Stranger Things: Season 2 (2017)



Critic 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.


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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 (144) | 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…
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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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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…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 2

The strangeness gets better along with its character connectivity.

Almost as good as the first season, but is still a must see.

I don't get the universal acclaim. This show is not very original, not very exciting, not very good. Middling at best, and stretching it too far with the 80s vibe, which is contrived. The whole show is contrived; very little comes across as natural, especially the acting, some of which is beyond bad. Season 1 was okay, Season 2 was terrible. The Duffer Bros themselves said it was "Season 1, but bigger." Huh? No evolution of ideas at all. And that doesn't bode well since the writing is already not far beyond what a talented eighth grader could do. This show is mediocre, derivative, and pointless.

Incredible and almost better than the first season if there wouldn't be that bowring excursion to that other Kids that are like eleven. Just a bowring filler episode entirely useless to the plot.

an amazing tv show with an amazing finale there is no better tv show than stranger things i would recommend this to anyone who loved richie in IT chapter 1 (me) and any 30 - 40 year old who wants to relive their childhoods or any teens who want to learn about the past (me) 10/10 greatest tv show ever

Its soo good, It steadily builds up from season 1, and the finale is the best finale ever. How in the world can season 3 be better. Its sooo good

It was a big letdown considering how good the first season was. The last few episodes are quite good but do not fully make up for the bad first few

Continuing to be fun, dramatic and scary at the same time, Stranger Things features a second season that is better than the first because it features an even more intriguing plot, still more worked visual effects, a flawless script, great direction and charismatic characters played of excellent shape by Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin and Paul Reiser

One season was enough

Watched all of this in one sitting. Not recommended because the amount of emotions this tv show gives, I wept countlessly.

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