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?


When Eleven turns on the TV, a portion of Ronald Reagan's October 27, 1983 speech regarding events in Lebanon and Grenada can be heard. 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 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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A definition of a episode of the first season that kept me hooked!

Chapter Three: Holly Jolly does a great job expanding more on the first two episodes. I mean, it kept me hooked the moment I started watching the show on Netflix.

It showed what happened to Barbara after the end of the previous episode and her death was so sad it made me feel sorry for her. Because Chapter One and Two showed the characterization of her. She started out as a nerdy classmate and a misfit in society before she got killed by the monster, which is the only reason why the show gained a fanbase. Kudos to the producers for making us sympathize with her.

Also, the story and writing are even stronger. It expands more on the first two episodes and gives out some more character depth to not only Eleven (El), but Joyce Byers as well. Joyce starts to hear Will trying to communicate with her and she uses the Christmas lights to communicate with him as well it makes you feel for her and her son too. Even the interaction between Eleven and Mike is great. Not only that. The actors range of emotions you feel in the beginning and end of the episode gives you goosebumps which is the only reason why the third episode is a definition of why the first season has been keeping me hooked so far.

The actors continue to deliver excellent performances. Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, and Natalie Dyer along with the other actors impressed me with their range of emotions like I said before and the script is superb while the music score continues to compliment the 1980s setting and year perfectly.

Overall, Chapter Three: Holly Jolly is a classic episode and a definition of how an episode of the first season kept me hooked when I started watching Stranger Things. Thumbs up from me. :)

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