In looking at the specific shows, such as Stranger Things or San Junipero, I found a heavy emphasis on 1980s media. Specifically, cinematic media. I provide an outline of this in my video essay, comparing and contrasting specific 1980s films with their contemporary references in these shows. Jeremy Butler writes about this collective understanding of the hierarchy of media in reference to Miami Vice. He highlights the biases that came to light when critics were first reviewing the 1980s show, writing that “strata of aesthetic status, the hierarchy of screen media, were brought into sharp relief by Miami Vice…” He describes how cinema was often ascribed more respectability, and respectability for broadcast television came only when equating television with cinema. He writes that “we gaze intensely at film but glance casually at television.” This seems to hold true for many of the shows I examined. Critics often cite Stranger Things as a selection of films for the small screen. The show is revered for its similarities to cinema. In referencing films like E.T. and Stand By Me, even the shows creators show a proclivity towards the cinema of the 1980s, as opposed to the television. Glow’s Allison Brie presents a similar sentiment when describing the show, saying that “even when I watch [Glow], the feel and look of it is more like an ‘80s movie than like anything on TV right now.” Associating these shows with 1980s films as opposed to 1980s television shows serves as a way to mark these shows as quality television. It’s as if referring to these shows as cinema pieces of television provides a legitimization that is not inherently or regularly afforded to television programming.