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

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 458 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. 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."
  3. 75
    Lots of good action and lots of fun to boot.
  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. Reviewed by: Micah Towery
    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.
  6. Fringe is just good enough to watch with or without the ads. But with Abrams, you expect more than "just good enough."
  7. In the end, it turns out that Homeland Security so desperately needs Olivia on their side of the freak wars that they show her their top-secret Mulder-Scully-esque X-files and recruit both Bishops as her own mercenary team of pattern pods. And I am the queen of the Nile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 113
  2. Negative: 17 out of 113
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Fringe is the best TV show I've ever watched. The first season begins slowly BUT it becomes really fascinating and interesting in the middleFringe is the best TV show I've ever watched. The first season begins slowly BUT it becomes really fascinating and interesting in the middle of the first season. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2011
    10
    Simply amazing. I have no words for describing this show. One of the best shows ever made. Good acting, good story, amazing development.... ASimply amazing. I have no words for describing this show. One of the best shows ever made. Good acting, good story, amazing development.... A must see for sci-fi fans. Expand
  3. caladoniak
    Feb 13, 2009
    10
    Starts out a little weak, but the later episodes are incredible.
  4. GaryL.
    Jun 29, 2009
    8
    Some slow spots midseason, but the finale was great. Shows a lot of promise and keeps getting better.
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    7
    The first season of this show was the only one worth watching. The show did a good job at differentiating itself apart from other similarThe first season of this show was the only one worth watching. The show did a good job at differentiating itself apart from other similar shows before it. While it still maintained some healthy similarities. I liked this season a lot. Just wish some series actually had a planned ending and not a never ending plot extension to make more money. Expand
  6. JennaJ
    Dec 5, 2008
    5
    It really wants to be the successor to the X-Files and it has everything except what it need most: the chemistry between the two main It really wants to be the successor to the X-Files and it has everything except what it need most: the chemistry between the two main characters. Fringe is well written and nicely produced but it feels as empty and plot driven as the X-Files without Mulder. I got bored and quit watching. Expand
  7. AlexT.
    Nov 19, 2008
    0
    this show sucks, there's nothing good about it, bad actors, bull crap story lines, and bull crap things that cant happen. this last 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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