The Strain (2014–2017)
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Night Zero 

When a commercial airliner lands and stands silent, CDC agent Ephraim Goodweather investigates the plane to find that the passengers are infected by a vile plague.


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro (teleplay by), Chuck Hogan (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Mía Maestro ... Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet (credit only)
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst
Sean Astin ... Jim Kent
Jack Kesy ... Gabriel Bolivar
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde
Ben Hyland ... Zach Goodweather
Lance Henriksen ... Narrator (voice) (as Lance Henricksen)
Roger Cross ... Reggie Fitzwilliam
Daniel Kash ... Dr. Everett Barnes
Leslie Hope ... Joan Luss


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. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The reporter shown at the airport is named Ofelia Baquero. Guillermo del Toro - being one of the directors and writers - gave a nod to Pan's Labyrinth by giving the reporter that name. The lead character in Pan's Labyrinth is named Ofelia who is portrayed by the actress Ivana Baquero. See more »


When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather leans down to inspect Emma on the plane, you can see that her chest is moving when she breathes. See more »


Abraham Setrakian: Listen very carefully, son! I know your little friend has a gun and the hammer is cocked, but I don't care. I can control your entire body weight from this pressure point and this knife is pointing straight at your radial artery. By the time he clears his coat pocket, your artery will be punctured and sliced wide open from top to bottom. You fall down bleeding, I go under the counter and your friend starts shooting at an empty space. I can guarantee you this, you will bleed out before the 911 ...
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References Fringe (2008) See more »


Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
Written and performed by Neil Diamond
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Nosferatu by Plane
12 January 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The creepy and long first episode (or pilot) of "the Strain", "Night Zero", indicates a promising series by Guillermo del Toro with great production values. The lead story of a plane from Berlin that arrives in New York with 206 passengers and crew dead and only four survivors is engaging and intriguing. The responsible, a Nosferatu-like being, is a complete mystery. The lead character, the workaholic CDC agent Ephraim Goodweather investigates the case while faces problems with his wife of whom he is divorcing. The pawnshop owner Abraham Setrakian is another promising character. Looking forward to see the sequel. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Noite Absoluta" ("Absolute Night")

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