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The Strain

The Strain

FX 2014

A high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Strain

The Strain - S1E7

#1 - For Services Rendered


Season 1 - Episode 7

Setrakian, Eph and Nora formulate a plan to track down the Master using Jim as bait. Eichhorst and Setrakian’s pasts are revealed. At the Luss home, Neeva struggles to protect the children while encountering a mysterious stranger whose help she may not want.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Strain from 2870 votes.

The Strain - S4E7

#2 - Ouroboros


Season 4 - Episode 7

His health failing, Setrakian ignores Eph’s warnings, pushing himself to the limit in his quest for victory and revenge. Fet and Quinlan race back to Manhattan, while the Master seals off the city and prepares to eliminate them all.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Strain from 2612 votes.

The Strain - S1E8

#3 - Creatures of the Night


Season 1 - Episode 8

After discovering the potency of ultraviolet light against the strigoi, Setrakian gains a new and unlikely disciple. A quick trip to a Brooklyn convenience store turns into a deadly all-night siege.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Strain from 2856 votes.

The Strain - S3E10

#4 - The Fall


Season 3 - Episode 10

Humanity teeters on the edge of destruction. The Master finally reveals himself, initiating the end game of a battle in which there can be only one winner. Eph, Fet, Setrakian, and Dutch must overcome their personal differences in a last-ditch effort to vanquish the strain.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Strain from 3102 votes.

The Strain - S1E6

#5 - Occultation


Season 1 - Episode 6

After warning Kelly to leave the city with Zack ahead of the spreading plague, Eph is arrested by the FBI. Eichhorst has one final job for Gus. Setrakian realizes that the coming eclipse is the tipping point for virus infection and the beginning of the end.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Strain from 2881 votes.

The Strain - S3E9

#6 - Do or Die


Season 3 - Episode 9

NYC is falling. Eph and Dutch frantically race to finish their new device to stop the Master before the city is overrun. Justine, Gus, and Angel fight in one last stand to stop the spreading virus. Palmer extracts vengeance for past wrongs but may have crossed the line.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Strain from 3112 votes.

The Strain - S4E10

#7 - The Last Stand


Season 4 - Episode 10

In the series finale, Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Strain from 2476 votes.

The Strain - S1E1

#8 - Night Zero


Season 1 - Episode 1

When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim 'Eph' Goodweather, head of the CDC’s Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. What looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Strain from 4200 votes.

The Strain - S1E9

#9 - The Disappeared


Season 1 - Episode 9

Eph races to safeguard his family, only to learn that Kelly is missing. Dutch reveals her role in Palmer’s plan. Gus is forced to make a difficult decision about Felix.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Strain from 2763 votes.

The Strain - S1E13

#10 - The Master


Season 1 - Episode 13

Eph and Fet recon for an all-out assault that Setrakian assures them will finally kill the Master. Gus aligns himself with a strange new force, one that may swing the fight in an unforeseen direction.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Strain from 2597 votes.

The Strain - S1E12
#11 - Last Rites
Season 1 - Episode 12

Dutch returns with a plan to broadcast Eph’s warning about the vampiric plague, but they face a new threat when Eichhorst launches his own attack against the pawn shop. Palmer receives a special visitor. Gus gears up for the on-coming fight but discovers there’s another mysterious factor involved.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Strain from 2603 votes.

The Strain - S1E3
#12 - Gone Smooth
Season 1 - Episode 3

Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern's life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Strain from 3247 votes.

The Strain - S1E4
#13 - It's Not for Everyone
Season 1 - Episode 4

A secret autopsy demonstrates the bizarre progression of the mystery virus, prompting Jim to make a startling confession. Eph and Nora race to find the father of the youngest victim of the plane tragedy, but someone unexpected beats them to it. Ansel, in the grip of disease, takes desperate measures to protect his family.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Strain from 3080 votes.

The Strain - S3E8
#14 - White Light
Season 3 - Episode 8

The Master’s voice proves to be more powerful and potentially fatal than Eph or Dutch anticipated. Fet and Setrakian track down the cargo from the Egyptian vessel and realize they may be in over their heads. Quinlan strikes a deal with the Ancients, but a last minute betrayal proves deadly.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Strain from 3185 votes.

The Strain - S2E13
#15 - Night Train
Season 2 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Strain from 2483 votes.

The Strain - S1E11
#16 - The Third Rail
Season 1 - Episode 11

Setrakian leads Eph, Fet and Nora in the hunt for the Master's lair. Left behind at the pawnshop with Mariela, Zack risks his safety for Mariela's sake.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Strain from 2651 votes.

The Strain - S3E3
#17 - First Born
Season 3 - Episode 3

The Occido Lumen is gone. Stolen. Setrakian and Fet race to recover it. Gus and Angel try to hide a secret houseguest while avoiding a police sweep, and Quinlan’s thirst for vengeance is revealed.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Strain from 3272 votes.

The Strain - S1E5
#18 - Runaways
Season 1 - Episode 5

With Nora gone, Eph reluctantly joins Setrakian's quest in hopes of gathering enough evidence to warrant a citywide quarantine. Fet encounters the unexpected inside the subway tunnels. A medical emergency threatens Palmer's master plan.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Strain from 2961 votes.

The Strain - S1E2
#19 - The Box
Season 1 - Episode 2

The four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora's attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old – a very old – acquaintance.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Strain from 3557 votes.

The Strain - S3E6
#20 - The Battle of Central Park
Season 3 - Episode 6

Fet strikes hard at the heart of the strigoi army while Justine embarks upon a risky mission to drive the strigoi out of Manhattan once and for all. Gus and Angel fight for their lives and their freedom but are faced with a moral dilemma.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Strain from 3094 votes.

Last updated: apr 14, 2021



Awful ! I loved the pilot and the first episodes...but then it just slips into incoherence and bad acting. The characters are empty or annoying and sometime both. As the season pass the story just get worse...such a shame I really enjoyed the pilot and had good hopes for this show.


There's a world of difference between the season one and two. I was getting really frustrated with the way all the characters were saying and doing dumb things in season one but kept watching 'coz the series was shot really well. The locations, the ambience.. like that gothic rockstar's place.. were all great. Season two has kicked things up by quite a few notches. I had no complaints about VFX in S1, yet it feels so refined in S2. The camera angles, the vampire encounters like the one with lights out in the storage shed.. it just feels like watching a different show altogether. Except for the kid Zach (which I'm 100% certain will get on your nerves), everyone has started to talk more sense. The main plot - the plan about how to get rid of the vampires - as well as the little things - like how that woman in-charge of Staten island has no problems convincing the public that the infected must be exterminated but has a hard time putting her own relative to sleep - they all make sense. Even the characters don't fail to surprise you. That whole sequence with Dr. Goodweather taking a train to Washington D.C. was great. It's hard to believe how much a show can improve with the same cast just because some thought has gone into its writing too. So, if you couldn't bear to complete season one, persevere.. binge watch if you have to 'coz you're in for a surprise when you start the second one.


One of the best new shows of the summer '14. A great mixture of horror, adventure, mystery and drama.


Not greatness, but it is summer-blockbuster B-movie fun. Best enjoyed with popcorn.


I don't know what's wrong with you people, it's just fictionally tv show. You guy must be horrible to watch a tv show with nitpicking any little thing. These tv show are he to take you from your boring realities. So you can relax and get lost and forget about your boring life's. So sit there and relax and enjoy.


Great first 3 episodes then it's downhill from there... Shitty episodes


such ruined potential! Horrible characters, horrible vilain, horrible casting, an annoying kid... The worst being Abraham! Oh my god, stop talking, and moralizing every one!


I just want the son to get lost, worst character of the ENTIRE show.


The show had a tremendous potential. But there are no good characters in this male dominated story. The acting is bad and unbelievable. There is no logic in the characters actions. I am surprised this lasted for four years. Characters are everything! If you don't care about them, there is no story. Such a shame.


Finished season three with a bang. A must see show. Also Fu*k Zach! Fu*k Zach! Fu*k Zach!

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