The Strain: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Strain

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The Strain makes the most of its familiar themes through an effective mix of supernatural thrills and B-movie gore -- though it may not appeal to everyone.



Critic Ratings: 64


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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

A plane filled with dead passengers spurs an investigation in the opener of this series, in which a vampiric virus spreads through New York City.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

Strange symptoms begin to show in the four survivors. Meanwhile, Setrakian gets a surprise visitor.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern's life. Meanwhile, Setrakian sets out to stop the spread of the disease.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

Jim makes a startling confession. Meanwhile, Ansel takes desperate measures to protect his family.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2014

Eph joins Setrakian's push for a quarantine. Meanwhile, a medical emergency threatens Palmer's plan.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

Eph is arrested by the FBI. Meanwhile, Eichhorst gives Gus a job to do.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

Jim is used as bait in a plan to track down the Master. Meanwhile, Neeva encounters a mysterious stranger.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2014

Setrakian discovers a powerful new weapon.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2014

Eph races to protect his family. Meanwhile, Gus is forced to make a difficult decision about Felix.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Eph investigates Kelly's disappearance. Meanwhile, Dutch retaliates against Palmer; and Fitzwilliam makes a surprising choice.

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In Season 1 of this dramatic horror series, a strange virus seemingly kills all passengers and crew on an inbound jet to JFK International Airport. Upon investigating, Drs. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), Nora Martinez (Mía Maestro) and the CDC Canary team are shocked to find four passengers alive, though still infected, causing the CDC team to fear an Ebola-like plague. Despite Ephraim's objections, no quarantines are issued. However, circumstances become dire when it's discovered the virus transforms its victims into vampires. While fighting to stop the spread of the virus, Ephraim, Nora and their team face betrayal and murder, which jeopardize their efforts and the livelihood of all New York City residents.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Durand
Vailiy Fet
David Bradley
Professor Abraham Setrakian
Natalie Brown
Kelly Goodweather
Ben Hyland
Zack Goodweather
Richard Sammel
Thomas Eichhorst
Jack Kesy
Gabriel Bolivar
Miguel Gomez
Augustin "Gus" Elizalde
Corey Stoll
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather
Mia Maestro
Dr. Nora Martinez
Jonathan Hyde
Eldritch Palmer
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Critic Reviews for The Strain Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (30)

Some of the most intense and disturbing scenes ever on television.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Fans of gore will love what the special effects crew has come up with. These aren't sexy, True Blood-style vampires.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

If viewers fast-forward through the dull parts - and if they have strong stomachs - they'll have a good time.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is actually the calm before a terrifying storm in The Strain, which promises to reinvent our idea of vampires and make them scary again. Scary as opposed to sexy, as in "True Blood," and chillingly gruesome.

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller... is creepily captivating but most assuredly not for the squeamish, or for nervous fliers.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Whether you prefer your fear to be delivered as an extended psychological tease, or sudden gruesome bolts of old-fashioned lethal violence, The Strain gets the job done.

Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Strain concludes its first season as it opened it: loud, shadowy, and stupid.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a real sense of urgency and mounting dread as the series unfolds. It never slows down, it never lets up.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

A B series in all its aspects. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The joy of Del Toro's gleefully active imagination feels completely absent in the muddy landscape of The Strain.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

We just can't seem to quit you, The Strain. You're never so bad that we feel our intelligence is being insulted and in your best moments (and there are several), you come off like a fun B-grade horror flick.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The Strain doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, and audiences shouldn't, either.

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strain: Season 1

  • Jul 10, 2020
    That's a good one, more than I expected from a tv show about vampires, good and it's worth checking out
  • Apr 10, 2020
    I just started watching it oh my God so good.
  • Feb 15, 2020
    Fed serie og synd der ikke kom en sæson 5 ;(
  • Sep 13, 2018
    Scary and thrilling edge of my seat vampire thriller
  • Feb 14, 2018
    This was a super season. I gave this a binge during the Halloween season and loved it. Del Toro perfectly directed the pilot episode and the show manages to keep up with the initial promise throughout. If you enjoyed Del Toro's Blade 2 you will certainly enjoy this vampire mash-up.
  • Nov 29, 2017
    In the movie, the mysterious outbreak of an infectious and deadly virus leaves a team of doctors in the U.S state of New York in danger while investigating to find the cause of death in passengers and crew members on a Boeing 777. The Strain by bringing out the "Ancients" in form of Strigoi which have rapidly wiped out the entirety of the city, manages to portray the horrific image behind the movie. The involvement of a rare but efficient human hybrid, Mr. Quinlan who is also the son of the Master offers a ray of hope, but the fight is far from over. While the writer is credited for exploring the far-reaching effects of the Master's rise to power through a slow-building suspense of events, on the side of humans the movie exposes our ingrained selfishness which enhances his plan to manipulate and corrupt such a large population in order to fulfil his evil plan. In addition, it is difficult to explain how such a viral outbreak was contained within just the areas of New York, considering that the bigger the numbers, the stronger the Master became. The end is predictable but generally engaging as the Master is exposed and his influence shortlived, despite his effort to disguise himself. The few survivors if any, would have turned out to be fighters who have selflessly sacrificed everything in their quest to find and destroy the source to save mankind, yet one cannot underestimate the damage left behind.
  • Oct 14, 2017
    meh. low quality show about a topic i enjoy. kind of typical and walking dead-like. and the actress that plays nora is terrible (1 viewing)
  • Sep 07, 2017
    At first the series seemed weird because people didn't seem to care that people were going all..zombie vampire randomly. There's literally a scene where cars are stuck in rush hour and a random dude kills two people in front of ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN CARS and no one freaks out. Like "oh an average day in New York!". Then they got it right pretty quickly. Albeit out of the blue, the town turns into a more apocolyptic scene rather than ignorant people ignoring the glaringly obvious monster stuff going on all over them right in front of their eyes and acting like nothing is going on. So glad to say it got much better. I didn't think I would like this series but I really did enjoy it. So far Season 1 and 2 have held. I have yet to see season 3.
  • Aug 27, 2017
    I forced my way through Season 1 after a friend told me Season 2 was much better. Not according to RT, which has lower ratings for Season 2 from both critics and viewers. I don't know how it got such high ratings in the first place. It is slow and boring. I have fallen asleep on almost every episode. I don't care at all about the characters. They are all flat and shallow and barely one dimensional. It has no impact when anyone dies. You just don't care. I keep hoping they just kill everyone and end the agony. The story feels like something you've seen a thousand times. There are people saying it is campy or cartoonish or B Movie cool. NO, it is not. It is just BAD. It's like the B movies that no one remembers, not the B movies that became cult hits. Maybe, there is a slim chance that if it had gone the campy route of a show like Ash vs The Evil Dead (which I consider a top notch show) it might have been better. But the show takes itself too seriously and seems to think it is some diabolical masterpiece of the politics of vampire culture. It just feels flat and empty to me. How is it that so many people like this show? I will never understand the public.
  • Aug 07, 2017
    Such a bad show - the worst of the worst

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