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


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User Ratings: 5653
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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…

The series embraces the strongest sequel tradition of the likes of Terminator 2 and the Empire Strikes Back and spices it up while also playing to its strengths.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This follow-up season builds on the success of season one while crafting a terrific new tale.

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 2

  • 6d ago
    Still a fun season to watch, but a bit of a letdown after the bar was set so high with the first season. I liked that they explored Hopper and Eleven's relationship more, and I really liked Steve's story arc, but I thought the new characters Max, Billy, and Bob were all relatively weak and underdeveloped. I also really didn't like episode 7 and I'm not sure what the point of it was, it just felt really out of place and none of the characters were likeable. I felt like this season could have been structured a little better overall.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    SPOILERS! This is my favorite season of the show. It had lots of cool things, and my favorites, Steve and Dustin actually joined together! The demodogs were awesome, the characters, the story, literally ALL OF IT WAS AWESOME! This is an absolute MUST SEE!
  • Oct 06, 2019
  • Oct 03, 2019
    The plot wasn't as thrilling as in the first season but I enjoyed all the new characters and had a great time watching
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Series on the decline with elementary school kids arguing about SJW issues...sad to see it abandon the charm of an era we're not too old to remember accurately.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    The wonderful continuation to Season 1, proves that bigger is better in some cases. Especially wonderful acting from Noah Schnapp who nearly caries this season on his back.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    This show takes me back.
  • Sep 27, 2019
    I'm halfway through season 2 and am still confused by a lot of what's happening
  • Sep 23, 2019
    This season of Stranger Things was not needed it felt like a whole season of filler waiting for season 3. There was really no point in this season because in season three they just fight the same thing again.
  • Sep 21, 2019
    Not as good as the first but still great!!

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