The Strain

10 Worst Episodes of The Strain

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 Strain - S2E2

#10 - By Any Means (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Eph and Nora experiment on their newfound patients. Fet and Dutch grow closer as they clear out the neighborhood buildings, and Kelly begins her hunt for Zack.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 2670 votes.

The Strain - S4E4

#9 - New Horizons (Season 4 - Episode 4)


Dutch is forced to make a deal with Desai while she plots to escape a strigoi breeding facility. Eph and Alex seek to uncover the dark secrets behind the Partnership’s new plan but face the repercussion of their last attack. Gus and Creem face off against a gang encroaching on their turf.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 2715 votes.

The Strain - S2E5

#8 - Quick and Painless (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Eph changes his appearance to leave the city while Nora is left as the reluctant parent for Zack. Dutch and Nora make a deal with Justine to secure Fet’s release from jail.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 2460 votes.

The Strain - S4E3

#7 - One Shot (Season 4 - Episode 3)


Quinlan and Fet discover that stealing a nuclear warhead isn’t easy when they encounter an unexpected enemy. Eph and Alex concoct a new weapon to use against the strigoi. Frustrated with his seclusion, Zack discovers a love interest.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 2677 votes.

The Strain - S2E1

#6 - BK, N.Y. (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Eph and Nora work on a biological weapon to kill the strigoi, and Setrakian risks the lives of the entire group to find information about a closely guarded secret text. The Master begins the next phase of his own plan, by creating a terrifying new breed of creature and placing them under the control of Kelly.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 2758 votes.

The Strain - S2E3

#5 - Fort Defiance (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Gus and Vaun wage an attack on Palmer as Eph struggles to connect with Zack. Councilwoman Justine Faraldo vows to bring her extermination policies to the other boroughs.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 2530 votes.

The Strain - S3E1

#4 - New York Strong (Season 3 - Episode 1)

The strigoi are evolving, becoming faster. Smarter. Eph struggles to improve his failing bioweapon while trying to work through the emotional fallout of the abduction of his son, Zack. As Setrakian and Quinlan attempt to crack the Lumen’s deepest-held secrets, Fet helps a Navy SEAL team in a deadly mission: search for the Master through the underground tunnels of New York.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 3449 votes.

The Strain - S2E12

#3 - Fallen Light (Season 2 - Episode 12)


Eph must choose between Zack's safety and the safety of the citizens of NYC. Meanwhile, his relationship with Nora reaches a critical impasse, and Gus and Angel assemble an unlikely gang of Sun-hunters.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 2381 votes.

The Strain - S4E2

#2 - The Blood Tax (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Imprisoned as a subject in a strigoi breeding program, Dutch is desperate to escape and find Setrakian. Gus recruits his cousin for the inside job that will put his gang at the top of the new world’s underground economy, but Creem is suspicious of his business partner’s ambitions and a CDC team investigates the outbreak of a mysterious illness that mirrors vampirism.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 2734 votes.

The Strain - S2E4

#1 - The Silver Angel (Season 2 - Episode 4)


Eph and Nora finally see their lethal virus in action. Fet takes the security of Red Hook into his own hands while Dutch and Setrakian set off for Staten Island to question Fitzwilliam, Palmer's former body guard.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 2450 votes.

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