The BEST Episodes of The Strain

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: FX

A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.

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For Services Rendered

#1 - For Services Rendered

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 24, 2014

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.

star 8.13
4,248 votes
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#2 - Ouroboros

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 27, 2017

His health failing, Setrakian ignores Eph’s warnings, pushing himself to the limit in his quest for victory and revenge. Fet and Quinlan race back to Manhattan, while the Master seals off the city and prepares to eliminate them all.

star 8.07
2,870 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: Andy Iser
Creatures of the Night

#3 - Creatures of the Night

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2014

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.

star 7.96
4,202 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Chuck Hogan
The Fall

#4 - The Fall

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 30, 2016

Humanity teeters on the edge of destruction. The Master finally reveals himself, initiating the end game of a battle in which there can be only one winner. Eph, Fet, Setrakian, and Dutch must overcome their personal differences in a last-ditch effort to vanquish the strain.

star 7.95
3,372 votes
Directors: Carlton Cuse
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
Night Zero

#5 - Night Zero

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2014

When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim 'Eph' Goodweather, head of the CDC’s Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. What looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister.

star 7.91
6,059 votes
Writers: Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Do or Die

#6 - Do or Die

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 23, 2016

NYC is falling. Eph and Dutch frantically race to finish their new device to stop the Master before the city is overrun. Justine, Gus, and Angel fight in one last stand to stop the spreading virus. Palmer extracts vengeance for past wrongs but may have crossed the line.

star 7.91
3,386 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#7 - Occultation

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 17, 2014

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. Setrakian realizes that the coming eclipse is the tipping point for virus infection and the beginning of the end.

star 7.88
4,375 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Justin Britt-Gibson
The Last Stand

#8 - The Last Stand

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 17, 2017

In the series finale, Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain.

star 7.88
2,727 votes
Directors: J. Miles Dale
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
The Master

#9 - The Master

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 5, 2014

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.

star 7.87
3,733 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
Last Rites

#10 - Last Rites

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 28, 2014

Dutch returns with a plan to broadcast Eph’s warning about the vampiric plague, but they face a new threat when Eichhorst launches his own attack against the pawn shop. Palmer receives a special visitor. Gus gears up for the on-coming fight but discovers there’s another mysterious factor involved.

star 7.83
3,740 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Bradley Thompson, Carlton Cuse, David Weddle
White Light

#11 - White Light

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 16, 2016

The Master’s voice proves to be more powerful and potentially fatal than Eph or Dutch anticipated. Fet and Setrakian track down the cargo from the Egyptian vessel and realize they may be in over their heads. Quinlan strikes a deal with the Ancients, but a last minute betrayal proves deadly.

star 7.81
3,456 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: Liz Phang, Regina Corrado
The Disappeared

#12 - The Disappeared

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 7, 2014

Eph races to safeguard his family, only to learn that Kelly is missing. Dutch reveals her role in Palmer’s plan. Gus is forced to make a difficult decision about Felix.

star 7.81
4,110 votes
Writers: Regina Corrado
Gone Smooth

#13 - Gone Smooth

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern's life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease.

star 7.78
4,751 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Chuck Hogan
First Born

#14 - First Born

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

The Occido Lumen is gone. Stolen. Setrakian and Fet race to recover it. Gus and Angel try to hide a secret houseguest while avoiding a police sweep, and Quinlan’s thirst for vengeance is revealed.

star 7.78
3,517 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Chuck Hogan

#15 - Runaways

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 10, 2014

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. A medical emergency threatens Palmer's master plan.

star 7.75
4,456 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison
It's Not for Everyone

#16 - It's Not for Everyone

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 3, 2014

A secret autopsy demonstrates the bizarre progression of the mystery virus, prompting Jim to make a startling confession. Eph and Nora race to find the father of the youngest victim of the plane tragedy, but someone unexpected beats them to it. Ansel, in the grip of disease, takes desperate measures to protect his family.

star 7.75
4,668 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Regina Corrado
The Third Rail

#17 - The Third Rail

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 21, 2014

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.

star 7.73
3,881 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Chuck Hogan, Justin Britt-Gibson
The Box

#18 - The Box

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 20, 2014

The four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora's attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old – a very old – acquaintance.

star 7.73
5,146 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
Night Train

#19 - Night Train

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 4, 2015

Setrakian and Fet battle for possession of the Occido Lumen, and gain a surprising new ally. A massive attack imperils Eph, Nora, and Zack's escape from New York.

star 7.73
2,901 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
The Battle of Central Park

#20 - The Battle of Central Park

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 2, 2016

Fet strikes hard at the heart of the strigoi army while Justine embarks upon a risky mission to drive the strigoi out of Manhattan once and for all. Gus and Angel fight for their lives and their freedom but are faced with a moral dilemma.

star 7.70
3,333 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
The Traitor

#21 - The Traitor

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 10, 2017

An unexpected guest brings old conflicts to the surface, dividing our heroes, threatening the group’s trust. With questionable new intel in hand, they launch a make‐or‐break final assault on the Master.

star 7.69
2,659 votes
Directors: Jennifer Lynch
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#22 - Madness

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 25, 2016

New information from the Lumen forces Setrakian to seek help from his lifelong nemesis, Eldritch Palmer. Eph’s new experiments to understand strigoi communication seemingly take him to the brink of madness while Fet is on a mission to discover strigoi movements across New York City.

star 7.68
3,494 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Liz Phang
Dead End

#23 - Dead End

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 20, 2015

Dutch fights for her life against Eichhorst as Fet, Nora, and Eph frantically search the city for her. Setrakian confronts an old acquaintance on his search for the Occido Lumen, while Gus helps the Guptas escape across the border to safety.

star 7.66
2,801 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Regina Corrado
The Assassin

#24 - The Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 13, 2015

Eph and Dutch work together to thwart the Master’s greatest ally. Justine runs into trouble with the Mayor while Setrakian tracks down the real owner of the Lumen.

star 7.66
2,848 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Liz Phang

#25 - Extraction

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 3, 2017

Reeling from loss, our heroes regroup. To defeat the Master, they must locate him first. Our heroes devise a new plan to track him through human collaborators, beginning at the blood farm with someone Dutch knows all too well.

star 7.66
2,734 votes
Directors: Paco Cabezas
Writers: Liz Phang