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The Best Episodes of Stranger Things 

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Updated July 5, 2019 3.1k votes 480 voters 5.4k views 25 items

There are so many good episodes of Stranger Things, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Upside Down" the best, or is "The Gate" your favorite episode of Stranger Things? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Stranger Things are, let's rank every Stranger Things episode from best to worst.

Stranger Things is a Netflix TV series set in the 1980s that mixes the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery. Its backdrop is Hawkins, Indiana, a small fictional town where supernatural events occur. With its first season, which premiered on July 15, 2016, Stranger Things became a pop culture phenomenon and a critical darling, earning 18 Emmy nominations in 2017. Stranger Things is created, written, and directed by The Duffer Brothers, who have said on record that the series will likely run for four or five seasons.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Stranger Things, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Stranger Things episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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The Upside Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Stranger Things
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The Upside Down

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

Season: 1

Episode Number: 8

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The Battle of Starcourt ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Stranger Things
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The Battle of Starcourt

Terror reigns in the food court when the Mind Flayer comes to collect. But down below, in the dark, the future of the world is at stake.

Season: 3

Episode Number: 8

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The Mind Flayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Stranger Things
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The Mind Flayer

An unlikely hero steps forward when a deadly development puts the Hawkins lab on lockdown, trapping Will and several others inside.

Season: 2

Episode Number: 8

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The Gate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Stranger Things
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The Gate

Eleven makes plans to finish what she started while the survivors turn up the heat on the monstrous force that's holding Will hostage.

Season: 2

Episode Number: 9

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