Watch a ‘Stranger Things’ mock news report about Barb’s disappearance

The character became a fan favourite on the show

Netflix has released a mock “archival newsreel” about the disappearance of Stranger Things character Barb.

Barb, portrayed by Shannon Purser, has become something of a fan cause célèbre online after many thought she was unfairly forgotten by the writers and other characters after appearing to be killed off.

This faux news report, posted to YouTube, tells the story of Barb’s disappearance, in which presenter Brenda Wood describes the character as “the kind of girl who notices if you’re wearing a new bra” and who “can really rock a pair of mom jeans  or as we call them now, jeans”. She says that Barb was last seen wearing an “oversize pair of absolute fantastic glasses”.

The clip also touches upon Eleven’s shoplifting scene from the show. Watch below.


Netflix recently confirmed that it has renewed the hit show for a second season. Season two will feature nine episodes, one more than the first, launching on Netflix at a date in 2017 which has yet to be announced.

The show’s co-creator Matt Duffer previously promised that its second season will offer some “justice” for Barb.

Speaking to IGN, Duffer said that while he “can’t see” Purser returning in the role in the future, that her character nonetheless “will not be forgotten”.

“We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb,” Duffer went on to say. “People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it.”

“It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’,” he said.

“Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time,” Duffer explained. “So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season Two is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”