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Stranger Things: David Harbour Thought Series Will Be Cancelled After Season 1

Stranger Things actor David Harbour revealed he had a hunch that the horror thriller series would get canceled after the first season. It turns out to be one of the most successful original shows on Netflix.

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David Harbour as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things

David Harbour played Jim Hopper, the chief police of Hawkins town in Indiana. Strange things happened when Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) mysteriously disappeared. Investigations led to discovering horrific science experimentation that uncovered a covert government conspiracy. Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) is introduced as the girl with telepathic abilities and the one who could save Will.

When Stranger Things launched in 2016, it became a massive hit among viewers and gained a solid fan base. Today, it is considered one of the most watched shows on Netflix, breaking records of viewership across the globe. The series is now considered a cult classic and a pop culture phenomenon.

Harbour Thought Stranger Things Would Flop

In his recent interview with BBC’s The One Show, the actor confessed that he had doubts about the direction of the show.

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I remember when we were shooting the first season. We were down in Atlanta, Netflix had given us a budget of about $20. Halfway through I remember my hair person coming up to me, like about episode four we were shooting, and she was like, ‘I don’t think it’s gonna work.’”

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David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things

Harbour thought it will get canceled after Season 1. The fact that it was an original series, there’s doubt whether the audience will buy it or not.

By the time we finished, we wrapped, I thought we wouldn’t get a second season, we’d be the first Netflix show kind of ever to never get a second season. We thought no one would watch it, it was going to be a disaster,” he added.


Now, Stranger Things is breaking records, winning Emmy awards, and gaining a solid fan base all over the world!

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Written by Ariane

Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.