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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.
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.
Whenever Walter says "Two things occurred to me", he always says the first one and forgets the second one
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.
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). Ronald Reagan was originally considered for the part of Rick in Cassblanca before Bogart was given the part
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.
In S1E9 The Dreamscape the victim that fell from the Massive Dynamics building had a flight booked on Oceanic Air to Omaha, the same airline 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.
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.
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.
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.
Walter's Harvard lab that the Fringe team work out of is room number B314.1; 3.141 is the value of Pi in mathematics.
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.
The makers of the show enjoyed the Brown Betty episode (2.20) so much that they decided to always make the nineteenth episode of each season special. Hence the animated episode on season 3 or the flash-forward one on season 4.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 season 2 episode 18 there are two FBI SUV's one license plate reads 1C3PO1 and the second read 1R2D21.
"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).
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).)
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.
In the episode "Letters of Transit" (season 4) is a 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".
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.
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.
Jasika Nicole said her favorite episode was "Making Angels" where she is visited by the alternate Astrid.
Lance Reddick (Agent Phillip Broyles ) and Kirk Acevedo (Agent Charlie Francis) appeared together in Oz (1997).
In an episode while looking for William Bell's (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 (However, 'Dr. Spock' was a child psychologist and Nimoy's character was 'Mr. Spock'.).
When the adult Peter first arrives in the alternate universe, slightly altered DC comic book covers can be seen mounted on a wall. One is a crossover issue staring Red Lantern & Red Arrow - in our universe both characters are associated with the color Green. The other is what appears to be a copy of a Superman comic "The Man of Steel Returns" - in our universe this is a Batman title called "The Dark Knight Returns." Superman's distinctive red cape can be seen in place of Batmans black cape on the shadowy hero. Both covers have distinctive red colors not found in our universe versions. Red is the color code for the Fringe alternate universe.
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Anna Torv and Mark Valley were married from 2008 - 2009, around the time season 1 was airing. Valley plays Torv's partner/lover in season 1.
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Season 4 shows the title sequence in yellow. This is right in between green and red on the color wheel. Green is for the normal universe and red is for the alternate.
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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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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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Blair Brown starred in another movie which included the use of a sensory deprivation tank and hallucinogenic drugs, 'Altered States', with William Hurt.
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Astrid Farnsworth's Agent's ID is JH12402.
The number 47 appears frequently throughout the series. This is due to show creator J.J. Abrams directing/producing the Star Trek reboot movies (as well as show co-creators/writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci writing for them). It is well known in Trek lore that the number 47 appears frequently throughout the different series (from The Next Generation and forward). The story behind that is Joe Menosky (writer from TNG on) began inserting it because at his alma mater Pomona College 47 was something of a superstition: it goes back to 1964 where it originated partly in a joke-proof from math professor Donald Bentley that all numbers were equal to one another (he chose 47), and partly from the observation by a few students that the number 47 occurred more often than you'd expect it to.
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In its original television run, this show was first aired on and distributed by the FOX Network. In 1985, the FOX Network was acquired by News Corp, a holding company controlled by Australian media mogul and billionaire Rupert Murdoch. From 1967 to 1999, Murdoch was married to his second wife, Anna Maria Torv Murdoch (now Mann); Anna is a paternal aunt and the namesake of Anna Torv, the actress who plays FBI Agent Olivia Dunham on Fringe. Rupert Murdoch's three children with Anna Maria Mann (Elisabeth, Lachlan, and James Murdoch) are the actress's first cousins.
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In Season 1, Episode 11, Walter expounds on the "definitive spiderweb look" of a projected image he describes as "simian hemorrhagic fever". The image displayed is clearly (and apparently correctly) labeled Leptospira sp., a spiral-shaped bacterium. SHF is caused by the Simian hemorrhagic fever virus.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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 Observer Child from season 1.
During the second season, when Olivia is having trouble readjusting to life in her universe after William Bell violently pulled her into and then back out of the alternate universe, Nina Sharp suggests she should visit Sam Weiss, an unorthodox therapist who once helped her. The first several times that Olivia visits Sam, who works in a bowling alley, the PA system there is playing an instrumental version of the Steve Winwood song "Can't Find My Way Home"--a nod to the reason for Olivia's troubles.
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