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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.


Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016
Air date: Jul 15, 2016

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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.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Network: Netflix
Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2016
Creators: ,
Executive Producers: , , , ,


Winona Ryder
as Joyce Byers
David Harbour
as Chief Hopper
Finn Wolfhard
as Mike Wheeler
Gaten Matarazzo
as Dustin Henderson
Cara Buono
as Karen Wheeler
Caleb McLaughlin
as Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer
as Nancy Wheeler
Noah Schnapp
as Will Byers
Charlie Heaton
as Jonathan Byers
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Martin Brenner
Peyton Wich
as Troy Harrington
Joe Keery
as Steve Harrington
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (23)

I believe all the hype. Everything that every person said...yes, this show is AWESOME.

February 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Black Nerd Comedy

Stranger Things is exactly what it intended to be, maybe more. It's a legitimate, validated story with quality film-making.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Stranger Things succeeds because it's not just getting by on pop-culture references, it's also working to subvert them in smart ways.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Where this approach falls down is when these references are no longer used as entertaining background details, but instead are swiped wholesale.

November 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

Stranger Things perfectly captures the moment between childhood and adolescence, when new friends and interests-and interest in new friends-can either make or break lifelong friendships.

October 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Lainey Gossip

Stranger Things is weird, it's hyper-referential, and - for a touching coming-of-age story that's also a conspiracy thriller, a paranormal horror movie, and a nostalgic love letter to '80s cinema - it's really, really good.

August 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 1

On the whole, "Stranger Things" is on par with the post-season-one "Fringe" television series. It's got a good story and well-done sets, costumes and hair. Nice script and music. While the cast is hardly a tour de force, Ryder does a better than average job at portraying a desperate and frantic woman on the edge of sanity. It's a solid, entertaining series but it fails to capture the imagination with enthusiasm as one might expect from some of the over-hyped reviews.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


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.

Tyler H.
Tyler Harper

Super Reviewer


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...

Patrick Wrye
Patrick Wrye

Super Reviewer

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