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The Strain Season 1
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Episodes: 13
Original airdate: July 13, 2014

Season 1 of The Strain premiered on July 13, 2014.


A plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team are sent to investigate. On board they find two hundred corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity.



Recurring cast[]

Notes of Interest[]

  • The Strain (novel) (Even though the book is located behind a paywall, you can still conduct limited searches for the sake of reference)
  • Chuck Hogan Interview (Showrunner Chuck Hogan talks about his inspiration for the teleplay well as his collaboration with del Toro)
  • Why Vampires never die? (This was an op-ed piece, or "opposite the editorial page", written several years before Del Toro wrote the novels)



Picture Title Number Season Number Production Code Original Airdate U.S. viewers
The Strain Season 1 Episode 1.jpg "Night Zero" 1 1 XSN01001 July 13, 2014 2.99[1]
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team investigate a plane that lands in New York City with everyone on board dead; pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian is convinced that something sinister is beginning.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 2.jpg "The Box" 2 1 XSN01002 July 20, 2014 2.12[2]
The four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora's attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Meanwhile, in jail, Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old - a very old - acquaintance.
Junkless.png "Gone Smooth" 3 1 XSN01003 July 27, 2014 2.30[3]
Eph and Nora fight to save Capt. Redfern's life; a spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening below the city; Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 4.jpg "It's Not for Everyone" 4 1 XSN01004 August 3, 2014 2.27[4]
A secret autopsy demonstrates the bizarre progression of the mystery virus; Eph and Nora race to find the father of the youngest victim of the plane tragedy; Ansel takes desperate measures to protect his family.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 5.jpg "Runaways" 5 1 XSN01005 August 10th, 2014 2.03[5]
With Nora gone, Eph reluctantly joins Setrakian's quest in hopes of gathering enough evidence to warrant a citywide quarantine. Fet encounters the unexpected inside the subway tunnels, and a medical emergency threatens Palmer's master plan.
"Occultation" 6 1 XSN01006 August 17th, 2014 2.28[6]
After warning Kelly to leave the city with Zack ahead of the spreading plague, Eph is arrested by the FBI. Eichhorst has one final job for Gus, while Setrakian realizes that the coming eclipse is the tipping point for virus infection and the beginning of the end.
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"For Services Rendered" 7 1 XSN01007 August 24th, 2014 2.43[7]
Setrakian, Eph, and Nora formulate a plan to track down the Master using Jim as bait. Eichhorst and Setrakian's pasts are revealed. At the Luss home, Neeva struggles to protect the children while encountering a mysterious stranger whose help she may not want.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 8.jpg "Creatures of the Night" 8 1 XSN01008 August 31st, 2014 1.91[8]
After discovering the potency of ultraviolet light against the strigoi, Setrakian gains a new and unlikely disciple. A quick trip to a Brooklyn convenience store turns into a deadly all-night siege.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 9.jpg "The Disappeared " 9 1 XSN01009 September 7th, 2014 1.87[9]
Eph investigates Kelly's disappearance. Meanwhile, Dutch retaliates against Palmer; and Fitzwilliam makes a surprising choice.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 10.jpg "Loved Ones" 10 1 XSN01010 September 14th, 2014 2.22[10]
Zack risks his safety for Mariela. Meanwhile, Eph, Fet and Nora search for the Master's lair.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 11.jpg "The Third Rail" 11 1 XSN01011 September 21st, 2014 2.28[11]
Setrakian leads Eph, Fet and Nora in the hunt for the Master's lair. Left behind at the pawnshop with Mariela, Zack risks his safety for Mariela's sake.
The Strain Season 1 Episode 12.jpg "Last Rites" 12 1 XSN01012 September 28th, 2014 1.97[12]
Dutch returns with a plan to broadcast Eph's warning about the vampiric plague. However, they face a new threat when Eichhorst launches his own attack against the pawn shop. Palmer receives a special visitor, and Gus gears up for the on-coming fight but discovers there's another mysterious factor involved.
Palmers-organs.png "The Master" 13 1 XSN01013 October 5th, 2014 2.09[13]
Eph and Fet recon for an all-out assault that Setrakian assures them will finally kill the Master. Gus aligns himself with a strange new force, one that may swing the fight in an unforeseen direction.



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