The BEST episodes of Stranger Things

Every episode of Stranger Things ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Stranger Things!

In 1980s Indiana, a group of young friends witness supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.

Last Updated: 9/24/2023Network: NetflixStatus: Continuing
Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
4028 votes

#1 - Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/27/2022

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
8484 votes

#2 - Chapter Nine: The Gate

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/27/2017

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

Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt
5518 votes

#3 - Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/4/2019

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.

Watch Now:Apple TV
Chapter Nine: The Piggyback
4003 votes

#4 - Chapter Nine: The Piggyback

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/1/2022

With selfless hearts and a clash of metal, heroes fight from every corner of the battlefield to save Hawkins — and the world itself.

Chapter Four: Dear Billy
4018 votes

#5 - Chapter Four: Dear Billy

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/27/2022

Max is in grave danger... and running out of time. A patient at Pennhurst asylum has visitors. Elsewhere, in Russia, Hopper is hard at work.

Directors: Shawn Levy
Writer: Paul Dichter
Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
12831 votes

#6 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer
8560 votes

#7 - Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/27/2017

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
12526 votes

#8 - Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Writer: Justin Doble
Chapter Six: The Spy
8439 votes

#9 - Chapter Six: The Spy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/2017

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.

Directors: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Kate Trefey
Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Seven: The Bite
5133 votes

#10 - Chapter Seven: The Bite

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/4/2019

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 Four: The Body
13228 votes

#11 - Chapter Four: The Body

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Directors: Shawn Levy
Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Four: The Sauna Test
5331 votes

#12 - Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/4/2019

A code red brings the gang back together to face a frighteningly familiar evil. Karen urges Nancy to keep digging, and Robin finds a useful map.

Directors: Shawn Levy
Writer: Kate Trefey
Chapter Six: The Monster
12819 votes

#13 - Chapter Six: The Monster

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Eight: Papa
3740 votes

#14 - Chapter Eight: Papa

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/1/2022

Nancy has sobering visions, and El passes an important test. Back in Hawkins, the gang gathers supplies and prepares for battle.

Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Five: Dig Dug
8525 votes

#15 - Chapter Five: Dig Dug

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/27/2017

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.

Directors: Andrew Stanton
Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum
5112 votes

#16 - Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/4/2019

Dr. Alexei reveals what the Russians have been building, and Eleven sees where Billy has been. Dustin and Erica stage a daring rescue.

Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writer: Curtis Gwinn
Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat
12970 votes

#17 - Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Watch Now:Apple TV
Chapter Five: The Flayed
5233 votes

#18 - Chapter Five: The Flayed

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/4/2019

Strange surprises lurk inside an old farmhouse and deep beneath the Starcourt Mall. Meanwhile, the Mind Flayer is gathering strength.

Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writer: Paul Dichter
Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly
13560 votes

#19 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/15/2016

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.

Directors: Shawn Levy
Chapter Three: The Pollywog
8855 votes

#20 - Chapter Three: The Pollywog

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/27/2017

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

Directors: Shawn Levy
Writer: Justin Doble
Chapter Four: Will the Wise
8616 votes

#21 - Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/27/2017

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

Directors: Shawn Levy
Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter Six: The Dive
3670 votes

#22 - Chapter Six: The Dive

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/27/2022

Behind the Iron Curtain, a risky rescue mission gets underway. The California crew seeks help from a hacker. Steve takes one for the team.

Directors: Nimród Antal
Writer: Curtis Gwinn
Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero
3742 votes

#23 - Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/27/2022

Murray and Joyce fly to Alaska, and El faces serious consequences. Robin and Nancy dig up dirt on Hawkins' demons. Dr. Owens delivers sobering news.

Directors: Shawn Levy
Watch Now:Amazon
Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
16140 votes

#24 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/15/2016

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 Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
5247 votes

#25 - Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/4/2019

With El and Max looking for Billy, Will declares a day without girls. Steve and Dustin go on a stakeout, and Joyce and Hopper return to Hawkins Lab.

Directors: Shawn Levy

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