Join Listal here 
Existing members 
Login here 
Join Listal to create lists, share images, get recommendations and much more
Added by matalina

on 22 Apr 2011 05:52

3575 Views 8 Comments

References on Fringe

or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 1-25 of 70
Next » 1« Prev
People who added this item 4445  Average listal rating (2799 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
1. Lost (2004)
S01-E01: Pilot
Morgan Steig is passenger number 108.
S01-E06: The Cure
The technical expert in the illegal laboratory has the same name as Lost writer/producer Elizabeth Sarnoff.
S01-E09: The Dreamscape
The plane ticket Olivia finds in Mark Young's apartment is for a flight on Oceanic Air. It was an Oceanic flight that crashed on the island in Lost.
S02-E02: Night Of Desirable Objects
All the numbers appear throughout the episode.
S02-E19: The Man From The Other Side
A scene from Lost (Season 1) can be seen in the TV interference from the parallel universe. The scene was deleted in our universe, but appears to have aired in the alternate universe.

S03-E19: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
William Bell pours a glass of 60 year-old MacCutcheon Scotch Whisky after Walter and Peter join him in his office. MacCutcheon is a ficticious brand name used by Bad Robot Productions and made popular on Lost.

When Walter wakes up, there's a close-up of his right eye. This kind of close-up was often used on Lost.

People who added this item 844  Average listal rating (493 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
2. Frankenstein (1931)
S01-E01: Pilot
Peter says to Olivia: "You're telling me, what, my father was Dr. Frankenstein?", referencing the book by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. The story is about Doctor Frankenstein who creates a living being out of the parts of dead people.
S03-E09: Marionette
After learning of the theft of Amanda Walsh's corpse from the funeral home, Walter notes that grave robbing was a common practice in the early days of modern science and medicine. He adds that the practice inspired the well-known gothic novel.

People who added this item 1946  Average listal rating (1445 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
3. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
S01-E01: Pilot
Walter and Astrid watch SpongeBob SquarePants and Walter notes that it is "Quite profound, for a narrative about a sponge".

People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
S01-E02: The Same Old Story
When Walter mentions Jules Verne, Peter asks: "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Jules Verne?", but Walter answers he was thinking about another novel by Verne, The Kip Brothers. This novel featured solving a crime by obtaining a latent image from the retina of the murder victim.

People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Silver Surfer: The Animated Series (1998)
S01-E04: The Arrival
In the Marvel Comics, The Watcher is a powerful but enigmatic bald humanoid alien whose purpose is to observe and record events of significance without interfering.

The Watcher from the cartoon Silver Surfer

People who added this item 420  Average listal rating (266 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
6. Harvey (1950)
S01-E04: The Arrival
Peter says to Walter: "Your friend, he's a tall fellow, right? Pink, big fuzzy ears?"
In the movie Harvey, the main character, Elwood P. Dowd, claims to have an invisible friend that takes the form of a 6 foot tall pink rabbit which only he can see.

People who added this item 390  Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.7 
7. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
S01-E07: In Which We Meet Mr. Jones
David Robert Jones is the real name of musician David Bowie.
S02-E10: Grey Matters
Thomas Jerome Newton is the name of the alien Bowie plays in the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth.

People who added this item 1248  Average listal rating (877 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
8. Alias (2001)
S01-E07: In Which We Meet Mr. Jones
The local agents working for Loeb are Coscarelli and Scrimm. Don Coscarelli directed the movie Phantasm (1979), which featured Angus Scrimm as the villainous Tall Man. Scrimm had a recurring role as an interrogator on Abrams' show Alias.
S03-E15: Subject 13
Young Olivia is asked to put together a block puzzle similar to the one that Sidney Bristow was able to solve in Alias, it was called "The Indicator".
Like Olivia, Sidney was also part of a secret training program ("Project Christmas") as a child and had no recollection of it.

People who added this item 646  Average listal rating (479 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
9. Happy Days (1974)
S01-E08: The Equation
After Walter cuts Peter's sleeves while he's unconscious, Astrid calls him Chachi, like the character from Happy Days.

Chachi vs. Peter, Who Wore It Better?

People who added this item 406  Average listal rating (247 ratings) 4.9  IMDB Rating 4.4 
10. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
S01-E13: The Transformation
A novel by H. G. Wells from the late 1800's were human-animal hybrids were created by the eccentric Dr. Moreau, not dissimilar to the activities Conrad Moreau engaged in during this episode.

People who added this item 1010  Average listal rating (752 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
11. Star Trek (1966)
S01-E14: Ability
Dunham characterizes Jones escape as having "Star Trek'd" himself out of a maximum security prison. Teleportation is a science-fiction theme made popular by the Star Trek television and movie franchise.
S01-E19: The Road Not Taken
Emmanuel Grayson has the same last name as Spock's mother, and makes references to the Star Trek franchise.
Grayson is played by Clint Howard, who appeared in the original series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager as different characters.
Grayson's apartment address is 1701, a reference to the Enterprise's ID number.

S03-E03: The Plateau
Charlie Francis uses the phrase "Vulcan Mind-Meld" because Lincoln Lee and Olivia share the same thoughts.

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
12. Nellie the Elephant (1989)
S01-E17: Bad Dreams
In the beginning of the episode, a mother sings Nellie The Elephant to her daughter.

People who added this item 343  Average listal rating (205 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
13. The Hunger (1983)
S01-E18: Midnight
Both begin with the song Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus. Both have killers who drain their victims' fluids (spinal cord fluid in Fringe, blood in The Hunger) and meet their victims in nightclubs.

People who added this item 2186  Average listal rating (1479 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.1 
14. Cloverfield (2008)
S01-E19: The Road Not Taken
Walter drinks Slusho, a ficticious brand name repeatedly utilized by Bad Robot Productions.
The Slusho drink was first mentioned in the second episode of J.J. Abrams' Alias. Later was part of the Viral Marketing leading up to Cloverfield and the name was also the fake title given to the movie while filming to keep it secretive. Also the main character of the movie, Rob Hawkins, was about to move to Japan after being hired by the company that created Slusho.

S02-E04: Momentum Deferred
Charlie buys a cup of Slusho.

S02-E07: Of Human Action
Slusho is for sale in the convenience store.

S02-E16: Peter
Slusho is available at movie theaters in the alternate universe, circa 1985.

S03-E12: Concentrate And Ask Again
Walter drinks Slusho after Peter and Olivia arrive in New Hampshire.

People who added this item 4738  Average listal rating (3181 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
15. Ghostbusters (1984)
S01-E19: The Road Not Taken
As Peter, Walter, and Olivia are investigating Susan Pratt's charred body on the street, Peter comments: "When there's something strange in your neighborhood...", and Walter continues: "Who you gonna call?"

S01-E19: The Road Not Taken
The title of the episode alludes to a poem of the same name by Robert Frost.

People who added this item 396  Average listal rating (242 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
17. Firestarter (1984)
S01-E19: The Road Not Taken
As Walter brings up the idea of pyrokinesis, Peter mentions Stephen King having coined the phrase in his book-turned-movie Firestarter.

People who added this item 3252  Average listal rating (2091 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
18. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
S01-E20: There's More Than One of Everything
Charlie says: "You're saying that William Bell disappeared into a different universe? Like Dorothy going to Oz?"
S02-E12: Johari Window
Walter, intimidated by his recent kidnapping and drugging, wants to stay in the car, then shares that the Cowardly Lion had a point about cowardice. Peter assures him there are no Flying Monkeys where they are going.
S03-E09: Marionette
Walter refers to the literally heartless cadaver he is studying as Tin Man, referring to the heartless character from the famous novel/movie.

People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10  IMDB Rating 7.6 
19. The Grateful Dead (1977)
S01-E20: There's More Than One of Everything
There is a picture of Jerry García from the Grateful Dead in Bell's office, a musical group well-known for its association with LSD.

People who added this item 157  Average listal rating (79 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
20. Asterix and the Vikings (2006)
S02-E01: A New Day In The Old Town
Walter confuses Astrid's name and calls her Astérix.

People who added this item 2272  Average listal rating (1610 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.8 
21. The X Files (1993)
•Both series have FBI agents investigating bizarre cases.
S02-E01: A New Day In The Old Town
Inside Lloyd Parr's apartment, the episode Dreamland from The X-Files can be seen on the TV.

Senator Kennedy Taylor at the hearing mentions "unsubstantiated alien invasions" and "the old 'X' designation" of the FBI; and the actor playing the Senator Taylor, Ken Camroux, had a recurring role on that show.
Tegan Moss, who plays Rebecca, also had a recurring role on the series as Young Dana Scully.
S02-E06: Earthling
The hospital interior is where the The X-Files Pilot and The X-Files: I Want to Believe were shot.

People who added this item 508  Average listal rating (236 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
22. Hamlet (1996)
S02-E01: A New Day In The Old Town
Agent Jessup says: "There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt", referencing Shakespeare's Hamlet, Scene V. The full line is "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

People who added this item 6410  Average listal rating (4265 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
23. Back to the Future (1985)
S02-E02: Night Of Desirable Objects
The experiment that Astrid and Walter are working on with the car and frog mimics the experiment Doctor Emmett Brown used in the movie to illustrate how a Delorean car would/could travel back in time.
S02-E16: Peter
The movie theater marquee in the alternate universe displayed Back to the Future starring Eric Stoltz, instead of Michael J. Fox. In reality, Stoltz shot only four weeks of the film, before Fox was granted latitude from his television contract to assume the role that he was the primary choice for.
S03-E10: The Firefly
Christopher Lloyd, who starred in Back to the Future, appears in this episode; which, like the movie, deals with time travel and how a change in the course of events can lead to a different future.
Roscoe's son travels from 1985 to the future to deliver a message to his father.
Walter taking Peter from the other universe set a course of events that lead to the separation of Roscoe's band Violet Sedan Chair, after they had made only one album. In the parallel universe, the band recorded at least three albums.

People who added this item 4935  Average listal rating (3305 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
24. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
S02-E03: Fracture
Olivia says to Sam Weiss: "Cut the Yoda crap and tell me what's happening to me?"
S02-E10: Grey Matters
The license plate on Olivia's SUV at the sanitarium reads "1C3PO1", a reference to C-3PO, the protocol droid from the Star Wars movies.
S02-E19: The Man From The Other Side
The cars driven by Olivia and Broyles to the bridge on the Charles River have license plate numbers with "R2D2" and "C3P01", a reference to the Star Wars robots.
S03-E01: Olivia
Henry Higgins mentions "Jedi Mind Trick".
S03-E15: Subject 13
Properly known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Star Wars program never was fleshed-out in this universe, though Secretary Bishop seems to have successfully deployed it in his universe.

People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
25. Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van G... (1987)
S02-E04: Momentum Deferred
Vincent Van Gogh's famous final self-portrait is prominently replicated among the many graffiti images in the alley where Olivia defends herself.


Trivia, references, similarities or possible coincidences.

Sources: fringepedia,, IMDB, Slusho!, FringeFiles, Alternative Comics, Alias, Casablanca

Added to

4 votes
Referenced On TV (18 lists)
list by Jamie M.
Published 1 year, 10 months ago

Related lists

Treehouse of Horror XXIV References
57 item list by filmbuilder
10 item list by death shade
6 votes 4 comments
Movie References in Photoshoots
74 item list by brazilfashion
86 votes 16 comments
Good Films You May Not Have Seen
96 item list by moviebuff15
123 votes 27 comments
Remington Steele: classic movie references!
110 item list by catherine blake
7 votes
References to The Smiths/Morrissey in media
13 item list by Artemis Panthar
5 votes
My Top 20 TV Series
20 item list by Veed
14 votes 1 comment
Fringe Characters
36 item list by SilverCloud
Fringe (hair) or Not ?
55 item list by lydia
46 votes 13 comments
Comics in movies
185 item list by Gedeon48
2 votes

View more top voted lists
Join listal and create your own lists and much more

People who voted for this also voted for

Favorite Characters on TV
My Crime Scene/Law TV-series
The Evolution of Terry Crews
Top 10 de 2011
Bathory Songs
Coffin Joe Films
Top 10 of the 80's Women
Favorite Artists !
Least Liked Characters
Made for TV, Made for Film
90s films

More lists from matalina

Music videos directed by Richard Ayoade
Your home away from home


Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 26 0:22
Incredible! I loved it.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 26 1:13
Well done!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 26 2:05
Está muy buena la lista! ♥ está bueno lo de Chachi/Peter xD y el pelado! :O y lo de "Who you gonna call?" es una joya xD ......ah, la de la maqueta de Back to the Future sí la reconocí! creo fue de las pocas :P

Me gustó como te quedó, muy detallado y gran lista, mubien :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Jun 27 4:32
one of those is real. Hal Jordan becomes a red lantern in main continuity. Irony or well placed advertising.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Oct 8 7:04
Fringe S01E02

Doctor Who/Torchwood references. Walter Bishop pulls a mason jar with a specimen out of his car and throws it to Peter. The specimen is a hand in a jar.

The Doctor's hand was the severed right hand of the Doctor which he lost shortly after his regeneration into his tenth incarnation. (Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion).

Cpt Jack Harkness kept the hand preserved in a jar which he kept on his desk. Despite being severed, it did not decay and continued to move and twitch. (Torchwood: Day One)
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Oct 8 7:04
Posted: 1 year ago at Jul 8 6:49
In The Firefly, Christopher Lloyd's character makes reference to Brown Shirts, a play on the Browncoats of cult scifi western Firefly. The episodes name was reportedly a reaction to FOX moving Fringe to the Friday Night Death Trap time slot, a move that signaled the end of Firefly.
Posted: 4 months ago at Mar 22 8:51
S2 E18 the, at the bridge part the FBI trucks'plates are '1R2D21' and '1C3PO1'

Login or Signup to post a comment