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“Fringe” dug into the very unplugged notion that we all contain multitudes _ that while our identities contain certain core components, the challenges and triumphs and tragedies we face can propel us in utterly different directions that sometimes even we don’t recognize.

“Must be nice to know who you are, to know your place in the world,” Peter Bishop says in one episode. But in “Fringe,” no one was ever really certain. And the show concludes with that powerful message: There but for the grace of God go I. And I and I and I and I.


Ted Anthony writes about American culture for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at