The BEST Episodes of Stranger Things

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Network: Netflix

Tribute to the classic supernatural mysteries of the 80s, "Stranger Things" is the story of a boy who disappears in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, without a trace in 1983. In his desperate search, both his friends and family and the local sheriff are involved in an extraordinary enigma: top-secret experiments, terrifying paranormal forces and a very, very rare girl ...

Chapter Nine: The Gate

#1 - Chapter Nine: The Gate

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.64
8,333 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

#2 - Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.62
4,526 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

#3 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.48
13,750 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Paul Dichter, Ross Duffer
Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

#4 - Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 27, 2017

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

star 8.39
8,413 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Six: The Spy

#5 - Chapter Six: The Spy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.27
8,350 votes
Directors: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Kate Trefey
Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

#6 - Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.27
13,405 votes
Writers: Justin Doble
Chapter Seven: The Bite

#7 - Chapter Seven: The Bite

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.22
4,276 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

#8 - Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.22
4,431 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Kate Trefey
Chapter Four: The Body

#9 - Chapter Four: The Body

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.21
14,178 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Six: The Monster

#10 - Chapter Six: The Monster

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.20
13,697 votes
Writers: Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Five: Dig Dug

#11 - Chapter Five: Dig Dug

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.16
8,417 votes
Directors: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

#12 - Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.13
4,256 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Curtis Gwinn
Chapter Five: The Flayed

#13 - Chapter Five: The Flayed

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 4, 2019

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

star 8.13
4,370 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Paul Dichter
Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

#14 - Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.12
13,878 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

#15 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.09
14,523 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Jessica Mecklenburg, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Three: The Pollywog

#16 - Chapter Three: The Pollywog

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.04
8,778 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Justin Doble
Chapter Four: Will the Wise

#17 - Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 2017

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

star 8.03
8,537 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard

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

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.94
4,370 votes
Directors: Shawn Levy
Writers: William Bridges
Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

#19 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.92
17,235 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

#20 - Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 27, 2017

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
9,105 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

#21 - Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 15, 2016

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 7.87
15,254 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter One: MADMAX

#22 - Chapter One: MADMAX

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2017

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 7.85
10,335 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?

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

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 4, 2019

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.

star 7.81
4,956 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

#24 - Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 4, 2019

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.

star 7.76
4,496 votes
Writers: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister

#25 - Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 27, 2017

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

star 7.57
8,308 votes
Directors: Rebecca Thomas
Writers: Justin Doble