The Strain: Season 1 (2014)

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Season 1
The Strain

Critics Consensus

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.

86%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 63

79%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 1363
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 13, 2014
2
Air date: Jul 20, 2014
3
Air date: Jul 27, 2014
4
Air date: Aug 3, 2014
5
Air date: Aug 10, 2014
6
Air date: Aug 17, 2014
7
Air date: Aug 24, 2014
8
Air date: Aug 31, 2014
9
Air date: Sep 7, 2014
10
Air date: Sep 14, 2014
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Tv Season Info

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

Corey Stoll
as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather
Mia Maestro
as Dr. Nora Martinez
Sean Astin
as Jim Kent
Kevin Durand
as Vasiliy Fet
Natalie Brown
as Kelly Goodweather
Jonathan Hyde
as Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel
as Thomas Eichorst
Robert Maillet
as The Master
Jack Kesy
as Gabriel Bolivar
Ben Hyland
as Zach Goodweather
Miguel Gómez
as Augustin "Gus" Elizalde
David Bradley
as Professor Abraham Setrakian
Roger R. Cross
as Mr. Fitzwilliam
Leslie Hope
as Joan Luss
Regina King
as Ruby Wain
Nikolai Witschl
as Ansel Barbour
Drew Nelson
as Matt Sayles
Jonathan Potts
as Captain Redfern
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Critic Reviews for The Strain Season 1

All Critics (63) | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Strain: Season 1

  • 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
  • Jul 25, 2017
    Despite the slow pace,uneven character development and at times very stupid decisions. The Strain is able to entertain with great direction, visuals,creature designs and scary moments.
  • Jun 18, 2017
    My wife and I were interested to check out the series after a few seasons because we caught glimpses of what seemed to be a visually intriguing vampire series. While the show initially showed flashes of potential and even got us excited around Episode 10, it quickly fell to pieces down the stretch by writing each of the main characters into complete idiots in order to advance the plot. This is normally a 'death sentence' for my interest but we've decided to start Season 2 and see if it can recover from this spiral of shame. Extremely disappointed.
  • May 16, 2017
    Parece un licuado de aliens, vampiros y zombies. Los efectos especiales son buenos, pero la trama es aburrida, puedes adelantar los capítulos varios minutos y no pasa nada importante.

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