The Strain : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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72

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 342 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire novel trilogy, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City investigate a rapidly spreading virus that may be related to vampirism.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 10, 2014
    100
    Enter The Strain, which just may turn out to be the best-executed, most cleverly constructed and most universally enjoyable fright-monger of them all.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Campy, creepy, and convincing, The Strain is oddly riveting, with a gleeful, pulpy momentum propelling the plot.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    Ominous, creepy and utterly engaging, The Strain is like the perfect drive-in movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Jul 3, 2014
    75
    This is cult-classic, midnight-movie horror, designed in meticulous, mythology-respecting detail for comic-book readers and fangirls and -boys.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 11, 2014
    70
    [The first episode is] a little dawdling and predictable and unsure of its tone, with cardboard characters and flat dialogue. Things pick up after that, though--once everyone’s been brought onstage and the story set in motion, the episodes have more snap, and the horror scenes go from pedestrian to actually creepy.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 9, 2014
    70
    At times the portentous dialogue can sound hokey, but for the most part, the slick pilot and three subsequent episodes set the tone for a series with enough of a hook to get under one’s skin.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 9, 2014
    30
    Despite a great deal of visible effort, the first four episodes of The Strain never succeeded in making Corey Stoll's epidemiologist character even remotely compelling. Unfortunately most of the other characters are even more superficial and predictable, which made it nearly impossible to stay engaged when they began doing dumb things. The only real bright spot in The Strain is David Bradley.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 91
  2. Negative: 23 out of 91
  1. Nov 15, 2014
    10
    You will enter a place where everyone can harm you. This is the real way how a vampire tv show should have be done, great! Hope there will beYou will enter a place where everyone can harm you. This is the real way how a vampire tv show should have be done, great! Hope there will be a chapter 2-3-4... Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Great vampire show, with plenty of gore and horror and enough distance from Twilight, to mark it as summer's horror favorite !! LookingGreat vampire show, with plenty of gore and horror and enough distance from Twilight, to mark it as summer's horror favorite !! Looking forward to the next episodes ! Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    Very entertaining, an extended summer blockbuster.

    It's good they get the CDC stuff out of the way in the first episode, it's not very
    Very entertaining, an extended summer blockbuster.

    It's good they get the CDC stuff out of the way in the first episode, it's not very authentic in many obvious ways -- but so what, no need for the bio-hazard suits after episode 1 ;-)

    Hopefully they'll wind up the story line in 1 season, or do 1 season for each book, and not drag it out -- it could easily turn into another Walking Dead, with luck it won't.
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  4. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    3 episodes in and so far I have been looking forward to seeing the next one. It has that early Fringe scifi investigation feel the way the3 episodes in and so far I have been looking forward to seeing the next one. It has that early Fringe scifi investigation feel the way the story unfolds. Then you have that comic book like super natural monsters and characters. I do wish the acting and camera work could do better. Anyway, if you like scifi comic book type shows, it is a good bet that you would also like this show. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2014
    6
    Guillermo del Toro can be a master of horror. Yet "The Strain" will not work (maybe because it´s in prime time where there is less gore andGuillermo del Toro can be a master of horror. Yet "The Strain" will not work (maybe because it´s in prime time where there is less gore and not so much bad words) - It dwells far from the book and DarkHorse´s Comics.
    It´s a shame, but i truly believe this one is gonna be obliterated when the new season of Waling Dead airs up again.
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  6. Jul 28, 2014
    4
    I was hoping for a good horror show. The few short trailers that aired on FX before it came out looked really good. 3 episodes in and the showI was hoping for a good horror show. The few short trailers that aired on FX before it came out looked really good. 3 episodes in and the show has done nothing but disappoint me. The vampire/monster designs are awesome and despite the lack of any sort of fear I do see potential here. It's just a shame that for every compelling element the show has so far, it squanders it in the worst possible ways.

    None of the characters have yet to grab me in any way, and the main character "Eph" is a type I find completely unlikable. It doesn't help that the majority of the acting here is pretty awful and that the dialog is often horrendous. There are certain characters who are beginning to show potential, but they hardly get enough screen time.

    Every now and then something cool will happen on-screen, usually when the show is focusing on the infected characters changing, but so far the show is nothing but wasted potential. After only 3 episodes the show has proven to be both un-scary and poorly written. Maybe the show will get better as it progresses, but as of right now I can't recommend it to anyone.
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  7. Aug 19, 2015
    0
    **** terrible. I've been looking forward to this but in the end it's just the worst series I've ever watched. It has no logical aspect, it**** terrible. I've been looking forward to this but in the end it's just the worst series I've ever watched. It has no logical aspect, it seems like all the characters there are kind of immune to intelligence, like seriously [SPOILER ALERT] if you would be spitting blood, losing your genitals and hair wouldn't you **** run to the hospital or something? Like what the **** and don't tell it's the voice thats telling them not to do so, all 3 or 4 of these survivers from the plane seemed not to be possesed at the beginning and they've been spitting blood... and not just that this women that found her man chained in the shack is **** mentally challanged.... ah look, the movie isn't worth any second of your life so don't waste time with it. Expand

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