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Sex & Nudity

  • There's a scene where a couple is making out, their shirts are off but she's wearing her bra, they lay down on her bed and continue to kiss, there's no moaning or actual sex, this last about 4 seconds, then in the next episode its still happening but while they're kissing something else is happening, this is nothing too sexual
  • A woman's shirt is lifted up, revealing about 90% of her breasts. Nipples must have been edited out because they are not see
  • These a lot of kissing between Eleven and Mike in Season 3.
  • In season 3, Billy makes a sexual flirt about swimming, and asks Mikes mom (who happens to be 40 years old), what strokes she knows. After she answers with only "not much", Billy says "Free style, butterfly, and 'breaststroke'" as a flirt.
  • Season 3: Two boys in the mall watch an aerobics class from behind. Women are seen from behind in tights & leggings, including one with a thong leotard over it. Women are shown gyrating their hips to music, with a close-up shot on their butts.
  • Season 3 forces on the main characters sexual relations, mainly kissing.
  • A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss for about 5 seconds in the bathroom fully clothed this scene isn't meant to be sexual
  • Season 2: No nudity and implied nudity. Baby nudity, implied nudity of a man being rinsed off with a hose and two scenes of a woman in the bath tub.

Violence & Gore

  • Keep in mind this at first starts out as a PG-13 level show but ascends into heavy graphic violence and gore in season two and three.
  • Lots of punching and shooting in season three.
  • Seasons 2 and 3 reach a TV-MA level of violence, but because the show is on Netflix they can get away with its TV-14 rating. Had this show been on a network or cable channel, it would certainly be rated TV-MA.
  • In season 3, a man is beaten in his office. First, his head is pushed and slammed into the door, breaking his nose, and he is then repeatedly punched (we only hear this from outside the locked door) and then is thrown over his desk. After this, his finger is forced into a cigar slicer and the person beating him pushes down on it almost cutting his finger, but stops after his answers are given. He is then taken hostage, but not further hurt. His face is bloody all throughout the episode.
  • Characters, both unknown and well-known, die.
  • Season 3: Episode 5: In a hospital, there is a chase scene which is pretty gory. A man is stabbed with scissors - blood spurts out. One man's nose is broken, but the blood is black. At the end, their skins melts into chunks of blood.
  • This show is known for suddenly escalating violence and gore to an "R" or TV-MA rating, despite the overall lower rating of the show.
  • Season 3 is by far the most violent and gory of all three seasons. LOTS of body horror, gore, bloody violence, and intense imagery. Season 1 (and for the most part, season 2) can easily be categorized as TV-14, but season 3 regularly crosses into TV-MA territory. Don't let the Netflix rating fool you, season 3 is not for kids.

Profanity

  • Season 1 and 2 - frequent use of s**t. Infrequent uses of d**k, bitch, ass, hell, damn, etc.
  • Season 3 - same as the prior seasons, but also two uses of f**k, and a few uses of p***y (only in one scene, in non-sexual context).
  • A few uses of f*g

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Will's mother, and Hopper always smoke cigarettes. Teens are also seen smoking
  • Heavy smoking by multiple characters; adults and teens.
  • In Season 3, two characters are drugged and begin acting euphoric (basically the same effects of MDMA)
  • A character says " i've already told you! I don't do drugs, it's just Marijuana!" He says this after he is drugged by Russians.
  • A few teens are seen underage drinking beer in one of the first few episodes
  • Seasons 1 & 2. Considerable use of alcohol including minors getting drunk or being served alcohol both illegally and in excessive amounts. Numerous minors drinking to severe drunk stage and sickness is depicted at a party. An adult and two high school students drink vodka in a couple scenes in an episode during season 2.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • By the end of Season 2 the tone turns from TV-14 moderately frightening to more intense. Without providing spoilers, it goes from "kinda creepy" to "cover the kid's eyes". Younger viewers (and some adults) may find it shocking to the point of nightmare-inducing. There is no warning that the mood would change to such a great extent.
  • Seasons 1 and 2 are more suspenseful than violent, but season 3 basically flips that, choosing to show much more violence and gory imagery.
  • Rated TV-14 for sequences of horror action violence, frightening images, thematic elements, suggestive content, language, smoking throughout, and some teen drinking.
  • A girl threatens her step brother with a spiked bat telling him to leave her and her friends alone. When he doesn't listen she swings it at him but misses (she meant to miss).
  • The monster from season 3 can be pretty frightening.- it is by far the scariest monster in the series.
  • The final episodes of each season are always very intense.
  • A character is sprayed in the eyes with hairspray (used as a slight jump scare) but is done in a comedic tone.
  • The best age to start watching this show is between 14-16 because of the frightening imagery, language, smoking, and some thematic content.
  • Canadian Rating: Rated 14A for Violence, Frightening Scenes, Disturbing Content, Not Recommended for Children
  • If these were movies, they would be: Season 1 - PG-13 for violence, frightening scenes, language, sexuality, and thematic elements; Season 2 - R for violence, terror and gory images; Season 3 - R for bloody violence, terror, gory images, disturbing content and brief drug content
  • BBFC rating for season one: 12 for moderate violence, horror, threat, moderate sex, sex references, discriminatory language
  • BBFC rating for season two: 15 for strong threat, bloody violence, injury detail
  • BBFC rating for season 3: 15 for strong violence, threat, bloody images
  • Season 3 comes with a warning mentioning frequent use of strobe lighting throughout the season. Viewers sensitive to this type of lighting and imagery may feel uncomfortable as flashing lights of all sorts are used quite a bit.
  • Season 1 centers on a boy who has been kidnapped by a mysterious creature and includes many scenes of high-tension, scary scene involved a nightmare-like landscape called the "upside down" and there are occasional jump-scares. The creatures can be frightening to younger audiences.

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The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Season 1: Overall, there isn't any nudity in the series. Only occasional references to sex, with teenagers making out, in the third episode two teens have sex. The Sheriff makes infrequent jokes about sleeping with other people's wives and mothers. It is implied that he has had past sexual relationships with several different women. A main character is shamed for having supposedly cheated on her boyfriend even though she really has not.
  • Mike and Eleven share two kisses, one in Season 1 and another in Season 2.
  • Lucas and Max kiss once at the end of season two. It is brief and lasts about three seconds.
  • Season 3: Robin reveals to Steve, who is attracted to her, that she is a lesbian.
  • Season 3: Will makes a comment during an argument with Mike that hints he may be gay.
  • Season 1: After the boys discover Eleven, they take her to Mike's basement to hide her. He gives her clean clothes to change into. She stands and starts to remove the dirty shirt she's wearing, but all the boys suddenly freak out and tell her to stop. They quickly leave the room so she can have some privacy.
  • 2 characters begin to kiss and it is implied they ended up having sex (nothing is shown). A third character later asks "how was the pull out?" He's referring to a fold out sofa but is clearly trying to make the couple feel awkward as he knows they had sex.

Violence & Gore

  • In Season 1 there are many disturbing and violent scenes involving an alien monster. However, while these scenes are frightening, they are typically handled in a PG-13 manner. There are scenes involving copious amounts of blood splatter after people have been killed in an attack, but not the attack itself is not shown. Government agents menace the main characters and at one point kill an innocent man by shooting him in the head and faking his suicide. The shooting itself is not shown, but the aftermath is shown and is somewhat graphic. The story frequently puts children in peril from the alien monster and government agents. On several occasions, viewers are led to believe that children have been killed off screen. In one instance, a main character turns out to be still alive. However, one young character dies after a monster attack. She is dragged away and shown later to have been used as a food source by the parasitic monster. The alien monster is shown graphically eating a deer it has killed at one point.

    Call outs for Season 1: a decaying corpse is shown in very graphic detail. A child or animal (not clear) is seen being devoured by a monster. A dead deer with bloody wounds is seen for a few seconds.
  • A man is eaten by a group of monsters. You can see blood spurting from his neck and stomach. The creatures feast on his body for a few seconds after he is killed (graphic). This cuts off after a rather long time and shows again briefly. This can be very emotional.
  • Every time Eleven uses her powers in season 1, her nose bleeds. In season 2, she learns to control her powers better yet still has some nosebleeds. In one of the final scenes, Eleven pushes the monster back in the gate. Bloods oozes out of both her nostrils. None of the nosebleed scenes are graphic or gory.
  • Steve and Billy get into a fist fight in the season 2 finale. Steve has the upper hand at first but Billy soon gets it and repeatedly punches Steve in the face. Max then gets involved and sedates Billy. He removes the syringe and eventually falls to the ground. Ultimately, Steve and Billy end up being fine. Except with Steve recovering first.
  • In one scene, Eleven uses her powers to cause a group of government workers to bleed from their eyes and noses, eventually crushing their brains. Somewhat graphic.
  • Demidogs get inside a hospital elevator full of people and attack and feast on them (the actual attack is not shown but you see the aftermath with a lot of blood and dead bodies when the elevator arrives at the next floor) this scene can be skipped as you can see it coming (Season 2) (episode 8? It's near the end of the season and most of the episode takes place in a hospital)
  • In season 3, people and rats melt or explode into graphic puddles, and a man is dismembered in a rotating blade (brief; blink-and-you-miss-it blood and gore shown)
  • The Violence in season 3 is way more severe than the last 2 seasons, this includes melted human beings, and (spoiler ahead) a man getting brutally chopped by a machine in the last episode of season 3
  • In season 3, a large monster bites a young girl's leg. It is later realized that a small part of the monster stayed inside her leg, and someone attempts to slice it out with a hot knife. They slit her leg open and insert their hand into her leg, feeling around for the monster. This is fairly graphic and quite hard to watch.
  • Billy sacrifices himself to save Eleven and the kids. He is impaled multiple times by the monster. He is screaming throughout the scene and blood seeps through his tank top, blood also spurts out of his mouth. This scene is extremely bloody and emotional.
  • In the first scene of the first episode of season 3. A machine malfunctions and melts and burns a couple of men's bodies. This is shown in graphic detail and slow motion.
  • In the final act of season 3 the monster is attacked with fireworks being thrown at it. Sparks from the fireworks are seen flying everywhere as the creature screeches in pain. This is only to distract the monster. Not graphic but starts very suddenly.
  • In the final act of season 1, the monster is attacked with all manner of weapons. It is clubbed repeatedly with a bat with nails, caught in a bear trap, shot repeatedly with various weapons, and set on fire. It is eventually destroyed by the sacrificial act of a main character, which causes them both to vaporize in a cloud of black matter.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In season 1 there is a scene when hopper sees what he thinks it is a character (a kids) dead body the body looks real but he cuts it and figures out it's a stuffed body this is episode 4 in season 1 and you know when this is about to happen
  • Season 3 has the most intense scenes of the series to that point. The new creature is significantly more intense. And multiple people are affected by it, which can be very intense.
  • In Episode 4, during the fight between Eleven and Billy, the lights strobe/flicker for multiple minutes. This may affect those with light sensitivity issues. There is a warning at the beginning of the episode.
  • A character dies in front of his sister. This is very emotional.
  • While season 1 and 2 had happy endings. Season 3 has a more bittersweet ending. With many characters left dead and others with their fates unknown. This may cause viewers to cry.

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