Parents' Guide to

Stranger Things

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark 1980s-set sci-fi/horror drama is gory but great.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 500 parent reviews

age 15+

15+ Definitely Not Younger, Unless???

Really, some adults saying 9+??? Guess that's why we have 4th and 5th graders swearing at their peers and teachers at school, nasty attitudes toward adults, and elementary aged kids hyper-sexualized at such a young age. I am an adult male (teacher), and not a prude by any means, but there is just too much of "everything bad" in this show that is already wrong with kids today. I have no problems with the level of "violence or fear-factor" in this show, it's everything else that is overly disturbing.
age 16+

4th season warning

Parents beware! Season 4 has taken a huge leap into adult content and no longer safe-ish for the children. So far so good, but we no longer watch with the family. The gore/violence is terrifying. Parents may want to watch an episode and decide. It’s not a one off…the violence continue through the season.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (500 ):
Kids say (2453 ):

Dark, creepy, and sublimely intriguing, this 1980s throwback will remind you of many a vintage-era sci-fi/horror movie, in the most pleasant way imaginable. The cast is clad in dated '80s wear, walls are (fake) wood-paneled, phones are firmly attached to cords, and kids are free to race around on their bicycles, looking for clues. And there are lots of clues to look for, as it quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems in the small-town setting.

In the first season, violence and gore are relatively low, while atmosphere and spookiness are high -- that changes as the series progresses, with some pretty gruesome deaths in the spotlight. But with characters of both kid- and parent-age to relate to, fear fans of all ages will have someone to root for. Tweens and teens will be interested in the mystery and compelled by the finely drawn characters, while adults can also enjoy the vintage clothing, technology, and prices. It's likely that everyone will be charmed by the spunkiness of the young heroes, who are ready, willing, and able to save the day when the adults in their lives are stymied.

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