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Only a real mouth breather would exclude from a list of Netflix’s best original series the Duffer Brothers’ genre-bending 1980s time warp. Much more than a mere nostalgia trip or an homage to the movies that inspired its creators, it’s a heart-stopping thrill ride that confidently toggles between horror (Will’s abduction) and comedy (Operation Child Endangerment), sci-fi (the Upside Down’s creepy, crawly incarnations) and drama (Robin’s coming-out), action (“The Battle of Starcourt”) and romance (we’re rootin’ for ya, Nancy and Steve!). In fact, so sublime is the show — its writing, acting, directing — it upends the concept of a perfect 10 to deliver something even rarer: a bona-fide Eleven.