Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Stranger Things

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Exciting, heartbreaking, and sometimes scary, Stranger Things acts as an addictive homage to Spielberg films and vintage 1980s television.



Critic Ratings: 84


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Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016

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A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.


Winona Ryder
as Joyce Byers
David Harbour
as Chief Hopper
Finn Wolfhard
as Mike Wheeler
Gaten Matarazzo
as Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin
as Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp
as Will Byers
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Martin Brenner
Natalia Dyer
as Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton
as Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono
as Karen Wheeler
Peyton Wich
as Troy Harrington
Joe Keery
as Steve Harrington
Shannon Purser
as Barbara Holland
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 1

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (25)

In the spirit of longform TV mysteries such as Lost and Under the Dome comes a playfully spooky, Stephen Kingesque headscratcher designed to hook you five minutes in.

Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Yes, this show lives in the past, but it isn't stuck there. Where, say, Fuller House or The X-Files ask if you remember your old life, Stranger Things reminds you of what it's like to be alive right now.

Jul 27, 2016 | Full Review…

In the hands of its directors, the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is at turns touching (when it explores teenage love and friendship) and harrowing (when it follows the creature that turns out to be terrorizing the town).

Jul 26, 2016 | Full Review…

The films "Stranger Things" honors transcended their genres. This seems happy to propitiate them.

Aug 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stranger Things is a rare example of a cultural phenomenon that has delivered wistfulness and familiarity without simply giving audiences more of the same.

Aug 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Don't just watch it for the nostalgia or the genuine creeps, watch it because it's compelling storytelling.

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Outstanding. All killer; no filler episodes!

May 8, 2019 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

I was completely absorbed.

Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

They will melt your hearts, especially Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The Duffers clearly understand what makes these properties beloved, delivering a rich original story that takes place in Anytown, USA.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

  • 18h ago
    the best show I've ever frickin seen
  • 1d ago
    Interesting emotional ride with some cinematic freedom.
  • 2d ago
    Thrilling season with interesting characters
  • 2d ago
    Everything about it is great
  • 3d ago
    A great suspense filled series that makes me miss the 80's even though i was born in the 90's.
  • 3d ago
    stranger things season 1 is the best drama series i have seen in a long while.the cast,crew and story is very good.i am excited for stranger things season 2.
  • 3d ago
    What can I say? Stranger Things should have a slogan to go with the title - The Best Thing on Television. With the recent comeback of all things 80s in music and film, none have done it so well as this superb creation. It achieves what very few films or tv series are able to do - make something so familiar so original and refreshing.
  • 4d ago
    Its so well build up. I watched all episodes at once (of season 1) and it felt like a movie. That is hard to do
  • 6d ago
    From characters to atmosphere, from development to story, this is truly the great start to one of the greatest TV shows I've ever seen in my entire life!
  • Jul 16, 2019
    A great introduction to some amazing characters. Could be slow at times, but the world building really sets up the series for future seasons

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