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Did Netflix Announce Official Release Date for 'Stranger Things' Season 4?

Fans of the hit science fiction series have already waited two years for the next installment.

Published Aug 7, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: (L-R)  Cara Buono, Maya Hawke, Joe Keery, Millie Bobbie Brown, Priah Ferguson,  Carmen Cuba, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton and David Harbour attend a "Stranger Things" Season 3 New York Screening at DGA Theater on November 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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In August 2021, Netflix announced that the fourth season of "Stranger Things" would be released in 2022.

In August 2021, countless social media posts and news articles claimed that the long-awaited fourth season of Netflix's hit science fiction series "Stranger Things" had finally received an official — albeit somewhat unspecific — release date of 2022. 

The claim trended on Twitter and Facebook on Aug. 6 and 7, and was boosted by articles from entertainment and culture websites including Variety, Deadline, Empire, The Verge and Indiewire, among others.

Those reports were accurate. On Aug. 6, Netflix officially announced that the show would return to the streaming platform in 2022. No specific date other than that was provided in a new 30-second trailer posted to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM5OVZtq8xM
 
In June, Netflix announced several new characters and cast members for the fourth season, and posted a first Season 4 trailer back in May, but fans were left wondering about a release date until the Aug. 6 announcement.

The first three seasons of Stranger Things were released in July 2016, October 2017, and July 2019, respectively, meaning the gap between the third and fourth seasons could ultimately end up being three full years. 

The show is set in the 1980s, and revolves around a group of childhood friends in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, as their lives are upended by a sinister, Cold War-era government research program, the disappearance of a local boy, and the mysterious appearance of a young girl with psychokinetic powers. 

It has proven a massive global success, with Netflix claiming recently that 196 million account-holders had watched at least one episode. 

Dan Mac Guill is a former writer for Snopes.

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