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

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November 2nd, 2012

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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.


  • FatRonnyWithAFatFace

    It’s shows like FRINGE that give sci-fi TV a bad name. Poorly written, poorly acted (except for John Nobel), and undeservedly coddled for years. FOX has become a joke for keeping such nonsense on the air.

  • TerryJacksonNYC


    So, what are some examples of “good” sci-fi?

  • were123

    I’ll be sad to see Fringe go, I’ve enjoyed every season, and I must say that tonight’s episode midblowed me (as the show often does).
    I understand why many people say season 4 wasn’t good, but I think you just need to let yourself go and enjoy how the mysteries and relationships are put together, there were great case of the week episodes, and great mythology episodes, so I have no complains, in fact season 4 is my favorite thus far, season 5 will depend on how it goes from now on ;)

  • Bobby C.

    I own the earlier seasons on Blu but have yet to get caught up yet. That said, I have been watching the final season episodes each week and love them!

  • LJ

    Fringe was far from the perfect scifi show, but the cast – most notably Joshua Jackson and John Noble – made the show definitely enjoyable blemishes and all. I’m glad they are able to finish the story and will be watching until the end.

  • Casey

    My main problem with season 4 was the last half of the finale. If not for the flash forward episode it would have been okay as a series finale, but since we already knew what happens in the future, it made no sense to have Bell do what he did for purely selfish reasons.

    As for this season, Episode 3 seems like filler, which is unacceptable with only 13 episodes to go. Episode 4 and 5 were much better. We’ll see how the rest of it plays out.

  • NJ Viewer

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

    My thoughts, exactly.

  • davie

    Love this show, more than sad it’s ending. I’ll miss the hell out of it, as well as coming to TVBTN each Sat morning to see how many viewers my favorite show has shed this week ;)

    Season 3 was the best season overall, with the first 8 episodes being the best story arc ever done on this show, if not in any show I’ve ever seen, such creativity and perfect execution. I loved Season 4, because it used it’s “reset” to answer questions from Season 1 that we never got, and loved the Brave New World Finale.

    Season 5 is emotionally lacking, because there’s a bit of a disconnect from the end of Season 4 to well, 2036, but it’s still very much enjoyable, and I predict, will be a prefect Final Season, if the past two episodes are any indication.

    (I loved Etta, and was very saddened for Peter and Olivia to see her go)


  • SJ

    Love the show. Sad that it has to end – but will feel somewhat cheated without one more appearance by Nimoy. I just wonder if season 4’s finale has already burned that bridge though. I prefer his earlier season portrayals (as the good Bell).

  • Ashley

    My theory is that they will find a way to win by figuring out to to stop the observers from existing in the first place, which will mean going back in time to Etta as a child running in the field, and instead of the observers attacking, she is able to get back to Olivia and Peter. The End.

  • The End


    Sounds like a pretty basic ending there. The whole making something not exist thing. Been used a lot in Scifi, not entirely for endings but in random episodes.

  • Mick

    Yes, I agree with most of the comments. The first 3 seasons were the best. I have continued watching because I do like the actors. The show is well made, like “Bones” which actually seems too good for Fox. I would like to see a reset as Etta’s death was very sad. At least Fox allowed time to wrap up the show, which they haven’t done for many shows.

  • Joseph

    Will producer J.J. Abrams indeed bring this saga to an end??

    Or will he leave loose ends for a theatrical movie that will be the real ending to the series??

  • Patrick Gillease

    @ Joseph…I am confident that “FRINGE” will get a spectacular series finale that will be mind-blowing as many of the season finales have been. I hope that there is another “reset” that brings us back to “our” present when the Observers are defeated, as they surely will be. It would be my greatest wish-fulfillment to also bring back in the Alternate Universe, Massive Dynamic, William Bell, Nina, Broyles and even Etta, somehow bringing everything “full-circle.” But with all the surprising twists this series has taken over the years, I can’t imagine how such a scenario could be accomplished?! That isn’t to say that some questions won’t be left dangling for possible movies down the road, but by and large, I feel the series will be properly wrapped up. January 18 will tell ;)

    P.S. Throw me into the camp that feels Season 3 was the best. I was not fond of the Season 4 “reset,” as if everything built in terms of character development was basically flushed down the toilet, but by the end of the season, at least much of it had returned in some fashion. It was also nice to see our universe make amends and part amicably with the Alternate Universe. I still hope they are all back in the finale. I liked that plot the very best out of everthing “FRINGE” !!

  • Pako

    Fringe is actually ANTI-scientific fiction. So many things just aren’t possible.
    Even more things don’t add up in the plot, there are so much lost ends…
    It is very troubling, and I wish this show had a quick ending after the first season, while minimal logic could still be maintained.

  • violet hour

    NOT BRING PETER BACK what are you people smoking!!! nooooo
    peter and olivia are the best couple ever better than any couple on LOST for example ! they are in my top 5 scifi couples ever! season four was great!
    i’m not yet pronounced on season 5 though

  • Ian9outof10

    @Pako so, all other Sci-fi is “realistic?”.

  • Pako

    Generally sci-fi should have SOME scientific FOUNDATION. That what “sci” stands for, right?

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