Stranger Things: Season 2 (2017)

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Season 2
Stranger Things

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 148

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User Ratings: 6346

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 27, 2017

With Hawkins preparing for Halloween, an arcade nemesis has a surprise, and a suspicious Detective Hopper checks out a decaying pumpkin patch.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

Will experiences something horrifying while trick-or-treating, leaving Mike to question if Elevin is still alive somewhere. Nancy struggles with the facts about Barb's disappearance.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

Dustin takes in a bizarre pet; Eleven becomes more and more restless. Well-intentioned, Bob encourages Will to face his fears.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

A sickly Will reveals something very distressing to Joyce. Hopper searches for the truth; Eleven has a shocking realization.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

Nancy and Jonathan exchange conspiracies with a new friend; Eleven hunts for a figure from her past. "Bob the Brain" handles a tough issue.

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Will's tie to the mysterious evil increases, and nobody knows how to prevent it. Meanwhile, Dustin and Steve make a surprising connection.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

Psychic apparitions lead Eleven to a group of savage fugitives and a mysterious, furious girl.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

An unbelievable hero emerges after a fatal incident leaves Hawkins Lab on lockdown with Will and several other people trapped inside.

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Eleven vows to complete her mission as the survivors focus their efforts on the fiendish creature that still holds Will captive.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 2

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (58)

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…

[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…

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

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

This was a near perfect season and Stranger Things will only get bigger...and stranger.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What this season does so well really is that it manages to not mess with what made Stranger Things so good in the first place.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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

  • 2d ago
    Must-see. All I can say. With Stranger Things coming back for an action packed new second series and an all new main villan, The Mind Flayer, you immediatly fall in love with it. Great!
  • 4d ago
    Did not expect to like this, but I was hooked from the very beginning. One of the best shows out right now. I'm chomping at the bit for the next season to be released.
  • 4d ago
    I appreciate the attempt to expand this world with some new additional characters. However, it seems other characters from the first season could've been better developed in this season.
  • 4d ago
    Well done it's brilliant
  • 5d ago
    I personally enjoyed the second season as much as I enjoyed the first one. It's more of the same, so it's very good. Excellent writing, solid performance from the actors, interesting cinematography, nostalgia, and another mystery to unravel. If you liked the first season, you'll like this one, too.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    As good as the first season
  • Jan 02, 2021
    Very good season! It's not quite as magical as its prior season, but it's a great story with lots of emotions.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    Season 2 is just as good as season 1. It adds a little bit of humour too making it fun even though it already was.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Very rarely can you say this but ... Its just as good as the first season.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    The second season pretty good there some things that are a little bit meh but like in general it's a good season.

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