Air Dates: September 9, 2008 - January 18, 2013
Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Seth Gabel, Leonard Nimoy
Fringe combined the best elements of several genres: science fiction, horror, and, most importantly, high-stakes, character-driven drama. The J.J. Abrams-backed science-fiction drama trails an FBI agent (Anna Torv), an enigmatic boy genius (Joshua Jackson), and his nutty doctor of a father (John Noble) as they investigate paranormal and otherworldly happenings, all while working to keep a parallel dimension's evil version of Noble's character from bringing the apocalyptic ruckus.
It's a wide-open premise that allows Fringe to bless viewers with an assortment of strikingly bizarre imagery. Early into the second season, for example, a shadow-man attacked a guy whose wife comes home to watch her husband disintegrate into ashes; "Marionette" (season three) features the pleasant shot of a mad scientist controlling his wife's dead body like a puppet with ropes and pulleys. And that's just a sample of Fringe's most heinous scenes, which once again begs the question: Why haven't you watched this damn show yet? —MB