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Here's Everything We Know About The Boroughs, the Duffer Brothers' New Show

The Stranger Things duo is teaming up with The Dark Crystal creators on an upcoming sci-fi series.
  • The Duffer Brothers, Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews (Photo: Netflix)
    The Duffer Brothers, Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews (Photo: Netflix)

    The Duffer Brothers are staying strong at Netflix with a new supernatural series. But instead of teenagers leading the narrative, a group of senior citizens will make up The Boroughs. Created by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), the mystery series is set in a seemingly idyllic retirement community, where an unlikely group of residents team up to thwart an otherworldly force threatening their livelihood. The premise sounds like a more sinister Cocoon, and we all know how much the Duffers and even Addiss and Matthews love '80s references. As we wait for more updates on the show’s production, here’s everything we know about The Boroughs so far.

    What is The Boroughs about?

    According to the official logline: “In a seemingly picturesque retirement community in the New Mexico desert, a group of unlikely heroes must band together to stop an otherworldly threat from stealing the one thing they don’t have… time.”

    When will The Boroughs premiere on Netflix?

    Netflix has not yet announced a release date, but watch this space for updates. 

    How many episodes will there be in The Boroughs?

    Netflix has ordered eight episodes for the series. Judging by the lengths of both Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal, we can expect them to be hour-long installments.

    Who is involved in The Boroughs?

    The Boroughs is helmed by creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, who are also the masterminds behind Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. They’re joined by the Duffer Brothers and Hilary Leavitt, who will serve as the show’s executive producers on behalf of Upside Down Pictures.

    “We’ve been fans of Jeff and Will’s writing for a long time, and when they pitched us their idea for The Boroughs, we immediately knew they had something very special on their hands,” said the Duffers in a statement. “While the heroes in The Boroughs have a few more years on them than the kids from Stranger Things, they are a similarly lovable bunch of misfits, and we can’t wait for you to join them on an adventure that is at turns scary, funny, and deeply touching.”

    Addiss and Matthews added, “We’re thrilled to be back at Netflix. Working alongside the Duffer Brothers (who are pretty good at making shows) and their team has been a dream come true. They bring the perfect balance of heart and horror to our story. We can’t wait for audiences around the world to unlock the dark mystery buried beneath the sunny facade of The Boroughs.”

    Dianna Shen is a TV Writer at Primetimer based in New York. Her work has been featured in Paste Magazine and Decider, among other outlets.

    TOPICS: Duffer Brothers, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Jeffrey Addiss, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Will Matthews