Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly 

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.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
Mark Steger ... The Monster


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.

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only episode of the first season to not have the title of the episode start with the word "The". See more »


When Steve rips up the photos taken by johnathon there is a ford festiva in the background. The festiva was produced from 1986 until 2002 but the show is set in 1983. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [watching Will's body pulled from the water] It's not Will. It can't be.
Lucas Sinclair: It's Will. It's really Will.
Eleven: [Placing her hand on Mike's shoulder] Mike...
Mike Wheeler: [slapping El's hand away] Mike? Mike what? You were supposed to help us find him alive. You said he was alive. Why did you lie to us? What's wrong with you? What is *wrong* with you?
Eleven: [whispering] Mike...
Mike Wheeler: What?
Lucas Sinclair: Mike come on don't do this, man. Mike!
Dustin Henderson: Mike where are you going? Mike? Mike!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Waiting for a Girl like You
Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones
Performed by Foreigner
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Holly, Jolly indeed.
4 July 2018 | by SendiTolverSee all my reviews

When the first two chapters were quite slow (still tense and interesting) the the third one really kicked the things going. The roller coaster ride of emotions. Episode kicks of with intense scene where we see what happened to the Barb, then the quick fall back into peaceful small town atmosphere, that even elevates the shock level of the opening scene (can't get over that opening). The tension starts to rise when Eleven decides to help the boys to look for Will, chief Hopper starts to take his act together and finally begins proper investigation. Glimpses into the past of Eleven, final shocking reveals, and then that tearful ending.

It was kind of episode that it is hard to expect anything better from now on, but I guarantee - the ride is getting bumpier.

Millie Bobby Brown again shines as almost speechless Eleven (genuine acting genius), and Winona Ryder keeps her powerhouse on.

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