Ted Wheeler is a recurring character in the first season of Stranger Things. He is portrayed by guest star Joe Chrest.



Ted was husband to Karen and the father to Mike, Nancy and Holly. Nancy believed he wasn't truly in love with Karen, and that they married to merely to satisfy the idea of the "perfect nuclear family".

Season One

Ted remained largely oblivious to the strange events which took place in the fall of 1983. Like Karen, he had no idea that an escaped test subject from the nearby laboratory was living in his house for a number of days. When agents arrived at their house to search for evidence relating to the girl, he trusted them, telling Karen that they were "on their side" - however, Karen appeared more conflicted about their presence in their home.

Memorable Quotes

  • "What'd I do... What'd I doooooo?"
  • "This is our government. They're on our side..."
  • "What happened to her hair? Oh my god - is she Russian?"

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