Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Stranger Things

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 86


Audience Score

User Ratings: 11224
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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 (86) | 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

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

  • 22h ago
    I love everything about this show - the cast, the story and the music really make this one of the best tv shows around. Plus due to the incredibly detailed 80s world that the Duffer Brothers created, I feel nostalgic for a time I wasn't even alive in.
  • 2d ago
    My current favorite show. From the moment this game up on my Netflix recommended(which also happened to be right when it first came out), I became hooked. I love everything about it. The characters, the story, the development of both the characters and story
  • 3d ago
    This is a very engaging mystery thriller with 80s nostalgia and nods everywhere. The actors are amazing but it starts out a bit slow.
  • 3d ago
    When I started the first episode, I immediately got hooked. This season of Stranger Things is thrilling, scary and a lot of fun.
  • 6d ago
    Love the show. I couldnt stop watching. My wife is now watching it and cant stop either
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Amei o desaperacimento do Wil porque deu o que a série foi a busca ao Wil
  • Aug 12, 2019
    I absolutely love this show, Its like gravity falls but more adult. The way Netflix can release the first season of a show and people like it it could mean stranger things will have an amazing future and it has a lot of good stuff in it like some 80s references and such good moments and so much more. Overall I give stranger things season 1 5/5 stars.
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Great show. It has a good script, good execution, exciting, nostalgia. It's pure enjoyment to watch.
  • Aug 11, 2019
    I found the acting a bit tacky. the plot was okay. it managed to pass the time tho so I guess it is okay
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Best of all 3 seasons

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