When it comes to making legendary television, titles are pretty important. But imagine if the likes of Twin Peaks, Mad Men, or Friends had ended up with different titles?
For Stranger Things, that was very nearly the case, as David Harbour told Seth Meyers.
Apparently the first “rift” between the Netflix show star and the Duffer Brothers, who created the show, occurred over a dispute about its title. After falling in love with the script, Harbour also happened to really love the original name for the show.
“Originally it was called Montauk and I thought that was such a good title, really strong, simple, and one word, and it was set in Montauk and then they changed it to be set in the Midwest so they needed to change the title,” he explained. Might not have been the only reason, there’s also this. But anyway.
“They called me and they were like, ‘We’re gonna call it Stranger Things,‘ and I was like, ‘That’s the worst title I’ve ever heard.’
“It sounds like a terrible idea for a television show. So I hated it. And then I saw it in the font with the music and it was awesome again,” he continued.
What a journey.