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The Strain (TV series)

The Strain
The Strain 2014 Intertitle.jpg
Title card from seasons 1–2
Created by
Based on The Strain
by Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
Voices of Robin Atkin Downes
Composer(s) Ramin Djawadi
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 36 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario
  • Kathryn Himoff
  • Christopher Nelson
  • Sarah Boyd
Running time
  • 39–44 minutes (regular)
  • 70 minutes (pilot)
Production company(s)
  • Double Dare You
  • Carlton Cuse Productions (2014–15)
  • Cuse Productions (2016–17)
  • FX Productions (2014–15)
  • FXP (2016–17)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network FX
Original release July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) – present
External links

The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same name. Carlton Cuse serves as executive producer and showrunner. Del Toro and Hogan wrote the pilot episode, "Night Zero", which del Toro directed. A thirteen-episode first season was ordered on November 19, 2013. The pilot episode premiered at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, in early June 2014.

On August 6, 2014, FX renewed The Strain for a 13-episode second season which premiered on July 12, 2015. On August 7, 2015, FX renewed The Strain for a 10-episode third season which premiered on August 28, 2016. FX renewed the series for a fourth and final season on September 27, 2016, slated to air in summer 2017.

In 2006, del Toro pitched The Strain as a television series, but negotiations broke down when the network president at Fox Broadcasting Company asked him to make it a comedy. An agent suggested expanding the concept as a novel series instead. Del Toro asked Chuck Hogan to co-write the series, explaining: "I've written short stories in Spanish and English. I've written screenplays. But I'm not good at forensic novels. I'm not good at hazmat language and that CSI-style precision. When Stoker wrote Dracula, it was very modern, a CSI sort of novel. I wanted to give The Strain a procedural feel, where everything seems real." Hogan agreed after reading a page and a half of del Toro's 12-page project outline; the duo collaborated for the first year on a handshake, with no contract or publishing deal in place. The first installment, The Strain, was released in 2009. It was followed by 2010's The Fall and 2011's The Night Eternal.

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)
2 13 July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)
3 10 August 28, 2016 (2016-08-28) October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)

  • Kathryn Himoff
  • Christopher Nelson
  • Sarah Boyd
  • 39–44 minutes (regular)
  • 70 minutes (pilot)
  • Double Dare You
  • Carlton Cuse Productions (2014–15)
  • Cuse Productions (2016–17)
  • FX Productions (2014–15)
  • FXP (2016–17)
  • Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, the head of the CDC Canary Team in New York City.
  • David Bradley as Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor turned New York pawnbroker. Jim Watson portrays a young Setrakian in flashbacks.
  • Mía Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez, a member of the CDC Canary Team and Eph's closest ally. (seasons 1–2)
  • Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet, a once-solitary rat exterminator of Ukrainian descent, who is caught up in the fight for humanity.
  • Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer/The Master, an elderly billionaire invalid driven to obtain immortality. Charlie Gallant portrays a young Palmer in flashbacks.
  • Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst, an undead vampire acolyte of the Master who has a 70-year history with Setrakian. In his former life, he was a Nazi commander at the Treblinka extermination camp in German-occupied Poland.
  • Sean Astin as Jim Kent, a CDC administrator who works with Eph and Nora. (season 1, guest season 2)
  • Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar/The Master, a philandering rock star with an appetite for recreational drugs and is one of the Master's vampire acolytes before becoming the Master's host body. (seasons 1–2, recurring season 3)
  • Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather, Eph's estranged wife. (seasons 1–3)
  • Miguel Gomez as Augustin "Gus" Elizalde, a gang member who just got out of juvenile prison.
  • Ben Hyland (season 1) and Max Charles (season 2–present) as Zach Goodweather, the son of Ephraim and Kelly.
  • Robin Atkin Downes as the voice of the Master, one of the seven Ancient vampires and the series' central antagonist.
  • Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders, an internet hacker hired by Palmer, who turns against the company when she realizes what she has done. (season 2–present, recurring season 1)
  • Rupert Penry-Jones as Mr. Quinlan, a half-vampire with a vendetta against the Master. (season 2–present)
  • Samantha Mathis as Justine Feraldo, a tenacious New York City councilwoman for Staten Island. (season 3, recurring season 2)
  • Joaquín Cosío as Angel Guzman Hurtado, a retired wrestler once known as "The Silver Angel". (season 3, recurring season 2)
  • Cas Anvar as Sanjay Desai, a Stoneheart employee and subordinate of Eichhorst. (season 3)
  • Pedro Miguel Arce as Felix, Gus's friend. (season 1)
  • Adriana Barraza as Guadalupe Elizalde, Gus and Crispin's mother. (seasons 1–3)
  • Brenda Bazinet as Pauline McGeever, a vampire victim experimented on by Eph and Nora. (season 2)
  • Nigel Bennett as Dr. Dreverhaven, a former Nazi physician turned vampire. (seasons 2–3)
  • Anne Betancourt as Mariela Martinez, Nora's mother who suffers from dementia. (season 1)
  • Lizzie Brocheré as Coco Marchand, Palmer's new personal assistant. (season 2)
  • Inga Cadranel as Diane, a Queens native and Kelly's best friend. (season 1)
  • Ron Canada as George Lyle, the Mayor of New York City. (season 2)
  • Francis Capra as Crispin Elizalde, Gus's con artist brother. (season 1)
  • Roger Cross as Reggie Fitzwilliam, Palmer's caregiver and head of security. (seasons 1–2)
  • Miranda Edwards as Eve, a human agent working with Quinlan and The Ancients. (season 2-present)
  • Kevin Hanchard as Curtis Fitzwilliam, a firefighter and Reggie's brother. (season 2)
  • Jamie Hector as Alonso Creem, an arms dealer and gang leader. (season 1–present)
  • Leslie Hope as Joan Luss, an attorney and one of the plane's surviving passengers. (season 1)
  • Doug Jones as one of the Ancients, the seven original vampires. Jones also portrays the Master's previous host before Jusef in a flashback. (seasons 1–3)
  • Daniel Kash as Dr. Everett Barnes, the director of the CDC and later Secretary for Health and Human Services. (seasons 1–2)
  • Parveen Kaur as Aanya Gupta, a waitress and the daughter of the owners of the Tandoori Palace. (season 2)
  • Tom Kemp as Cardinal McNamara, a Catholic cardinal who is selling an item of interest to both Setrakian and Palmer. (season 2)
  • Regina King as Ruby Wain, Bolivar's intelligent and accomplished manager. (season 1)
  • Ron Lea as Harrison McGeever, a vampire victim experimented on by Eph and Nora. (season 2)
  • Robert Maillet as Jusef Sardu, a 19th-century Romanian noble who was the Master's host body until he was gravely injured. (season 1–2)
  • Stephen McHattie as Vaun, leader of a band of undead hunters sent to destroy the vampire outbreak. (seasons 1–2)
  • Melanie Merkosky as Sylvia Kent, Jim Kent's cancer-stricken wife. (season 1)
  • Drew Nelson as Matt Sayles, Kelly Goodweather's live-in boyfriend. (season 1)
  • Paulino Nunes as Captain Frank Kowalski, an NYPD officer working with Justine Feraldo. (season 2–3)
  • America Olivo as Captain Kate Rogers, the commander of a squad of NYPD combatants. (season 3)
  • Jonathan Potts as Captain Doyle Redfern, pilot of the flight and one of the outbreak's few survivors. (season 1)
  • Kim Roberts as Neeva, Joan Luss' nanny and housekeeper. (season 1)
  • Nikolai Witschl as Ansel Barbour, one of the plane's surviving passengers. (season 1)


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