The Strain captures Guillermo Del Toro’s darkest secrets

The Strain is a Vampire horror and drama American television series created by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. The series premiered on FX in July, 2014. It is based on the novel trilogy of the same name written by the creators of the show. Chuk and Guillermo are also the executive producers of the show, along with Carlton Cuse, Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Regina Corrado, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.

The Strain features many horror scenes
The Strain features many horror scenes

So far, two seasons of The Strain TV Series have been aired, totaling to 26 episodes. The first season was released in July, 2014 and the second season came out in July, 2015. The show was renewed for the third season on 7th August, 2015. The pilot episode of the show was 70 minutes long, while all other episodes have a runtime length of 39 to 44 minutes.

Cast

Richard Sammel is Thomas Eichorst
Richard Sammel is Thomas Eichorst

The main cast of the show include Corey Stoll (Dr. Ephraim Goodweather), Mia Maestero (Dr. Nora Martinez), Miguel Gomez (Augustin Elizalde), David Bradley (Professor Abraham Setrakian), Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch Velders), Natalie Brown (Kelly Goodweather), Jonathan Hyde (Eldritch Palmer), Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Fet), Sean Astin (Jim Kent), Richard Samuel (Thomas Eichhorst), and Rupert Penry-Jones (Mr. Quinlan). The recurring characters list includes Coco Marchand, Diane, Curtis Fitzwilliam, Alonso Creem, Joan Luss, Aanya Gupta, and many more.

Production

Ruta Gedmidas as Dutch Veldres
Ruta Gedmidas as Dutch Veldres

The idea of making The Strain a television series was first brought up by Del Toro in the year 2006. From the time of its inception, Toro wanted it to be a horror series. On the other hand, Fox Broadcasting Company wanted to make it a comedy series. Hence the negotiations broke down and it would be years before the show came to be. Later, Toro asked Hogan’s help in co-writing the series as a novel. Eventually, a deal was struck between the two to publish it as a series of books. The first book was published in the year 2009, followed by the second and third book, which were published in the years 2010 and 2011, respectively.

After the release of the books, the authors got many offers for converting it into films or television series. In the end, the creators went with FX for the production of a TV series, based on the novel trilogy. FX made an announcement in November, 2013 that the first season will premiere in July 2014. The creators of the show also announced that they have planned a five-season structure for the series. While the first two seasons have 13 episodes each, the remaining three are set to air 10 episodes per season.

Jonathan Hyde plays Eldritch Palmer
Jonathan Hyde plays Eldritch Palmer

Achievements

The beginning season of the series received a general positive response from the critics. It received a score of 72/100 based on the 38 reviews on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, it got a rating of 87% with an average score of 7.4/10. The second season got a somewhat similar response as the first season. It got a score of 66/100 on Metacritic, based on 8 reviews and a rating of 79% with 7.2/10 score on Rotten Tomatoes. The audiences too have given a good response to the show. When you get one of these Dish Network Packages, you will be able to keep up with all the exciting episodes of The Strain. When you get one of these Dish Network Packages, you will be able to keep up with all the exciting episodes of The Strain.

Mía Maestro as Nora Martinez
Mía Maestro as Nora Martinez