• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 144

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  1. Jan 23, 2013
    This show REALLY needs to be called out on its over-the-top melodrama. It can't go five minutes without somebody having a breakdown or teary epiphany all dragged out way too long with the camera pushed right up close. Everything about Fringe makes me miss The X-Files with all its unstated emotions churning under the surface. Remember subtlety? Fringe doesn't. It's sad that when we finally get some good sci-fi concepts on network TV, but with emotional content straight out of a middle school drama class. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    I agree with Acriminal, I only watch the show to get some kind of closure on the Bishop family. After a horrible ending to the 4th season, the 5th season is being a huge disappointment.
    Instead of a freak-of-the-week show, Fringe is turning into a gadget-of-the-week show. Yes, the gadgets are pretty cool and Walter and the Olivia are still great characters (Anna Torv and John Noble are
    terrific actors). But apart from the acting, I cannot forgive the numerous plot holes which completely ruin the show for me. The plot became too ambitious after they killed/erased Peter... Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2012
    This show has gotten SO bad. The writing is absurd. I'm forced to watch because I've followed it thus far and don't like to leave anything unfinished in a state of limbo. John Noble is this show's only redeeming quality. I can't wait until this last season is done.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 28, 2012
    Fringe seems to be going out as alt-world fantasy/sci-fi at its most tough-minded yet humanistic. [5 Oct 2012, p.73]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 28, 2012
    On the evidence of Friday's season opener, Fringe will continue to be the best show of its kind since "The X-Files" at the grace notes, intimate or humorous instances like Olivia's Crate & Barrel moment (which won't be further spoiled here). When you get the small things right, it's less crucial that your universes and time shifts exactly line up.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 28, 2012
    For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.