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For the first season, each episode of 'Fringe' ran from about 49 to 51 minutes in length. This is in contrast to the typical 42-43 minute length of a one hour drama. This was an experiment by Fox to see if viewers are more likely to tune in if there are fewer commercials.
Throughout the first season, 'The Observer' could be spotted on other FOX programming such as in the audience of American Idol (2002), or on the sidelines of NFL and NASCAR events.
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".
Jasika Nicole has said in several interviews that the Alternate-Universe version of her character, Astrid, is on the Autism spectrum (or has high-functioning Asperger syndrome), which accounts for her statistical prowess and her disinclination to make eye contact with others. Nicole has said that her inspiration for the character comes from her own sister, who is also on the spectrum.
Whenever Walter says "Two things occurred to me", he always says the first one and forgets the second one
In the alternate universe, a radio broadcast indicates that President Kennedy was not assassinated. There is also a photo of a gray haired JFK on Walternate's desk.
In September 2008, Joshua Jackson had to be rushed to a hospital when during a stunt a copper wire was shoved up his nose and hit a vein.
During the DVD commentary for the episode "Brown Betty" featuring effects supervisor Jay Worth, co-producer Tanya Swerling, composer Chris Tilton, and co-music supervisor Billy Gottlieb, they discuss the fact that every episode of "Fringe" includes an "Easter egg" - a reference that foreshadows some element of the next episode.
There have been several indications that in the alternate universe, Humphrey Bogart was not a movie star, or at least did not have the same career he had in the real world: Lincoln identifies Cary Grant, not Bogart, as the actor who plays the Sam Spade role in The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Fauxlivia identifies Ronald Reagan, not Bogart, as the male star of Casablanca (1942).
John Noble is one of the only cast members who appeared in all 100 episodes.
In a number of Fringe episodes, the FBI issue SUV that Agent Olivia Dunham drives can be seen to have the registration plate 1-C3P0-1. Creator JJ Abrams is billed as director for the recent Star Wars Episode VII. Star Wars famously featuring the droid C3P0.
Unlike other actors who've gone bald for their characters (such as Michael Rosenbaum's decision to shave his head to play Lex Luthor in Smallville (2001)) Michael Cerveris, who plays "The Observer," was already shaved bald before being cast. He first shaved his head completely in 1993 while playing Tommy in the Broadway musical "The Who's Tommy," because he wore a wig in that show and found it more comfortable to put the wig over a shaved head. However, Cerveris does actually have eyebrows; the Fringe (2008) makeup artists only make it appear that he does not.
Every time the title sequence is red, the episode takes place in the parallel universe, because red is opposite to green on the color wheel, which is the color the sequence usually is.
The pilot was filmed in Ontario, Canada but the rest of the first season was shot in New York City. Production moved to Vancouver, British Columbia for season 2.
In S1E9 The Dreamscape the victim that fell from Massive Dynamics building had a flight booked on Oceanic Air to Omaha, the same airline that featured in _"Lost (2004)"_. Oceanic Air is a fictional airline used in a number of Hollywood productions where bad things happen to aircraft. (Real airlines are understandably reluctant to be associated even with fictional crashes & hijackings.) It goes back at least to 1996's "Executive Decision" with Kurt Russell & Halle Berry.
Peter and Walter are both left handed.
When they started to write the alternate universe Olivia character, the show's writers referred to her among themselves as "Bolivia," because they considered the original Olivia to be the one from the "A-plot," and so the alternate universe Olivia was from the "B-plot" - "B-Olivia" (Bolivia is also the name of a country in South America). However, this name did not catch on among the fans, who quickly started calling her "Fauxlivia" (from the French word for "false") instead.
Walters Harvard lab that the fringe team work out of is room number B314.1 3.141 is the value of Pi in mathematics
Most outside shots of supposed Harvard University buildings are actually pictures of Yale University buildings. Some example shots are: Lanman-Wright Hall, Durfee Hall, and the Yale Station post office (as seen from Old Campus) and Calhoun College (as seen from Cross Campus).
Many of the "in between images" include the golden ratio (the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one), the golden spiral or the Greek letter Phi which is the mathematical symbol for the golden ratio.
The makers of the show enjoyed the Brown Betty episode (2.19) so much that decided to always make special the nineteenth episode of each season. Hence the animated episode on season 3 or the flash-forward one on season 4.
In the episode, "The Firefly", Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown from "Back to the Future") plays a character who sees his son who had died in 1985...the year of the "present" timeline in "Back to the Future". "The Firefly" revolves around "the observer" explaining to Walter that their actions in 1985 had altered reality, a sci-fi theme common to "Back to the Future". In the same episode Walter puts on 3-D wire rimmed glasses and says to Astrid that he got the "look" from an old friend, Dr. Jacoby from Washington state. Doctor Jacoby was a character who wore the same glasses on the TV show, "Twin Peaks" which was set in Washington state. (Possibly a stretch, but...Christopher Lloyd's character is Roscoe Joyce and his son's name is Bobby. Bobby was a charcter on "Twin Peaks" played by Dana Ashbrook who appeared on 9 episodes of "Dawson's Creek" which starred Joshua Jackson (Peter on Fringe).)
In some of the episodes, you'll find a coffee mug with a kangaroo for the handle, that coffee mug came from John Noble's home, letting the viewers know that he is from Australia.
"Massive Dynamic", originally "Massive Dynamics", plays a key role in this series. This fictional corporation had been mentioned a few months before this series' debut, in leaked casting sheets for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).
There have been several indications that in the alternate universe, The West Wing (1999) did not end with its seventh season, but is in fact still running - albeit with a Barack Obama-like presidential character (instead of the President Santos character played by Jimmy Smits whose inauguration ended the real show). The real "West Wing" was originally supposed to have a black president, but actor Sidney Poitier turned down the role that eventually went to Martin Sheen.
Astrid has a Bachelor of Arts degree (a double major in music and linguistics) from Haverford College, a real, prestigious, private liberal arts college near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bank of America tower in Manhattan is used as the exterior shot of the Boston Federal building. JJ Abrams also used this building as the CIA headquarters in Alias.
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The character of Edward Markham, the bookstore owner with a burgeoning collection of esoteric titles, is likely named after the poet Edwin Markham, who amassed a personal library of 15,000 books by the time of his death.
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In an episode while looking for William Bells' (Leonard Nimoy) copy of ZFT, it shows a small collection of books and one of the books has "Dr. Spock" written large on the binding. A reference to Nimoys' famous role as Spock in Star Trek.
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In the alternate reality, Eric Stoltz is billed as the star of Back to the Future. Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the role before being replaced by Michael J. Fox.
In the episode "Letters of Transit" (season 4) reference to Star Wars when Walter Bishop says to the security guard, "these are not the droids you are looking for," which is a line Alec Guinness says from "Star Wars: A new Hope".
Lance Reddick (Agent Phillip Broyles ) and Kirk Acevedo (Agent Charlie Francis) appeared together in Oz (1997).
In season 2 episode 18 there are two FBI SUV's one license plate reads 1C3PO1 and the second read 1R2D21.
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Jasika Nicole said her favorite episode was "Making Angels" where she is visited by the alternate Astrid.
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In Season 3 episode 1, the alternate universe version of the Department of Defense Hospital building is actually a clip of a building at the University of Houston: Downtown in Texas.
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On a map on the wall in Walternate's office, the western half of California is missing. In real life, the state is bisected by a major earthquake fault running from north to south.
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Astrid Farnsworth's Agent's ID is JH12402.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The Observer" could be spotted in many episodes before he was officially introduced as a character: Episode 1.01: Walking past Massive Dynamics in the intro shot to that corporation. Episode 1.02: At the counter in the Hospital. Episode 1.03: in a couple of shots (one is a reflection) on the train. Episode 1.04: Featured several times. Episode 1.05: Getting off the doomed elevator as it fills up. Episode 1.06: In the Country Club watching Dunham's conversation with {bad guy}. two shots, one long, then he crosses directly behind the two as the converse. Episode 1.07: In the German Airport near the ticket counter. Episode 1.08: Outside, under a tree when Dunham takes a cell call outside the house they're searching.
Series villains David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) and Thomas Jerome Newton (Sebastian Roche) share several similarities; The characters are seen "reforming" in their introductions, Jones via teleportation, Newton with his head being re-attached. Their names are derived from David Bowie pseudonyms, the former being his birth name and the latter a film character he portrayed. And both have served under a higher power, Jones with William Bell in Season 4, and Newton with Walternate in Seasons 2 and 3.
In 2.8, at the end when August is dying. His words foreshadow October's actions later on to save the Observe Child from season 1
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