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Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Exciting, heartbreaking, and sometimes scary, Stranger Things acts as an addictive homage to Spielberg films and vintage 1980s television.


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A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.


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
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Martin Brenner
Natalia Dyer
as Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton
as Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono
as Karen Wheeler
Peyton Wich
as Troy Harrington
Joe Keery
as Steve Harrington
Robert Englund
as Victor Creel
Jamie Campbell
as Peter Ballard
Sherman Augustus
as Lt. Colonel Sullivan
Mason Dye
as Jason Carver
Joseph Quinn
as Eddie Munson
Shannon Purser
as Barbara Holland
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

All Critics (91)

In the spirit of longform TV mysteries such as Lost and Under the Dome comes a playfully spooky, Stephen Kingesque headscratcher designed to hook you five minutes in.

February 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Yes, this show lives in the past, but it isn't stuck there. Where, say, Fuller House or The X-Files ask if you remember your old life, Stranger Things reminds you of what it's like to be alive right now.

July 27, 2016 | Full Review…

In the hands of its directors, the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is at turns touching (when it explores teenage love and friendship) and harrowing (when it follows the creature that turns out to be terrorizing the town).

July 26, 2016 | Full Review…

The films "Stranger Things" honors transcended their genres. This seems happy to propitiate them.

August 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Stranger Things is nothing if not a surprising, sometimes scary, moving and successful homage to the era of Spielberg's 'ET' and the 1980s themselves.

July 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Stranger Things, buoyed by its considerable kid power and bolstered by Ryder's strong work, tells a complete and pretty satisfying story despite a few plot pot holes.

July 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1


One of the best new shows in 2016, Stranger Things started off slowly but quickly hooked me into its intriguing story line. Though the acting and writing were the best it still managed to be surprisingly entertaining.


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This show is simply great. Easily the biggest and best Netflix TV Show ever made "Stranger Things" is so brilliant, bold, and well strange that it has and will continue to make waves in pop culture. I especially like how this TV Series is almost like a crime piece with all of its different angles and parts to it to develop a well thought out story. Very well done deserves its RT if not a little higher.


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An amazing early 80s throwback, the screenplay and actors do an amazing job of conveying a sense of the time with references and feel in the show. I usually don't expect much from kid actors but all of the child actors here were amazing. Story hooks you pretty quick and after just 8 quick episodes, you definitely want more. I'd recommend this to anyone that has liked any or all of these: ET, The X-Files, Super 8, etc...


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