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Fringe (2008–2013)

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A female FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

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Series cast summary:
 Olivia Dunham / ... (100 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Peter Bishop (100 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Astrid Farnsworth / ... (100 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Dr. Walter Bishop / ... (100 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Phillip Broyles / ... (90 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Nina Sharp / ... (90 episodes, 2008-2012)


The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist - who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science - and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern, and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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9 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In season one the Fringe team has several encounters with a man named David Robert Jones. In the second season they fight a visitor from the alternate universe named Thomas Jerome Newton. "David Robert Jones" is the real name of the singer/actor David Bowie and "Thomas Jerome Newton" is the name of the character he plays in the movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth". See more »


Beginning in season one, establishing shots show the teams headquarters to be in a skyscraper which title cards identify as the "Boston Federal Building." However the building shown is actually Hancock Tower, a privately owned office building which is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Boston. The FBI is located in One Center Plaza which is across the street from Homeland Security office located in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building located downtown at Government Center. Both buildings are in direct proximity to Boston City Hall, a city courthouse, police station, local NBC/CW television station and immigration offices. See more »


Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.33 (2009) See more »


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Strongest otherworldly show out there since x-files and 4400
11 August 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Fringe, I was immediately reminded of firstly The 4400 and secondly the X-files. Each show is similar in that supernatural incidents occur, and that only a specialized task force is capable of dealing with them. In the x-files we mostly followed the story of agents Skully and Mulder and their investigation in cases that revolved around aliens, religion and metaphysics. In 4400 it were agents Skouris and Baldwin who investigated incidents relating a group of "special" people. In Fringe, it's all about science. An investigation team researches cases where high tech inventions that border on the supernatural are being used to commit crimes, show off, or even unexplained purposes. While some cases seem to be uncomfortably similar to what we already experience in daily life, other cases are more fantastical.

There are many things to like about Fringe. The show is very professionally put together. Every episode shows a consistent progress in the storyline as the mystery unfolds. You never get the full sense of really what's going on, just as the persons in the show don't. But at the same time, you get clues and hints to what is happening, and every episode reveales a new lead that evolves the story.

The ambient music adds a thickness to scenes that would normally be tense already, and now become completely chilling.

The cast is varied and interesting enough for each viewer to have their personal favorite. Some of us will relate to the meticulous and sensible detective, while others will develop a bond with the brilliant but troubled and sometimes mad scientist. I found the acting to be very strong on all accounts, except perhaps for a few awkward interrogation scenes.

At times, so many scientific terms are being used back-to-back, that I felt like watching a Startrek Voyager episode. With Fringe though, everything is based on facts and in the rare events that things just don't make sense, the scientists in the show will assure us that they have no clue to what is going on.

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