The BEST episodes written by Ross Duffer

Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
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8.69
3795 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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8.62
8358 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.

Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt
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8.60
5367 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.

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Chapter Nine: The Piggyback
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8.53
3743 votes

#4 - Chapter Nine: The Piggyback

Stranger Things - Season 4 - Episode 9

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

Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
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8.48
12703 votes

#5 - 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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8.39
8430 votes

#6 - 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 Bite
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8.22
5011 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 Four: The Body
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8.21
13102 votes

#8 - Chapter Four: The Body

Stranger Things - 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.

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Chapter Six: The Monster
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8.19
12702 votes

#9 - 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 Eight: Papa
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8.16
3522 votes

#10 - Chapter Eight: Papa

Stranger Things - Season 4 - Episode 8

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

Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat
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8.12
12854 votes

#11 - 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.

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Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly
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8.09
13429 votes

#12 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

Stranger Things - 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.

Chapter Four: Will the Wise
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8.02
8508 votes

#13 - Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Stranger Things - 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.

The Truth
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7.94
2942 votes

#14 - The Truth

Wayward Pines - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ethan goes through the forest and manages to cross the fence line where he discovers some truths about Wayward.

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Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
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7.92
15968 votes

#15 - 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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7.90
9042 votes

#16 - 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: Vecna's Curse
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7.88
3630 votes

#17 - 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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7.88
4053 votes

#18 - 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.

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Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street
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7.87
14126 votes

#19 - 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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7.83
10138 votes

#20 - 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.

A Reckoning
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7.83
2713 votes

#21 - A Reckoning

Wayward Pines - Season 1 - Episode 9

Ethan's reactions to the incident among the insurgents result in a polarized response in the city. Pilcher decides to take care of the matter, endangering the city and all its inhabitants.

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Cycle
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7.80
2827 votes

#22 - Cycle

Wayward Pines - Season 1 - Episode 10

Pam confronts Pilcher, while Megan changes her mind and helps Ethan lead the townspeople to safety and the truth.

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Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?
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7.79
5762 votes

#23 - 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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7.75
5256 votes

#24 - 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.

Choices
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7.75
2789 votes

#25 - Choices

Wayward Pines - Season 1 - Episode 6

Ethan is taken to a secret structure in the city, where he discovers the rest of the truth about Wayward Pines. Meanwhile, Teresa does research on her own.

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