The Strain, Season 1

The Strain, Season 1

The Strain

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2014-07-13
  • Advisory Rating: TV-MA
  • Episodes: 13
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 19.99
From 441 Ratings


The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the CDC Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph and his team wage war for the fate of humanity itself.


Title Time Price
1 Night Zero 1:11:39 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
2 The Box 43:42 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
3 Gone Smooth 42:21 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
4 It's Not for Everyone 42:49 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
5 Runaways 43:38 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
6 Occultation 43:27 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
7 For Services Rendered 45:15 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
8 Creatures of the Night 41:55 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
9 The Disappeared 43:31 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
10 Loved Ones 42:56 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
11 The Third Rail 41:47 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
12 Last Rites 44:19 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
13 The Master 46:58 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes



  • Great Ads

    By boticus
    By all means pay for this show so you can watch some more ads, because it has ads in it. Worth the price for the ads alone. I love ads. I wish I could pay to watch ads all day long.
  • Vampires Scary Again

    By Dratinires
    I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot, it was cheesy fun. Still, there's a lot of potential for this series, which is wonderfully and brilliantly directed.
  • It's Like They Never Thought Past The Pitch

    By Mark-ster
    Caught my attention from the start but by the time they got to the Occultation episode it felt like the writers themselves had lost interest in the show. It now feels weirdly anemic, gasping for air and desperate for focus---not to mention a fully developed writing staff.
  • Been waiting for this show for a while

    By potzer
    I read all three excellent books in The Strain trilogy and I’ve been waiting for this series to debut for a while. I’m very pleased with the quality of their production and the calibre of actors and writers they’ve assembled. There are certainly some minor changes from the original books for TV pacing and flow but the entire story is largely untouched and very faithful. Vampires are gross and scary again (not sparkly.) Thanks, FX, for getting this right.
  • Not as expected, very disappointing.

    By Observer2010
    The concept seems interesting. The execution is amateurish. The writer/writers seems to have deep personal issues. The series seems to be more about them grinding an axe than it is about writing a thrilling sci fi thriller.
  • Such a bad writing! No surprises at all

    By Kozanis
    All the dialogs sounds like side notes from storyboard that someone accidentally mistaken for actors’ lines during production. Dialogues are stiff predictable and overexplanatory with action that happens on the screen. If you want good new look at vampire stories with a twist watch french “The Returned” or UK “The Shades” which are so much better then this show that there’s nothing to compare.
  • gave me the shivers

    By Deminix
    can't think of the last tv show or movie to do that, looking forward to more episodes
  • Great new show!!!👍👍

    By Nurse Becky 4710
    Loved the premiere! The story is well written and is following the books pretty well. Love the new take on the vampire tale. Can't wait for the next episodes!
  • really good

    By ifyoulikemyopinion788791
    don’t want to give it away but van helsing plays in it. If you don’t get what I’m saying you will see what i believe where the writers are going with this story. Once you see the show it was good.
  • Wow, vampire Nazis

    By nocrickets
    The vastly overrated Del Toro strikes again, with a preposterous yarn about Nazi vampires pursued by clueless "experts" who are taking FOREVER to figure out what every viewer did in the first five minutes of episode 1. It might all be campy goth fun if it hadn't already been done a zillion times in goofy Z-grade horror films. The stock tv characters, stilted tv dialogue, stereotypical tv families and bland tv acting don't help. This leaves only Del Toro's trademark effects, which are okay but not spectacular on a FX budget. Also, a minor but annoying point: This is all supposed to be happening in New York City, and a few scenes seem actually shot there, but much of it looks and feels more like Toronto or somewhere, "Avenue D" looks like Santa Monica Blvd, and the Latinos are nothing like New Yorkers, much more like Los Angelinos. I know it's not a huge deal, but I hate it when the makers of movies and tv shows are too lazy to do a little basic homework and get those things right. I gave it 3 episodes, now I think I'm done.


  • I love this show

    By Joshua211
    Great story line and great casting. Never been so interested in tv show.
  • Another Zombie Flick

    By haunted4sure
    I really liked the idea of the virus, the special effects and the creature at the center of this story. After a few episodes, however, it seemed to turn into another garden variety zombie movie. Also, there are lengthly, labored, boring personal dramatic scenes involving uninteresting characters. I don't think any real effort was invested in researching the government agencies and related protocols that were involved in the story, which made me roll my eyes was almost cartoonish at times. I really wanted to like this too.
  • Flawed, but enjoyable

    By tracercook
    It’s not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed Season 1. I felt it had a strong pilot and largely delivered. Some parts were poorly conceived—the clownish visage of the big bad being one of them (oh my!), but aside from Dutch, I like the ensemble cast even if most are somewhat unlikable people. Not having read the books, I’m not sure what’s coming and plan to stick around for Season 2.
  • Grow up

    By thecrow85
    To those of you complaining about the ad on the episode grow the heck up, its 15 frakking seconds.
  • So……….very………slow.

    By csamples
  • Wasted money

    By Logicnomusic
    I bought this based on the free first episode and that seems to be the only interesting episode. I degrades quickly into a cheap TV procedural drama with tacked on CDC hero fantasies.
  • Looking forward to being paid by Apple

    By Michael Prescott
    Businesses pay to run ads, right? And we consumers pay a premium for shows from Apple, so that we don’t have to watch ads. By sneaking the ads into our purchase, we’re getting a bad deal. We now must suffer watching them for as long as we own the shows. Our perpetual expense, Apple’s gain. Seems reasonable that Apple should stick with the original deal, and either remove the ads, refund the purchases, or pay a royalty to anyone suffering this perpetual advertising.
  • Laughably bad

    By MelanieW1970
    I love scary suspenseful shows. They don't come along very often so I pounce on them whenever they do. This has got to be the worst I have seen. Three words: giant rubber vampire. Could they not have sprung for better special effects than a giant rubber monster that WIGGLES? There are some very good actors and a few lousy ones. The only way to gut your way through this show is to watch it ironically like a mystery science theater classic. Sadly, I actually paid for this.
  • Good Idea, Poor Execution

    By CrimSpan
    I love the idea of a vampiric plague threatening to wipe out humanity, but the characters in this story and the poor acting behind them ruins any entertainment that the show could have provided. Look somewhere else if you are searching for quality.
  • Can't wait for Season 2!

    By hal2thsnd
    Brilliant first season from the mind of genius Guillermo Del Toro. So far this is a great adaption of his and Chuck Hogan's brilliant trilogy of novels. Part medical investigation drama, vampire hunters and end of the world apocalypse this show draws from real world scares (Ebola/MERS) and of course classic hollywood horror tropes. As I was watched the show, parts of it reminded me of my favorite horror comic book of all time -- The Tomb of Dracula (Marvel)...and as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing. If you're looking for a show about cutesy, lovesick teenage vampires...this ain't it!!