What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Stranger Things’ and Fireworks

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STRANGER THINGS Stream on Netflix. After a bit over a year and a half off, the 1980s are back. Or at least the ’80s as shown through the Spielbergian lens of this Netflix sci-fi horror series, which follows a group of Midwestern youths coming-of-age in a town that exists in the shadow of the supernatural. Season 2 ramped up the emotion and romance amid the chaos. Season 3 finds the friends in the summer between middle school and high school — so it’ll probably be downright terrifying. (In an interview with The New York Times, the actor Cary Elwes, who plays the town mayor this season, mentioned “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” as a primary influence for Season 3.) The neon nostalgia factor runs high. “I always wonder if Apple iPhones and all these electronics that we use today are still going to be a thing in like 10, 20 years,” the actor Noah Schnapp, who plays one of the friends, recently told The Times. “It’s nice being on set, because it teaches you, oh, you don’t need your phone all the time. People lived like this.”

THE BRINK (2019) Stream on Hulu. Alison Klayman’s fleet-footed documentary develops a portrait of Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive, from more than a year’s worth of footage. “‘The Brink’ is a movie that people who hate Bannon may embrace — they are surely the intended audience — but that doesn’t mean Bannon himself will hate it,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. Scott noted that it “both exposes and flatters his vanity.” It’s also a clear product of the present era, peppered with news cycles that fly by. The result, Scott wrote, is a “fast-moving, tightly packed, at times unnervingly entertaining documentary.”

What’s on TV

MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 8 p.m. on NBC. Luke Bryan, Khalid, Maren Morris and Brad Paisley are among the musicians set to perform at this year’s big-budget Macy’s Fourth of July celebration in New York. (Though they’ll have to deliver quite spectacular performances to drum up the level of discussion that the Independence Day celebration happening in Washington has created.) The hosts are the dancer Derek Hough and the singer Ciara, with fireworks this year being set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges near the South Street Seaport.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014) 4 p.m. on FX. So far, this century has seen more Spider-Man movie stars than decades. With the latest of the Tom Holland-led iterations in theaters this weekend, revisit this second entry in Andrew Garfield’s short career as perhaps the nimblest incarnation of the web-slinger. Or watch SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007), airing at 7:30 p.m. on Syfy, to see Tobey Maguire’s Spidey put on a somber costume that could’ve been bought at a Hot Topic.

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