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Fringe has ended, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try!

That is, if you haven’t been watching the past five years.

Here are five reasons why you should watch Fringe despite it being over:

1. The show is over. The series finale aired last week, so there is no more catching up to do. You can marathon entire seasons or you can watch one episode every week. (Though, I think you’ll want to watch Fringe more often than that.) You don’t have to deal with hiatuses or worry about cancellation. The entire series is there for you to enjoy.

2. Fringe had the opportunity to finish its story. Most shows drag on too long or get canceled without any closure. But the Fringe crew knew they had 13 episodes to end the series, and they planned on a strong finish. How many shows end exactly as they mean to end? Fringe does. Every season of Fringe is great for its own reasons, but season 5, the final one, is a gift to fans.

3. The actors are superb. John Noble, Anna Torv, and Joshua Jackson have a great presence on screen, and it’s a joy to watch their characters. They are consistent and passionate about their roles, and it’s clear how much they care about their work on the show. The supporting and minor actors are all great too, but it’s Noble, Torv, and Jackson who carried the show week to week.

4. Fringe has the most involved story on TV. First and foremost, Fringe is a science fiction series, but the characters and their relationships are what give the series substance. The intelligence in the show carries through from the writing to the characters, to the music and details on set. It’s refreshing to watch a show that is purely smart without being ironic, sarcastic, or dry.

5. Details are important. Yes, you can watch Fringe and not put much thought into it, but the show is much more rewarding to fans who pay close attention. Every detail matters and connects to something else. Symbols, events, and colors all develop into patterns over the course of the series and it’s fun to watch for that.

If you want a show that challenges your observations and critical thinking, Fringe is it. It’s entertaining and layered, at moments quirky and funny, and sometimes heart-wrenching. Start with season 1 and enjoy the journey. I’m a little jealous that you get to watch with fresh eyes.

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  • Daughter of Eve

    I’ve been meaning to watch Fringe since it first started. Now I feel like I will wait for a weekend break and just marathon the series.

  • grapes9h5

    Great list, i second this

  • Samuel

    I’ve heard it’s coming to Netflix UK so I’ll be right on it if it does…

    • LitMer8

      Is it on the US Netflix? I just looked and didn’t see it….where can we watch it?

      • http://twitter.com/kalikambo Kali

        You can get the discs on Netflix for seasons 1-4. It’s supposed to be on streaming in the near future…not sure exactly when.

  • LitMer8

    I was thinking about watching it! I have been thinking about it for awhile now so I think I will..after I finish Supernatural and Sherlock :)

  • DoyleHolmesFan

    I agree with 95% of this. Specifically that Noble, Torv and Jackson carried the show. Noble (Walter Bishop) carried this show for all 5 seasons. Personally,I thought Torv was good, not great, and Jackson was great in season 1 but became a little lackluster towards the end. Noble sets this show apart. His character is the tragic/flawed hero that every classic story contains. Not only that, he is also LIKEABLE. It is hard not to smile/laugh at Walter, especially early on, then feel a sense of pride for what he does to redeem himself.

    • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

      oh come on, Anna Torv in season 3? i think we can agree she deserves ALL THE AWARDS for that performance.

      • http://twitter.com/bsbrock Janeth Gutierrez

        I completely agree. The way we see Anna portray all the different Olivias is amazing. I constantly forget that it’s not a different actress portraying Altliva.

    • http://twitter.com/aimeeinchains Aimee L.

      They all 3 were outstanding. I love Noble, but get tired of the singular worship of him. His style is more over-the-top. And Jackson got much better as the series progressed. S1, he started out as a one note until the Arrival.

      In fact, I found Walter incredibly annoying for the first half of s1. Ironically, I fell for Olivia in The Pilot and Peter in The Arrival. But the Walter/Peter story would steal my heart, and the finale showed the special bond between Noble and Jackson.

      • Yes!

        Noble’s style is sometimes too over the top. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Noble, but sometimes I think people overrate him too much. Joshua Jackson started likable enough, but he got so much better in the following seasons! He grounded John Noble’s histrionics, just like Peter grounded Walter’s madness. They are the reason I kept watching, when the show became a meandering self-indulgent jumble. They are the heart of the show.

        • Bob

          Noble over the top? Haha you Jackson fangirls crack me up. John Noble is underrated and deserves an Emmy. Period.

          • Yes!

            Dude! I said “sometimes”. I love John Noble as Walter Bishop, but I think he did his best work playing Walternate and I loved him, when he played serious Walter. His histrionics the last couple of seasons were rather unpleasant to watch, so yes, I prefer to have someone more grounded playing off Walter in those scenes, where he’s so over the top.

  • http://twitter.com/Fluffsy S.J.

    I could not agree more! And like you said I’m jealous of everyone who will watch it with fresh eyes! I remember just DEVOURING season one back to back! It was the most addictive new show I’ve ever seen! <3 And it ended perfectly! <3 A perfect series!

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    “Symbols, events, and colors all develop into PATTERNS…” – Pattern, The
    “If you want a show that challenges your OBSERVATIONS…” – !!!
    “…quirky and funny, and sometimes HEART-WRENCHING.” – Brown Betty!!
    “I’m a little jealous that you get to watch it with FRESH EYES.” – remember when they used the cow eyeballs?? OHHHH good timez.

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