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Sex & Nudity

  • One teenage character flirts with a 40 year old woman.
  • Nancy and Steve kiss in bed in episode 2 and 3 in season 1 he has his shirt off and she does too she is wearing a bra the scene at the end of episode 2 is about 4 seconds and the scene at the beginning of episode 3 is about 8 seconds if you want to skip this turn off episode 2 when Nancy and barb are talking in the car and skip to after the credits in episode 3 this is not a sex scene by the way
  • A couple is seen 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

  • In Season 2 episode 8 when a character dies (adult character no kid characters die) there is a good amount of blood but this scene is easy to skip and you know when it's about to happen Several monsters are seen killing and feasting on a character, the death scene detailed and graphic and the "feast" scene held for a considerably stomach-churning period of time. There are upsetting scenes throughout, including graphic depiction of decaying bodies. Season 2 (late season 2) tops the chart with extreme violence and considerable bloody gore. Body count is high.This show is classified as "horror" for a reason. Call outs for Season 2: A C-section is done on a woman. We seen a knife cut into the woman's stomach. A woman is forced to undergo electroshock therapy (in what is probably the most disturbing scene of the series). A man is eaten by a bunch of monsters. This is the most realistic, graphic, and bloody part of the show. We see blood and we hear the monsters eat the man this is the same scene mentioned above, but the actual wound is somewhat hard to see because it is dark. This part is even sadder because we care for the character. A bunch of men are eaten by monsters. We see and hear this, and we see bloody wounds. A cat is eaten by a monster, and we see and hear it. This is up there on the graphic ness but when dustin hears the eating sound at the end of 1 of the episodes in season 2 I can't remember which 1 turn it off.
  • A man throws up.(brief and out of focus)


  • One character's phrase of choice is "son of a b____", and it is uttered many times in both seasons by the character
  • Some (fairly frequent) insults, such as "jerk", "idiot", "stupid", "weirdo", etc., including a man calling a child a "prepubescent wastoid".
  • 2-uses of p*ssy if you want to skip them mute it in episode 1 when Lucas says "fireball him" at the beginning of the episode this isn't used in season 2
  • Season 1 and 2 has no f words, there could be an (although hard to catch) f word in a song in the beginning of episode 8 of Season 2 but it's easy to miss. Nevertheless it's not used by anyone in this series other than "Screw" as an alternative.
  • S**t jacka*s p**sed off d**n and hell are said through out the whole show in season 1 the word d****ebag is said 2 times in season 1 episode 1 and never again said till said 2 times in season 2
  • In season 1 the word d**k is used 3 times all 3 very hard to hear the first is in episode 3 when a woman calls a man one the second is when a man calls the same man one and the third is when a man says "I'm sorry I was a d**k" which is the easiest to hear
  • No F words or religious profanity's

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Will's mother, and Hopper always smoke cigarettes. Teens are also seen smoking
  • 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 setting turns from PG-13 moderately frightening to more intense. Without providing spoilers, it goes from "curiously interesting" level 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 in the show intro that the mood would change to such a great extent in that episode.
  • In all the series is more suspenseful rather than outright violent.
  • Rated TV-14 for horror violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, brief sensuality, language, teen drinking, smoking throughout, and sexual references
  • 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).
  • If this show had a rating, it would be PG-13 for intense sequences of action, scary images, sexual content and references, drinking and smoking, and language
  • 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 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.


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.
  • In season, 2 a girl sleeps with a boy off screen.
  • A woman is seen in bed, but no nudity is seen. She then puts on a T-shirt and walks outside.
  • After 2 characters kiss 1 night in season 2 another character says "how was the pull out." He's referring to a fold out sofa this joke is meant to the audience he isn't trying to make a sex joke

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.
  • Bob is eaten by a huge mutant animal. You can see blood spurting for his neck and micas is seen gushing from the puncture. 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 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.

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