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5 reasons to add 'The Strain' to your summer watchlist

FX is premiering the highly anticipated The Strain on July 13, and we couldn’t be more excited. Set to be the “thriller of the year,” with an ancient vampire mythology (based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan), The Strain aims to sway from the romanticized stories of vampires (Twilight is dead, for those of you stuck in 2006). It hopes to bring the horror with an all-star cast and creepy effects guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies. Plus, with the team of award-winning writer/director Carlton Cuse (ring a bell, Lost fans?) and del Toro (of Hellboy franchise and Pan’s Labyrinth fame), how could it not be good?

After watching the first four episodes, we can honestly say we haven’t been this excited since we found out In the Flesh was renewed for a third season—OK, you caught us; it has yet to be renewed, but, come on, that show needs to get renewed yesterday.

All right, enough of the shameless plugs. Let’s break down why watching The Strain is a no-brainer.












1. We’ll say it one more time: Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro. Carlton Cuse is one of our personal heroes. If you haven’t watched Lost, send us an email, and we’ll personally give you our Netflix log-ins so you can have a marathon. That show invented the term “gives me feels.” And Guillermo del Toro? He’s a monster fanatic who knows how to deliver the fascination to the big screen.









From the critically acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth to the blockbuster Pacific Rim, del Toro brings the perfect combination of action and horror. With the added genius of character-development all-star Cuse, we hope this is the “it” show of season.

2. It’s got Samwise Gamgee. Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings and Rudy fame (not to mention The Goonies) stars as Jim Kent, who works at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We recently saw an interview with Sean at a Comic-Con last year, and let’s just say the guy’s not giving any spoilers away. What we can say is that Astin is a bona fide movie star, and his presence solidifies the hype.









3. It has other movie stars too. Corey Stoll of House of Cards fame joins the cast as Eph Goodweather, a career-driven man struggling with his family situation who works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There’s also David Bradley of Game of Thrones, who plays Abraham Setrakian, a man in his 80s with a mysterious past.









Well, Nina Dobrev, we aren’t sure if he has all the answers, but he knows something about what the CDC is investigating.

4. A refreshingly terrifying take on vampires. If you’re sick and tired of vampires in pop culture that sparkle in the sun, date high schoolers and eat bunnies, this is your show. Not only are the eternally damned in The Strain evil, they’re downright unnerving.




















See what we mean? The suspense this show is bringing to TV is unlike anything else on right now. To be honest, we had to look away a few times … and watch it with the lights on.

5. Cast of colorful characters. The show quickly introduces an array of supporting characters from all walks of life. There are some interesting characters we think could become major players, and we’re looking forward to delving into their backstories as the season progresses (which they start to get into right off the bat). Hopefully, The Strain uses their expansive cast in a good way and brings all of the characters together, so they’re actively integrated into the main storyline. If they go the way of True Blood season 6, it could be their downfall.









So, are you excited? If not, the fact that the promotional billboards’ “disturbance” has taken to Twitter is also intriguing.


Girl, get yourself some coffee and buck up. The Strain is about to take us for a wild ride, and you can thank us later. For the rest of the future fans, sound off with your thoughts on the show—and don’t forget to tune into the series premiere on Sunday, July 13, on FX at 10/9C. Until next time … #FangsOut




Watch the trailer for FX’s The Strain:

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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