9. Fringe (Fox)
Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris, Leonard Nimoy, Ryan McDonald, Orla Brady
Premiere date: September 28
Fringe loyalists shouldn't be sad at all about the brainy Fox show's upcoming fifth and final season; they're lucky that the science fiction series has lasted a whopping 87 episodes thus far.
Since the premiere of the J.J. Abrams-backed Fringe in September 2008, it has consistently pulled in low ratings and constantly been on the verge of cancellation. By all accounts, the slept-on, dimension-hopping program could've ended unceremoniously without any chance of resolving the trajectories of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), alternate universe transplant Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and his eccentric yet brilliant father, Walter Bishop (John Noble).
So, as Fringe heads into its final 13 episodes, with the plot more meticulously intricate than ever before, now's the time to celebrate, not lament, the beginning of the end.