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Chapter Three: The Pollywog 

Dustin adopts a strange new pet, and Eleven grows increasingly impatient. A well-meaning Bob urges Will to stand up to his fears.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 4 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
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 ... Dr. Sam Owens


Dustin finds a slug in his garbage and believes it is a pollywog. He calls the creature Dart and becomes obsessed with it. Bob tells Will that he had nightmares in the past and only resolved his fears the day he faced his fear and asked to go away. When Will sees Dustin's creature, he recalls the slug he had spat out in the bathroom. Nancy convinces Jonathan to tell the truth about Barb's fate to her parents. Will has another episode and decides to face the shadow monster in the Upside Down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are talking in the parking lot, another student places a cassette tape in a Walkman. He is listening to "Clean Cut American Kid", by legendary punk band Ill Repute from Oxnard, CA. "Clean Cut American Kid" was a radio hit for KROQ, one of the nation's top alternative radio stations in the 1980's, based out of Pasadena, CA. The song was featured on "Rodney on the ROQ, Volume III", which included other top punk bands Vandals, JFA, Channel 3, and The Bangles. See more »


When Sean Astin and Winona Ryder are enjoying a luncheon outside the store, Sean opens a can of Dr Pepper. In the time this show is set, the can would've had a detachable ring-pull style opener, however Sean opens it and pushes it back as per cans from modern day. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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A Hopeful Evolution
1 November 2017 | by lbrosprodSee all my reviews

Stranger Things is back to being the plot-driven series we have all been excited about. I love that the stakes are higher, and the monsters feel more horrific. In fact, the end of the episode made me get chills because I didn't expect such detail. However, there is something off about this season so far. It's not bad. It's just different. I love that they took risks by putting last seasons main faces -- Eleven, Mike, Joyce, and even Jonathan and Nancy -- to the background and put other characters in the forefront -- like Will, Lucas and Dustin, and Steve. The only character I believe has stayed in the spotlight is Hopper, which is good because he is the most complex character in the entire series. I miss that last season's faces don't get as much screen time, but I love that the series is growing and maturing, evolving.

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