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WARNING: There are SPOILERS below if you aren't fully caught up on FX show The Strain.

If you aren't watching The Strain, you should be! I advise anyone not already a fan of the series, which is knee deep into Season 2, to start binge watching now. Especially if you are a horror aficionado and/or vampire lover. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals, there may be enough vamp fun to satiate your bloodlust, but FX's show pushes the genre to creepy new heights.

Still not convinced?

Then here are 3 reasons why THE STRAIN is the best vampire show on TV.


Based on the novel series of the same name by genre darling Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan (which went on to become a comic book series by Dark Horse Comics), The Strain follows a disparate group as they battle against an outbreak of vampirism in New York City. With its classic gothic themes and atmosphere, coupled with an epidemic outbreak angle, the show offers a very fresh and creepy experience. It is a modern day retelling of the vampire/Dracula mythos wrapped in a conspiracy.


With a show like this, one would expect a bland assemblage of TV stars, but The Strain delivers a strong, diverse and con-friendly cast. Heading up the main cast: Cory Stoll (hot off his portrayal of Yellowjacket in Ant-Man) as a driven CDC epidemiologist, David Bradley (best known for Mr. Filch in the Harry Potter series and Walder Frey in Game of Thrones) as a Holocaust survivor/vampire hunter, Mia Maestro (Carmen Denali from the Twilight saga) as an intrepid CDC scientist, and fan-favorite Kevin Durand (known for Lost, X-Men Origins, Wolverine, Robin Hood, Legion) as the enigmatic exterminator turned vampire killer.

Shout out to Sean Austin for his role as a morally challenged CDC-er in Season 1.


A key to any show involving vampires is presenting compelling bloodsuckers, and The Strain delivers in a big way. Their vamps offer a bold, new take on the oft used trope. Borrowing a bit from Del Toro's previous vampire work (Blade 2), with a mix of Nosferatu, and a dash of 30 Days of Night, the vampires on the show are bestial and hive-minded. The introduction of the contagion worms is a nice real world addition that roots the creatures in reality. A mix of myth, folklore and science, The Strain's vampires are just the absolute best representation of the monster on screen.

Have fun!


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