Fringe TV Series
Fringe is a 100-minute American television series co-created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and aired between September 9, 2008 and January 18, 2013 on FOX and simultaneous in Canada on A2 (with some episodes on CTV3) for the first two seasons, then on Citytv4.
The series features the Fringe section, an FBI section based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and headed by the Department of Homeland Security. This team is using what is called “Fringe Science” – literally “marginal science” – to investigate strange and unexplained phenomena across the country. These phenomena are referred to as part of the Project. The series can be described as a cross between X-Files, Beyond the Real, and The Twilight Dimension
Genre science fiction, police
Creation J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Production J. J. Abrams, Alex Graves, Bad Robot Productions, Fringe Element Films, Warner Bros. Television
Main actors Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Kirk Acevedo
Music J. J. Abrams1 (generic), Michael Giacchino, Chad Seiter, Chris Tilton
Country of origin US flag United States
Original chain FOX
Nb. of seasons 5
Number of episodes 100 (list)
Duration 50 minutes (season 1), 42 minutes (other seasons)
Original broadcast September 9, 2008 – January 18, 2013
In Belgium, the series has been broadcast in French since May 28, 2009 on La Deux for the first season, then on La Une for the second season,6 then again on La Deux for the third season and again on La Une for the fourth season; in Switzerland, since 30 May 2009 on TSR 17 for the first season, then on TSR 2 for the rest; in France, since June 10, 2009 on TF18 and re-broadcast from February 16, 2013 on NT19 and in Quebec, since September 3, 2009 on V.
Olivia Dunham is an FBI Special Agent. Along with Professor Walter Bishop, a mad scientist who suffers from psychological problems who led to his 17-year internment and his all-encompassing son Peter Bishop, they work for a fictional branch of the agency, the Fringe section., whose purpose is to investigate mysterious events affecting certain aspects of the marginal sciences: rare diseases, cryptozoology, transhumans with psychic capacities, teleportation, pyrokinesia, etc.
Around the world, a series of experiments collectively called the “scheme” or the “pattern” occur in this field. Dunham, Peter and Walter are tasked with investigating these events to determine the source. Massive Dynamic, a leading research and high-tech company, is closely linked to this project, while its enemy, the bioterrorist ZFT cell, orchestrates most of these phenomena in order to prepare for the technological singularity. At the heart of the fight between these two factions is a nootropic called the Cortexiphan, developed by Walter Bishop and his former associate, William Bell – co-founder of Massive Dynamic, and which was used to treat several children, including Dunham.