A gang of longtime friends flaunting authority in order to perform investigations no sane person would agree to under the influence of half-remembered pop culture ephemera — that would suffice as a vague description of Netflix drama Stranger Things. It would also describe the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Despite the shows’ vast differences in genre, setting, and tone, they do share a similar set-up. This is made clear in a new fan video by YouTube user Juan Carlos Pelayo, in which an early scene from Stranger Things (where Chief Jim Hopper talks to Mike, Dustin, and Lucas about their friend Will’s disappearance) is framed like the cold open of an Always Sunny episode.
It’s 10:30 in Hawkins, Indiana, and a group of friends are getting into a heated argument about whether Mirkwood is from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, and how much that distinction matters. When they are finally cowered into silence by Chief Hopper, there’s a brief awkward pause (standard for Always Sunny cold opens) and then a subtitle: “The Gang Goes Investigating.”
Watch the video below.