The Strain (2014–2017)
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Night Zero 

When a commercial airliner lands and stands silent, CDC agent Ephraim Goodweather investigates the plane to find that the passengers are infected by a vile plague.


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro (teleplay by), Chuck Hogan (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Mía Maestro ... Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet (credit only)
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst
Sean Astin ... Jim Kent
Jack Kesy ... Gabriel Bolivar
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde
Ben Hyland ... Zach Goodweather
Lance Henriksen ... Narrator (voice) (as Lance Henricksen)
Roger Cross ... Reggie Fitzwilliam
Daniel Kash ... Dr. Everett Barnes
Leslie Hope ... Joan Luss


When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC's Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. Harlem pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian races to the airport, convinced that what looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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USA | Canada


English | French | Spanish | German

Release Date:

13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Andrew Divoff (bishop) starred in the 1991 film Toy Soldiers along with Sean Astin. See more »


When Eph enters the house, trees can be seen wrapped in burlap in front of the porch. Wrapping trees for winter in New York City is not a common practice, as winters are generally not cold enough to damage trees and shrubs; this is usually seen in places further north, like Canada, Russia, or northern Japan. See more »


[the heart in Setrakian's jar twitches]
Abraham Setrakian: Feeling hungry?
[He opens the jar, pricks his finger, and drips blood into the serum. Half a dozen blood worms emerge from the heart to feed]
Abraham Setrakian: Enjoy, dear.
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References Fringe (2008) See more »


Among the Living
Written by Trevor Tuminski, Dave Swiecicki, Mike Keller, Tery Kazakoff and Rich Reid
Performed by Jet Set Satellite
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Disappointing Opener
4 April 2019 | by solemnphilosopherSee all my reviews

The Strain has been on my watchlist for some time and I was looking forward to finally watching the show. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I was disappointed overall.

The show opens with a large passenger plane landing at a major airport, but there is no communication from the cockpit. Two CDC officers are tasked with entering the plane and finding out with happened.

Unfortunately for the audience, there isn't much mystery to unravel. We already know what primarily happened due to the opening scene. Subsequent side scenes also showed what the officers were about to discover or encounter. Essentially, the episode revealed too much and contained it own spoilers.

For a serious vampire show, I also thought the cinematography was a bit too bright and colorful at times. It would have liked a darker and more brooding atmosphere. It has some of those moments, but it is uneven.

Whatever the case, the pilot of a TV show often has some rough edges. I like the ideas, but perhaps not the initial execution. I am going to watch a few more episodes and give The Strain a chance to hopefully find its groove.

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