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The Best Episodes of The Strain

Every episode of The Strain ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Strain!

A high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDramaMystery

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The best episode of "The Strain" is "Ouroboros", rated 9/10 from 1123 user votes. It was directed by Thomas Carter and written by N/A. "Ouroboros" aired on 8/27/2017 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Do or Die".

  • Ouroboros
    9.0/10 1,123 votes

    #1 - Ouroboros

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-08-27

    With his health failing, Setrakian ignores Eph's warnings and pushes 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.

    Director: Thomas Carter

    Writer: N/A

  • Do or Die
    8.5/10 1,040 votes

    #2 - Do or Die

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-10-23

    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.

    Director: Vincenzo Natali

    Writer: N/A

  • For Services Rendered
    8.4/10 2,014 votes

    #3 - For Services Rendered

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-08-24

    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.

    Director: Charlotte Sieling

    Writer: N/A

  • Creatures of the Night
    8.4/10 1,961 votes

    #4 - Creatures of the Night

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-08-31

    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.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: N/A

  • The Fall
    8.3/10 1,159 votes

    #5 - The Fall

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-10-30

    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.

    Director: Carlton Cuse

    Writer: N/A

  • Extraction
    8.3/10 846 votes

    #6 - Extraction

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-09-03

    Reeling from loss, the heroes regroup; the heroes devise a new plan to track the Master through human collaborators, beginning at the blood farm with someone Dutch knows all too well.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: N/A

  • The Last Stand
    8.3/10 1,025 votes

    #7 - The Last Stand

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-09-17

    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.

    Director: J. Miles Dale

    Writer: N/A

  • Night Zero
    8.2/10 3,216 votes

    #8 - Night Zero

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-07-13

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

    Director: Guillermo del Toro

    Writer: Chuck Hogan

  • Night Train
    8.2/10 1,189 votes

    #9 - Night Train

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-10-04

    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.

    Director: Vincenzo Natali

    Writer: N/A

  • First Born
    8.2/10 987 votes

    #10 - First Born

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-09-11

    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.

    Director: Ken Girotti

    Writer: N/A

  • White Light
    8.1/10 916 votes

    #11 - White Light

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-10-16

    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.

    Director: T.J. Scott

    Writer: N/A

  • Dead End
    8.0/10 1,063 votes

    #12 - Dead End

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-09-20

    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.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Regina Corrado, Carlton Cuse

  • The Battle of Central Park
    8.0/10 891 votes

    #13 - The Battle of Central Park

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-10-02

    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.

    Director: Deran Sarafian

    Writer: N/A

  • Belly of the Beast
    8.0/10 838 votes

    #14 - Belly of the Beast

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-08-13

    Fet and Quinlan track a convoy carrying their prized nuclear weapon; Eph and Alex search for clues to uncover the Master's plan for the fate of the human race; a familiar enemy traps Dutch, who encounters an old friend as well.

    Director: Norberto Barba

    Writer: N/A

  • Tainted Love
    8.0/10 825 votes

    #15 - Tainted Love

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-08-20

    Fet and Quinlan must figure out how to get the nuclear bomb back to New York, while a desperate Eichhorst draws near; love-struck Zack tries to learn more about his new crush, but makes a devastating discovery.

    Director: Norberto Barba

    Writer: N/A

  • Runaways
    7.9/10 1,768 votes

    #16 - Runaways

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-08-10

    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.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: N/A

  • Occultation
    7.9/10 1,753 votes

    #17 - Occultation

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-08-17

    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.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: N/A

  • Last Rites
    7.9/10 1,527 votes

    #18 - Last Rites

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-09-28

    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.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: N/A

  • The Battle for Red Hook
    7.9/10 1,088 votes

    #19 - The Battle for Red Hook

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-09-06

    Justine takes drastic measures to counter a surprise invasion. Nora and Fet perform a useful mission while Eph and Setrakian face off against an old foe.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: Regina Corrado

  • The Traitor
    7.9/10 764 votes

    #20 - The Traitor

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-09-10

    An unexpected guest brings old conflicts to the surface, dividing the heroes and threatening the group's trust; with questionable new intelligence in hand, the group launches a make-or-break final assault on the Master.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: N/A

  • Gone Smooth
    7.8/10 1,965 votes

    #21 - Gone Smooth

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-07-27

    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.

    Director: David Semel

    Writer: N/A

  • The Master
    7.8/10 1,660 votes

    #22 - The Master

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-10-05

    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.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Guillermo del Toro

  • Identity
    7.8/10 1,107 votes

    #23 - Identity

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-08-16

    Eph concocts a plan to make and distribute a bioweapon. Gus realizes Angel can be an unlikely ally, and Kelly comes after Nora and Zack.

    Director: Howard Deutch

    Writer: N/A

  • The Born
    7.8/10 1,099 votes

    #24 - The Born

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-08-23

    Setrakian and Fet use Fitzwilliam's info to attack the Master. Eph returns to NYC frustrated but energized to go after the one person responsible for killing his friends.

    Director: Howard Deutch

    Writer: N/A

  • Intruders
    7.8/10 1,036 votes

    #25 - Intruders

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-08-30

    Eph must protect Zack against a surprise intruder into Red Hook. Gus convinces the Guptas to make a difficult choice. Fet and Setrakian set out to acquire the Lumen.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson