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The best episodes of Stranger Things

Explore the comprehensive ranking of Stranger Things episodes, meticulously evaluated through thousands of fan votes. Uncover the top-rated moments that define the brilliance of Stranger Things!

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
9.0

#1 - Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

Season 4, Episode 7, 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 Four: Dear Billy
8.8

#2 - Chapter Four: Dear Billy

Season 4, Episode 4, 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.
Chapter Eight: Papa
8.8

#3 - Chapter Eight: Papa

Season 4, Episode 8, 7/1/2022
Nancy has sobering visions, and El passes an important test. Back in Hawkins, the gang gathers supplies and prepares for battle.
Chapter One: The Hellfire Club
8.7

#4 - Chapter One: The Hellfire Club

Season 4, Episode 1, 5/27/2022
El is bullied at school. Joyce opens a mysterious package. A scrappy player shakes up D&D night.
Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly
8.6

#5 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly

Season 1, Episode 3, 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.
Chapter Nine: The Piggyback
8.6

#6 - Chapter Nine: The Piggyback

Season 4, Episode 9, 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 Eight: The Upside Down
8.5

#7 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down

Season 1, Episode 8, 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.
Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt
8.5

#8 - Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

Season 3, Episode 8, 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.
Chapter Six: The Spy
8.5

#9 - Chapter Six: The Spy

Season 2, Episode 6, 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.
Chapter Nine: The Gate
8.5

#10 - Chapter Nine: The Gate

Season 2, Episode 9, 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.
Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer
8.5

#11 - Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer

Season 2, Episode 8, 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 Four: The Body
8.5

#12 - Chapter Four: The Body

Season 1, Episode 4, 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.
Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers
8.4

#13 - Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers

Season 1, Episode 1, 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 Seven: The Bathtub
8.4

#14 - Chapter Seven: The Bathtub

Season 1, Episode 7, 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.
Chapter Six: The Monster
8.4

#15 - Chapter Six: The Monster

Season 1, Episode 6, 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.
Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat
8.4

#16 - Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat

Season 1, Episode 5, 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.
Chapter One: MADMAX
8.3

#17 - Chapter One: MADMAX

Season 2, Episode 1, 10/27/2017
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.
Chapter Two: Vecna's Curse
8.3

#18 - Chapter Two: Vecna's Curse

Season 4, Episode 2, 5/27/2022
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 Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street
8.3

#19 - Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

Season 1, Episode 2, 7/15/2016
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.
Chapter Four: The Sauna Test
8.2

#20 - Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

Season 3, Episode 4, 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.
Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero
8.2

#21 - Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero

Season 4, Episode 3, 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.
Chapter Four: Will the Wise
8.2

#22 - Chapter Four: Will the Wise

Season 2, Episode 4, 10/27/2017
An ailing Will opens up to Joyce -- with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.
Chapter Five: Dig Dug
8.2

#23 - Chapter Five: Dig Dug

Season 2, Episode 5, 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.
Chapter Seven: The Bite
8.1

#24 - Chapter Seven: The Bite

Season 3, Episode 7, 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 Six: E Pluribus Unum
8.1

#25 - Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

Season 3, Episode 6, 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.
Chapter Five: The Nina Project
8.1

#26 - Chapter Five: The Nina Project

Season 4, Episode 5, 5/27/2022
Owens takes El to Nevada, where she's forced to confront her past, while the Hawkins kids comb a crumbling house for clues. Vecna claims another victim.
Chapter Six: The Dive
8.1

#27 - Chapter Six: The Dive

Season 4, Episode 6, 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.
Chapter Three: The Pollywog
8.1

#28 - Chapter Three: The Pollywog

Season 2, Episode 3, 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.
Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak
8.0

#29 - Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

Season 2, Episode 2, 10/27/2017
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.
Chapter Five: The Flayed
7.9

#30 - Chapter Five: The Flayed

Season 3, Episode 5, 7/4/2019
Strange surprises lurk inside an old farmhouse and deep beneath the Starcourt Mall. Meanwhile, the Mind Flayer is gathering strength.
Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?
7.8

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

Season 3, Episode 1, 7/4/2019
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.
Chapter Two: The Mall Rats
7.7

#32 - Chapter Two: The Mall Rats

Season 3, Episode 2, 7/4/2019
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.
Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
7.7

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

Season 3, Episode 3, 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.
Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister
6.9

#34 - Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister

Season 2, Episode 7, 10/27/2017
Psychic visions draw Eleven to a band of violent outcasts and an angry girl with a shadowy past.

Summary

The best rated episodes are:
S4E7 - Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab - 9.0
S4E4 - Chapter Four: Dear Billy - 8.8
S4E8 - Chapter Eight: Papa - 8.8
S4E1 - Chapter One: The Hellfire Club - 8.7
S1E3 - Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly - 8.6
S4E9 - Chapter Nine: The Piggyback - 8.6
S1E8 - Chapter Eight: The Upside Down - 8.5
S3E8 - Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt - 8.5
S2E6 - Chapter Six: The Spy - 8.5
S2E9 - Chapter Nine: The Gate - 8.5

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