Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard 

With El and Max looking for Billy, Will declares a day without girls. Steve and Dustin go on a stakeout, and Joyce and Hopper return to Hawkins Lab.


Shawn Levy


Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 1 more credit »




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
Maya Hawke ... Robin Buckley
Priah Ferguson ... Erica Sinclair
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler (credit only)


With El and Max looking for Billy, Will declares a day without girls. Steve and Dustin go on a stakeout, and Joyce and Hopper return to Hawkins Lab.

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Release Date:

4 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, 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 Will is trying to get Lucas and Mike to play D&D, the song he plays on the radio is from The Dark Crystal (1982), the Pod Dance scene, which was composed by Trevor Jones. See more »


The LP being played is not a Don McLean record label, it is neither the original from 1971 on A&R nor the 1980 re-release on Liberty. And American Pie on both versions is the first song, not near the end as is shown on the record player. See more »


Dustin Henderson: [speaking into payphone to no one] Hello. Yes. I am fine how are you.
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References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »


Things Can Only Get Better
Written by Howard Jones
Performed by Howard Jones
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I'm not convinced
6 July 2019 | by diegosouzaSee all my reviews

Although the plot is getting more exciting, the writing is not getting better. It feels like there was not much work put into how the characters would get where they had to be in order to advance the story. The dialogue, the character's motivations are so shallow and over dramatic. The actions of the characters are not motivated enough, I'm not convinced. Seems like rushed writing.

I like the aesthetics that they are using for this season. But I think they are focusing on it too much, that feels like they are trying too hard. This also goes for the editing. Style over substance.

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