Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter One: MADMAX 

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.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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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
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers
Sadie Sink ... Max Mayfield
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Dacre Montgomery ... Billy Hargrove
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Sean Astin ... Bob Newby
Paul Reiser ... Sam Owens


Near Halloween, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will find that Dustin's score in an Arcade game has been beaten by someone with the nickname MadMax. They believe the newcomer in school Maxine is the player. Hopper investigates what has happened to pumpkins that have been poisoned and the owner blames his neighbor. Will has visions from the Upside Down and he goes with Joyce and Hopper to a clinic for medical examination. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When we first see Mad Max (Sadie Sink) skateboarding, she flips up her board, revealing a design that closely resembles the design of the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II (1989). See more »


In one scene, "Stay" by Oingo Boingo plays. The Album it's from, "Dead Man's Party," wasn't released until October 1985. The show is taking place in October 1984. See more »


Dustin Henderson: He's gonna spread his nasty-ass rash to your whole family.
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References Galaga (1981) See more »


Performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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Season Two, Episode One: the scene setter.
27 October 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Season Two of Stranger Things starts in fine form with an exciting chase scene, a van full of robbers being pursued by the police, at least until one of the gang, a girl with special powers and a tattoo on her wrist, helps them to make their getaway.

After this fast paced opening, things settle back into the leisurely pace that typified the first season, episode one setting the scene for things to come, much of the running time spent reacquainting the viewer with the show's kids—Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Eleven, Nancy, Jonathan and Steve—while introducing several new characters: Sean Astin as Bob, Joyce Byers new love interest; Paul Reiser as mysterious Dr. Owens; Sadie Sink as arcade ace 'Mad' Max; and Brett Gelman as conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman, who is sure that there is something strange afoot in Hawkins, something vehemently denied by town sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour). A brief glimpse of the upside-down reveals what appears to be a Lovecraftian creature of immense proportions, a 'character' we will no doubt see more of in episodes to come.

As before, directors The Duffer Brothers steep their show in nostalgia, featuring arcade games, BMX bikes, video tapes, and an excellent soundtrack of '80s classics, all of which makes matters more fun for those who were teenagers during the decade that taste forgot.

All in all, not the most gripping episode, but I have high hopes that now the groundwork has been laid, we can get on with the really good stuff.

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