David Harbour recently revealed that he didn’t think Netflix’s Stranger Things would work when he first took the role of Chief Hopper.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Harbor confessed to Colbert that he was sure the show would fail, and that the people at Netflix were of the same mind. Harbor remembers Netflix executives telling him they were going to “bury” the show, thinking audiences wouldn’t respond and that nobody would watch it. As we now know, it became one of the most popular shows of the year.
Take a look at what David Harbour said in the interview below.
“I was sure it was going to be a big disaster and complete failure. Because before it came out, I mean remember when we were shooting too we would sit around talking about how terrible it was going to be. Mainly because of my performance, I thought I was tanking the whole show. Before it came out – normally you see things on buses – I live in New York, on phone booths there’s ads for new shows. Not a single ad. A week before the show I was doing a play with a friend of mine who’s on a very successful television program – and I said to him ‘no ads, I guess they’re doing some kind of new campaign’ and he said ‘no they’re burying the show’”
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, Millie Bobbie Brown, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke. The first three seasons are available on Netflix, with a fourth currently in development.