Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
Stranger Things

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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.



Critic Ratings: 110


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


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
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 3

All Critics (110) | 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…

Stranger Things 1 & 2 offered cohesive stories that surpassed the weakness of some of the parts, whereas Stranger Things 3 had some truly outstanding parts that did not make up for the weakness of the overall story arc.

Jul 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The overall pattern of what happens and how is overly familiar, and the stinger for the season doesn't inspire much confidence for a (sure-to-be) fourth season to refresh the formula at all.

Jun 30, 2019 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

Some of the episodes seem too filled with filler but the final one makes it all worthwhile. These characters have grown on us so we will give them leeway in just being themselves for a while.

Jul 17, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

While this season left us with some plot holes, pacing issues and unnecessarily gut-wrenching blows, Stranger Things 3 continues to nail not only the essence of the '80s, but so many aspects of childhood.

Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 3

  • 44m ago
    Lazy script that was very VERY easy to anticipate. none of the stories are really engaging except for the unexplored homosexual chemistry between El and Max.
  • 2h ago
    Stranger things 3 took a dark, thrilling series and turned it into a romance comedy.
  • 2h ago
    Even after the first 2 seasons, when I heard of this I was thrilled. I anticipated this, playing the previous episodes back to back. WHen I saw this, first episode I was glued to the screen. Diving into the story and characters following Season 2 especially with an exploration on Eleven's and MIke's relationship, with a more realistic aspect this time. Erica also helped to make the season work. Steve is always a plus. The visuals, again never cease to amaze. Can't wait for the fourth season!
  • 5h ago
    After disappointing season 2, Stranger Things is back and it's totally redeemed itself! Great storytelling, pace and monster/soviet action. Perfect summer series binge and looking forward to where this story goes for season 4.
  • 5h ago
    One of my favorite shows, season 3 is INTENSE.
  • 6h ago
    Have to say I'm a bit disappointed. This show went from a love letter to Spielberg and Steven King to a bit of a cartoon-y mess. The completely over the top newsroom full of one-note guys who are obnoxious sexual harassers at all times got old quick. It also backfired because it made Nancy go from flawed, but relatable to irritating.
  • 8h ago
    In hindsight, maybe I was too generous with the second season review. It wasn't bad but it did suffer from a slow pace and rehashing plot points from the first season (namely, having to rescue Will again) with the villain being too vague to feel threatening. The third season is much better than the second season thanks to great visuals and effects, amazing performances, cool villains, a poignant ending before the mid-credits scene Marvel-style sequel hook drops in and more suspense with an increase in action sequences as well as giving everyone equal focus rather than having the story revolve entirely around Will. We finally get to see him talk to Eleven after remaining unconscious anytime they were onscreen together in the last two seasons. Plus, having the season take place in the summer makes it less monotonous than if the show still took place during schooltime. Equally nostalgic, funny and spooky, Stranger Things 3 ranks as the second-best season of Stranger Things and I hope the Duffer Brothers make the fourth, and possibly final, season an epic one.
  • 12h ago
    Season 3 is completely disconnected from Season 1 & 2. This show isn't serious anymore, it felt like a kids movie where the bad men are complete idiots that get outsmarted by kids; filled with random "humor" moments that completely ruined the whole immersion of the action going on. It didn't feel like I was watching Stranger Things. ***Spoiler Alert*** At one point the world is about to end, a big giant monster is destroying the mall and..... they just started singing like this was High School musical. Then you have that 4 years old kid that's outsmarting the enemies and acting like a total badass... what am I even watching? Then you have that big highly secured Russian base that 4 kids just walk into, no biggie. That security guard with a gun spotted them? Oh Steve will just knock him down like it's nothing. Then they get spotted and start running away? Oh no worries Steve will hold the door closed against 6 men pushing in. The whole season 3 felt like a kid show. The big bad enemies are stupid as sh*t and can't catch those smart kids... c'mon. I'm highly disappointed with season 3. I loved season 1 & 2 so much and I'm just sad to see it turn into this... it's like they tried to make season 3 super funny.... which I think breaks the whole immersion. Don't get me wrong, I love funny calls here and there. But this was simply too much.
  • 13h ago
    La peor temporada de las tres. Hoyos argumentales, subtramas completamente innecesarias y mal, muy mal planteadas, falsa (o cierta, ya no lo sé) corrección política (piénsenlo bien: quiénes son los emocionales y los racionales; quiénes tienen las mejores ideas y los mejores planes; y esa revelación sobre la orientación sexual de uno de los personajes, ¿por qué se da en un baño?), no hay continuación en el desarrollo de los arcos de los personajes sólo tropos y estereotipos, diálogos tontos intentando ser chistosos (la discusión sobre la nueva Coca -un tema de debate de los ochenta- es el ejemplo más triste y más claro; y no me hagan hablar de ese Terminaron caricaturizado); y ni hablar del patrioterismo barato disfrazado de denuncia (ahora con eso de los chismes sobre Estados Unidos y Rusia). Todo el peso del lenguaje visual recae en las provocaciones que puedan provocar las imágenes grotescas (asquerosas) y escatológicas; la provocación barata. Todo lo bueno de esta tercera temporada recae en los últimos dos capítulos (si se omite todo lo que apunté anteriormente) y en la creación de personajes empáticos cuya única función es morir para generar lástima en el espectador. Todo lo bueno de la primer temporada, aquí se les olvidó cómo hacerlo. Ojalá no haya una cuarta parte (aunque apunta a que sí) ya que cada temporada es peor a su antecesora. P. D. Hopper y Joyce, de lo más irritante.
  • 14h ago
    Very impressed with the 3rd season had all the right things great story, cool fights, awesome monster, and some real character developement all around.... on top of brealing my heart in the last episode.

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