As a fan of pretty much everything J.J. Abrams touches (which always turns to gold) I obviously tuned in to Fringe from the git-go. Set in and around Boston, Fringe follows a small team of people, more or less completing paranormal investigations, comprised of FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Dr. Walter Bishop, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and a few of Agent Dunham's FBI colleagues. The central plot of Fringe is that the FBI has had no choice but to team team up with an institutionalized scientist, Walter Bishop, who in his hey-day was known for performing experiments on the fringe of real science, and his son, Peter Bishop, to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern (which they actually refer to as The Pattern), and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic.
Fringe, which is classified as a serialized drama, is not unlike other Abrams projects LOST and Alias, in which a centralized plot plays background to various individual cases and stories. The team is trying to find out why The Pattern is happening, and who or what is behind it. Episodes usually involve a case that is a result of The Pattern, so we see the team trying to solve the case, while also figuring out how it all ties together. The action is exciting, the pace is most often fast, there's actually a sense of realism, mixed in with fantasy, and enough of a comedic presence to keep it from being dull, and not to mention the story is captivating. There is no better way to say it other than: This show is the complete package.
If you're a fan of J.J. Abrams, or really just a fan of good science fiction, this is definitely a show you want to check out. It's currently on it's winter hiatus, and won't return until Mid January, so you have plenty of time to get caught up. You can watch all the episodes right now at www.hulu.com/fringe, or ya know... download em.