Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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
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Cast

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 (82) | 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…
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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…

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

Jul 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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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…

In all manners of ways then, Stranger Things represents the quintessential film-making design that is known as remix culture.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Indeed, by the fifth episode, you can pretty much see how it's all going to end. With this work, the pleasures of mystery solving are nothing compared to the pleasures of bathing in the ambience of 1980s cinema.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

½

One of the best new shows in 2016, Stranger Things started off slowly but quickly hooked me into its intriguing story line. Though the acting and writing were the best it still managed to be surprisingly entertaining.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

½

This show is simply great. Easily the biggest and best Netflix TV Show ever made "Stranger Things" is so brilliant, bold, and well strange that it has and will continue to make waves in pop culture. I especially like how this TV Series is almost like a crime piece with all of its different angles and parts to it to develop a well thought out story. Very well done deserves its RT if not a little higher.

TylerH

Super Reviewer

½

An amazing early 80s throwback, the screenplay and actors do an amazing job of conveying a sense of the time with references and feel in the show. I usually don't expect much from kid actors but all of the child actors here were amazing. Story hooks you pretty quick and after just 8 quick episodes, you definitely want more. I'd recommend this to anyone that has liked any or all of these: ET, The X-Files, Super 8, etc...

PatrickW

Super Reviewer

On the whole, "Stranger Things" is on par with the post-season-one "Fringe" television series. It's got a good story and well-done sets, costumes and hair. Nice script and music. While the cast is hardly a tour de force, Ryder does a better than average job at portraying a desperate and frantic woman on the edge of sanity. It's a solid, entertaining series but it fails to capture the imagination with enthusiasm as one might expect from some of the over-hyped reviews.

ChristianC

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