Stranger Things: Season 2 (2017)


Season 2
Stranger Things

Critics Consensus

Stranger Things' slow-building sophomore season balances moments of humor and a nostalgic sweetness against a growing horror that's all the more effective thanks to the show's full-bodied characters and evocative tone.



Critic Ratings: 146


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5462
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Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017
Air date: Oct 27, 2017

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It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.


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
Natalia Dyer
as Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton
as Jonathan Byers
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Martin Brenner
Cara Buono
as Karen Wheeler
Joe Keery
as Steve Harrington
Peyton Wich
as Troy Harrington
Dacre Montgomery
as Billy Hargrove
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 2

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (43)

Self-aware, 80's nostalgia horror done right.

Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Stranger Things provides a form of escapism that has nothing to do with alternate dimensions. It invites viewers to indulge in the sweet self-righteousness that can come with getting excluded for being uncool.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

A show that was primarily influenced by the Stephens (King and Spielberg) is layering that nostalgia cake with a frosting of James Cameron. Fans are going to eat it up.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

With a tighter focus 'Stranger Things' season 2 could have been great - as it stands, we'll have to settle for almost great, and hope the Duffers are planning to make those apparently divergent threads make sense in season 3.

Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Stranger Things] continues to be a show with an unmistakable style, a deft hand with mood and setting and especially music, and very clever cinematography.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

When Stranger Things 2 digs into these characters, it tends to succeed.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The women are complex and well-rounded but they remain, unfortunately, in service to the men and boys of the show.

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

Another compelling season with a story that is even stronger than the first, as the creators did not have to establish and setup the characters.

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

This second season was entertaining but for me it fell short of that first season.

Mar 6, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

I don't know how long they can keep the momentum going, but let's hope they can pull off a perfect trilogy next year!

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 2

  • 2h ago
    This is a really good season i liked the first a bit better but this has a lot more 80s nods and it didnt seem to drag the first episodes. I liked the effects but not the monsters very much.
  • 5d ago
    I actually liked it even more than season one. Wonderful chemistry and character work. Cathartic and fun.
  • 6d ago
    I remember having a lot of high hopes for the show after how much I liked stranger things season 1 but instead, they change so much stuff about it like nancy getting drunk or eleven not seeing mike until it's like almost the end of season 2. Also, I found the new character max annoying I felt like she didn't really need to be part of the show but I give this season some credit for how they did the scene with hopper and eleven at the end of the season and the scene with mike and eleven and if you have seen this season 2 you might know what I'm talking about and how they did steve in this season. Overall I give stranger things season 2/5 stars.
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Not as good as season 1 but still good and enjoyable (except that really bad "x-men episode" where El runs away).
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Not as good as 1 and 3
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Smoking yet again!!! Not as good as the first season, but the final 2-3 episodes are off the scale!!! Loved the ending, felt like a close though. But we know there is now season 3! However, love the series, so bring on more seasons please!!! :-)
  • Aug 07, 2019
    I'm surprised to see such a hit show gambling on its viewer's appetite for young love and boy scout shenanigans. But I have to admit, it more than did the trick for me.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Just as good as its predecessor.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Don't believe the hype. It's all mouth and no trousers. The 80s kids are a good gimic but it gets old fast cause the kids are reeaally annoying and while the story ideas are good, the story telling is tediously slow and a bit jumpy.
  • Aug 04, 2019
    They continue to outdo themselves. This season is as good as the first.

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