8.7
24,043 votes
Fringe

Fringe

FOX 2008

FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Fringe

Fringe - S2E20

#1 - Brown Betty

7.21

Season 2 - Episode 20

While Walter deals with some very upsetting news, he tells Olivia's niece, Ella, a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia and Agent Broyles.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Fringe from 1024 votes.

Fringe - S2E11

#2 - Unearthed

7.63

Season 2 - Episode 11

After a teenage girl is pronounced brain dead, her mother takes her off life support, but when doctors operate quickly to remove her organs, the deceased girl shockingly awakens screaming an alphanumeric code. Equally as perplexing as her resurrection is that she is now somehow able to speak Russian and possesses classified information only a high-ranking soldier would know. While the girl's mind-bending condition intensifies, Walter dusts off some old lab videos and hypothesizes the unthinkable, sending Olivia and Peter to investigate the bewildering case in an original. (This is a season 1 un-aired episode)

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Fringe from 1053 votes.

Fringe - S1E12

#3 - The No-Brainer

7.75

Season 1 - Episode 12

Olivia, Walter and Peter are called in to investigate the death of a car salesman who was found in a pool of "goo," exactly like another man across the country. When Walter discovers that the "goo" is brain matter, the trio tries to figure out how the killer can liquefy human brains. As the deaths pile up, the investigation reveals a common thread linking the victims together in an unthinkable manner. Meanwhile, Olivia is horrified when the case places a loved one in harm's way

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Fringe from 1207 votes.

Fringe - S2E12

#4 - Johari Window

7.75

Season 2 - Episode 12

Following an unexplained attack involving hideously deformed humans, the Fringe team visits the small town in upstate New York to uncover leads surrounding the bizarre case. When it's determined that these deformed people have managed to hide themselves for a while and they'll do just about anything to keep it that way.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Fringe from 1062 votes.

Fringe - S1E6

#5 - The Cure

7.79

Season 1 - Episode 6

The team investigates a woman that re-appears after weeks of being missing with a rare disease. She also inexplicably causes pain and death to the people she meets. During the investigation, dangerous level of radiation are detected. Walter obsesses about cotton candy; Peter strikes a deal with Nina Sharp; and a truth about Olivia is discovered.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Fringe from 1385 votes.

Fringe - S2E6

#6 - Earthling

7.80

Season 2 - Episode 6

Human beings are reduced to ash statues and Broyles realizes that the same person responsible murdered five other persons four years ago... a case that he never solved.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Fringe from 1097 votes.

Fringe - S2E9

#7 - Snakehead

7.82

Season 2 - Episode 9

After a cargo ship runs aground, the shoreline becomes littered with bodies hosting a giant squid-like creature. The Fringe team descends upon the scene to examine the bodies and discovers that the mysterious organisms are actually giant parasites. As the investigation unfolds, Walter heads back to the lab while Olivia, Peter and Broyles race against time when they realize the case has ties to a threatening organization.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Fringe from 1079 votes.

Fringe - S1E2

#8 - The Same Old Story

7.82

Season 1 - Episode 2

Olivia, along with Peter and Walter Bishop, investigates the strange death of a woman who had an even stranger child. The woman was pregnant for only hours, yet the baby she birthed was fully developed - and also aged eighty years in the span of a few minutes. Olivia asks Nina Sharp of Massive Dynamic for help.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Fringe from 1808 votes.

Fringe - S1E16

#9 - Unleashed

7.84

Season 1 - Episode 16

As animal rights activists ransack a laboratory, they get more than they bargained for when one of the caged “animals” unleashes a ferocious appetite. Leaving grotesquely mutilated dead bodies in its wake, the scientifically engineered beast with the body of a lion, claws of an eagle, fangs of a viper, skin of a rhinoceros and tail of a serpent attacks Charlie. With Charlie’s life on the line, Walter must come face-to-face with both his past and the beast.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Fringe from 1163 votes.

Fringe - S2E2

#10 - Night of Desirable Objects

7.85

Season 2 - Episode 2

A series of strange disappearances in Pennsylvania attracts the attention of the Fringe team and leads them underground. Walter also tries to recreate Olivia's accident using frogs and Charlie tries to find out how much she remembers.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Fringe from 1200 votes.

Fringe - S1E5
#11 - Power Hungry
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 5

The team investigate the case of a man who can project electricity... and is at the center of a series of strange deaths involving electricity.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Fringe from 1452 votes.

Fringe - S5E3
#12 - The Recordist
7.86
Season 5 - Episode 3

As the rogue Fringe team continues to fight off the oppressive Observers’ invasion, unforeseen events lead them into a forest where they encounter a strange subculture of people devoted to recording human history.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Fringe from 1269 votes.

Fringe - S1E3
#13 - The Ghost Network
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 3

The team investigates a bus full of dead commuters that appear to be fossilized and uncover a man who has visions of pattern-related disturbances before they happen; Dr. Bishop requests a piano in the lab to help him process data.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Fringe from 1632 votes.

Fringe - S2E5
#14 - Dream Logic
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 5

The Fringe team travels cross-country to Seattle after learning of a mysterious incident involving a man who attacked his boss because he believed he was an evil ram-horned creature. As these puzzling occurrences continue, the team tirelessly explores strange and creepy links to dreams. In pursuit of additional information, Agent Broyles has a disconcerting meeting with enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp that leads the investigation in an unthinkable direction.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Fringe from 1130 votes.

Fringe - S1E8
#15 - The Equation
7.90
Season 1 - Episode 8

Walter thinks the abduction of a young music prodigy is linked back to his old bunkmate at St. Claire's Hospital. When he kidnaps the child he see's a sequence of flashing lights. Olivia wants Walter to return to the mental institution much to Peter's outcry, but Walter's determination to help ends up having chilling ramifications.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Fringe from 1341 votes.

Fringe - S1E18
#16 - Midnight
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 18

The Fringe Division is on the case when severely mutilated bodies drained of spinal cord fluid begin to pile up. After their investigation leads them to a scientist (guest star Jefferson Mays) with possible ties to the Z.F.T. bioterrorist cell, they are shocked to discover the identity and motive of the killer. When the kills occur with increasing frequency, Olivia, Peter and Walter go to desperate lengths to stop them.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Fringe from 1150 votes.

Fringe - S4E7
#17 - Wallflower
7.92
Season 4 - Episode 7

When a man mysteriously dies by an invisible force, his body rapidly begins turning ghostly white. The Fringe team learns that this is not an isolated incident, and there’s evidence that links the predator to someone who passed away with an unknown genetic disorder. Meanwhile, Olivia suffers from migraines.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Fringe from 1137 votes.

Fringe - S2E7
#18 - Of Human Action
7.93
Season 2 - Episode 7

When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover that an unknowable force has mind-blowing consequences. The investigation intensifies and the mystery and threat deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division identifies a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Fringe from 1113 votes.

Fringe - S1E9
#19 - The Dreamscape
7.94
Season 1 - Episode 9

The team is called in to investigate why a man jumps out a window because he thinks he's being attacked by butterflies. Olivia gets some breaks in solving the case from her former partner and that she is so desperate to rid herself of him that she demands to go back into the tank. Meanwhile, some former friends and current foes of Peter find out that he's back in Boston.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Fringe from 1296 votes.

Fringe - S3E13
#20 - Immortality
7.96
Season 3 - Episode 13

As the story shifts back to life “over there,” the absence of Colonel Broyles changes the dynamic of the Fringe Team as they investigate a bioterrorist armed with an insect that has a taste for human flesh. Meanwhile, alternate Olivia is reunited with her beau, and Walternate remains determined to save his world but discovers there are certain lines he will not cross.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Fringe from 1052 votes.

Last updated: mar 08, 2021

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Just finished watching it and, like some, I´m a bit on the fence. It´s a good show that has a lot going for it, most of all the cast. The acting is outstanding at times and gives you some really beautiful moments between the characters. John Nobles performance is among the best I´ve ever seen on TV. And I became very fond of Anna Torv. And despite the fact that a lot of the scientific background is borderline at best the show never feels silly. But like some others mentioned I too think the plot went south during the later parts. The first two season got me hooked pretty fast, the third I think was at times to much to fast. But with the forth came the nosedive. It deteriorated to a point where I simply didn´t cared anymore for the plot and just went on watching to see how it ends. Not to mention that the conclusion has huge logical problems. I´m not regretting watching it but I don't want to watch it again.

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Best Series Ever By Far !!!

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The ending of the final season was such a big let down =(

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I watched 100+ tv series but Fringe is my favorite. I am really missing Fringe.

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This is an absolutely splendid series, but it is not for the faint of heart. You will notice that after 10-15 episodes in, there are so many unanswered questions. To add fuel to the fire, they only add more questions to the bank. It got to the point that before the even answered ANY of them, I was already so lost that I had completely forgot how they all connected. Don't misinterpret this as I did not enjoy the series, because I did, it was just a lot of moving pieces that added up to a huge puzzle that got answered in the last episode. Everything before that was just unanswered questions that left a lot of cliffhangers. Otherwise, good show.

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Rewatching season 3. Could never get tired of it!!

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Best sci-fi show ever!!!

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the sci-fi aspect of this show is very entertaining but i think its strength lies in how much heart it has and how absolutely heartbreaking and lovely the characters and relationships are. i really wish it wasn't so underrated. i guess the final season and the series finale in general didn't satisfy everyone but since for me this was a story about family and love i thought it was perfect.

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I watched this show when it aired and rated it a '9' when I joined Trakt a few years back. However, I decided to rewatch a few days ago which has turned into a complete binge.....honestly enjoying it so much more the second time around. I am pretty confident that once I've gone through this iteration I will be bumping my score up to 10. Some of the 'episodes-of-the-week' are a bit formulaic and derivative of what has gone before. However, even in some of the weaker episodes (which are few and far between in my opinion) what really props it up is the excellent cast of characters and watching their relationships develop with each other. Great balance of sci-fi, feels, and funnies with plenty of twists and turns.....totally engaging. Oh and Walter Bishop is, perhaps, one of the greatest TV characters ever created.

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La meilleure série que j'ai vu!

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