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

  • Season 3, Ep. 10 : The FallOct 30, 2016

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    The Master reveals himself and the end game begins; Eph, Fet, Setrakian, and Dutch make a last-ditch effort to vanquish the strain.

  • Season 3, Ep. 9 : Do or DieOct 23, 2016

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    Eph and Dutch fanatically race to finish their device to stop the Master; Justine, Gus and Angel take a final stand to stop the spreading virus; Palmer takes revenge for past wrongs.

  • Season 3, Ep. 8 : White LightOct 16, 2016

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    The Master's voice proves to be more powerful than Eph or Dutch anticipated; Fet and Setrakian track down the Egyptian cargo; Quinlan strikes a deal with the Ancients, but a betrayal proves deadly.

  • Season 3, Ep. 7 : CollaboratorsOct 9, 2016

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    Setrakian plans to trap the Master; Eph and Dutch try to find the Master's "voice"; Palmer needs Setrakian's access to the white to hold up his end of their deal; Fet suffers a personal loss.

  • Season 3, Ep. 6 : The Battle of Central ParkOct 2, 2016

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    While Fet strikes at the heart of the strigoi army, Justine hopes to drive them out of Manhattan for good; Gus and Angel face a moral dilemma.

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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