Fringe: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Action-packed, suspenseful, and filled with intriguing twists, Fringe is a smart sci-fi series that's compelling enough to overcome its occasionally uneven plotting.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 358
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Air date: Sep 9, 2008
Air date: Sep 16, 2008
Air date: Sep 23, 2008
Air date: Sep 30, 2008
Air date: Oct 14, 2008
Air date: Oct 21, 2008
Air date: Nov 11, 2008
Air date: Nov 18, 2008
Air date: Nov 25, 2008
Air date: Dec 2, 2008
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J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Alias, teams up with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Mission: Impossible 3, Transformers) to create this highly anticipated drama series.


Anna Torv
as Olivia Dunham
Mark Valley
as John Scott
Joshua Jackson
as Peter Bishop
John Noble
as Dr. Walter Bishop
Blair Brown
as Nina Sharp
Kirk Acevedo
as Charlie Francis
Lance Reddick
as Phillip Broyles
Jasika Nicole
as Astrid Farnsworth
Georgina Haig
as Henrietta "Etta" Bishop
Jared Harris
as David Robert Jones
Chance Kelly
as Mitchell Loeb
Ari Graynor
as Rachel Dunham
Michael Gaston
as Sanford Harris
Lily Pilblad
as Ella Blake
Darby Totten
as ND Agent
Jason Butler Harner
as Richard Steig
Jeremy Shamos
as The Artist
Derek Cecil
as Christopher
Chris Eigeman
as David Esterbrook
Felix Solis
as Daniel Hicks
Billy Burke
as Lucas Vogel
Nestor Serrano
as Col. Jacobson
Chris Bauer
as Brian Dempsey
Spencer List
as The Child
Jefferson Mays
as Nicholas Boone
Leonard Nimoy
as William Bell
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Joseph Meegar
Charlie Tahan
as Ben Stockton
Trieste Kelly Dunn
as Valerie Boone
Christopher Britton
as Dr. Bruce Summer
Max Baker
as Fischer
William Sadler
as Dr. Sumner
Noah Fleiss
as Luke Dempsey
Mark Blum
as Dr. Penrose
Marjan Neshat
as Claire Williams
Neal Huff
as Marshall Bowman
Clint Howard
as Michael Carlin
Paul Fitzgerald
as Ryan Eastwick
Marylouise Burke
as Flora Meegar
Mary Beth Peil
as Jessica Warren
Alok Tewari
as Dr. Sanjay Patel
Keith Nobbs
as Carl Bussler
Kenneth Tigar
as Warden Lennox
Randall Duk Kim
as Dashiell Briggs
David Vadim
as Michael Kelly
David Call
as Nick Jane
Albert Jones
as Witness #1
David Lansbury
as Businessman
Bernadeta Wrobel
as Flight Attendant
Maria Dizzia
as Emily Kramer
Adam Grupper
as Andrew Stockton
David Pittu
as Robert Swift
Xanthe Elbrick
as Witness #2
Susan Misner
as Tess Amaral
Laurie Williams
as Dr. Miller
Clark Middleton
as Edward Markham
Diane Davis
as Bethany
Erik Palladino
as Eliot Michaels
Victor Verhaeghe
as Billy Willis
Sue Jean Kim
as ER Doctor
Angel David
as Raul Lugo
Tom Riis Farrell
as Gregory Worth
Mark Lotito
as Paul Wiles
Lisa Emery
as Paula Kramer
Trini Alvarado
as Jessica Loeb
John Boyd
as Ian Spencer
Vincent Capone
as Evan McNeil
Johanna Day
as Mouse Willis
Tauqir Shah
as Iraqi Businessman #1
Phil Nee
as Archie
Rafi Silver
as Jonathan Swift
Sara Wilson
as Tara Coleman
Susan Knight
as Cynthia Wiles
Deborah Twiss
as ER Nurse
Stephen Schnetzer
as Prof. Stewart Kinberg
Jake O'Connor
as Gregory Wiles
Omar Habib
as Iraqi Businessman #2
Ashley Roeca
as Agent #2
Sandra Daley
as Dr. Winick
Duane McLaughlin
as Todd Pears
Nelson Peña
as Junior Agent
Quinn Martin
as Orderly
Peter Fernandez
as Dr. Simon
Rick Parker
as Cow Delivery Man
Chris LaPanta
as Gavin's Man
Jared Grimes
as Teenager
Bob Payne
as Agent
Ed Vassallo
as Manager
Alicia Goranson
as Tattoo Girl
Ward Horton
as Mustang Man
Carolyn Feldschuh
as Older Woman
Lee Jay Gladman
as CDC Officer
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Critic Reviews for Fringe Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (17)

After the electrifying start, Fringe unfolds as an uneven, unwieldy piece of work that provides very few chills and thrills.

Sep 9, 2008 | Full Review…

Fringe is probably the best new show of this season.

Sep 9, 2008 | Full Review…

It looks up front to be a mighty fine ride.

Sep 9, 2008 | Full Review…

Still, the fact that it can remind us that The X-Files is as outmoded as a first generation iPod is proof that Fringe is doing something strange and different.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The one thing that did stand out to me was the show's style. They seem to be going for a "cool" thing, playing around with some of the way they shoot and frame scenes, and it largely works

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Hopefully the quality remains high on Fringe - it's off to a hell of a great start.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The first season started with some mediocre episodes that didn't do much to separate the series from comparisons to the adventures of Mulder and Scully. But, over time, the show found its own unique identity.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

Often highly entertaining - funny at times, creepy at times, and with a liberal dose of what-the-hell? - is more straightforward and plain than Alias or Lost's first episodes were.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

What really makes Fringe so promising is that it is potentially reminiscent, in a small way, of the battle-of-the-sexes charm that once made Moonlighting the best hour of TV of its time.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Fringe could be one of the best shows on TV, if it just stops trying so hard.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fringe: Season 1

  • May 22, 2019
    What started a great series. The show is hard to explain, but you just have to watch this season to see how amazing it is. All performances were great (Joshua Jackson Can't do happy, but pulls dangerous off int he first episode very well) John Noble was easily the best performance int he whole series. He can pull off any emotion and has another character later in the series who acts completely different and Noble still does a magnificent job
  • Dec 11, 2018
    This show is amazing! John Noble deserves so many awards for Walter Bishop.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    my fav series of all time!
  • Aug 27, 2016
    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, and John Noble all give excellent performances, and are a great trio! It takes a while to get really interesting, but during that time, we get interesting, unusual, and unique cases. This season shows potential for the rest of the series, but I wish the seasons weren't 20+ because that's way too many episodes. Too many fillers.
  • Jun 12, 2016
    I love fringe one of my favorite and can watch over and over again
  • Mar 20, 2016
    What starts off as an X-Files knock off becomes one of the smartest, most engaging series of all time. A must watch for fans of Science fiction!
  • Feb 01, 2016
    Decent ensemble acting, but mediocre special effects.
  • Jan 04, 2016
    Another one of my very favorite shows of all time, made by some of the same people as my favorite, Lost! The show was a little slow at first, but still very good. By the middle to the end of Season 2 it really picked up and got REALLY good! Some people think that's when it got too weird and out there, but again, just like Lost, that's what I liked so much about it! The weirder and more out there, the better for me! It would have benefited from 1 more season, because the final season felt a little rushed and like they were trying to fit in all their remaining ideas, but I still think it's ending was pretty perfect! I'm still waiting for a Fringe movie! They left a little bit of a loose ends that would make for a great film! #FringeMovie
  • Jun 16, 2015
    From the creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who always are working closely with J.J Abrams, comes one of the most mysterious and entertaining TV-Shows. I totally love Fringe, because it keeps me asking more and more questions about the mysterious events in the series, which truly keeps me watching the show. The high amount of science fiction truly is fascinating to watch, even if that it's not something completely new and original, because many things in Fringe I've already seen in sci-fi shows like Stargate and Star Trek, but in the end are all the episodes in Fringe awesome to watch. The intro of Fringe is another thing that I truly adore about fringe, so touching! When it comes to a TV-show like Fringe, the quality of every episode may vary much, and this first season felt like it became drama-like after the 10th episode, which I didn't find entertaining at all. Another thing is that the mysterious feeling surrounding Fringe kind of disappeared after the 10th episode, but eventually got it's mojo back in the season finale. Overall is Fringe an awesome sci-fi show that I find is superb to watch, even that the CGI isn't the best I've seen. Fringe is a TV-show that truly is packed with action, sci-fi and much entertaining and mysterious things, and I wouldn't consider this show to be a supernatural drama genre, it's just a highly advanced sci-fi show. The average score for each episode is: 7.79 Fringe: Season 1 get a 8/10
  • Apr 26, 2015
    Similar to the X-Files, each week the Fringe team takes on unsolved and/or unexplained mysterious happenings and solves them. The one disturbing connection to all these things is that they are all related to experiments one of the members conducted or theorized in his past. This makes the show a bit less believable and hinders my enjoyment. It just doesn't seem likely. As with the X-files, some of the episodes are more lighthearted than most, making for a nice change of pace. Definitely recommended.

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