I beg and I beg and I beg. Each week I beg folks to watch Fringe and I do this because it’s such quality programming.
But please don’t take my word for it. Entertainment Weekly rated it as the number three television show of 2011. For perspective, Downton Abbey, a show I very truly adore, was listed at number seven. Ahem. From EW’s Ken Tucker:
Fans fearful that following Olivia, Walter, and the elusive Peter into a third timeline might result into a trip down an unsatisfying narrative rabbit hole need not have worried. Fringe remains fearless–in a time when cutting-edge television is supposed to be dark, edgy, or pessimistic–about asserting the notion that life is a never-ending wonder capable of healing souls and bringing people together in inexplicable ways Fringe works in the speculative-fiction sci-fi genre to deal with themes of unity and duality, the spirit and the soul, love, and the agony of love’s absence.
Also worth nothing: this television program has moved me to tears seven times this season. No show has ever done that to me. Ever. It’s just that good.
*For all you Parks & Recreation fans, it’s #2. And my new favorite, Homeland, was given the #4 spot. When I get caught up on Breaking Bad I’m certain I’ll agree with its top status. Well done, EW!