Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Wheeler
Ted Wheeler
Officer Powell
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eleven's longest phrase in Season 1 is only seven words long ("Just... Just hold on a Little Longer"). See more »


Near the end of the episode, Hopper drives his car to the woods and pulls off the side of the road. He drives directly over tracks in the snow made from a previous take. See more »


Mike Wheeler: Guys, guys! This is crazy. We can't just wait around.
Lucas Sinclair: Mike, in case you forgot, we're still fugitives. The bad men are still looking for us.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and we don't even know where your sister is.
Mike Wheeler: El can find them.
Dustin Henderson: [pointing] Mike, look at her! I still think we should stick to the Chief's plan.
Lucas Sinclair: Exactly. We stay here, keep El out of sight and keep her safe. That's the most important thing, remember? Besides, she's okay. She's with Jonathan.
Dustin Henderson: Yeah and she's kind of a badass now, so...
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmölling
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
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"Will you be my new brother?" NO! (dialog)
22 September 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The Duffer Bros give a clinic in how to make the old new again.

Showing how the trick is not deconstructing a formula that works, but rebuilding it in a way that is both fresh and new.

And they did an awesome job.

The "influences" may be obvious but the twists and turns, the dialog, the direction, the unusual casting, make the whole series fun, engaging, addictive.

The casting in particular. Ryder again does everything but chew up the furniture. So different from her film persona when she was younger! Natalia Dyer sports one of the most interesting faces I've seen in a long time. She is so sympatico and interesting, she steals all her scenes.

David Harbour usually plays bad guys but is terrific as a hero. Millie Bobby Brown is nothing less than unforgettable.

In fact the whole series is unforgettable.

Bring on Season 2. The popcorn is on me.

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