The BEST Episodes of The Strain

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2019

Network: FX

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

For Services Rendered

#1 - For Services Rendered

Season 1 - Episode 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.

star 8.11
2,882 votes
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#2 - Ouroboros

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.09
2,588 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: Andy Iser
Creatures of the Night

#3 - Creatures of the Night

Season 1 - Episode 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.

star 8.00
2,864 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Chuck Hogan
The Fall

#4 - The Fall

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.99
3,091 votes
Directors: Carlton Cuse
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan

#5 - Occultation

Season 1 - Episode 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. Setrakian realizes that the coming eclipse is the tipping point for virus infection and the beginning of the end.

star 7.94
2,900 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Justin Britt-Gibson
Do or Die

#6 - Do or Die

Season 3 - Episode 9

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
3,105 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
The Last Stand

#7 - The Last Stand

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 7.91
2,448 votes
Directors: J. Miles Dale
Writers: Chuck Hogan, Carlton Cuse
Night Zero

#8 - Night Zero

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.89
4,212 votes
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
The Master

#9 - The Master

Season 1 - Episode 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.

star 7.87
2,603 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
The Disappeared

#10 - The Disappeared

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.87
2,780 votes
Writers: Regina Corrado
Last Rites

#11 - Last Rites

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.85
2,610 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Carlton Cuse, David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Gone Smooth

#12 - Gone Smooth

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.83
3,261 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Chuck Hogan
It's Not for Everyone

#13 - It's Not for Everyone

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.83
3,093 votes
Directors: Keith Gordon
Writers: Regina Corrado
White Light

#14 - White Light

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 7.82
3,176 votes
Directors: TJ Scott
Writers: Regina Corrado, Liz Phang
The Third Rail

#15 - The Third Rail

Season 1 - Episode 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.

star 7.80
2,661 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Justin Britt-Gibson, Chuck Hogan
Night Train

#16 - Night Train

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 7.80
2,474 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan
First Born

#17 - First Born

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.80
3,261 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Chuck Hogan

#18 - Runaways

Season 1 - Episode 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. A medical emergency threatens Palmer's master plan.

star 7.78
2,979 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison
The Box

#19 - The Box

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.75
3,570 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
The Battle of Central Park

#20 - The Battle of Central Park

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.73
3,081 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
The Traitor

#21 - The Traitor

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 7.72
2,379 votes
Directors: Jennifer Lynch
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Dead End

#22 - Dead End

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.69
2,408 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Regina Corrado

#23 - Madness

Season 3 - Episode 5

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
3,214 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Liz Phang
The Assassin

#24 - The Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 7.67
2,399 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Liz Phong

#25 - Extraction

Season 4 - Episode 8

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
2,455 votes
Directors: Paco Cabezas
Writers: Liz Phang