Stranger Things (2016– )
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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hopper (David Harbour) reads Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables; he also is shown reading this to his daughter Sarah in the season 1 finale, Stranger Things: Chapter Eight: The Upside Down (2016). See more »


The water tower near the school has cell phone antennas, which were not in common usage until the late 1990s. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


Whistle on the River
Written by Lloyd Mercey
Performed by The Mercey Brothers
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We Get More Connections
30 October 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

These are nicely crafted episodes. We get to see the evolution of El and how she is trying to have her own voice. It's hopeful that very soon she will connect with the boys. The scientists from that facility are becoming more and more dangerous. Enter the little reptile (or whatever, Dart) and we have a common cause for the guys. The chief continues to investigate but he has about had it. He should have realized along the way that El was not going to continue to stay put. She feels that she is being lied to and won't follow the rules anymore. Reality versus fiction continues to haunt Will. I hope that some of the other reviewers soon begin to deal with the specifics of these episodes instead of simply putting the same thing down with no thought. I guess it's to not watch anything but to be in the face of those who find this show quite a bit of fun.

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