fourth season is done and 'part 2' is also here to entertain us – Stranger Things is one of those blockbuster shows that maintains its much-watch status. 

To me it's got cinema-like status: the kind of show that, when you sit down to watch it, feels special. As in: you'd pay to go and see it at a theatre. So, by that logic, I'm happy to chuck £15.99 at Netflix for a month of viewing. It's less than a ticket to the big screen and it'll deliver hours of entertainment. 

Should I remain subscribed to Netflix?

Stranger Things 4

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Having already cancelled my Netflix subscription to save some cash, the way the streaming service has split Stranger Things 4 into two parts made a whole lot of sense to me. Because the two chapter-like releases fall over two months, meaning not a quick month of revenue, but at least two (and then it's easy to forget to cancel). 

Which brings me to wonder how we arrived at the very idea of binge-watch culture. Yes, it can be fun. I'm currently revisiting some classics (Boardwalk Empire, albeit on Blu-ray). But if Netflix released an episode of Stranger Things, and other major week-by-week releases from month to month, then I might be hooked in enough to never consider unsubscribing. 

But back to the original question: can Stranger Things save Netflix? The initial reviews were strong. And while 'part 2' is sure to be a disappointment, I'll still be watching with intent. Critics are loving it (except for the ultra-long episode runtimes). 

But it'll all come down to the numbers. At least there's the promise of season 5 to follow in 2023. So, assuming that doesn't get axed (it just can't though), there's still plenty of life in the streaming giant yet.

Tech Editor at T3, Mike handles all things tech – from phones, tablets and laptops, to gaming and computing. He's been working as a consumer technology journalist for the best part of 15 years, previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, and has provided freelance work to publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more over the years. In addition to his tech expertise, Mike is also a bit of a travel fiend, having travelled the globe extensively for both personal and work-related pursuits. You'll always find him setting up a new mobile phone, or critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next get-away.