Netflix show back on local campus

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Since the popular Netflix original series “Stranger Things” has been renewed for a second season, that means there will be more activity at one of its main filming locations in downtown Stockbridge.

The show, which is set in a small Indiana town in the 1980s, used the former Patrick Henry Academy campus (the old Stockbridge High School until the mid-1990s) as the setting for the middle school and high school depicted in the story.

The Times reached out to the Henry County Board of Education officials last week to ask if that same location would be used for the second season and if any other BOE-owned properties would be utilized.

School district spokesman J.D. Hardin responded Friday via email, “Yes. They will be back at Patrick Henry. No other HCS property. Deal is in place.”

Hardin did not give specifics of that deal, but the show’s producers paid the school system $78,140 for its use of the property during the first season under an agreement approved last September by the school board.

Since its first season became available for streaming on Netflix July 15, “Stranger Things” has been nothing short of a hit, receiving a great deal of critical praise in addition to its overall popularity among viewers.

One tech website stated that it was the “most popular digital original series” for the week of July 17-23. That means all platforms, including Amazon and Hulu.

The entertainment publication Variety called the show “one of the streaming service’s most buzzed-about and best-reviewed original series. It is also one of the most watched.”

One media measuring service estimated that about 14 million adults aged 18-49 watched the series within the first 35 days it was available on Netflix. Only two Netflix offerings - the first season of “Fuller House” and the fourth season of “Orange is the New Black” - drew larger demo audiences in their first 35 days.

No date has been announced for when the second season will be available for viewing.