Final Season of 'Fringe' Concludes With a Two-Hour Series Finale on Friday, January, 18

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November 2nd, 2012

via press release:





Climactic Nine-Episode Countdown Continues with an All-New Episode Tonight


As the Fringe team fights for humanity’s future in the fifth and final season, the imaginative journey toward the end of the acclaimed series will culminate in a climactic conclusion during the two-hour final-two-episodes event Friday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This milestone date will also celebrate the series’ 100th episode.


Series Co-Creator and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams reflected on the show’s run: “It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of FRINGE. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious Fox network for allowing FRINGE to reach its bittersweet conclusion.”


Executive producer and showrunner J. H. Wyman said, “Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with FRINGE. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. – we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family – a family that, through everything, fought together for survival – has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I’m just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience.”


“FRINGE has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX’s most riveting and creatively brilliant series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business.”


Throughout FRINGE’s thrilling five seasons, the series has followed Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (Anna Torv), enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist WALTER BISHOP (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, PETER (Joshua Jackson) as the Fringe team explored mysterious occurrences linked between parallel universes, doppelgängers, Observers and unimaginable threats. The unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick) and assisted by ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole) – often led them to science and technological corporation Massive Dynamic, founded by WILLIAM BELL (guest star Leonard Nimoy), and its enigmatic chief executive, NINA SHARP (Blair Brown).


The fifth and final flash-forward season of FRINGE is set in 2036, when the “Observers” have become ruthless rulers of a dystopian society. As the battle for the world’s future continues to unfold, the Fringe team is in the midst of making its final stand to save humanity. In the aftermath of the devastating loss of Peter and Olivia’s daughter, ETTA (guest star Georgina Haig), the intensity escalates as the combat continues and Peter makes a pivotal and game-changing move in the all-new “An Origin Story” episode airing tonight (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.


Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman serve as executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman is a consulting producer. “Like” FRINGE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @FRINGEonFOX and join the discussion at #fringe.


  • Rob3008

    Will be so sad to see this finish, but roll on the epic finale. TVBTN must have earned some serious cash from all the traffic Fringe’s ratings have brought to the site!

  • GARebelman

    Robert and Bill heavily depend on Nikita fanatics to bring in the traffic on Saturday afternoon now haha :)

  • Oliver

    Goodbye Fringe. Much like Chuck, you inexplicably refused to die.

  • Chris

    I’ve been a fan for most of its run, but I’ll be glad to see it end–enough is enough, and I don’t think they ever got back the momentum they lost after season three.

    And put me in the column of those who are not the least bit sad to see Etta go. ;)

  • KS

    Too sad to see this show go. I wish it stayed for some more time. One of the best shows I have ever watched.

  • Ali

    does that make it 14 episodes then for this season because it’s a two hour finale? or is it 12+13?

  • KS

    And put me in the column of those who are not the least bit sad to see Etta go.

    Include me in that too. It was more of a shock to me than being sad. The actress is not up to the mark.

    I don’t think they ever got back the momentum they lost after season three.

    No, I don’t agree with this. Fourth season was my favorite season and its finale was absolutely brilliant and a good conclusion of 4-season arc.

    And I think, it is too early to give an opinion on season 5, considering the fact that its like a 13 – hour movie.

  • lll

    I’m assuming it’s 12 + 13.

  • Ultima


    The finale will be the 12th and 13th hour of the season.

  • KS

    My previous comment was directed at @Oliver.


  • Greg

    “I’ve been a fan for most of its run, but I’ll be glad to see it end–enough is enough, and I don’t think they ever got back the momentum they lost after season three.”

    I totally agree. Season four was dredful and the revelation that Peter managed to survive due to the love of Walter and Olivia was one of those things that instantly kill a show, no matter how good it might have been before.

  • Chris

    @KS–I just thought the episodes with our Olivia in the alternate universe and their Olivia over here were the show at its absolute best.

    I must confess, during typical case-of-the-week episodes, I often fall asleep. But never during those alternate universe eps. They took it to a new level, but they couldn’t keep it there.

  • John A

    Season 2 and 3 were the best. Season 5 not that great so far.

  • psychic

    Fringe was a great show. Seasons two and three were superb. Season four was a giant coddle of “meh”. Season five can still redeem itself. Nine episodes to go; I’m not losing hope.
    I just hope the series finale is one giant mashup of science and emotions, none of this LOVE WILL SAVE YOU OH AND PLOTHOLES thing we’ve been seeing this whole season so far.

  • psychic

    “The actress is not up to the mark.”
    She was in five episodes. She didn’t really have the chance to develop. I think they were lucky to find someone who looked so similar to Anna Torv, in addition to being an actress.
    Did I mention I liked Etta? Because I did.

  • KS

    Season four was dredful and the revelation that Peter managed to survive due to the love of Walter

    I agree with you. Peter should have never been brought back again or they must have given a good reason for his comeback. Also, Season 4 was interesting from the episode in which David Robert Jones comes back. But I loved the ending a lot, even though the beginning was a meh!


    I don’t think, I liked the Olivia’s switching arc much. I wouldn’t say the show is at its peak during those episodes. But yeah, they are quite enjoyable.

  • KS


    I personally wish, it is more of science than emotions. I am not a fan of emotions on this show.

    I don’t understand why you say season 4 was a meh. I loved the concept of third universe.

  • psychic

    I just disliked the idea of one big “reset” button. Getting rid of three seasons of character development, bringing back villians and changing them for the worse, and forcing relationships that had been fine when they developed over time to grow back again?
    The last half, starting with “Enemy of my Enemy”, was better than the first, imo.

  • Greg


    If Peter had never been brought back, then I would be totally fine with that. I liked David Robert Jones’ return a LOT, but I think they didn’t give that arc the importance it deserved (there were too many episodes lost with cases of the week or with Lincoln) and I was very pissed about Jones turning out to be not the big villain but instead William Bell.

    I still need to catch up with season 5. Season 3 is my favorite, definitely. The Olivia/Fauxlivia arc was great.

  • KS


    Not only you. Many hated the reset. But I am fine with it.


    I think you are too disturbed by those monster-of-week episodes. As far as William Bell is concerned, every one knows he is a last minute addition and he was given David Robert Jones’ story-line in the finale. But I don’t think, that undermined Robert Jones, But sure, they must have not killed him,even before the finale has began..

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