Calculating The ‘Stranger Things’ Season 5 Release Date


Stranger Things season 4 has come and gone, but the show remains on top of the Netflix charts as people catch up with the whole season at once, or just rewatch that finale multiple times over. And what everyone wants to know now is when Stranger Things season 5 will get here.

The Stranger Things season 5 release date is complicated, as this is a show that normally takes a long time to put out new seasons, but that was amplified to an enormous degree with the gap between seasons 3 and 4, which was, like many shows, due to the pandemic delaying filming and production. Even then, they barely got it finished, which is why part 2 came a month later in the first place.

We can, however, estimate when the show is returning based on the past data we have access to. Here are the release dates for the first four seasons, and the gaps between all of them:

  • Season 1 – July 15, 2016
  • Season 2 – October 27, 2017 (15.5 months later)
  • Season 3 – July 4, 2019 (20 months later)
  • Season 4 – May 27, 2022 (35 months later)

If you do the math here, that’s an average of 23.5 months in between seasons. Though that includes the three year pandemic gap. Still, even actor David Harbour says he expects the show in 2024, which is where 23.5 months would put it. That would be a May-June 2024 release, two years after season 4 launch.

If instead we want to assume it will be more like the gap between seasons 1 and 2 or 2 and 3, that average is instead about 17-18 months. That could mean it would squeeze in to December 2023, or potentially January 2024. But as you can see, even conservative estimates mean that yes, it probably will be some time in the first half of 2024, and we will go all of 2023 without a new season. This is no longer the era of TV where you can always expect a 9-12 month gap between new seasons of things, and most Netflix productions in particular, even pre-pandemic, tend to skew longer. Add in the complicating factor that it seems likely that Stranger Things season 5 is probably going to be the biggest and most elaborate season to date, and that may extend things ever further.

For now, I’m going to say summer 2024, probably closer to two years than a year and a half, all things being considered. Maybe we’ll get more concrete info as time goes on, but that’s about the best we can calculate for the moment.


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