Parents' Guide to

The Strain

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature horror series is too dark and intense for kids.

TV FX Drama 2014
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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

The Strain

I was drawn in by youtube videos on the series and at first the story was so good I was willing to overlook its flaws. But by season 3 it just got absolutely brainless. obvious glaring flaws. No more use of UV light. No equipping soldiers with uv lights and silver infused armor. Icorst always allowed to miraculously escape. Either the dumbasses in this show only get up at 5 pm or day light only last about 3 hrs. The list of stupid goes on and on. If it wasn't for the Borne and Oldman this show would be a 1000% waste of time.
age 16+
brutal a gory a some scary

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (3):

This series gets off to an awfully slow start -- and maybe that's by design, considering the startling twists that lie in wait as the series progresses. Sprung from the mind of acclaimed film director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), The Strain is so startling you might find yourself reluctantly watching through your fingers to see just how scary it gets (and we assure you: It gets pretty scary).

Del Toro's filmmaking influence is readily apparent, and, in spite of some hammy dialogue, there's much to admire in the otherwise artful details. It's also great to see House of Cards' Stoll resurrected on the small screen. But The Strain's creepy charms won't appeal to everyone, and the coarse language and violent visuals push it squarely into the realm of mature content.

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