Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019)

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Season 3
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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.

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Critic Ratings: 136

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

Summer marks the arrival of job possibilities and new love. The mood changes when Dustin's radio tunes into a Russian broadcast. Will knows something isn't quite right.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

Nancy and Jonathan follow a clue while Steve and Robin head off on a mission. Max and Eleven go on a shopping trip. Billy sees some upsetting visions.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

El and Max decide to go looking for Billy. Will decides to have a girl-free day. Steve and Dustin head out on patrol. Joyce and Hopper go back to the lab.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

The group reconvenes due to a code red alert. Karen tells Nancy to keep digging and Robin stumbles across a helpful map.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

Something strange hides under an old farmhouse. The Mind Flayer is growing in strength.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2019

Dr. Alexei explains what the Russians have been doing. Eleven learns where Billy has been spending time. Dustin and Erica attempt a risky rescue.

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Hopper's crew goes back to Hawkins with the assassin in close pursuit. El and the kids get ready to fight.

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Fear dominates in the food court as the Mind Flayer comes to collect his due. Deep in the dark the future of the world is at risk.

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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 & Crew

Winona Ryder
Joyce Byers
David Harbour
Chief Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard
Mike Wheeler
Natalia Dyer
Nancy Wheeler
Cara Buono
Karen Wheeler
Charlie Heaton
Jonathan Byers
Caleb McLaughlin
Lucas Sinclair
Gaten Matarazzo
Dustin Henderson
Noah Schnapp
Will Byers
Joe Keery
Steve Harrington
Sean Astin
Bob Newby
Matt Duffer
Executive Producer
Ross Duffer
Executive Producer
Shawn Levy
Executive Producer
Dan Cohen
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 3

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (46)

Even while some things go a bit too predictably, the last two episodes tie everything and everyone together in spectacular, emotional fashion.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

Season 3 balances good-natured laughs with charming nostalgia through likable characters doing battle against looming horrors. Yet it feels like it's propping up its past to justify its present.

Jun 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a fun ride that will keep you going through to the end credits and beyond.

Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The amount of pop culture references are enough to be enchanted by Stranger Things. They go all in for season 3. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 20, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As Stranger Things has come into its own and permeated the pop culture zeitgeist, the show has now started paying homage to itself in service of its devoted fan base.

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

I love this cast so much that it feels like going on an adventure with friends while watching.

Jun 19, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's my favorite season of the series so far.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

With risk comes reward, and in the end, the show feels all the more fresh because of it.

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 3

  • Jun 10, 2021
    Season 3 has its issues, particularly the first few episodes with too much focus on comedy and romance and that problem does appear a bit in later episodes. Plus, after episode 4, Will is given nothing to do and Hopper is a bit too agressive in my eyes but honestly, other than that, this is amazing third season. The visuals are just as good as ever, the acting is still remarkable, the soundtrack is fantastic, I like Mike and El's relationship, El and Max's friendship, the subplot with Robin, Steve, Dustin and Erica is just so suspenseful with excellent character dynamics and it's a much mote brutal and gory season with higher stakes that kept me invested and that season finale is the best episode in the show.
  • Jun 09, 2021
    Another amazing season in the show, probably not the best but in my opinion the most enjoyable one, with tons of humor and stories taking time before eventually coming together in a few incredible last episodes. Absolute must-see.
  • May 30, 2021
    The third season introduces us to new and interesting characters. There was also more action and it went faster the the previous seasons. Overall, still a good show and I highly recommend it.
  • May 23, 2021
    Best season so far, especially action-wise. That's really saying something because season 1 is ICONIC.
  • May 13, 2021
    The third season ups the ante with a Russian threat and a more complex narrative with parallel subplots plus some good new members of the ensemble (Robin and Erica);as before, highly entertaining.
  • May 11, 2021
    Season three has its flaws. However, it is still amazing television and is showing that Stranger Things is nothing but consistent. The flaws really stem from the introduction of a romantic plot line between two lead characters. The execution did feel a little forced. However, the bond between Steve, Dustin, and Robin was done so well. I enjoyed every moment those three were on the screen. The addition of the Soviet union and tying up Billy's storyline just added more fun and weight to everything.
  • May 05, 2021
    too many characters, very little jeopardy, too much dialogue, unbelievable enemy. Winona's performance in season 1 was spellbinding and obviously what carried the show. Bring her back in her glorious fullness.
  • Apr 28, 2021
    Stranger things returns in fine-form. Combined with sub-genres to create a masterpiece, a true feat of streaming-television. The duffer brothers definitely know what they are doing, and Millie Bobby Brown continues to shine as Eleven, along with new additions that are being noticed namely Dacre Montgomery who gives a haunting, jarring, spectacular performance as Billy. Also the friendships if anything become more powerful. Also full of nostalgia-fueled 80's references.
  • Apr 21, 2021
    A great continuation of the story, but it only gets 3 stars because of the bonehead decisions made by nearly every major character. Even the police chief, who should know better than holding a gun super close to someone's head, gets overpowered, etc. same crappy script that so many Hollywood writers seem to be in love with.
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Although not quite as good as the previous two seasons, that doesn't change the fact that it's amazing.

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