Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street 

Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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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
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland


Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the three boys first speak to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in Mike's (Finn Wolfhard) basement, Dustin is wearing a t-shirt that says "Drama Club". Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, is a big fan of theater, and began his career acting and singing on Broadway. See more »


Early in the episode, a 1986 Pontiac Parisienne wagon (or GM variant) is seen driving through a neighborhood. This is evidenced by the center high-mounted brake light, not required until 1986, 3 years after the show takes place. See more »


Dustin Henderson: I think we should tell your Mom.
Lucas Sinclair: I second that.
Mike Wheeler: Who's crazy now?
Lucas Sinclair: How is that crazy?
Mike Wheeler: 'Cause we weren't supposed to be out tonight, remember?
Lucas Sinclair: So?
Mike Wheeler: So if I tell my Mom and she tells your Mom and *your* Mom...
Lucas Sinclair: Our houses become Alcatraz.
Mike Wheeler: Exactly. We'll never find Will. All right here's the plan. She sleeps here tonight.
Dustin Henderson: You're letting a girl...
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References Witness (1985) See more »


Dark Stars
Performed by Mark Glass
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Is a monster due on Maple Street?
3 August 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The Duffer Brothers' homage to '80s sci-fi/fantasy continues with teenage geek Mike (Finn Wolfhard) sneaking runaway mystery girl Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) into his home, where he tries to work out who she is, and what her connection is to missing school friend Will. Meanwhile, Mike's older sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer) is out partying with boyfriend Steve (which will undoubtedly put her in some kind of mortal danger for the next episode), Will's mother Joyce tries to make contact with her son via the telephone, and the 'bad people', led by Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) continue their hunt for Eleven.

Although the story isn't progressed all that much in this second episode, the likable characters ensure that the time passes quickly, with all involved putting in sterling performances. The references to Spielberg movies continue, with nods to ET (sinister scientists, Eleven hiding in a closet) and a Jaws poster adorning a bedroom wall, while fantasy fans might make a connection with the title of this episode and a classic tale from Season One of The Twilight Zone.

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