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: 147


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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 (147) | Top Critics (46)

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

Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 2

  • 6d ago
    Not quite as fun or spooky as the first season, but still a joy to watch.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    Just when you thought you couldn't get any better than Season 1, Season 2 happened. Love this show and cast!!
  • Jan 18, 2020
    It's a good follow up on the first season.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    This season is great and has slow building. But, separating Eleven and Mike for most of the season is the only problem. Thank god they got to see each other.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    Great follow-up season for Stranger Things. Excellent acting, great storytelling, compelling characters and good music. The Mind Flayer was a great addition, though I would have liked to have seen more of it this season. The only issue I have with this season is episode 7, for it felt out of place and like set-up for another show. Other than that, once again, I enjoyed the hell out of this show.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    This season hit me so hard, it was thrilling and beautifully done. I've had PTSD and this season the writers made it clear they understand this injury like no other I've read or watched before. I've seen movies that try and deal with PTSD and its stranglehold on a person's life and body, but it never felt visceral, on the other hand, Stranger Things hit me right in the gut. It was almost healing to go through all of Will's stages with him and having him survive and win actaully gave me hope. Most shows these days are garbage and can't compare to shows like Doctor Who (before season 11) or movies like classic Star Wars, but Stranger Things does. It's going to be listed among the classics, and on every top ten sci-fi list.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    I went with 2 1/2 stars for this season/show not as good as the first season but held up. 80's based show about kids/people fighting the super natural and living in the 80's I have heard only good things about this show. I have not seen the 3 rd. season yet but looking forward to it, I liked this show/season.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    It's my favorite TV show ever created, still.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    This new season brings new characters and fix problems which we could imagine it would, but aside loses its time with aspects that aren't necessary.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Simply incredible and exciting, each episode made me electric wishing for more. The ending? outstanding.

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