• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2016
Season #: 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 23, 2017
    100
    There really is a kind of sophisticated genius behind Stranger Things, and while others may try to imitate what the Duffers are doing, it’s harder than it may seem. If anything, the pair have moved the game forward in the second season by making the show scarier without losing the wise innocence of ’80s films as embodied by a bunch of kids, riding around Indiana on bikes in the middle of a real adventure.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Webb Mitovich
    Oct 23, 2017
    91
    The goings-on in Hawkins snowball during the second half of the season to deliver a rather breathless series of nailbiters.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 26, 2017
    83
    The sequel to Netflix’s surprise hit seems as satisfying as its premiere season.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Dec 15, 2017
    80
    As with last year’s introductory season, a Spielbergian sense of wonder and a John Hughes-like knack for underage anthropology invigorate the show’s approach to scary science-fiction.
  5. 80
    All in all, Stranger Things season 2 is ultimately more of the same, but still a very worthy sequel, which is good news for those of us (like me) who only hoped for the Duffer Brothers to manage to carry through the success of the original run with an affecting, and believable, continuation of the story.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 27, 2017
    80
    Entertaining and warm in appropriate 1980s fashion, “Stranger Things 2,” now streaming, fills its nine episodes better than season one filled its eight episodes.
  7. Reviewed by: Emily VanDerWerff
    Oct 27, 2017
    80
    Stranger Things hasn’t yet fallen into the Home Alone 2 trap. But it’s telling that the most exciting moments of season two are the ones when the characters evolve and change, and when the world around them does too.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    The characters are deftly drawn, and irresistible.
  9. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    Stranger Things 2 is a blast. [30 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017, p.12]
  10. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    The first five new episodes are better than most of the first season; they’re more emotionally developed and resonant.
  11. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    Stranger Things 2 occasionally struggles with balancing its time between new and old characters, and the first three episodes have to labor through a degree of catch-up that slows down the pace. Once the series picks up momentum, though, it’s a thrilling ride.
  12. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    These new chapters gives us just enough of what we want, satisfyingly earning our continued endearment with all the title represents. It’s not perfect, but it is a good sequel and well worth the anticipation that preceded its release.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    The new season of Stranger Things isn’t as good as the first. The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers notwithstanding, sequels hardly ever are. Though, as with so many sequels, what happened before happens again only more so, it is somehow more than the sum of its disparate parts.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    It affirms all the reasons you liked the first Stranger Things, and deepens your knowledge and affection for its storytelling and characters.
  15. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Oct 26, 2017
    80
    Season 2’s first three episodes top the suspense, weirdness and fun of last year thanks to sharper writing, more dynamic storytelling, a honed sense of humor (some of it self-referential) and a young cast that has developed its acting skills alongside their adult teeth.
  16. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    Stranger Things 2 is marginally better and more satisfying than the original.
  17. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    Though it takes two or three episodes for the various story lines to fully kick into gear, Stranger Things 2 is a suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying follow-up that goes to emotionally deeper places than its predecessor did.
  18. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Even when scenes border on getting mushy, as in the final moments of Stranger Things 2, the sentiment feels earned, not plastered on. Scary, witty and sweet, Stranger Things 2 just might give sequels a good name.
  19. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Stranger Things 2 is quite good and, if your expectations are in check, largely satisfying. The Duffer Brothers fall into very few traps of self-importance or self-awareness and they deliver a second season with an expanded assortment of '80s influences, an expanded cast of instantly embraceable characters and some expanded Stranger Things mythology without the bloat that inevitably dooms sequels.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 23, 2017
    80
    The narrative’s not quite as propulsive early enough as a result, but the character work largely compensates for it. And even the various slow burns converge into a huge, thrilling flame for the season’s climactic hours.
  21. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Until Stranger Things 2 really gets going--and that takes a while--it trails an air of self-consciousness that veers into strained fan service at times. The good news is, the show’s core cast remains an extremely versatile and effective ensemble, and once the story kicks into a higher gear about halfway through the nine-episode season, a lot of the old magic returns.
  22. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Oct 23, 2017
    80
    Like that first season, not everything works perfectly, but its cumulative effect is one that is again joyous, emotional, satisfyingly spooky, and most of all, makes us care deeply about the fates of these outsiders who band together as heroes.
  23. Reviewed by: Nathan Frontiero
    Nov 6, 2017
    75
    Stranger Things 2 ultimately feels less like a cash in on the success of the first season and more like its narrative complement, allowing the creators to fully explore the ramifications of the world they created.
  24. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 25, 2017
    75
    Bigger, bolder, in some ways better--and some ways not--2 avoids a sophomore slump by sticking with what worked so well.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 23, 2017
    75
    And, man does Stranger Things 2 stick the landing. The season finale is just excellent, finding surprising grace notes for some of its most beloved characters.
  26. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Oct 23, 2017
    75
    Stranger Things isn't so tired that the repetitiveness overpowers other strong elements. Season 2 is still a mostly satisfying binge-watch that makes good use of a talented multi-generational cast and an intriguing mythology.
  27. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 23, 2017
    75
    Though repetitive in places and absolutely bursting with plot, the reference-heavy, nostalgia-driven “2” still succeeds at bringing families together for nothing but a good time.
  28. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Oct 23, 2017
    75
    Nine more episodes of a surprise phenomenon that might be uneven, but still has plenty of power up its sleeve.
  29. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 23, 2017
    75
    The pace is brisk, the gang’s all (eventually) here and there’s a lot coming down the pike--so settle in for the ride.
  30. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 26, 2017
    70
    I’m not sure Stranger Things creatively needed a second season, and for several episodes it seems like Stranger Things 2 isn’t convinced of it either. But it’s a still a good time, it’s nicely paced at nine episodes and it blends the suspense of ’80s horror with the heart of an ’80s teen romance.
  31. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 24, 2017
    70
    The result is a second season that replicates and, indeed, enhances the show's central charms -- its group of pubescent nerds, and nostalgic sense of time and place -- while still feeling less compelling with its teenage contingent. All told, it's an impressive follow-up, if one perhaps burdened by expectations raised by the over-the-moon reaction, to couch it in the fantasy of the era, to the debut.
  32. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 23, 2017
    70
    While it might be frustrating to have sat through nearly 300 minutes of television only to realize not much has happened, the Duffer Brothers have constructed such a rich, vibrant universe and populated it with such entertaining characters--those kids really are a hoot--that it’s still fun to go along for the ride, slower though it is.
  33. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Oct 24, 2017
    50
    The cast remains full of delightful performers, but they sprawl in different directions, many of them boring.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 865 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 865
  1. Oct 28, 2017
    2
    nothing really interesting about this season. felt very forced. eleven suddenly trains like a part x man slash jedi but is barely in thenothing really interesting about this season. felt very forced. eleven suddenly trains like a part x man slash jedi but is barely in the series, her whole story is irrelevant until the end. the rest is all very straightforward. 2/10 will not watch again Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2017
    8
    "Stranger Things 2” delivers the winning combination of darkness, horror, humour, strong acting, and nostalgia expected from the series,"Stranger Things 2” delivers the winning combination of darkness, horror, humour, strong acting, and nostalgia expected from the series, although the plot occasionally meanders to familiar places. Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    6
    Starts strong but drops off about half way through. Story is too large and cumbersome, not much character development and not much pay offStarts strong but drops off about half way through. Story is too large and cumbersome, not much character development and not much pay off either. Important characters are tossed aside with weak stories that limp through the series. New characters are brought in, seem interesting but just fizzle out into a silly plot line. Overall it's a good series but they tried to tell far too much of a story in this season and ended up using a lot of cliches. Full Review »