Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo of “Stranger Things” onstage at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Admit it. Like me, you desperately wanted to be a child star when you were younger — rocking up to awards shows, skipping school for the red carpet, blanking Anna Paquin after she beat you to the Oscar at age 11 (that hack).

But now that I’ve seen the kids of “Stranger Things” at the Emmys, I realise it’s probably best I spent my formative years lip-synching into my bedroom mirror.

Everyone’s favourite middle schoolers from Hawkins, Indiana, ditched the ’80s T-shirts and jeans to put on their finest duds to take over the red carpet, and they well and truly won the Emmys. If nothing else, they made the best appearance on E’s Glambot.

Who needs telekinesis when you have moves like that Millie Bobby Brown?

If that wasn’t enough, they switched back to their costumes from the show and delivered sandwiches to the hungry crowd, made backstage in the all-night gimmick kitchen by Jimmy Kimmel’s mother.


Sandwiches for all!

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The “Stranger Things” pop culture phenomenon has certainly made for plenty of awesome memes and cosplay (including the best wallpaper-inspired costume you’ll ever see).

But its meteoric rise, and its prominence at the Emmys, also marks a broader shift in the TV landscape. Netflix is well and truly taking on the legacy players of broadcast and cable television, and now it’s getting the awards and screen time on rival channels to prove it.

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