Fringe: Season 2 (2009 - 2010)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Fringe surpasses expectations in season two with stronger character development while maintaining its creepy sci-fi angle.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 230
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Air date: Sep 17, 2009
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Season Two of FRINGE continues to explore the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown.


John Noble
as Dr. Walter Bishop
Leonard Nimoy
as William Bell
Mark Valley
as John Scott
Ryan McDonald
as Brandon Fayette
Sebastian Roche
as Thomas Jerome Newton
Georgina Haig
as Henrietta "Etta" Bishop
Michael Cerveris
as The Observer
Peter Weller
as Alistair Peck
Ari Graynor
as Rachel Dunham
JR Bourne
as Mystery Man
Martha Plimpton
as Sheriff Ann Mathis
Tzi Ma
as Ming Che
Annie Parisse
as Teresa Rusk
Laura Mennell
as Rose Falls
Pascale Hutton
as Sally Clark
Lily Pilblad
as Ella Blake
Andrew Airlie
as Dr. Carson
Gerard Plunkett
as Sen. Van Horn
Orla Brady
as Elizabeth Bishop
Adrian Holmes
as Forensics Chief
Alex Zahara
as Det. Green
Teach Grant
as Trooper Bobby
Travis Schuldt
as Agent Kashner
Cameron Monaghan
as Tyler Carson
Ingrid Torrance
as Elizabeth Jarvis
Jim True-Frost
as Ted Pratchett
Michelle Harrison
as Natalie Dancik
Dan Joffre
as Det. Manning
Andrew McIlroy
as Prof. Lime
Philip Winchester
as Frank Stanton
Serge Houde
as Gen. Hames
Paul Rae
as Donald Long
Sarah Edmondson
as Pauline Hess
Laara Sadiq
as Carol Bryce
Peter Bryant
as Ben McCalister
Jim Thorburn
as Greg Leiter
Patrick Gilmore
as Dep. Ferguson
Joe Towne
as Randy Dancik
Jeff Perry
as Joseph Slater
Mark Dobies
as Will Turlough
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Agent Frug
Quinn Lord
as Young Peter
Kristen Ross
as Arlette Turling
Jamie Switch
as Lloyd Becker
Magda Harout
as Nana Staller
Tibor Feldman
as Dr. Halperin
Shawn MacDonald
as Daniel Verona
Doron Bell Jr.
as Off. Gibson
Curtis Caravaggio
as Ken Messing
Michael O'Neill
as Sheriff Velchik
Aaron Brooks
as Josh Staller
Christian Tessier
as Shape-shifter
Drew Nelson
as Carl Langdon
Ravi Kapoor
as Dr. Nayak
Deepti Gupta
as Dr. Newell
James Tsai
as David Wu
David Orth
as Trooper Pekarski
Craig Robert Young
as Alfred Hoffman
Marie West
as Heather
Sean Rogerson
as Glen Brown
David Call
as Nick Lane
Amy Carlson
as Maureen Donovan
Meghan Markle
as Amy Jessup
Yaroslav Poverlo
as Tomas's Brother
Colby Paul
as Matt Jarvis
Emily Ziff
as Jill Leiter
Liam James
as Teddy Falls
Alberta Mayne
as Young Mother
Hamza Adam
as Deputy
Irene Karas
as Off. Williams
Rene Wang
as Mei Lin
Alice Kremelberg
as Lisa Donovan
Chazz Menendez
as Andrew Rusk
Jennifer Missoni
as Christine Hollis
J.J. Makaro
as Deputy Bill
Leonard Tenisci
as Harry Staller
Ken Camroux-Taylor
as Old Senator
Jacob Blair
as Trooper Jerry
Nancy Linari
as Eliza Staller
Max Train
as Eric Franko
Brendon Zub
as David Staller
Al Miro
as Neal
John Macintyre
as Young Usher
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Critic Reviews for Fringe Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

One of the great character dramas of contemporary television.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The second season picked up that momentum and ran with it, letting things get stranger even as answers to earlier questions were doled out.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall I enjoyed this season premiere and am looking forward to upcoming episodes.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's true that Fringe suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump, but it seems like the show runners got their mojo back just in time to go out with a bang.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I don't find myself invested in these characters, their stories, or this world (or these worlds, rather).

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Fringe needs to step up a gear, and stop with the X-Files emulation, I'd suggest.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Every time you start to think Fringe is slipping into a familiar rut or treading ground we've seen before, the creative team pulls out a new twist or character angle that makes it all fresh again.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The show has learned to mix humor, drama, action and creep-outs.

May 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

As the season progresses, it is very possible that Fringe will find its footing.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For those of us who can't be bothered to decipher the mumbo jumbo, let alone take it seriously, there is diversion enough in each episode's discrete inner story, which doesn't require a mental decoder ring.

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fringe: Season 2

  • Feb 24, 2017
    For many avid TV watchers, the series finale of LOST in May of 2010 tore a hole in their silver-screen world that one could drive a truck through. Shows like "V" and "Flashforward" have been heavily advertised as ABC's "new alternatives" to LOST, but neither has even remotely captured the imagination of the viewing audience. Fortunately, FOX has found a gem (once again from mastermind creator JJ Abrams) with "Fringe", the only network-TV show on the airwaves right now that can be deemed a worthy successor to "the Island". Though the first half of "Fringe: Season One" was quite slow (almost to the point of boring), it really picked up the pace down the home stretch and, by the season one finale, was absolutely incredible. This second season doesn't backpedal whatsoever, continuing to provide entertaining, mind-bending fiction week after week. For a basic season summary, all three of the primary characters have their own unique storylines that play out in tangent as the season progresses: -Walter Bishop, the mad scientist turned mental patient turned eccentric scientist, grapples with the horrible things he did as a young man, and how he can ever begin to rectify himself for those actions. -Peter Bishop, Walter's son, begins to realize the reason why large portions of his youth are unremembered, as he starts to piece together the fact that his familial roots may not exactly be from "around here". -Olivia Dunham, lead FBI agent, also deals with the demons of Dr. Bishop's past, as she finds out that, as a child, she took part in one of his more large-scale experiments, which left her with strange abilities that she debates the merit of developing. Of course, while each character goes through those personal battles, they still continue to investigate the mind-bending "fringe science" phenomena that the show is known for. I look at the show as a combination of The X-Files (for its investigative setting) and LOST (extremely ambitious plot angles that never fail to give you an emotional payoff). Thus, if you are a bit "lost" after your favorite island castaways departed, give this JJ Abrams effort a look-see. It just may give you something to look forward to again next fall.
  • Mar 20, 2016
    A genius second season to the sci-fi mystery show. Among the best of the genre
  • 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
  • Oct 27, 2015
    Dunham and company continue to run across situations and ideas from Dr. Bishop's past. It just doesn't seem likely that all of the strange things they run into have some connection of Walter, or Bell & Massive Dynamic. Still very good, but starting to stretch believability and credibility.
  • Jun 16, 2015
    The continuation of the mysterious sci-fi show continuous, with entertaining cases of the Fringe division. This second season of Fringe got so much more science fiction than supernatural drama, which the events between the two universes truly illustrates. Overall isn't there much to say about this season more than that it's better than the previous season, even though I think there's less mystery than crime in this season, which is sad. Another sad thing is that there are to much focus on the other universe than ours, so it felt a bit boring. Even that there are some negative aspects with this second installment of Fringe, I totally enjoy it! The average score for each episode is: 7.95 Fringe: Season 1 get a 8/10
  • Aug 28, 2014
    this show is getting better and better with each episode J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Robert Orci have done it again the mysteries of the Pattern grow even more bizarre and fascinating as the Fringe department discover more of what lies ahead; a war is coming, an apocalyptic event, agents from both universes are sent back and forth, a startling revelation from the previous season is unfolded at last making the middle of the season that much more emotional and personal, and an exciting finale that deserves plenty of buildup and suspense the end of the last episode is also a horrifying shocker paving way for more of the show's slick factor 1 supporting character sadly leaves but it does give the writers a chance to expand on the mythology and connect everything together we certainly enter a new stage of the show as it deals with shape shifters, time travel, parallel universes, alternate dimensions, Observers, fatherhood, family, changing the course of events and its consequences a lot of the show's appeal is thanks to the star-studded cast, clever writing, terrifying twists, new ideas, pure emotional moments, and a sense of clear urgency it's true that science is one thing, God is another, it's not man's job to perfect nature, and through simple actions the entire fabric of space and time can be altered slightly some breakthroughs while revolutionary can also be just as dangerous this is still one of my favorite shows now pushing the limits of the paranormal and unexplainable with a great team of people behind the camera
  • Jan 13, 2014
    Expanding the show's mythology, alongside the characters, the second season offers up more technobabble-laden ghoulish treats. There even more of a sense of heart thanks to the evolving, and ultimately tested, relationship between the Bishops.
  • Nov 21, 2013
    100% Exploring deeper into the shows more mysterious and scientific themes, Fringe Season 2 raises the stakes, further solidifies the acting and keeps the heart with its script!

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