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Series cast summary:
 Ephraim Goodweather (45 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Abraham Setrakian (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Vasiliy Fet (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Eldritch Palmer / ... (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Thomas Eichorst (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Kelly Goodweather (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde (44 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Dutch Velders (37 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Zach Goodweather (31 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Gabriel Bolivar / ... (29 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Mr. Quinlan (27 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Nora Martinez (26 episodes, 2014-2015)
 The Master (23 episodes, 2014-2017)


A 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. Written by FX

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Even though he didn't specify exactly which he meant, co-creator Guillermo del Toro revealed on an interview given in October 2015 that he hasn't agreed with some creative decisions made by showrunner Carlton Cuse, but leaves it up to him because he runs the show on a daily basis. See more »


The time it takes for people to change into Strigoi changes from episode to episode. Originally it was several days; in later shows it only takes several hours or less. See more »

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Return of the reapers? Sort of.
1 January 2015 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I've heard mixed opinions on The Strain, with the most vocal detractors often being those who have already read the books (written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan). I haven't read the books, so bear that in mind, but I think this is a fun show about a vampire epidemic.

With a number of moments reminiscent of the great Salem's Lot, The Strain manages to stand out in a field - horror-centric TV shows - that looks in danger of becoming overcrowded nowadays. It does that by complementing the bloodshed with many scenes of genuine tension.

Corey Stoll is the main character, "Eph", a CDC worker who ends up going rogue when his superiors try to silence him. Working on a case involving a plane full of deceased passengers, Eph eventually starts to consider a theory put forward by Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley). This isn't just an infectious disease. It's vampirism.

Other notable characters include a city health inspector named Vasiliy (Kevin Durand), the main man who is putting all the pieces into place (Thomas Eichorst, played by Richard Sammel), Eph's work colleague (Nora Martinez, played by Mia Maestro), Jonathan Hyde may be ill but is also a human "familiar", and there's a hacker named Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas).

The biggest failing in the show is the way in which the effects of the epidemic are shown. For most of the first season, many places look fairly normal, albeit very quiet and uninhabited. There's a feeling that we're only seeing a snapshot of the bigger picture, which is all well and good, but the broad strokes of the bigger picture are often forgotten about while moving around with the main characters.

The finale may not have been as grand or neat as hoped, but I look forward to the second season.

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