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The Strain 

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A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.
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Series cast summary:
Corey Stoll ...  Ephraim Goodweather 46 episodes, 2014-2017
David Bradley ...  Abraham Setrakian 46 episodes, 2014-2017
Kevin Durand ...  Vasiliy Fet 46 episodes, 2014-2017
Jonathan Hyde ...  Eldritch Palmer / ... 46 episodes, 2014-2017
Richard Sammel ...  Thomas Eichorst 46 episodes, 2014-2017
Miguel Gomez ...  Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde 46 episodes, 2014-2017
Ruta Gedmintas ...  Dutch Velders 39 episodes, 2014-2017
Natalie Brown ...  Kelly Goodweather 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Max Charles ...  Zach Goodweather 33 episodes, 2015-2017
Robin Atkin Downes ...  The Master 30 episodes, 2014-2017
Jack Kesy ...  Gabriel Bolivar / ... 29 episodes, 2014-2016
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  Mr. Quinlan 29 episodes, 2015-2017
Mía Maestro ...  Nora Martinez 26 episodes, 2014-2015


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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Mía Maestro sang her own song 'Barca' in The Strain: The Master (2014). See more »

Crazy Credits

Season 2 episode "The Battle for Red Hook" has an extended animated opening credit sequence. See more »

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Well photographed, nice sets, art direction, but uneven character and plot
14 July 2014 | by thogstackerSee all my reviews

I just appreciate somebody trying to do something well.

Most of this show, I loved. The premise, the story, the pacing, the tension were well done. The special effects were awesome, frightening. Props and sets, "neo-Lovecraftian." Even the lighting is noticeably great. This is a completely unique and well-produced series.

Some of the negative reviews are accurate. Characters do sometimes behave bizarrely for their circumstances: a pair of air-traffic controllers go running out on the tarmac to inspect a mysterious passenger jet and drop lines about how "a plane is like a house with wings!" as if they've never seen one before. A painfully two-dimensional hired con acts inappropriately aggressive toward a money-paying client, etc. Some of this behavior left me scratching my head.

In the end, however, these shortcomings did not ruin the show for me. I still enjoyed it immensely. It is well done, terrifying.

A worthy addition to Sunday's line up with Game of Thrones between season, Mad Men down the line and True Blood coming to an end.

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Release Date:

13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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