The BEST episodes directed by Matt Duffer

Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
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8.83
2005 votes

#1 - Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

Stranger Things - Season 4 - Episode 7

As Hopper braces to battle a monster, Dustin dissects Vecna's motives — and decodes a message from beyond. El finds strength in a distant memory.

Chapter Nine: The Gate
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8.64
8728 votes

#2 - Chapter Nine: The Gate

Stranger Things - Season 2 - Episode 9

Eleven makes plans to finish what she started while the survivors turn up the heat on the monstrous force that's holding Will hostage.

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Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt
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8.62
5056 votes

#3 - Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Episode 8

Terror reigns in the food court when the Mind Flayer comes to collect. But down below, in the dark, the future of the world is at stake.

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
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8.49
14154 votes

#4 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 8

Dr. Brenner holds Hopper and Joyce for questioning while the boys wait with Eleven in the gym. Back at Will's, Nancy and Jonathan prepare for battle.

Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer
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8.40
8802 votes

#5 - Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

Stranger Things - Season 2 - Episode 8

An unlikely hero steps forward when a deadly development puts the Hawkins Lab on lockdown, trapping Will and several others inside.

Chapter Seven: The Bathtub
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8.27
13824 votes

#6 - Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 7

Eleven struggles to reach Will, while Lucas warns that "the bad men are coming." Nancy and Jonathan show the police what Jonathan caught on camera.

Chapter Seven: The Bite
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8.24
4739 votes

#7 - Chapter Seven: The Bite

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Episode 7

With time running out -- and an assassin close behind -- Hopper's crew races back to Hawkins, where El and the kids are preparing for war.

Chapter Six: The Monster
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8.20
14129 votes

#8 - Chapter Six: The Monster

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 6

A frantic Jonathan looks for Nancy in the darkness, but Steve's looking for her, too. Hopper and Joyce uncover the truth about the lab's experiments.

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Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat
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8.12
14325 votes

#9 - Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 5

Hopper breaks into the lab while Nancy and Jonathan confront the force that took Will. The boys ask Mr. Clarke how to travel to another dimension.

Chapter Two: Vecna's Curse
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7.97
2216 votes

#10 - Chapter Two: Vecna's Curse

Stranger Things - Season 4 - Episode 2

A plane brings Mike to California — and a dead body brings Hawkins to a halt. Nancy goes looking for leads. A shaken Eddie tells the gang what he saw.

Chapter One: The Hellfire Club
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7.96
2603 votes

#11 - Chapter One: The Hellfire Club

Stranger Things - Season 4 - Episode 1

El is bullied at school. Joyce opens a mysterious package. A scrappy player shakes up D&D night.

Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
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7.92
17860 votes

#12 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 1

On his way home from a friend's house, young Will sees something terrifying. Nearby, a sinister secret lurks in the depths of a government lab.

Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak
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7.91
9527 votes

#13 - Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

Stranger Things - Season 2 - Episode 2

After Will sees something terrible on trick-or-treat night, Mike wonders whether Eleven's still out there. Nancy wrestles with the truth about Barb.

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street
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7.87
15774 votes

#14 - Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

Stranger Things - Season 1 - Episode 2

Lucas, Mike and Dustin try to talk to the girl they found in the woods. Hopper questions an anxious Joyce about an unsettling phone call.

Chapter One: MADMAX
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7.85
10782 votes

#15 - Chapter One: MADMAX

Stranger Things - Season 2 - Episode 1

As the town preps for Halloween, a high-scoring rival shakes things up at the arcade, and a skeptical Hopper inspects a field of rotting pumpkins.

Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?
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7.80
5474 votes

#16 - Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Episode 1

Summer brings new jobs and budding romance. But the mood shifts when Dustin's radio picks up a Russian broadcast, and Will senses something is wrong.

Chapter Two: The Mall Rats
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7.76
4976 votes

#17 - Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

Stranger Things - Season 3 - Episode 2

Nancy and Jonathan follow a lead, Steve and Robin sign on to a secret mission, and Max and Eleven go shopping. A rattled Billy has troubling visions.