Editor's note: This article reflects on Latter-day Saint mentions in pop culture but is not meant as an endorsement of any show or program.
For those of you who are excited to binge-watch a little of Netflix's hit show Stranger Things this Fourth of July weekend, don't miss the hilarious way the writers wove Latter-day Saints into the plotline.
In the first episode, Dustin returns home to Hawkins from a science camp where he met an unforgettable, gorgeous girl—Suzie. The only problem is Suzie lives in Utah, so Dustin recruits his friends to help him construct a radio tower on the highest hill in Hawkins.
“You know, I’m pretty sure people in Utah have telephones,” Max says to Dustin about the intense effort he is making to talk to Suzie.
“Yeah, but Suzie’s Mormon,” Dustin says.
“Oh . . . She doesn’t have electricity?” Lucas responds.
“That’s the Amish,” Max replies.
This isn't the first time Stranger Things has referenced Latter-day Saints. In season two, when Lucas comes to visit Max at her home, she tells her angry brother she was out talking to "Mormons, talkative ones."
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Latter-day Saint punchlines on television shows are nothing new. In fact, it's not too hard to stumble across a joke or two. Sometimes a show gets us wrong, while other times they're spot-on. So without further ado, here's a list of times The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its members have been mentioned on a television program.
And no, general conference doesn't count.
After Meredith's drunken antics at an office party get out of hand, her boss, Michael, calls an impromptu intervention—and gets his materials from what sounds like ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
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Michael: Meredith, have you ever used alcohol to alter your mood or deliberately change your state of mind?
Michael: Do you sometimes have a drink to celebrate a special occasion or mark a holiday?
Michael: Have you ever, under the influence of alcohol, questioned the teachings of the Mormon Church?
Oscar: [bewildered] Where did you get this?
Michael: I got it on a website. That's not important.