Did 'Fringe' top 'The X-Files'?
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Did 'Fringe' top 'The X-Files'?

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Sci-fi fans are celebrating 25 years of "The X-Files," a show that paved the way for other science fiction series like "Fringe." The iconic series is about two FBI agents who investigate weird phenomena, and "Fringe" similarly showcased strange sci-fi investigations. But some argue that "Fringe" came into its own and was actually better than "The X-Files." However, "Fringe" only lasted for five seasons. "The X-Files" lasted from 1993 until 2002, before being revived in 2016.Did "Fringe" really top "The X-Files"?

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Below is the synopsis of "Fringe," per Rotten Tomatoes.

A television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

The first season of "Fringe" was highly praised and the show holds an overall fresh rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and some even listed reasons why the show is better than "The X-Files." Back in 2009, Newsweek's Raina Kelley argued that where "The X-Files" lacked, "Fringe" did not. Below are reason two and three: 

2. The mysteries seem more solvable. Of course, there are unanswered questions at the end of every episode. But they’re not too stupid to beggar belief.
3. The characters don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), who heads up the investigations. Peter Bishop (Dawson Creek’s Joshua Jackson), the wise-cracking slack genius who helps her by taking care of his father, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), who is completely insane. I mean really, Mulder did all that pouting and screaming and what did it get him? Nothing.

While "Fringe" is similar to "The X-Files," the show developed into its own over time. SYFY WIRE's Emma Fraser recently wrote:

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10 years ago, Fringe debuted on FOX, giving audiences a new FBI-led team to obsess over. Instead of aliens, the investigation centered on science-based mysterious events with a sprawling conspiracy behind it. The comparisons between Fringe and The X-Files came thick and fast in the early days — The Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks were other clear influences — but Fringe very much came into its own with a jaw-dropping reveal in the Season 1 finale.

Below is the synopsis of "The X-Files," per Rotten Tomatoes

'The truth is out there,' and FBI agents Scully and Mulder seek it in this sci-fi phenomenon about their quest to explain the seemingly unexplainable. Their strange cases include UFO sightings, alien abductions and just about anything else paranormal. The tales were spooky and well-written, but the long-running cult favorite's strength was a gallery of intriguing (when they weren't just enigmatic) characters, and the dynamic---and intense bond---between believer Mulder and skeptic Scully.

"The X-Files" literally paved the way for "Fringe." We all know the phrase you "can't top the original." SYFY WIRE's Trent Moore wrote about 13 shows that ripped-off "The X-Files":

The "government agents investigate strange things" premise has almost become a trope these days, but if you think back a few decades, there was a time when it was the bleeding edge of cool. The year was 1993, and Fox—the little network that could—was still building its reputation. Execs took a chance on a little show called The X-Files, and the rest was history.
It featured a hot team of FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), tackling aliens, dense government conspiracies, weird mutants and everything in between.
The show ran for a decade, and became a part of popular culture, inspiring cult status among fans and undying admiration to this day (despite the taint of some recent feature-length duds).
So what are some of the best—and worst—shows to be inspired by the classic conspiracy series of yore?

After 25 years, the iconic sci-fi, mystery series holds an overall fresh rating of 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. "The X-Files" has had more longevity than fringe—lasting for nine seasons and then returning in 2016. Season 11 is certified fresh. The premise of "The X-Files" still works, and that's why the series won't die. Mercury News' Karen D'Souza wrote: 

Certainly if you are among those of us who will never stop wanting to believe, more time with our beloved alien chasers as they trade barbs while battling beasties is always cause for celebration. I, for one, will never get enough of old-school-style “X-Files,” especially when the mythology takes a breather and the monsters come out. No matter where we go from here, we’ll always have Clyde Bruckman.
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