The Best Episodes of Stranger Things

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Chapter Nine: The Gate

#1 - Chapter Nine: The Gate

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.

star 8.66
6,609 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

#2 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

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.

star 8.51
11,527 votes
Writers: Paul Dichter, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

#3 - Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

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.

star 8.44
6,639 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Six: The Spy

#4 - Chapter Six: The Spy

Season 2 - Episode 6

Will's connection to a shadowy evil grows stronger, but no one's quite sure how to stop it. Elsewhere, Dustin and Steve forge an unlikely bond.

star 8.29
6,677 votes
Directors: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Kate Trefey
Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

#5 - Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

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.

star 8.28
11,222 votes
Writers: Justin Doble
Chapter Four: The Body

#6 - Chapter Four: The Body

Season 1 - Episode 4

Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Nancy and Jonathan form an unlikely alliance.

star 8.20
11,899 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Six: The Monster

#7 - Chapter Six: The Monster

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.

star 8.20
11,428 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Chapter Five: Dig Dug

#8 - Chapter Five: Dig Dug

Season 2 - Episode 5

Nancy and Jonathan swap conspiracy theories with a new ally as Eleven searches for someone from her past. “Bob the Brain” tackles a difficult problem.

star 8.18
6,718 votes
Directors: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

#9 - Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

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.

star 8.10
11,612 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Four: Will the Wise

#10 - Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Season 2 - Episode 4

An ailing Will opens up to Joyce -- with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.

star 8.09
6,849 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

#11 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

Season 1 - Episode 3

An increasingly concerned Nancy looks for Barb and finds out what Jonathan's been up to. Joyce is convinced Will is trying to talk to her.

star 8.09
12,120 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Jessica Mecklenburg
Chapter Three: The Pollywog

#12 - Chapter Three: The Pollywog

Season 2 - Episode 3

Dustin adopts a strange new pet, and Eleven grows increasingly impatient. A well-meaning Bob urges Will to stand up to his fears.

star 8.07
6,982 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Justin Doble
Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

#13 - Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

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.

star 7.91
7,308 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

#14 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

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.

star 7.89
14,404 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter One: MADMAX

#15 - Chapter One: MADMAX

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.

star 7.87
8,333 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

#16 - Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

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.

star 7.86
12,710 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister

#17 - Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister

Season 2 - Episode 7

Psychic visions draw Eleven to a band of violent outcasts and an angry girl with a shadowy past.

star 7.60
6,598 votes
Directors: Rebecca Thomas
Writers: Justin Doble