FRINGE Renewed for Fifth and Final Season

     April 26, 2012

Much to the relief of plenty of fans, Fox has renewed Fringe for a fifth and final season.  It’s no secret that the show isn’t exactly a ratings smash, but the series has picked up considerable critical acclaim throughout its four-season run thus far.  Per TV Line, Fringe will return next season for a final run of 13 episodes, allowing it to reach the magic 100-episode number that makes it eligible for the lucrative business of syndication.  Fox president Kevin Reilly had this to say about the order:

“Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve.”

Since the show was on the brink of cancellation, they show two endings to the current fourth season—one season finale, and one series finale.  Sadly, I stopped watching the show after only a couple of episodes so I can’t join in on the excitement that’s sure to come with this news, but I plan on catching up with the show sooner rather than later (thank you, Netflix).


  • Jimbo

    Brilliant news! The best show on tv.

    Thank you Fox.

  • Liam_H

    Have never seen this show but am happy for the fans. As a Chuck fan I can understand the frustration of a show constantly being on the bubble. So its good the it will have plenty of time to set up the end.

  • Chris

    Woop Woop!

  • Fiz

    Not the best show on TV but it definitely deserved one more season. John Noble is brilliant, and it’s a pity the show never nailed down a larger audience or as many plaudits as it deserves.

  • dcon93

    So exceited! Thank you very much Fox!

  • Dan

    My girlfriend and I enjoy Fringe, not because it’s the best show, but because the stories are truly unique. With all the procedural/serialized shows out there, Fringe is a welcome change.

    I hope the final season takes us back to that recent episode that was set 20 years in the future.

    • Deadpool

      I completely agree! I would loved last weeks episode and it would be amazing if they set the final season mostly there.

      Fringe is probably my favorite show currently on TV. I’m so happy its getting the ending it deserves.

  • Mr. Me


    I was almost positive that they’d cancel, but this is fantastic news!

  • aaronsullivan

    My wife and I are big fans of the show despite its flaws over the years. SO glad it will have to time to breathe during a run up to the series finale instead of a rushed end.

    Anyone who is interested in the show just keep in mind that the first season is shaky at best. What held me on was that each episode had some crazy, gruesome sci-fi moment that was usually fairly unique. It took a long time to figure out how to justify the presence of the two leads besides Walter (John Noble). The characters/actor didn’t really gel through ALL of season one if I remember right.

    Also, I remember Season 2 trying to bring people into the mythology a little too hard with a bit of repetition of story elements. The characters even seemed to forget things they clearly should have known. It was when the show runners decided to dive into the larger story arc and just go for it that the show begins to get amazing, though, so it was worth it.

    Overall, the turns the story takes are phenomenal as Season 2 goes on and the array of characters become a fun group to follow. I love the risks it takes and I haven’t really seen anything like it.

    Again, if you are giving it a try, you HAVE to give Season one a lot of leeway. It feels like a slick X-Files without the magic character chemistry for the first season, but it changes into something completely different than X Files.

  • J-rad

    This proves it , God himself is actually a fan of Fringe !

  • jetblac

    So many timelines, not enough time.

  • patl

    This makes me very happy. A good, planned ending for this show is in order….good job Fox.

    aaronsullivan…..season one is my favorite, it does not need leeway…its crazy great.

  • drmar120

    Good news. I’m tickled that the show will be able to finish with a reasonable amount of time to conclude the story–hopefully with some mind-bending and exquisite epiphany, not a cop out or hail mary. All that inspired weirdness deserves a great final act.

  • Shaun

    I do think Fringe is the best show on TV (where’s John Noble’s Emmy, dammit?!?), and I’m very happy about this news. FOX never did the show any favors in trying to build an audience, but they have stuck by the show for five years and that’s pretty awesome.

    I expect the final season will be a crazy, trippy ride that takes from 2012 to 2036 again and maybe other points in time too? Can’t wait to find out.

    Unlike another Bad Robot show that I liked for *five* seasons, I suspect Fringe will use its end date wisely and come up with an awesome, satisfying ending.

    People who haven’t seen Fringe, or gave up early on, go back and give it a chance. The first season’s good, but it starts getting REALLY good near the end of the season. By the season one finale, you’ll probably be hooked. The DVDs are pretty cheap at the moment, so it’s a good time to see what you’ve been missing.

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