Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019)


Season 3
Stranger Things

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Stranger Things transforms itself into a riveting -- if familiar -- summer ride that basks in its neon-laden nostalgia without losing sight of the rich relationships that make the series so endearing.



Critic Ratings: 122


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Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019
Air date: Jul 4, 2019

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It's 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School's out, there's a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group's dynamic, and they'll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town's threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they'll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.


Winona Ryder
as Joyce Byers
David Harbour
as Chief Hopper
Finn Wolfhard
as Mike Wheeler
Gaten Matarazzo
as Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin
as Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp
as Will Byers
Natalia Dyer
as Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton
as Jonathan Byers
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Martin Brenner
Cara Buono
as Karen Wheeler
Joe Keery
as Steve Harrington
Peyton Wich
as Troy Harrington
Dacre Montgomery
as Billy Hargrove
Cary Elwes
as Mayor Kline
Abby Glover
as New Cute Girl
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Things Season 3

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (32)

What these ideas come down to, in the show's thrillingly propulsive and self-consciously familiar conclusion, is the nature of a country that fully believes it's the greatest in the world while also being well aware of its own capacity for destruction.

Jul 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme.

Jul 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's also worth noting that there's a new scene stealer in Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas' sister Erica, whose bratty attitude translates into hilarious disposition for the entire group.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The rhythm of "Stranger Things" has never been tighter, but it helps that the cast feels elevated as well

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 3 balances good-natured laughs with charming nostalgia through likable characters doing battle against looming horrors. Yet it feels like it's propping up its past to justify its present.

Jun 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Season three of Stranger Things has stayed true to its sci-fi origins in the best way that it could - banking on its viewers' empathy with experiences of young love, friendship, and loss.

Jul 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It might not do anything particularly fresh for the series, but the third season of Stranger Things will entertain you, make you smile, break your heart, and leave you looking forward to the next instalment.

Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is Stranger Things' most enjoyable season yet. The fact of the matter is that Matt and Ross Duffer keep using this same formula because it works, and because they know how to wield it to ensure maximum entertainment.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

I was kind of ready for it to wrap up, even though it was a shortened season. I wasn't fully invested all the way through...but the tone is much lighter, and they ramped up the comedy in season three while keeping those heavy moments.

Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Stranger Things still goes down very easily and it's a lot of fun just to play around in this universe.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A glorious rollercoaster of a story with sharp, well-written characters that takes itself seriously enough to let you fully invest in their journey but has no problem with poking fun at itself either.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

[...] while Stranger Things is meant to be a simmering stew of 80s nostalgia, one of the show's weakest points is the fact that it never transcends its many references.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 3

  • 3d ago
    Really redundant and frustrating, just wanted to get to the good part but it never came. I loved the first two seasons so much that I'm still eagerly awaiting season 4, but I seriously hope they've got something better in the works.
  • 5d ago
    Best series taking it very well from season 1 to 3 Must watch 👍
  • 6d ago
    An absolute step up from season 2. This show has grown with the kids, who are now teens, and still maintains its quality.
  • Dec 02, 2019
    I held off on this NetFlix gem wrongfully assuming it was a "kid's show". So well written and stellar performances by such a diverse cast. Eagerly awaiting the next season.
  • Dec 01, 2019
    Good but not great like season one or two. There is some great moments, but things are just not as smooth and this season really shows that maybe they lucked out on season one in the nostalgia and Epicness of every moment. Some moments were very clunky. I would say the clunky his moments, which happens often wordage long drawn out fight scenes between hopper and wills mom. They just didn't make sense and they dragged out good but not great like season one or two. There is some great moments, but things are just not as smooth and this season really shows that maybe they lucked out on season one in the nostalgia and epic Ness of every moment. Some moments were very clunky. I would say the clunkiest moments, which happened often wordage long drawn out fight team is between hopper and wills mom. They just didn't make sense and they dragged out the realistic nature and urgency of the situation into something ridiculous. Those moments made me severely questioned the believability of the story because all these mastermind plans they were hatching we're paused for indefinite stretches of time as they argued about ridiculous stuff and then you wonder, what's the point of the arguing and is this really something that can happen where they hatch this mastermind plant that can save the world yet they still have time to just randomly are you so much during an interrogation or when they have to get as fast as possible to the spa to prevent this demon thing from doing something? Later, at six explained at sexual attention but rather than it being a joke, it was just kind of strange and didnt work. I think most of the blame goes to the writers rather than the actors since the actors could only act emotionally. Don't give me wrong, there are a lot of great moments of emotion and nostalgia and humor and believability and connection that make the season great. There are new characters that are introduced and they do a fantastic job bringing out their background, talking your heartstrings, developing their character, bringing them into the rest of the Hawkins gang, and so forth, they're great at that. They do a fantastic job of suddenly injecting modern values and emotions into a TV series set in the 70s era even when that wouldnt actually happen. Specifically, feminist equality values and LGBTQ values are sadly injected in, and these moments are heartwarming Lee surprising and great. They fit naturally into the story too. But once again, the parts where the season cracks almost to the point of falling apart but not, all are around believability and plot movement and flow. Now, some of these ridiculous moments most of the audience can look over and give a pass to if it is funny or beautiful, which does happen a couple times and they do that well. But other moments drag on, not just the hopper fighting scenes. For one, the giant lumbering monster is ridiculous. It's size, although probably determined to scare the audience, is often a hindrance more than a help. I can't get into small pieces and I can't move that quickly. Those moments of fear that I think the season was trying to employ, sometimes just ends up turning into a bit of ridiculousness as you think in the back of the head that's the probably going to be OK because the slumbering joint thing isn't as agile as he small kids that can hide around and run quickly. They try to make up with this by allowing this giant monster to have my control over some humans and these tentacle like things that they can manipulate with versatility. It still doesn't solve the issue completely and I think they could've done a better job by just employing demo Gorgon dogs or Shapeshifter small creatures as more minions. Or at least make the mind control humans less zombie like in more agile all the time. This season is definitely more gross and dark. Think black mirror. There seems that may make you want to throw up in discussed because of creepy supernatural stuff you're going to see. I can't say I like that element but I think some others will like that aspect. Overall, I like this season. The acting was good. The plot overall was pretty good and I loved how they told a story through various different groups they were all slowly figuring the whole thing out. I just think with a little more time and space to think it out and iron out the small wrinkles, it would've been epic rather than just good or great, which a lot of people are rating it as. There are certain plot wrinkles that just stalled the plot. When you're at a point of urgency, you don't do stupid stuff. When you're facing a evil organization with potentially thousands or hundreds of members, you don't just dilly dally along and escape then break back in against hundreds of people rescue the prisoners, and escape again, especially as kids. If they would've just made a few tweaks, they would've made it things much more believable. So in some fire alarm or other feature to believably distract or disarm the hundreds of soldiers that they are facing. Instead, what they did was made a bunch of these soldiers inexplicably disappear a runaway at moments when the kids charge in. In the moment where all the different Pochins parties all meet each other and explain what's going on could've been smoother. Hopper could've been in more all at the situation and how well the kids have done. Or someone else from another party. And then the whole master plan was decent but I feel like they could've done more. It was good but I feel like that moment was rushed a bit. There couldve been more awe or explanation before they jumped in. overall, the bad guy was lackikg but this season read up for that with white Stranger Things always does the best out with years, character development, expanding upon relationships with new and old characters, tugging at your emotions, whether that is fear, mystery, or love. They've had it discussed this season and I'm not about that. Stick to the emotions you're good at. And they do a good job of building up slowly until you had a climax at the very end. Theyre good at changing the story showing how people grow up, showing some of the realities of the real world rather than just constantly saying that people grow up and live happily ever after. There will be moments that make you cry, and you can't tell that some of the actors are faking it, especially El. The actress who plays Joyce and hopper I think I the week is the season, but I don't think it comes down to the acting abilities as much as the script. There's just some inexplicable moments, like when you're so in a rush to defeat this giant organization, why do you wait until the count of three to do something? And obviously, like every final movie battle, something happens before they can count to three. And there are other moments of fighting between the kids that just turn into a strange, weird hassle more than amusement. Sometimes, I wonder if they're used as just moments of breather for the audience to relax a bit, but since it's not Humira, just a random bickering, I feel like they aren't really useful as much as intended. Theyre more annoying that a dramatic plot device to refocus attention. This season uses more nostalgic a branch than ever before and I love it. The large amount of them does bring you attention more than before to how each of them are strategically placed for you to notice but also in a subtle way. You can definitely tell in this season that they intentionally chose a bunch of brands that are still relevant today. If I had to choose one part of the story and acting that took home gold, it was definitely the scoops ahoy game. That part of the story was more less flawless, ridiculous yet believable, endearing, surprising, and well executed for the most part. There were some moments when they infiltrated this organization that were a stretch, I'm thinking of the re-rescue of the prisoners come , but the acting, emotions, and events were fun, exciting, kept me wanting to know what happened next, and believable. Overall, solid season, could've been better. But not bad. There are definitely elements that keep Stranger Things to the high-quality that is. But they were definitely more cracks than usual. Parts where you're just left scratching your head wondering if that was necessary. Cut out the bickering. In season four, I really hope they put serious thought into the next villain or monster because they have to world build further and yet another stupid lumbering monster will not cut it. Will need a more complex bad guy. Season two took it in the right direction but season three just kind of stalled it a bit. But I think you'll love it, you'll keep wanting to play the next episode, and you'll experience a lot of classic Stranger Things emotions, including love, sadness, nostalgia, sympathy, and laughter.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Having loved the first two seasons, I was thrilled with the first few episodes of season 3. Alas, by midway through, the show turns into a parody of the previous seasons. While seasons 1 and 2 were the best of 80's movies, season 3 is all the worst aspects of 80's films.
  • Nov 23, 2019
    Another great season of Stranger Things! Firstly, I'm very glad that they hired real Russian actors to play the Russian parts (except for the hitman). Even though the show is targeted at both younger and older audiences, it had a Game of Thrones feel to it. The writers & directors were not afraid to killing of primary characters in an effort to have a "happy ending" where everyone wins. This season invoked legitimate feer through me at times, and had a fine balance of fantasy realism with the quirks of having 10-year-olds infiltrate a Russian military base. My favorite season is definitely Dustin's and Suzie's NeverEnding story scene. The car with everyone in it is being chased by the Mind Flayer, Dustin is handling all the communication at the top of a hill, Hopper is at the center of a Russian military base, Murray is racing for time, and they start singing a song! The balance of fun, scary, realistic, fantasy and entertaining comic relief is done extremely well!
  • Nov 21, 2019
    Not as emotionally satisfying as the first two seasons, but still a barrel of fun.
  • Nov 20, 2019
    Season three continues to use nostalgia to dilute a promising premise and ultimately suggests that the show began at its zenith as we all enjoy the ride to the bottom.
  • Nov 18, 2019
    Warning: SPOILER AHEAD The third series was a huge let down. The first one was excellent, the second one managed to recapture most of its magic, but here, the whole story would barely fill two episodes if it wasn't for all the unnecessary stretches and fillers. What's worse, the plot feels like it was written by a bunch of monkeys rattling away on typewriters. Just think about it for a minute: * The Soviets have been building a huge underground base in a sleepy town somewhere in the US. Then they use it to run machinery that draws energy from the entire town's power grid, yet for two long years, NOBODY HAS NOTICED ANYTHING. WTF? * There is a monster from an alternate dimension on the loose devouring people. At the same time, the KGB's best and most ruthless agents are taking over the town. Of course the local authorities are clueless incompetents (of course...) but don't worry, there is a bunch of teenagers who are going to save the day. Yeah, right. * Speaking of saving the day, in the climax, people are being killed every second but Mrs Smartypants won't help her boyfriend put an end to it until he wastes several precious minutes to sing her a song, Seriously, what IQ do they think the viewers have?

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