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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 411 Ratings

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  • Summary: J.J. Abrams' sci-fi drama investigates the conspiracy behind the mysterious deaths on an airplane.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 88
    You can see where it's going, and assuming Abrams doesn't let it get lost in its conspiracy, it should be fun to ride along.
  2. 80
    Mixing paranoia, bleak humor and post-9/11 exhaustion in a potent story-telling brew, it's one of the new television season's most promising dramas.
  3. 75
    Lots of good action and lots of fun to boot.
  4. With what appears to be an infinite number of deadly viruses out there, viewers can only hope the FBI can pinpoint them all.
  5. Reviewed by: Micah Towery
    Fringe attempts something similar [to "Lost"] (with an opening scene involving a plane, no less) but can't quite match the primal thrill of vehicular destruction.
  6. I just knew that there seemed to be a Duchovny-shaped hole in the universe "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams had designed for his new sci-fi show....Fortunately, things pick up considerably in the second half of tonight's two-hour premiere.
  7. 50
    Abrams, the quintessential American dreamer and overindulger, the ultimate boyish idiot-savant imaginator, just can't control himself. He can't exercise a little self-restraint.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 106
  2. Negative: 17 out of 106
  1. mauricioc.
    Sep 15, 2008
    Show is amazing!!! This series will have a couple of seasons!!!
  2. Apr 23, 2011
    Huge fan of Fringe! Ever since the first episode this show has rocked every crazy thought of our reality and the world we live in! Great acting, great production value and cool effects, what more can i say, this show rocks!! Expand
  3. caladoniak
    Feb 13, 2009
    Starts out a little weak, but the later episodes are incredible.
  4. DarrenB.
    Oct 29, 2008
    It definitely fills that much needed X-File-ish void that I've been missing for years. John Noble as Dr. Walter Bishop is priceless.
  5. StephenA
    Feb 2, 2009
    Without John Noble Fringe would be 'Cringe'. Noble's character makes the show worthwhile tuning into each week. Joshua Jackson has good chemistry with his on-screen father. To see Olivia Dunn, the FBI agent, race to a hostage rescue adorned only in chest armor and no face/head gear, long hair blowing in the breeze, only exemplifies the realism of the show. We need more Silence of the Lambs, not Charlie's Angels, meets X-Files, please. Expand
  6. JoelS
    Oct 13, 2008
    I keep coming back to it, but every week I'm disappointed. I'm definitely more interested in what's going on with Massive Dynamics then I am with the stories in any one individual episode. Pretty much everything about this show feels off--and I once again have faith that Fox ruins everything it touches. After loving three straight shows from Abrams (Alias, Lost, Six Degrees) I'm disappointed--but this is why I have ABC, and I'll be back to Lost in January. Expand
  7. AlexT.
    Nov 19, 2008
    this show sucks, there's nothing good about it, bad actors, bull crap story lines, and bull crap things that cant happen. this last Tuesday's episode pissed me off, near the flipping end a guy puts a apple in a safe thing, then it starts to buzz, then he pulls it out the back EXACTLY THE SAME. WTH!!!! this show should be taken off TV forever and burned before the future generations realize how stupid we are. Expand

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