Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019)

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Season 3
Stranger Things

Critics Consensus

Stranger Things transforms itself into a riveting -- if familiar -- summer ride that basks in its neon-laden nostalgia without losing sight of the rich relationships that make the series so endearing.

90%

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Critic Ratings: 120

87%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 4948
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Episodes

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

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It's 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School's out, there's a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group's dynamic, and they'll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town's threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they'll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

Cast

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
Cary Elwes
as Mayor Kline
Abby Glover
as New Cute Girl
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 3

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (28)

What these ideas come down to, in the show's thrillingly propulsive and self-consciously familiar conclusion, is the nature of a country that fully believes it's the greatest in the world while also being well aware of its own capacity for destruction.

Jul 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Season three of Stranger Things has stayed true to its sci-fi origins in the best way that it could - banking on its viewers' empathy with experiences of young love, friendship, and loss.

Jul 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme.

Jul 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's also worth noting that there's a new scene stealer in Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas' sister Erica, whose bratty attitude translates into hilarious disposition for the entire group.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The rhythm of "Stranger Things" has never been tighter, but it helps that the cast feels elevated as well

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

On the evidence of this plodding and predictable third season, the Duffers can't skip town soon enough.

Jun 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is Stranger Things' most enjoyable season yet. The fact of the matter is that Matt and Ross Duffer keep using this same formula because it works, and because they know how to wield it to ensure maximum entertainment.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

I was kind of ready for it to wrap up, even though it was a shortened season. I wasn't fully invested all the way through...but the tone is much lighter, and they ramped up the comedy in season three while keeping those heavy moments.

Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Stranger Things still goes down very easily and it's a lot of fun just to play around in this universe.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A glorious rollercoaster of a story with sharp, well-written characters that takes itself seriously enough to let you fully invest in their journey but has no problem with poking fun at itself either.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 3

  • 3h ago
    The best season of Stranger Things in my opinion. There were a few flaws that they are fighting the same monster that is in season 2. Also, the Russian side plot was pointless it was only there so that they could navigate the underground base. Which Alexi could have done. It feels as they forgot about Dustin and Steve so they just threw in this side plot about them getting stuck in a Russian base. I was a good passer of time and there were some funny moments but that is about all it has going for it.
  • 2d ago
    Deserves a fourth season!
  • 2d ago
    Almost as good as the first but better than season 2.
  • 4d ago
    Really good. A few characters seem fairly stock and flat (mayor, jerky office bros, Alexis), but others were well developed. (SPOILER) I thought the fake hopper death was a bit of a letdown, it would have been better to have the courage to actually kill him. I thought the hopper/Joyce dynamic was a little overdone and a tad annoying. I wish that it was more mysterious as the previous seasons had been. There were some loose ends that weren't resolved (fertilizer? What happened with Nancy/Steve resolution?). I was sad to see Billy go as a character, but it had a good arc. I felt it wasn't as clean as season 1 or 2, but it was still quite excellent.
  • 5d ago
    the best season so far. we have seen pretty much every character grow up through the story. this makes an excellent final.. and turns the plot upside down! ;)
  • 5d ago
    better than the previous season
  • 6d ago
    Superb rebound from the second seasons that manages to be both the funniest and scariest season to date. The returning cast is all game, with some nice additions, notably Maya Hawke as Robin, Steve's new co-worker. Behind the camera, the Duffer brothers mix in the humor and horror perfectly, along with some classic pop culture references that once again prove the 80's were the best time to grow up. They also up the ante with a monster of truly world threatening proportions. To date, still Netflix's best series.
  • 6d ago
    Even though this season wasn't as good as season two I did like it better than season one and is another A+ season and is still my favorite Netflix original show and one of my top 5 favorite shows of all time. The acting was phenomenal again this season especially from Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Dacre Montgomery, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Natalia Dyer, Sadie Sink, Brett Gelman, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Alec Utgoff, Caleb McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Jake Busey, Peggy Miley, Cary Elwes, Noah Schnapp, Michael Park and Francesca Reale. The visual effects were exceptional, creepy, scary, disgusting, disturbing, and awesome especially the Mind Flayer, the White Demogorgan, and the Hospital Monster. The writing and story were outstanding, throughout this season I laughed or I cried and it was either heartwarming or heartbreaking. The humor this season was really funny especially when Steve and Robin were loopy from the drugs. I still love the homage to 80's and 80's pop culture. The makeup and hairstyling was remarkable especially on Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Priah Ferguson, Dacre Montgomery, Joe Keery, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Gaten Matarazzo, Francesca Reale, Maya Hawke, Charlie Heaton, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, and David Harbour. The costumes were stupendous especially the ones wore by Millie Bobby Brown, Dacre Montgomery, David Harbour, Priah Ferguson, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Brett Gelman, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Winona Ryder, and Peggy Miley. The sets were excellent especially the Starcourt Mall and the Secret Russian Base. The characterization was superb especially with Bill, Robin, Joyce, Steve, Karen, Erica, Eleven/Jane, Mike, Jim, and Nancy. Also the soundtrack and music was terrific especially the song that Dustin and Suzie sang together.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    The 80's force is strong with this one. Well written and absolutely dripping with nostalgia, this series keeps getting better. Freaky creatures, dramatic sub plots and great acting from top to bottom we definitely recommend this. The inclusion of kids singing the theme song from "The Neverending Story" was brilliant. Plus the spot on recreation of 80's fashion and the mall was great.
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Although it is still a very entertaining show, there are quite a lot of things this season gets wrong. The main one of these is not knowing how to handle all of the characters, with characters like Will, Max and even Eleven feeling insignificant to the plot. In regard to Eleven, all of the mystery that made her so interesting in the first season in completely gone here. She's just like a normal kid now, and that makes her so less interesting. Another thing this season gets wrong is the monster. The demogorgan from season 1 and even the demo-dogs from season 2 both had pretty interesting designs and were both genuinely scary. However all we get this season is a CGI mess of a monster, that looks more goofy then scary. All this aside, there a a few good things to come out of this season, with the addition of Robin being the best one in my opinion. The chemistry between her and Steve make for probably the best scenes in the whole season. Overall worth the watch and still entertaining, however it's obviously the quality in writing has been lost.

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