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FRINGE

FOX Friday, at 900 ET

 PTC Summary:

Production Companies: Bad Robot, Fringe Element Films, Warner Bros. Television
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Graves, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Robert M. Williams, Jr.
Creators: J.J. Abrams

Now in its fourth season, Fringe follows the investigation of unexplained phenomena by the FBI’s Fringe Division. FBI Agent Olivia Dunham enlists the help of mad scientist Walter Bishop and his estranged son, Peter, to uncover the truth that entangles their lives…in this universe, and in other alternate realities.

Violence is the most problematic aspect of this show. In past seasons, the Fringe Division has investigated faces melting off of victims, body parts exploding, human organs being harvested, and shape-shifters preying on human hosts. Though occasionally explicit, the frequency of violence varies from episode to episode. Language includes frequent use of “bitch,” “damn,” and “ass.” Sexual content is mostly limited to Walter making off-color comments about sex.

Fringe is not recommended for viewers under age 14.

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Show may include gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content, or obscene language, and is unsuitable for children.

The show contains adult-oriented themes and dialogue that may be inappropriate for youngsters.

Family-friendly show promoting responsible themes and traditional values.

Not yet rated by the PTC.


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