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) | 1 more credit »




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?


When Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) is watching Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and she crushes the can with her mind in the examination room, her nose bleeds. Brenner leans in after her nose bleeds and smiles. He could be smiling because of the crushed can, but note that his character in the film Vision Quest (1985) used to get a bloody nose when he would work very hard as a wrestler. Eleven worked very hard with her mind powers to crush the can, which made her nose bleed. See more »


The show is supposed to take place in November 1983, but a sign at the school (seen when Nancy is on the phone trying to reach Barb) mentions "Battle of the Bands on Friday November 28". In 1983, Nov 28 was on a Monday. The closest year it was on a Friday would be 1980 or 1986. 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 The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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I Am So Hooked!
30 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode contains so much. It begins with the death of Nancy's friend, Barb, by some kind of slimy monster. In Episode 2 we knew something happened to her. Back in school, Nancy and her boyfriend (bullying jerk and friends) sees her. She is beginning to feel guilt after sleeping with him and now her friend doesn't show up for class. It is totally out of her character. We cut it the three boys and Eleven. She claims to know where Will is with her limited speech. They must go to school and so she is left to her own designs until 3:15. The boys have collected some weaponry and are going to continue to search for Will. After school, the boys are bullied by some of their wonderful peers. Mike is thrown to the ground, flat on his face. The big kids leave. Back at school, Will's brother is developing photos of the party, but one of the girls sees what he is doing. In the parking lot, the bullies accost him, tear up his pictures, and smash his camera. At Will's house, Joyce is stringing up Christmas lights with an amazing result. Nancy finally realizes that something has happened to Barb, finds her car, and realizes this is really serious. The conclusion can't help but make us want more.

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