Stranger Things 4 turns Twitter upside down

After five weeks on number 1 diversity‘s Trending TV Chart, Netflix’s “Heartstopper” fell to No. 3 for the week of May 23-29. The top spot was taken by another Netflix entry, “Stranger Things,” which fell after a three in the first half of its fourth Season debuted -year hiatus.

The first seven episodes of the season aired on Friday and have garnered more than 980,000 interactions with fans online. The streaming service included a warning card disclaimer because the season ended days after the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 21 people.

“We shot this season of ‘Stranger Things’ a year ago. But given the recent tragic school shooting in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of Episode 1 disturbing,” the card read. “We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence and our hearts go out to each family mourning the loss of a loved one.”

Other fans jumped online to discuss some of the season’s plot points and twists as they await the July 1 release of Season 4B. Some also marveled at the promotional weight behind the series, including a full takeover of the Empire State Building.

Number 2 on the charts this week was “The Mandalorian” following announcements made during a Star Wars Celebration event last week. There, Disney+ confirmed the debuts of Season 3 in February 2023 — more than three years after the Season 2 finale.

The show racked up more than 401,000 engagements as the conversation continued Saturday during a “Mando+” panel attended by star Pedro Pascal and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Attendees were treated to a first-look trailer that showcased a battle between Mando and the Mandalorians, and a journey back to Mandalore with Grogu.

Heartstopper continued to garner interest online (number three with more than 243,000 engagements), while Ricky Gervais racked up almost 170,000 engagements with the May 24 debut of his Netflix stand-up special, SuperNature.

Much of the conversation revolved around controversial jokes the comedian made about the trans community, which GLAAD subsequently spoke out against. In a statement, the organization called Gervais’ jokes “dangerous” and claimed the special was “full of graphic anti-trans rants disguised as jokes.”

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos later defended the special, while Gervais announced on Twitter that the streaming service had ordered another special, “Armageddon.”

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law fell to number five on the chart this week, down around 73% week-in-week after its first trailer debut on May 17. The series, directed by Tatiana Maslany, debuts August 17 on Disney+.

Another Disney+ entry, Andor, was close behind this week with 138,000 engagements. The Star Wars series is a prequel to Rogue One and debuts August 31 with two episodes. The streaming service also discussed the upcoming show (starring Diego Luna in the role of Cassian Andor) at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, released a new trailer, and confirmed filming of Part 2 of the series this fall.

The midseason finale of AMC’s Better Call Saul racked up 90,000 interactions on Twitter this week as fans dissected the shocking episode and chatted about the final season ahead of its July 11 return. “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” was also in the week’s top 10 at number 8, after the host welcomed guest Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor.

Rounding out the charts this week were two other Disney+ series: Ahsoka, the upcoming Mandalorian spin-off starring Rosario Dawson, which was also discussed during the Star Wars celebration; and “Ms. Marvel,” which debuts June 8 on the streaming service.

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