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.

The Latest on Stranger Things

  1. casting
    Stranger Things Season 4 Adds 8 New Cast Members Welcome to Hawkins.
  2. vulture lists
    10 Kids Shows That Are Actually Great StoryBots, Phineas and Ferb, Shaun the Sheep, Peep and the Big Wide World, and more
  3. snl
    Lorne Michaels Needs to Hire the Pug From SNL’s Dog Court “Is a dog pushing its political beliefs onto your dog?”
  4. snl
    Pete Davidson Returns to SNL After His Trip to the Upside Down He also drops by “Weekend Update.”
  5. 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.
  6. hair
    Stranger Things’ Joe Keery Got Bangs Everyone, shut up and look at Joe Keery’s bangs.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. fashion du jour
    How Stranger Things 3 Gave Eleven a Cool Makeover This Season “How do you dress the girl who’s been secluded in a cabin for a year?”
  11. rats!
    How Stranger Things 3 Pulled Off Those Disgusting Exploding Rats The gooey rodent blobs are the result of a process that began with The Thing and ended with a creature that’s “awesome and awful at the same time.”
  12. fashion du jour
    How Stranger Things Picked the Perfect Floral Shirt for Hopper Call it a Magnum, P.I. moment.
  13. close reads
    Stranger Things 3 Offers an Unexpected Requiem for the American Shopping Mall In an age when shopping centers have come to represent a dead end, the vibrantly alive Starcourt mines a particularly potent vein of nostalgia.
  14. tv
    Noah Schnapp Doesn’t Think His Stranger Things Character Is Gay “He still wants to be a kid and play in the basement like he did in old times.”
  15. ratings
    Netflix Is Boasting About Huge Numbers for Stranger Things Season 3 But how much credit can we give to Maya Hawke?
  16. spoilers
    10 Lingering Stranger Things 3 Questions We Need Answered The Netflix smash left just enough plot threads dangling to keep us speculating about the inevitable fourth season.
  17. chat room
    Stranger Things 3’s Priah Ferguson on Erica’s Expanded Role and Salty Language “I was like, Oh wow, I get to cuss?
  18. stranger things
    What Will the Stranger Things Kids Write About in Their College Essays? Their scariest challenge yet.
  19. chat room
    Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink Was So Ready For Max and El to Be an ‘Iconic Duo’ “Too many TV shows want to put girls against each other and have a lot of jealousy between them. I’m so glad the Duffers did the opposite.”
  20. stranger things 3
    What Are the Strangest Things in Stranger Things 3? Feeling anesthetized to all the strangeness post-binge? Here’s a handy guide to season 3’s strangest moments, rated on a scale of 0 to 5 melted rats.