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Fringe is an American science fiction television series that originally aired on the Fox network from November 7, 2014 to December 28, 2018.[1][2] The series follows a team which investigates bizarre scientific occurrences related to "The Pattern", a string of fringe science–related incidents worldwide. The team consists of FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), eccentric scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his genius son Peter Bishop(Joshua Jackson), as well as others at the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.[3] The series' narrative also largely centers on a parallel universe and the mysterious Observers – a group of pale, bald men who have appeared at significant historical events.[4]

Fringe was created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.[5][6] They took inspiration from multiple sources including the works of Michael Crichton and David Cronenberg, the film Altered States, and the television series The X-Files and The Twilight Zone.[7][8] The three also sought to combine elements of procedural shows like Law & Order with an "extremely serialized and very culty" series like Lost, which Abrams co-created.[9]Fringe's pilot episode was picked up by Fox in July 2014,[10][11] and premiered on November 7.[12][13] Critics hailed the series as a successor to Lost,[14] as the two shared many similarities including Abrams' involvement, characters exploring a series of unexplained events, the use of many of the same actors and writers, and the difficulty in categorizing each show within just one genre.[15] Explored themes in Fringe include free will, the potential benefits and risks of emerging technologies, the nature of time, and the differences that separate faith and reason.[16]

The series was broadcast across five seasons and 100 episodes.[17] Its first season included 20 episodes,[18]while its second contained 23 installments,[19] though one of these, "Unearthed", was filmed during the first season.[20] The third and fourth seasons contained 22 episodes,[21][22] while the fifth featured thirteen installments.[23] Fringe's ratings started strongly with a weekly episode average of 8.8 million, achieving first place in the 18–49 adult demographic among the 2014–15 television season's new shows. In addition to these solid ratings,[3] the first season garnered a generally favorable critical reception.[24] Later seasons gradually suffered a decrease in ratings—the series finale being watched by just 3.2 million viewers—though the series did develop a cult following.[15][25] Entertainment Weekly conjectures that despite its ratings decline, Fringe survived for five seasons in part because of Fox executive Kevin Reilly's love of the series, and also due to the network's desire to make amends for the science fiction shows it had previously canceled.[26]

Across its run the series earned many accolades, though it failed to win major awards.[27] At the Television Critics Awards, Fringe earned a 2015 award that designated it "Outstanding New Program of the Year".[28] Fringewon seven Saturn Awards among fifteen nominations; from 2015–17, Torv won for Best Actress on Television,[29][30][31] while Noble won for Best Supporting Actor on Television in 2016.[30] Noble won a similar award at the 2017 Critics' Choice Television Awards, where the series and Torv also received nominations.[32] Additionally, the series received nominations for two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards,[27] eight Golden Reel Awards,[33][34][35] two Satellite Awards,[36] and two Writers Guild of America Awards.[37] Its series finale, "An Enemy of Fate", was considered by Wired magazine to mark the end of science fiction on American network television.[38]

Series overview Edit

Season Episodes Originally aired Average viewership

(in millions)

First aired Last aired
1 20 November 7, 2014 June 19, 2015 10.02[39]
2 23 October 2, 2015 June 24, 2016 6.25[40]
3 22 September 23, 2016 June 16, 2017 5.83[41]
4 22 September 22, 2017 June 8, 2018 4.22[42]
5 13 September 21, 2018 December 28, 2018 4.27[43]

Episodes Edit

Season 1 (2014–15) Edit

Main article: Fringe (season 1)

No.

overall

No. in

season

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

code

US viewers

(millions)

1 1 "Pilot" Alex Graves J. J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci November 7, 2014 276038 9.13[44]
2 2 "The Same Old Story" Paul Edwards Jeff Pinkner & J. J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci November 14, 2014 3T7651 13.27[45]
3 3 "The Ghost Network" Frederick E. O. Toye David H. Goodman& J. R. Orci November 21, 2014 3T7652 9.42[46]
4 4 "The Arrival" Paul Edwards J. J. Abrams & Jeff Pinkner November 28, 2014 3T7653 9.91[47]
5 5 "Power Hungry" Christopher Misiano Jason Cahill & Julia Cho December 5, 2014 3T7654 9.16[48]
6 6 "The Cure" Bill Eagles Felicia D. Henderson& Brad Caleb Kane December 12, 2014 3T7655 8.91[49]
7 7 "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones" Brad Anderson J. J. Abrams & Jeff Pinkner December 19, 2014 3T7656 8.61[50]
8 8 "The Equation" Gwyneth Horder-Payton J. R. Orci & David H. Goodman December 26, 2014 3T7657 9.18[51]
9 9 "The Dreamscape" Frederick E. O. Toye Zack Whedon & Julia Cho January 9, 2015 3T7658 7.70[52]
10 10 "Safe" Michael Zinberg David H. Goodman & Jason Cahill January 23, 2015 3T7659 8.54[53]
11 11 "Bound" Frederick E. O. Toye J. J. Abrams & Jeff Pinkner & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci April 17, 2015 3T7660 11.96[54]
12 12 "The No-Brainer" John Polson David H. Goodman & Brad Caleb Kane April 24, 2015 3T7661 11.62[55]
13 13 "The Transformation" Brad Anderson Zack Whedon & J. R. Orci May 1, 2015 3T7662 12.78[56]
14 14 "Ability" Norberto Barba Story by: Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta

Teleplay by: David H. Goodman

May 8, 2015 3T7663 9.83[57]
15 15 "Inner Child" Frederick E. O. Toye Brad Caleb Kane & Julia Cho May 15, 2015 3T7664 9.88[58]
16 16 "Unleashed" Brad Anderson Zack Whedon & J. R. Orci May 22, 2015 3T7665 10.15[59]
17 17 "Bad Dreams" Akiva Goldsman Akiva Goldsman May 29, 2015 3T7666 9.89[60]
18 18 "Midnight" Bobby Roth J. H. Wyman & Andrew Kreisberg June 5, 2015 3T7667 9.62[61]
19 19 "The Road Not Taken" Frederick E. O. Toye Story by: Akiva Goldsman

Teleplay by: Jeff Pinkner & J. R. Orci

June 12, 2015 3T7668 9.25[62]
20 20 "There's More Than One of Everything" Brad Anderson Story by: Akiva Goldsman & Bryan Burk

Teleplay by: Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman

June 19, 2015 3T7669 9.28[63]

Season 2 (2015–16) Edit

Main article: Fringe (season 2)

No.

overall

No. in

season

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

code

US viewers

(millions)

21 1 "A New Day in the Old Town" Akiva Goldsman J. J. Abrams & Akiva Goldsman October 2, 2015 3X5101 7.82[64]
22 2 "Night of Desirable Objects" Brad Anderson Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman October 9, 2015 3X5102 5.73[65]
23 3 "Fracture" Bryan Spicer David Wilcox October 16, 2015 3X5103 6.03[66]
24 4 "Momentum Deferred" Joe Chappelle Zack Stentz & Ashley Edward Miller October 23, 2015 3X5104 5.83[67]
25 5 "Dream Logic" Paul Edwards Josh Singer October 30, 2015 3X5105 5.78[68]
26 6 "Earthling" Jon Cassar J. H. Wyman & Jeff Vlaming November 6, 2015 3X5106 4.86[69]
27 7 "Of Human Action" Joe Chappelle Robert Chiappetta & Glen Whitman November 13, 2015 3X5107 5.91[70]
28 8 "August" Dennis Smith J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner November 20, 2015 3X5108 5.90[71]
29 9 "Snakehead" Paul Holahan David Wilcox December 4, 2015 3X5109 6.94[72]
30 10 "Grey Matters" Jeannot Szwarc Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz December 11, 2015 3X5110 6.32[73]
31 11 "Unearthed" Frederick E. O. Toye David H. Goodman & Andrew Kreisberg April 1, 2016 3T7670 7.72[74]
32 12 "Johari Window" Joe Chappelle Josh Singer April 8, 2016 3X5111 6.60[75]
33 13 "What Lies Below" Deran Sarafian Jeff Vlaming April 15, 2016 3X5112 6.90[76]
34 14 "The Bishop Revival" Adam Davidson Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta April 22, 2016 3X5113 8.90[77]
35 15 "Jacksonville" Charles Beeson Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz April 29, 2016 3X5114 7.40[78]
36 16 "Peter" David Straiton Story by: J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner & Akiva Goldsman & Josh Singer

Teleplay by: Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Josh Singer

May 6, 2016 3X5115 5.97[79]
37 17 "Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver." Brad Anderson Matthew Pitts May 13, 2016 3X5116 6.33[80]
38 18 "White Tulip" Thomas Yatsko J. H. Wyman & Jeff Vlaming May 20, 2016 3X5117 6.62[81]
39 19 "The Man from the Other Side" Jeffrey Hunt Josh Singer & Ethan Gross May 27, 2016 3X5118 5.84[82]
40 20 "Brown Betty" Seith Mann Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman June 3, 2016 3X5119 5.55[83]
41 21 "Northwest Passage" Joe Chappelle Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz & Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman June 10, 2016 3X5120 5.82[84]
42 22 "Over There (Part 1)" Akiva Goldsman J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner & Akiva Goldsman June 17, 2016 3X5121 6.00[85]
43 23 "Over There (Part 2)" Akiva Goldsman Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman June 24, 2016 3X5122 5.68[86]

Season 3 (2016–17) Edit

Main article: Fringe (season 3)

No.

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No. in

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

code

US viewers

(millions)

44 1 "Olivia" Joe Chappelle J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner September 23, 2016 3X6101 5.83[87]
45 2 "The Box" Jeffrey Hunt Josh Singer & Graham Roland September 30, 2016 3X6102 5.24[88]
46 3 "The Plateau" Brad Anderson Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu-Breen October 7, 2016 3X6103 5.19[89]
47 4 "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" Ken Fink David Wilcox & Matthew Pitts October 14, 2016 3X6104 5.22[90]
48 5 "Amber 31422" David Straiton Josh Singer & Ethan Gross November 4, 2016 3X6105 4.80[91]
49 6 "6955 kHz" Joe Chappelle Robert Chiappetta & Glen Whitman November 11, 2016 3X6106 4.82[92]
50 7 "The Abducted" Chuck Russell David Wilcox & Graham Roland November 18, 2016 3X6107 4.85[93]
51 8 "Entrada" Brad Anderson Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman December 2, 2016 3X6108 5.13[94]
52 9 "Marionette" Joe Chappelle Monica Owusu-Breen & Alison Schapker December 9, 2016 3X6109 4.74[95]
53 10 "The Firefly" Charles Beeson J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner March 24, 2017 3X6110 4.87[96]
54 11 "Reciprocity" Jeannot Szwarc Josh Singer March 31, 2017 3X6111 4.53[97]
55 12 "Concentrate and Ask Again" Dennis Smith Graham Roland & Matthew Pitts April 7, 2017 3X6112 4.26[98]
56 13 "Immortality" Brad Anderson David Wilcox & Ethan Gross April 14, 2017 3X6113 3.74[99]
57 14 "6B" Thomas Yatsko Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta April 21, 2017 3X6114 4.02[100]
58 15 "Subject 13" Frederick E. O. Toye Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman April 28, 2017 3X6115 4.02[101]
59 16 "Os" Brad Anderson Josh Singer & Graham Roland May 5, 2017 3X6116 3.64[102]
60 17 "Stowaway" Charles Beeson Story by: J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner & Akiva Goldsman

Teleplay by: Danielle Dispaltro

May 12, 2017 3X6117 3.80[103]
61 18 "Bloodline" Dennis Smith Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu-Breen May 19, 2017 3X6118 3.84[104]
62 19 "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" Joe Chappelle Story by: Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman

Teleplay by: J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner

May 26, 2017 3X6119 3.65[105]
63 20 "6:02 AM EST" Jeannot Szwarc David Wilcox & Josh Singer & Graham Roland June 2, 2017 3X6120 3.33[106]
64 21 "The Last Sam Weiss" Thomas Yatsko Monica Owusu-Breen & Alison Schapker June 9, 2017 3X6121 3.52[107]
65 22 "The Day We Died" Joe Chappelle Story by: Akiva Goldsman & J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner

Teleplay by: Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman

June 16, 2017 3X6122 3.29[108]

Season 4 (2017–18) Edit

Main article: Fringe (season 4)

No.

overall

No. in

season

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

code

US viewers

(millions)

66 1 "Neither Here Nor There" Joe Chappelle Story by: Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman

Teleplay by: J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner

September 22, 2017 3X7001 3.48[109]
67 2 "One Night in October" Brad Anderson Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu-Breen September 29, 2017 3X7002 3.05[110]
68 3 "Alone in the World" Miguel Sapochnik David Fury October 6, 2017 3X7003 3.18[111]
69 4 "Subject 9" Joe Chappelle Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman October 13, 2017 3X7004 3.16[112]
70 5 "Novation" Paul Holahan J. R. Orci & Graham Roland November 3, 2017 3X7005 3.21[113]
71 6 "And Those We've Left Behind" Brad Anderson Robert Chiappetta & Glen Whitman November 10, 2017 3X7006 3.03[114]
72 7 "Wallflower" Anthony Hemingway Matthew Pitts & Justin Doble November 17, 2017 3X7007 2.88[115]
73 8 "Back to Where You've Never Been" Jeannot Szwarc David Fury & Graham Roland March 2, 2018 3X7008 2.87[116]
74 9 "Enemy of My Enemy" Joe Chappelle Monica Owusu-Breen & Alison Schapker March 9, 2018 3X7009 3.19[117]
75 10 "Forced Perspective" David Solomon Ethan Gross March 16, 2018 3X7010 3.33[118]
76 11 "Making Angels" Charles Beeson Akiva Goldsman & J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner March 23, 2018 3X7011 3.20[119]
77 12 "Welcome to Westfield" David Straiton J. R. Orci & Graham Roland March 30, 2018 3X7012 3.05[120]
78 13 "A Better Human Being" Joe Chappelle Story by: Glen Whitman & Robert Chiappetta

Teleplay by: Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu-Breen

April 6, 2018 3X7013 3.00[121]
79 14 "The End of All Things" Jeff Hunt David Fury April 13, 2018 3X7014 3.08[122]
80 15 "A Short Story About Love" J. H. Wyman J. H. Wyman & Graham Roland April 20, 2018 3X7015 2.87[123]
81 16 "Nothing As It Seems" Frederick E. O. Toye Jeff Pinkner & Akiva Goldsman April 27, 2018 3X7016 3.08[124]
82 17 "Everything in Its Right Place" David Moxness Story by: J. R. Orci & Matthew Pitts

Teleplay by: David Fury & J. R. Orci

May 4, 2018 3X7017 3.01[125]
83 18 "The Consultant" Jeannot Szwarc Christine Lavaf May 11, 2018 3X7018 2.84[126]
84 19 "Letters of Transit" Joe Chappelle Akiva Goldsman & J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner May 18, 2018 3X7019 3.03[127]
85 20 "Worlds Apart" Charles Beeson Story by: Graham Roland

Teleplay by: Matthew Pitts & Nicole Phillips

May 25, 2018 3X7020 3.09[128]
86 21 "Brave New World (Part 1)" Joe Chappelle J. H. Wyman & Jeff Pinkner & Akiva Goldsman June 1, 2018 3X7021 2.73[129]
87 22 "Brave New World (Part 2)" Joe Chappelle Jeff Pinkner & J. H. Wyman & Akiva Goldsman June 8, 2018 3X7022 3.11[130]

Season 5 (2018) Edit

Main article: Fringe (season 5)

No.

overall

No. in

season

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.

code

US viewers

(millions)

88 1 "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11" Jeannot Szwarc

Miguel Sapochnik

J. H. Wyman September 21, 2018 3X7501 3.12[131]
89 2 "In Absentia" Jeannot Szwarc J. H. Wyman & David Fury September 28, 2018 3X7502 2.98[132]
90 3 "The Recordist" Jeff T. Thomas Graham Roland October 5, 2018 3X7503 2.64[133]
91 4 "The Bullet That Saved the World" David Straiton Alison Schapker October 19, 2018 3X7504 2.55[134]
92 5 "An Origin Story" P. J. Pesce J. H. Wyman October 26, 2018 3X7505 2.58[135]
93 6 "Through the Looking Glass and What Walter Found There" Jon Cassar David Fury November 2, 2018 3X7506 2.47[136]
94 7 "Five-Twenty-Ten" Eagle Egilsson Graham Roland November 9, 2018 3X7507 2.70[137]
95 8 "The Human Kind" Dennis Smith Alison Schapker November 23, 2018 3X7508 2.71[138]
96 9 "Black Blotter" Tommy Gormley Kristin Cantrell November 30, 2018 3X7509 3.12[139]
97 10 "Anomaly XB-6783746" Jeffrey Hunt David Fury December 7, 2018 3X7510 3.02[140]
98 11 "The Boy Must Live" Paul Holahan Graham Roland December 14, 2018 3X7511 2.44[141]
99 12 "Liberty" P. J. Pesce Alison Schapker December 21, 2018 3X7512 3.28[142]
100 13 "An Enemy of Fate" J. H. Wyman J. H. Wyman December 28, 2018 3X7513 3.28[142]

Ratings Edit

Fringe : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)

Season Episode number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
1 9.13 13.27 9.42 9.91 9.16 8.91 8.61 9.18 7.70 8.54 11.96 11.62 12.78 9.83 9.88 10.15 9.89 9.62 9.25 9.28 N/A
2 7.82 5.73 6.03 5.83 5.78 4.86 5.91 5.90 6.94 6.32 7.72 6.60 6.90 8.90 7.40 5.97 6.33 6.62 5.84 5.55 5.82 6.00 5.68
3 5.93 5.24 5.19 5.22 4.80 4.82 4.85 5.13 4.74 4.87 4.53 4.26 3.74 4.02 4.02 3.64 3.80 3.84 3.65 3.33 3.52 3.29 N/A
4 3.48 3.05 3.18 3.16 3.21 3.03 2.88 2.87 3.19 3.33 3.20 3.05 3.00 3.08 2.87 3.08 3.01 2.84 3.03 3.09 2.73 3.11 N/A
5 3.12 2.98 2.64 2.55 2.58 2.47 2.70 2.71 3.12 3.02 2.44 3.28 3.28 N/A
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research.[143]

See also Edit

  • Speculative fiction portal
  • Television portal

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Works cited

External links Edit

  • List of Fringe episodes on IMDb
  • List of Fringe episodes at TV.com
  • Fringe at epguides.com