The Strain

Series Summary
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the CDC's New York-based Canary Project, is called upon to investigate when an airplane lands with everybody on board dead. What his team discovers is a viral outbreak that has similarities to an ancient strain of vampirism. As the virus begins to spread, Goodweather works with his team and a group of the city's residents to wage a war that could hold humanity's fate in its hand. The show's executive producers include Oscar-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-winning producer Carlton Cuse.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Suspense

Network: FX

Next Episode:

Season 3, Ep. 5 : Madness Sep 25, 2016

Setrakian seeks help from his nemesis, Eldritch Palmer; Eph's experiments to understand strigoi communication cause him to descend into madness; Fet discovers strigoi movement across New York.

  • Season 3, Ep. 4 : Gone but Not ForgottenSep 18, 2016

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    The infection enters a new phase; Setrakian and Eph worry that there is more work to be done while Fet wants to celebrate; Justine drafts an unwilling army in the fight; Eichhorst lashes out and plans to strike back.

  • Season 3, Ep. 3 : First BornSep 11, 2016

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    Setrakian and Fet race to recover the Occido Lumen; Gus and Angel try to hide a secret houseguest while avoiding a police sweep; Quinlan's thirst for vengeance is revealed.

  • Season 3, Ep. 2 : Bad WhiteSep 4, 2016

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    Eph is plagued by the Master's offer to return Zack; Dutch questions if her safety is better with an old group of recently reunited friends or with Fet, Eph and Setrakian; Palmer uncovers a way to acquire Setrakian's secret strigoi blood treatments.

  • Season 3, Ep. 1 : New York StrongAug 28, 2016

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    The strigoi are evolving; Eph's bio weapon is failing; he tries to work through the emotional fallout of his son's abduction; Fet helps a Navy SEAL team in a deadly mission; Setrakian and Quinlan try to crack the Lumen's deepest secrets.

  • Season 2, Ep. 13 : Night TrainOct 4, 2015

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    Setrakian and Fet battle for possession of the Occido Lumen and gain a surprising new ally; a massive attack imperils Eph, Nora and Zack's escape from New York.

ratings & reviews

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  • Having settled on a solid core of players after some casualties along the way, the show forges ahead with a strong sense of momentum and vision, as well as an intricate mythology that connects the ancient evil of the series’ vampire race, the strigoi, to the past. Show More

  • The Strain reifies its connections between political and melodramatic themes with the gory action for which the series is best known--the monsters’ neck-piercing six-foot tongues, the silver bullets’ exploding effects--in kitschy evidence during the battle against that takes up the bulk of the storage facility scene. Show More

  • Some of the situations--the tension between Eph and his son, Zach (Max Charles, replacing Ben Hyland); a new romance between Vasiliy and Dutch--are dull plot stretchers, setting up future crises and filling time until the story lines mesh. Or so we can hope. Meanwhile, the show still gets the tone mostly right and offers consistent pleasure in its details. Show More

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