Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

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

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Air date: Jul 15, 2016

On his way home from a friend's house, young Will sees something terrifying. Nearby, a sinister secret lurks in the depths of a government lab.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2016

Lucas, Mike and Dustin try to talk to the girl they found in the woods. Hopper questions an anxious Joyce about an unsettling phone call.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2016

An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.

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Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Nancy and Jonathan form an unlikely alliance.

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Hopper breaks into the lab while Nancy and Jonathan confront the force that took Will. The boys ask Mr. Clarke how to travel to another dimension.

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A frantic Jonathan looks for Nancy in the darkness, but Steve's looking for her, too. Hopper and Joyce uncover the truth about the lab's experiments.

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Eleven struggles to reach Will, while Lucas warns that "the bad men are coming." Nancy and Jonathan show the police what Jonathan caught on camera.

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Dr. Brenner holds Hopper and Joyce for questioning while the boys wait with Eleven in the gym. Back at Will's, Nancy and Jonathan prepare for battle.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 1

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (26)

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…
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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…
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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…

Stranger Things is nothing if not a surprising, sometimes scary, moving and successful homage to the era of Spielberg's 'ET' and the 1980s themselves.

Jul 8, 2016 | Full Review…
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To conclude, Stranger Things is a blast, thanks to its strong storytelling and high production values.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Duffers' meticulous world-building pays off again and again... None of that would work without good characters, and Stranger Things has those in abundance.

Jan 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Trust us, from the moment you press play on this one, you will be hooked in, and you may need to cancel all plans for the immediate future.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

SHENANIGANS ARE GOING DOWN!

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

While deeply enjoyable, nearly the entire cast of Stranger Things is white. This kind of retro tokenism is not something we should be nostalgic about.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Outstanding. All killer; no filler episodes!

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

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    I still remember buying this on DVD, I was sick and I couldn't watch it. Months went by and I totally forgot about it but, then I remembered and I played it and then I spent the whole day binge-watching the season! I still remember that I didn't stop there I watched the same season again and again. I'm just 11 years old and this show changed my life! The concept, characters and 80's references can keep anyone hooked I recommend this show to everyone it really is 100% fresh for me!
  • 3d ago
    The storyline, plot, production and actors are beyond phenomenal. Truly a once in a lifetime achievement in film and storytelling. A masterpiece!
  • 5d ago
    esta serie me dejo un buen sabor de boca, esto gracias a su trama su ambientación y sus actuaciones que no están nada mal
  • Oct 10, 2020
    What a brilliant first season. All of the actors, even the children, are amazing in this show. It's unpredictable til the very end. And the atmosphere is so 80s even the score fits incredibly well. Definitely a must see
  • Oct 04, 2020
    The first ever series which forced me to become a "Fan". Ofcourse the reason behind it is the awesome characters and their epic acting, especially, my favourite "Millie Bobby Brown" as 011. Millie u are doing great. Keep it up mills. 😊😊
  • Oct 04, 2020
    Extremely retro style in the 1980s with Stephen King's supernatural terror and detective plot foreshadowing method, the compact plot is like a super long film, the wonderful performances of child stars are especially added, the screen style of neon lights is integrated with the background music of retro pop music, and the carnival of supernatural fans, Cthulhu fans and conspiracy theory guys, this is probably one of the best ways to experience Hollywood in the summer of 1980s.
  • Sep 30, 2020
    Chock full of 80s nostalgia and otherworldly creepers, this series is off to a great start with season 1!
  • Sep 25, 2020
    Either a 9 or 10/10. Saw this a while ago.
  • Sep 24, 2020
    This show is incredible. The perfect start to a perfectly crafted show that gets better and better each season.
  • Sep 23, 2020
    My favorite show ever!! Very very worth the watch for anyone about 13+. Everything is amazing, from the acting and directing to the special effects and editing. Love love love!!

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