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Have you watched the teaser for season three of “Stranger Things,” which returns July 4?

It’s must-see TV if you’re an Idahoan. (Spoiler: It’s a lame trailer.)

The science-fiction horror series was the Gem State’s most popular Netflix show in 2018, according to the annual 50-state report from HighSpeedInternet.com.

Based on total states, America’s most popular Netflix show was teen drama “13 Reasons Why.” It finished No. 1 in seven of them.

In reality, Idaho’s top choice wasn’t unusual at all. “Stranger Things” was the favorite Netflix show in four states, which also included Utah, Colorado and Nebraska. In the Treasure Valley, Boise brewery Woodland Empire Ale Craft even created a bizarre beer and hosted a watch party to celebrate season two.


In 2017, the only state that claimed “Stranger Things” as its top pick was Utah. (Go figure.)

Idaho’s No. 1 show in 2017 was another sci-fi series, “Travelers” — and we were the only state with that winner.

Oddly enough, “Stranger Things” was the Gem State’s favorite the prior year.

Craving a fresher sci-fi fix? Check out the thriller “Counterpart” on Starz, which is offering a $5 per month deal. Season two of “Counterpart” kicked off in December. The show’s star, J.K. Simmons, is probably best known for his ubiquitous Farmers Insurance commercials, but I’ll always remember him as the evil Vern Schillinger from HBO’s long-running prison drama “Oz.”

Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and opinion columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Since starting at the Statesman as a news intern in 1991, he has been a sportswriter and features/entertainment editor. Deeds also has freelanced for The Washington Post, Relix, Country Weekly, Velo News, Beer Advocate and more.