Fringe : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. I'm on the bubble with Fringe. The characters are all interesting and the acting is top notch, but the plot is essentially an update of "The X-Files" with the addition of terrorism and the office of Homeland Security.
  2. With its paranormal occurrences, ever-autumn aesthetic, extraneous flashlight use at crime scenes, odd bursts of humor, and constant friction between faith and doubt, Fox's new sci-fi serial Fringe just might be a worthy successor--finally--to "The X-Files."
  3. Fringe does a pretty nifty job of balancing the demands of the paranormal genre against the viewer’s need for some comic relief.
  4. if you're the type of person who needs every little thing, or indeed any little thing, to make sense in a pilot, then you should probably watch Fringe in solitude, preferably with the door closed, so the rest of us can enjoy it for what it is--an uneven but promising jumble of horror, thriller and comedy that is not afraid to reference SpongeBob and "Altered States" in practically the same scene.
  5. 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.
  6. It has good characters and plenty of action. It keeps its science fiction accessible, not abstract. Maybe best of all, it has a great sense of humor.
  7. 75
    Lots of good action and lots of fun to boot.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    I wanted to love Fringe, with its extraordinary pedigree and exotic, soulful Australian beauty Torv in the lead role, and splendid Noble in key support. Plus, Blair Brown's here, too, as a top exec at an evil corporation. But I just can't shake this word "derivative."
  9. 70
    Fox's Fringe doesn't feel especially extreme or original. Well-acted and smoothly produced, yes, but not special.
  10. 70
    The formula set in motion by the Fringe pilot is familiar. That’s not to say it’s not also devious and often delightful.
  11. Though the pilot has some flaws in it--mostly from a clash of tones--it still overdelivers on creativity, creepiness, fine acting and burgeoning character development.
  12. 63
    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.
  13. Although episodes are self-contained, each has a clue that points to the overall involvement of a shadowy, giant corporation, Massive Dynamics. Combine these elements with solid special effects and confident direction and you get some heavy-duty counterprogramming to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
  14. Fringe invokes some of the sillier forms of television devices-- teleportation, psychokinesis, transmogrification and even bionic prostheses--but still manages to seem smart and stylish.
  15. 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.
  16. With what appears to be an infinite number of deadly viruses out there, viewers can only hope the FBI can pinpoint them all.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 475 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 116
  2. Negative: 18 out of 116
  1. caladoniak
    Feb 13, 2009
    10
    Starts out a little weak, but the later episodes are incredible.
  2. JD
    Sep 1, 2009
    9
    Ratings on this site will not at all represent this show, as they were taken from the first couple episodes, when Fringe was still good but Ratings on this site will not at all represent this show, as they were taken from the first couple episodes, when Fringe was still good but seemed uninspired in a way and kind of like a "Mystery of the Day". Once about a third way in or so, though, it picked up incredibly and became much more than just a weekly freak science experiment. An overarching storyline and interesting developments made for great television, and by the end was one of my favorite shows. WAAY better than a 67, and im sure the score for next season will be much better. I can't wait. Full Review »
  3. DanielS.
    Oct 16, 2009
    9
    Fantastic concept, great writing, good acting, gripping story, the only thing that's needed is to perfect the concept that's Fantastic concept, great writing, good acting, gripping story, the only thing that's needed is to perfect the concept that's already been laid down. It's a great idea, but it's still young and fresh. Over time it will build and Fringe will become something truly amazing. Full Review »