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Best Drama Series: Fringe
The fourth season of Fringe wasn’t perfect. The bold decision to reboot both of the show’s universes gave the early episodes a feeling of treading water; the season finale was a confusing mish-mash. But no other show on television now does as good a job of juggling lofty sci-fi concepts with thrillingly intimate human emotions. One-off episodes like ”And Those We’ve Left Behind” confirm the show’s place as the heir to X-Files; meanwhile, the standout dystopian flashforward ”Letters of Transit” feels like old-fashioned pulp with a distinctively modern heart. —Darren Franich
Image Credit: Andrew Matusik/FOX
September 5 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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