With 2016 being one of the worst years in recent memory, Stranger Things was the show we needed, but not the show we deserved. The Netflix hit series brightened our year with the perfect blend of scary, funny, dramatic and cute, and while we'll probably never be worthy of its brilliance, we will forever be thankful for its existence. It turns out, the cast of Stranger Things is every bit as perfect as the show itself, and is probably too good for this chaotic world we're living in. For months now, they've been putting smiles on our faces and reminding us that as long as they're around, the world won't turn as Upside Down as we fear.
15 When the cast handed out peanut butter sandwiches at the Golden Globes
You can't do anything nice these days without someone getting upset about it. When Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown attended last year's Golden Globes, they cycled through the star-studded aisles handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made by Jimmy Kimmel's mom, instead of just sitting down and watching the awards show with their fellow celebrities. It was one of the most adorable and thoughtful things ever, and the crowd of stars loved it. Kevin Spacey and Sofia Vergara chowing down on the sandwiches was one of the highlights of the evening. Unfortunately, the press and viewers at home immediately proved that we aren't worthy of such amazing kids by flipping out that such a stunt could be harmful for people with nut allergies and criticizing children who had nothing but good intentions.
14 When Eleven proved she could rap like Nicki
When Millie Bobby Brown and her fellow castmates went on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, she revealed that even though she doesn't have any of Eleven's superpowers, she has some practically inhuman rapping skills! She shocked fans by spitting out some flawless rhymes from Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse, and while she's probably too young and innocent to break into the rap scene anytime soon, we all would run to pick up her mixtape should she ever decide to release one.
"Monster" was one of the most popular rap songs of 2016, and it's a relief to know that becoming a household name worldwide and starring in one of the biggest shows of the year didn't keep Millie Bobby from getting a chance to be just like us and fangirl over some Nicki in her limited free time.
13 When Winona had no clue what Snapchat was
Winona Ryder's Stranger Things character was a bit bizarre and out-of-the-loop, and in an interview with Variety, she accidentally revealed that she's sort of the same way. Snapchat has been an incredibly popular social media platform for ages now, but Winona was somehow under the impression that "Snapchat" was a brand of potato chips because its name resembles a fictional convenience store's name in the film that helped launch her career nearly 30 years ago. "In Heathers, we had the Snappy Snack Shack. It was the 7-Eleven place. I thought [Snapchat] had something to do with food.” Oh, sweet Winona. At least we know she's never going to be involved in a Snapchat-related nude photo leak scandal!
12 When the kids silly stringed Jimmy Fallon
During their appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, the kids played Jimmy's new game, "Stranger Strings." They were asked to write facts about themselves on cards, and after the card was read, to spray silly string at the person they think wrote that fact. Every round, one of the kids made sure to cover Jimmy in silly string, and while they'll claim it's because they thought he wrote the fact being discussed, we all know the truth—they just really wanted to shoot some silly string at Jimmy Fallon's face. This was such a great reminder that even though we all want to be someone from the Stranger Things gang when we grow up, they're really just normal kids.
11 When Barb played along with our obsession with her
Barb was far from a major character in Stranger Things, yet she somehow obtained a cult-status level of admiration from fans worldwide for being the series' voice of reason and for being written off the show without her character's story arc having any sort of resolution. She was taken to the Upside Down, and was pretty much never seen or thought about again. At the Golden Globes, we finally got to see the return of Barb, who survived the Upside Down and is now apparently spending her time doing water aerobics in her signature librarian frock and '80s-style prescription lenses. You have to love actress Shannon Purser for playing along with our illogical Barb obsession.
10 When we found out Toothless has the voice of an angel
Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin "Toothless" Henderson was by far the most endearing character in Stranger Things. His adorable smile, his unwavering dedication to his friends, his sense of adventure... we all wish we had a friend like him. Gaten's personality is every bit as lovable as his character's, and if that didn't make him amazing enough, it turns out he has one of the most angelic singing voices ever! A video of him singing "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables found its way online soon after the show's release, and fans were rendered speechless. He actually played Gavroche in the Broadway musical a few years ago! Between his singing and Eleven's rap skills, we would seriously be down to pay for a Stranger Things cast CD.
9 When Millie Bobby Brown actually tried Eggo's... and hated them
If you went to a Halloween parade or party last year, you know that no Eleven cosplay is complete without a box of Eggo's in hand. Millie Bobby Brown wished her fans a happy "national waffle day" last year, but always shied away from questions asking whether or not she actually enjoys microwavable waffles as much as her character does. Eventually, she gave in to fan requests, and posted a video of herself actually trying an Eggo for the first time... and she absolutely hated it! Most celebrities would lie and say they like whatever their character likes to appease fans, but Millie Bobby is too pure and honest for that. You have to admire her for always being true to herself and for reminding us that there's a good reason Eggo's aren't very popular anymore.
8 When Sheriff Hopper gave one of the most inspirational speeches of the SAG Awards
Many of the winners at this month's SAG Awards used their acceptance speech to criticize the first week of Donald Trump's administration and his recently-signed Muslim ban. When Stranger Things won the award for "Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series," Sheriff Hopper actor David K. Harbour delivered a beautiful speech asking viewers "to battle against fear, self-centeredness and exclusivity of our predominately narcissistic culture." He promised that he and his fellow castmates will always do what they can to fight against bullies, and added, "we will shelter freaks and outcasts; those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters, and when we are lost amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions … we will punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul and with heart and with joy."
7 When Eleven used her powers to heat up a burrito
In a skit on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven proved to us that her superpowers are good for more than just making bullies pee their pants in public. She telekinetically heated up a burrito and used her mind to take it out of the microwave and place it on a plate. Um, that is exactly what we'd do with those powers! Sure, using her psychic abilities to produce the evenly-heated, perfectly spicy burrito resulted in one of her signature nosebleeds, but good burritos always come with a price! Even though the Late Show writers likely came up with the skit, we still love Millie Bobby for having a bit of fun with her character and making Eleven even more relatable.
6 When the cast proved they're as easily scared as we are
Ever wonder how the Stranger Things kids were able to venture into the Upside Down and fight the Demogorgon without being as terrified as we were when we had to watch their scary adventures? It turns out, they're just really good young actors, because they're as easily frightened as we are! Netflix held fake interview sessions with the cast during the Stranger Things red carpet premiere, and rigged the interview room with remote-controlled props to replicate the supernatural occurrences on the show. The vintage radio in the room started up on its own, lights flickered without anyone touching the switches, walls started to move, a footrest sprang to life... and everyone freaked out! Their genuine terror was absolutely adorable.
5 When Gaten admitted he gets a bit weirded out by his fans
Adult celebrities often do everything they can to make their fans happy, even when it means being nice to clearly obsessed potential stalkers. The Stranger Things kids, however, aren't afraid to say what's really on their minds. On The Jonathan Ross Show, Gaten Matarazzo brought up how he knows of fans who are such big fans of his portrayal of Dustin, they got a tattoo of the character on their bodies. He wasn't afraid to admit that he finds that super weird, and laughed as Millie Bobby made fun of people who get a picture of a child permanently inked on their arm. Sorry, tattooed Dustin enthusiast, the actor himself thinks you're peculiar AF. The honesty is super endearing, but that has to sting a bit.
4 When Millie Bobby Brown was too mature to be tricked into giving away Season 2 details
As any fan of the show knows, Eleven may have died in the last episode of Stranger Things season one. In an interview with E! News, Millie Bobby said of season two, "I'm excited if I'm in it, if I'm not in it, it's gonna be a fabulous season." When the surprised interview said, "I'm sure you're gonna be in it, right," she put on a very serious expression and responded simply with, "let's not discuss this." When we were kids, we were way too bad at keeping secrets to let something so big stay under wraps, but the Stranger Things kids are impossibly good at walking the line between being fun-loving children and mature young professionals.
3 When the kids tried out '80s snacks and toys
Mike, Eleven and their gang of friends were all really born in the 2000's, but they had to portray '80s kids in Stranger Things. Buzzfeed tested three of the cast members on their knowledge of retro snacks and toys from the era, and watching them try to identify and play with Furby's and Gak totally reminded us of our own childhoods. Millie Bobby could barely handle the unexpected feeling of Pop Rocks on her tongue, and once she got over the initial shock, she couldn't stop trying to sing or talk with her mouth open to see what she'd sound like over the sound of the exploding candy. Could they be any more adorable? We could watch videos of them just being regular kids for hours.
2 When they reminded us how tragically old we all are
Facebook also wanted to test the cast on their '80s trivia knowledge, and we were yet again faced with the tragic reality that these amazing actors are decades younger than most of their fans. They couldn't differentiate Top Gun quotes from Back to the Future quotes, they didn't know which Michael Jackson songs came from which album of his, and they didn't know the names of the Pac-Man ghosts. Sure, the director of Stranger Things made sure they watched relevant classics like The Breakfast Club and E.T. before filming the show, but still... how are they so talented at such a young age, and why have they accomplished more than we have in half the time?!
1 When Winona Ryder went through the full spectrum of human emotion in one minute
Sheriff Hopper's acceptance speech at the SAG Awards was inspirational and profound, but Winona Ryder totally stole the spotlight during the cast's time onstage. While David K. Harbour talked about fighting Trump's administration, Winona seemed to be a bit intoxicated and cycled through the full spectrum of human emotion in under a minute. She looked scared, anxious, confused, empowered, angry, ecstatic... it was like she wanted to prove she was capable of feeling all of the emotions we went through watching the eight episodes of Stranger Things season one! Thanks for continuing to entertain us well after we finished the show, Winona. We'll never understand what possessed you to make those crazy faces, but we appreciate you showing us that even big celebrities can be a bit strange.