Stranger Things

  1. Episode 8 Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
    Stranger Things Season Finale Recap: Same As It Ever Was The season ends the way it began: as a wildly comprehensive pastiche of ’80s sci-fi.
  2. Episode 7 Chapter Seven: The Bathtub
    Stranger Things Recap: The Upside Down The grand design of Stranger Things is finally taking shape.
  3. Episode 6 Chapter Six: The Monster
    Stranger Things Recap: Monster Hunting The flaw in this otherwise entertaining show? It isn’t built to last.
  4. Episode 5 Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat
  5. Episode 4 Chapter Four: The Body
    Stranger Things Recap: See the Danger It’s time for the nerds of Hawkins to go to war.
  6. Episode 3 Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly
    Stranger Things Recap: R-I-G-H-T H-E-R-E Add Close Encounters of the Third Kind to this show’s growing list of influences.
  7. Episode 2 Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street
    Stranger Things Recap: The Poltergeist We’ve never seen Winona Ryder quite like this.
  8. Episode 1 Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
    Stranger Things Series Premiere Recap: Blast From the Past Netflix’s new show mixes the suburban sci-fi of E.T. with the nerd-kid adventure of The Goonies.
  1. Episode 9 The Gate
    Stranger Things Season-Finale Recap: The Shadow Monster Eleven is back to finish what she started.
  2. Episode 7 The Lost Sister
    Stranger Things Recap: The Other Girl Why was this episode even made?
  3. Episode 7 The Mind Flayer
    Stranger Things Recap: The Mind Flayer Bob the Brain is the unlikely hero that Stranger Things needed.
  4. Episode 6 The Spy
    Stranger Things Recap: Dusty and the Hair Raise your hand if you’d watch a buddy-cop movie starring Dustin and Steve.
  5. Episode 5 Dig Dug
    Stranger Things Recap: Bob the Brain Joyce’s new boyfriend finally gets his chance to shine.
  6. Episode 4 Will the Wise
    Stranger Things Recap: Inner Demons What happened to Will in the Upside Down?
  7. Episode 3 The Pollywog
    Stranger Things Recap: The Hunt for Dart Millie Bobby Brown steals the show yet again.
  8. Episode 2 Trick or Treat, Freak
    Stranger Things Recap: Who Ya Gonna Call? The Upside Down isn’t the only danger lurking on Halloween night.
  9. Episode 1 Madmax
    Stranger Things Season Premiere Recap: The Return of Will Byers Something wicked is hiding in Hawkins, Indiana.
  1. Episode 8 The Battle of Starcourt
    Stranger Things Season Finale Recap: You Are Now Leaving Hawkins, Indiana The Hawkins gang has saved the world — with some help from Satan’s Baby — but they’ve also paid the price.
  2. Episode 7 The Bite
    Stranger Things Recap: F-L-A-Y in the U.S.A. For the Mind Flayer’s plan to work, it needs El off the board. She’s just too powerful.
  3. Episode 6 E Pluribus Unum
    Stranger Things Recap: On Some Faraway Beach Both the Russians’ and the Mind Flayer’s time spent hiding underground is coming to an end.
  4. Episode 5 The Flayed
    Stranger Things Recap: Underneath the Bunker Looks like we now have a fully operational — and fantastically gross — Mind Flayer.
  5. Episode 4 The Sauna Test
    Stranger Things Recap: Code Red! As several simultaneous investigations edge into dangerous territory, it becomes clear the Upside Down isn’t done with Hawkins.
  6. Episode 3 The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
    Stranger Things Recap: Boys vs. Girls vs. Demogorgons Understanding between the sexes has had a serious breakdown, but that’s the least of the gang’s problems right now.
  7. Episode 2 The Mall Rats
    Stranger Things Recap: Magnets, How Do They Work? Hawkins: a tough place for rodents, and an even tougher one for lifeguards.
  8. Episode 1 Suzie, Do You Copy?
    Stranger Things Season Premiere Recap: Mall Madness In Hawkins, a blackout is never just a blackout — especially one that hits just before the scary part of a classic zombie film.
  1. Episode 7 The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
    Stranger Things Midseason-Finale Recap: Escape Plans The midseason finale provides big satisfying answers while also leaving us with several questions to mull over while we wait for Volume 2.
  2. Episode 6 The Dive
    Stranger Things Recap: The Shire Is on Fire We (mostly) love Steve getting his big hero moment in the penultimate episode of Volume 1.
  3. Episode 5 The Nina Project
    Stranger Things Recap: This Old House We get a little haunted-house movie in the middle of Stranger Things!
  4. Episode 4 Dear Billy
    Stranger Things Recap: Running Up That Hill The most Stranger Things needle drop reminds that Kate Bush saves lives.
  5. Episode 3 The Monster and the Superhero
    Stranger Things Recap: Making Connections Don’t you love it when our friends start to come together?
  6. Episode 2 Vecna’s Curse
    Stranger Things Recap: Proof of Life The gang is having trouble adapting to their new homes.
  7. Episode 1 The Hellfire Club
    Stranger Things Season-Premiere Recap: Save the Cheerleader The Duffer Brothers promised a darker version of Stranger Things now that the kids are a little older and, buddies, they aren’t lying.

The Latest on Stranger Things

  1. it's a mad mad world
    Kate Bush Agrees, We’ve All Gone Mad In a rare interview, the singer reflects on her legacy and the world’s new obsession with “Running Up that Hill.”
  2. a deal with god
    Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ Gets the Stranger Things Bump All the way to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, breaking three records.
  3. chat room
    Joseph Quinn Knows His Stranger Things Wig Was the Real Star of the Season Inspired by another iconic Eddie.
  4. chat room
    Stranger Things’ Jamie Campbell Bower Wants to Be Saved by a Kate Bush Cover The actor spent seven hours in the makeup chair every day he played Vecna.
  5. will!!!!
    Even the Stranger Things Creators Forgot About Will’s Birthday They might just “George Lucas” the situation.
  6. dungeons & dragons & references
    Stranger Things 4’s Most Notable Nods to ’80s Pop Culture An episode-by-episode guide to this season’s key references, from “Running Up That Hill” to Lite-Brite.
  7. summer preview
    Stranger Things 4 Has Big Blockbuster Energy The Netflix smash was once a TV show that paid homage to films released decades ago. This season, it’s threatening to become a series of those films.
  8. refresher course
    What Stranger Things Are We Afraid of, Again? As we brace for a fourth round of chaos in Hawkins, let’s review the villains, both otherworldly and human, we’ve met along the way.
  9. summer preview
    What Summer TV Experience Are You Looking for? Return to the ’80s, fly alongside a dragon, or travel to the cosmos — your couch plans are set with summer’s new and returning series.
  10. spoiler alert!
    Duffer Brothers Have Alleged Hissy Fit Over Spoilers in Stranger Things Monopoly With everything going on at Netflix, a few Community Chest cards are the least of their worries.
  11. trailer mix
    Stranger Things 4 Trailer: ‘You’ve Broken Everything’ An abundance of menacing clocks and killer haircuts.
  12. casting
    Stranger Things Season 4 Adds 8 New Cast Members Welcome to Hawkins.
  13. vulture lists
    10 Kids Shows That Are Actually Great StoryBots, Phineas and Ferb, Shaun the Sheep, Peep and the Big Wide World, and more
  14. snl
    Lorne Michaels Needs to Hire the Pug From SNL’s Dog Court “Is a dog pushing its political beliefs onto your dog?”
  15. snl
    Pete Davidson Returns to SNL After His Trip to the Upside Down He also drops by “Weekend Update.”
  16. season renewals
    Netflix Orders Stranger Things 4, Teasing a World Beyond Hawkins The Upside Down almost certainly won’t return until 2021 at the earliest.
  17. hair
    Stranger Things’ Joe Keery Got Bangs Everyone, shut up and look at Joe Keery’s bangs.
  18. soundtracks
    The Dos and Don’ts of Needle-Drops The right song can make or break a scene, so here are some clues for picking the best music cues.
  19. ch ch ch changes
    Stranger Things 3’s Actors Fought Against Steve and Robin Becoming a Couple Maya Hawke said the show originally had a romantic endgame for the duo.
  20. close reads
    Stranger Things 3 Is Basically One Big Back to the Future Homage What the many allusions to the 1985 blockbuster tell us about this season — and what hints they might provide about the series’ future.