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Though it began as something of an imitation of the beloved science-fiction hit The X-Files, Fringe quickly demonstrated that it was much more than just a show devoted to examining the supernatural, metaphysical and scientific mysteries of the world through the eyes of its FBI team. The show is now considered to be a genuine sci-fi classic in its own right thanks to terrific episodic writing, outstanding acting and an over arching plot that includes the existence of multiple universes. Although it cannot boast the biggest audiences in television, those people who sit down every Friday night to watch Fringe are supremely devoted to the show.

Fringe's success is largely due to its stellar ensemble cast. John Noble leads the way as eccentric scientific genius Walter Bishop. Anna Torv carries an exceptionally difficult work load as FBI superstar Olivia Dunham, and Joshua Jackson portrays Olivia's love interest and Walter's son Peter Bishop. Most of the drama on the show is centered around these three major characters, but they are supported brilliantly by many others including Lance Reddick as Colonel Philip Broyles and Jasika Nicole as Agent Astrid Farnsworth. Legendary science-fiction actor Leonard Nimoy even makes a number of special appearances as the mysterious William Bell.

During the course of its four seasons on FOX, Fringe has built a loyal audience who love tuning into the program each week to see what sort of monster or oddity the Fringe team will be investigating. However, the most die-hard fans watch the program to learn more about the wonderfully-drawn characters, their relationships with each other and their relationships with the show's master storyline, which involves multiple universes in which subtle things are different. Although the show can be complicated at times, it rewards those who pay attention with some of the most thrilling action and astounding drama ever seen on the small screen.

Fringe will be leaving television screens after its fifth and final season, but it will surely live on through DVD viewings and syndicated showings. As more people become fans of the program, they inevitably encourage their friends and family members to watch, as well. This being the case, the show will surely live on for many years, even after its final episode airs. For four tremendous seasons, the characters of Fringe have compelled audiences with their stories, and though the show is set to take its final bow, viewers of the program will be happy they were able to spend an hour each week with the Fringe team.

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Fringe Full Episode Guide

  • The series finale comes to a shocking and climatic conclusion.

  • The exciting worlds of "Fringe" reveal a mind-blowing ending as the team engages in one final battle.

  • Walter hopes to find out more about the elusive figure Donald and enters the deprivation tank. Captain Windmark embarks on a critical mission.

  • As the countdown to the climactic series finale nears, the Fringe team is racing against the clock to save the world. As Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter scramble to tap into a key piece of the puzzle to defeat the Observers, they enlist the aid of Nina Sharp who orchestrates a plan.

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'Fringe' Season 5 Promo Features a Bloodied Walter

When we last left our heroes from "Fringe," there was happy news for Peter and Olivia, but some worrying news for Walter (and everyone else, really). This new promo for "Fringe" season 5 reiterates the danger that will outline the upcoming final set of episodes. The promo starts with an idyllic tone: Peter and Olivia relax at a romantic little picnic, with Peter saying how he wants to stay there for the rest of his life. Of course, that's not going to happen. The reason becomes clear in the rest of the promo, as a beaten and bloody Walter faces down an Observer, set against images of Observers invading our world at all points.

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'Fringe': Watch a Preview Clip and Trailer from the Two-Part Finale [Video]

The two-part season 4 finale of "Fringe" starts tomorrow, and while we know that the show will be renewed for season 5, we also know that it will be cancelled after that fifth season. So, cherish every one of those episodes, folks! FOX has released a preview clip to get us excited about the finale, but it isn't an action-packed one. In fact, it doesn't even have any Walter craziness or pseudo-science. Rather, it's just a tender moment between Olivia and Peter. The clip has Olivia and Peter discussing their future as they look through the paper for a new apartment (who uses the newspaper for that anymore?).

It's Official: 'Fringe' Renewed, But Will End After Season 5 (Watch the Trailer)

Well, there's good news and bad news, though the bad news isn't exactly unexpected: "Fringe" will be renewed for season five (yay!) but will be cancelled after that (boo). The fifth and final season will be a 13-episode run that will start this fall. The fact that season five will be the final season of "Fringe" is no surprise. Due to the high cost of the show and the low ratings, "Fringe" has seemingly been on the bubble since the start. The fact that the show is one of the most-watched on DVR after the original airing doesn't seem to do much in convincing execs to keep it going.

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As would be expected, FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly remained somewhat noncommittal during his Pasadena press tour stop Sunday. Speaking very generally, this much can be gathered: "Terra Nova" probably gets a second season this year; it sure sounds like "House" will probably not be back next fall; and it's entirely possible that someone from "The X Factor" may be edging toward the door. The warning toward "Fringe"? It was considerably more blunt, reports Entertainment Weekly.

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