Stranger Things stars reportedly land big pay raises

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Stranger Things season 3 will kick off production on April 23 but there's no timeline for when the show will debut on Netflix.

As in most territories, the second season of "Stranger Things" stirred the most demand, which Parrot Analytics measured from a blend of data points, including video-streaming consumption and social media.

Meanwhile, the Hawkins "teens" - Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery (and his hair) - are reportedly making $150,000 per episode.

For the new season, the streaming service will be adding a new after show featuring actors, experts and educators who will participate in more informed conversations about the events of each episode. The raises mean that the young castmembers are earning a whopping 1,200 percent more than what they were previously making on the show. It will jump ahead a year and introduce new evil characters. Heading into the third season, it looks like all of its stars, young and old, male and female, are getting a huge pay bump. There are very few people who now haven't heard about Stranger Things or seen it on a t-shirt or hoodie, thanks to an equally successful merchandising venture with major brands like Topshop.

According to sources, the main actors are divided into different pay tiers.

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Ryder and Harbour both started the series with higher paychecks than the rest of the lead cast. The critically acclaimed "Stranger Things", nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in 2018, including best television drama series, has emerged as the worst offender.

Don't worry, even on-screen parents Winona Ryder and David Harbour are reported to be among those receiving a raise. It's possible that she is in her own tier which is placed between the adults and the young kids, making up to $300,000 per episode.

Amid complaints from parents who felt the show glorified suicide, Netflix will be providing additional resources to help facilitate the important conversations that arise regarding the sensitive topics addressed in the series, including sexual assault and bullying. Netflix did not comment on the salary increases.

Season 2 will hopefully resolve the questions left unanswered in the finale of the first season - particularly whether Ruby and Olivia are going to survive.

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