Darren Franich
January 16, 2013 AT 07:46 PM EST

After five seasons of hopping between alternate universes, various timelines, and assorted states of drug-assisted transcendence, Fringe comes to an end this Friday with a two-hour finale. This week on the show, Jeff and I look back at the long, curious, regularly rebooted history of the sci-fi series. Topics include: Our opinions about the show’s final-season dystopian gambit; the curious fact that Fringe was built out of clichés to be a hit, but wound up being an eccentric low-rated oddball; a sneak peek at Jeff’s list of the Top 19 Fringe episodes; and a critical examination of how Fringe straddled the line between procedural and serialized drama. It’s one of our longest podcasts yet.

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. Tweet arguments and counterarguments to us at @EWDocJensen and @DarrenFranich.

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