Stranger Things: Season 2 (2017)


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.



Critic Ratings: 148


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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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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

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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Air date: Oct 27, 2017

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.


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 (148) | Top Critics (46)

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

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

  • 6d ago
    Great follow-up season!
  • Aug 06, 2020
    Amazing, I would say 9.7/10 not quite perfect but damn close.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    This season continuous the season 1's timeline very well
  • Jul 31, 2020
    It was slow. Very slow. It doesn't pick up the pace till around episode 5. After episode 5 it goes full bonkers and I love it. At firsts the little things seem so pointless but holy do they mean something.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    It was good because you would meet more characters like Eleven (actually just one character) but it's not as good the first one.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Stranger Things 2 doesn't double down on what made elements of the first season more memorable (most notably the terror elements), but it does elevate the sense of scale and adventure while also making for wholly lovable character growth.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Not as good as the first season, but still pretty awesome
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Stranger things continues to be one of the best shows on television. This season is a little less consistent than the first one, however; the first four episodes are good but a bit slow and not super interesting, and episode seven was just strange. Episodes 5, 6, 8, and 9 are sublime though, well worth slogging through the first half of the season for.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Stranger Things Season 2 | Detailed note: 9
  • Jul 13, 2020
    Stranger Things carries its [perfect] 80's atmosphere into the second season! Such a classic style done so well, you can't help but be drawn in. It takes us on an exciting journey through the past with the decor, clothes, hair and technology. It's an experience everyone should partake in through their own little portals in the form of tv's, computers and phones. I haven't binged anything so fast in my life! The story continues and it only gets better!

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