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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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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

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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: 59 out of 97
  2. Negative: 22 out of 97
  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 14, 2014
    10
    Por favor, PI LO TA SO DE PROPORCIONES BÍBLICAS ES LO DE THE STRAIN, le tenía fé pero ESTO SUPERÓ TODAS MIS EXPECTATIVAS.
    Yo creo que ya me
    Por favor, PI LO TA SO DE PROPORCIONES BÍBLICAS ES LO DE THE STRAIN, le tenía fé pero ESTO SUPERÓ TODAS MIS EXPECTATIVAS.
    Yo creo que ya me voy a poner a leer en la que se basa la serie porque POR FAVORE, la curiosidad me está matando.
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  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. Aug 4, 2014
    7
    The back story has a bigger promise than the current focus on the lead protagonist and his life as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Eph). It is theThe back story has a bigger promise than the current focus on the lead protagonist and his life as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Eph). It is the simplicity (or laziness) of the infrastructure that could potentially weaken the series in using this typical work-obsessed male lead through the usual stereotypes with a broken marriage and adoring son. Add in the ex-mistress as his sidekick who fixes his tie and his duplicitous co-worker who plies him with milk and caters to his every need and they have created a one dimensional typified narcissistic character. In building someone up with a god complex they could have least make him likeable.

    Although visually interesting, why use a NYC backdrop, maybe a remote rural location would have been more interesting (or am I simply influenced by the tension in the rural outback of the Jeepers Creepers milieu).

    In sum it’s the acting that is the missing link in this series not the story. David Bradley’s character is the only primary lynchpin that gels the interest in the story together and am looking forward to finding out more about him and his connection with the mysterious blood-thirsty coffin-bound parasite. Personally I would prefer less on the relationship drama and more on the unfolding horror story.
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  5. Oct 24, 2014
    6
    It's a decent show. Not great by any means, but it's an enjoyable way to waste an hour. It's campy at times, and the lead actor is, simplyIt's a decent show. Not great by any means, but it's an enjoyable way to waste an hour. It's campy at times, and the lead actor is, simply put, bad. Still, the supporting cast (especially David Bradley) is strong and most of the effects outside of the Master's look are pretty good. There are also some genuinely scary moments. It's a quality summer show. Expand
  6. Sep 22, 2014
    4
    I want to love this show SO badly -- del Toro's work hardly ever disappoints -- and to its credit, all the raw ingredients are right there.I want to love this show SO badly -- del Toro's work hardly ever disappoints -- and to its credit, all the raw ingredients are right there. I'm just not 100% sure it's found its pacing (yet!) as an episodic TV show. I can see that it wants to serve up some mixture of poignant character insight and seat-squirming action. However, in this first season I feel that the excessive flashing back and fragmentary bouncing around has diluted its success in both areas. Some of the episodes are a very stylish, engaging mix of horror, suspense, and character insight -- and the pilot showed so much of del Toro's signature style (probably because he directed it). So I'm very hopeful that things will come together in an impressive way, if only given enough time. The show runners just need to smooth out the pacing from one installment to another, as individual threads begin (thankfully) merging together in a more focused direction. Still hanging with it ... Expand
  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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