First air date
September 9, 2008
Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Fringe is a science fiction show that combines elements of The X-Files and Lost. A team of FBI agents led by Anna Torv's stern Olivia Dunham investigates odd phenomena and delves into a long-running plot that spans the course of the entire series. Walter Bishop, played by John Noble, is a once-brilliant scientist who is now crippled by brain damage. He is also the source of the cosmic damage in the universe that the team is trying to correct. This damage is the result of his efforts to save his son Peter, who is played by Joshua Jackson, from a childhood illness. The plan goes awry, and Peter and Walter end up estranged, to say nothing of the harm inflicted upon everyone else by Walter's actions. Fringe combines real science with fantastical plot lines, and it also presents interesting concepts like parallel universes and the long-term effects of time travel. The iconic Observer character gives the show a sense of its own internal mythology.