'Fringe' vs. 'Terminator': Who has the hotter sci-fi office?

OfficesEven though I’ve got problems with both shows, Fox’s sci-fi dramas Fringe and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles have managed to score series recordings on my DVR (for now, anyway). One thing I’m loving about both shows, though, is the set design for the offices of their respective red-headed mystery ladies: Fringe‘s Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) and Terminator‘s Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson of Garbage fame).  Let’s compare:

Fringe (top photo)
Clean white surfaces
Dramatic Manhattan views
Minion on standby
Hot-ass guest chairs
No drawers, no filing cabinets, no messy "papers" of any kind!

Terminator (bottom two photos)
Clean glass surfaces
Dramatic Los Angeles views
Minion on standby
Hot-ass flower arrangement
No drawers, no filing cabinets, no messy "papers" of any kind!

Winner (for me): Fringe. As far as I see it, the assortment of glass objets d’art in Weaver’s office muddies up the "austere cave" look so perfectly executed in Sharp’s. Plus, the NYC skyline is (obvs) superior. Which office do you prefer? Holla!

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  • Anonymous

    Catherine Weaver’s is tops in my book. Tho’ Nina Sharp is more robotic in her decor than Weaver’s

  • Dennis N.

    Fringe’s office is far superior in terms of atmosphere. I just wish Shirley Manson was the chief red-head of that office. Then the sci-fi office setting would be officially sublime.

  • LisaMama

    My vote is for Fringe, but that may be because it’s my favorite show on TV right now.
    The Terminator chick doesn’t need filing cabinets because she’s a robot, so we can assume she’s storing it all in her head.
    And the Fringe chick has minions for storage purposes. She is the type to not bother with the details.

  • ohai

    FRINGE! though i love shirley and tscc, everything about the look of fringe is dazzling. i think it’s mind-controlling me, and I LIKE IT.

  • Snarf

    Fringe gets my voye because of the following…
    Ambiguosly evil boss
    NYC skyline

  • Bee

    Isn’t the background on Fringe Boston?

  • kat

    I vote for Fringe, but I believe they’re in Boston.

  • Slezak

    Fringe is largely set in Boston, but whenever Olivia visits Massive Dynamics HQ, the big gray letters indicate they’re in NYC.

  • Rob Grizzly

    I vote Fringe also. My eyes are completely drawn to that set. Also, the actress and character are better. But for the record, I prefer to watch the Sara Connor show.

  • JKBopinion

    I vote Fringe, too. Only because every time I see Shirley Manson that office all I can think about is ‘she looks so TINY’. I know she’s a petite woman, but something about that set just shrinks her even more! LOL! Love both shows, however, and both evil bosses are great!

  • Rachel K

    Fringe because I love how it’s void of everything: color, emotion, life. To me, that equals scary(and foreboding)!

  • Nee Nee

    The Fringe office matches the show, I think. It’s cold and creepy.

  • ryan

    terminator hands down. any office with shirley manson in it is where i want to be.

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  • ceecee

    It has Pacey! … and cool design

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