The third season of the American science fiction horror drama television series Stranger Things, titled Stranger Things 3, was released worldwide exclusively via Netflix’s streaming service on July 4, 2019. The series was created by the Duffer Brothers, who are also executive producers along with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Iain Paterson.
The third season stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Cara Buono. Brett Gelman, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, Michael Park, and Francesca Reale appear in recurring roles. Stranger Things 3 received positive reviews from critics, who praised the visuals, humor, performances (particularly that of Harbour, Brown, Montgomery, and Hawke), and emotional weight, but some criticized the repetitive narrative and sidelining of certain characters.
In the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, the newly opened Starcourt Mall has become the focal point of the town, driving other stores out of business. Hawkins chief of police, Jim Hopper, disapproves of Eleven and Mike’s budding relationship, while Joyce considers moving out of Hawkins for a better life for her children and herself, leaving the state of the children’s friendships and her own relationship with Hopper in the air.
Joyce notices something strange going on with her magnets and decides to investigate. However, strange power fluctuations trigger Will’s awareness of something otherworldly, and Eleven and Max sense something is off about the town’s residents. Despite having closed the portal to the Upside Down, they fear that they are all still in danger from it. The friends work together to help Max’s brother Billy while Hopper and Joyce have their own adventure.