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On the Fringe (边缘父子)

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On the Fringe 2011 (simplified Chinese: 边缘父子) is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 2 August 2011 and ended on 29 August 2011. This drama serial consists of 20 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9.00 pm.

This drama is the first Singaporean drama to be rated PG due to semi-realistic portrayals of teenage delinquency and gangsterism. It also marks the return of Li Nanxing after a 2-year hiatus and plays an ex-gangster recently released from prison who vows to start life anew.

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Recommended for teens

I started watching "On the Fringe" because it had become a common topic of discussion amongst classmates, and found myself coming back to the same spot on the couch in front of the television every weekday night. The plot, which may seem trivial to an adult, is highly relatable to a typical teenager. The reason for this may be because the main cast also consists mostly of teenage actors, many who shot to fame through this series.

The many issues faced by the typical teenager, such as bullying, peer pressure and family problems, are appropriately addressed in the show. As such, I highly recommend this coming-of-age local drama series to young teenagers.

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(Updated: December 24, 2013)

Brilliant portrayal of subject matter

One word: Epic. Now, two years after its release, I am still rewatching it over and over on Youtube. I don't think any show has been made before that focuses so much on Juvenile Delinquency and Gangsterism. This is probably why I have such a connection to the show, since I am a teenager myself.

Fann Wong really brings her acting skills to the table. She is a really good actress and plays her role brilliantly. Also, the relationship between her and her aide, Dang is very funny especially because after every time he annoys her he will mutter a mispronounced "Sorry, sorry" eliciting giggles from me.

The most interesting part of the drama is expectedly the We Can Survive group. While they set out to prove a valid point, that teenagers can be independent, they did it the wrong way. They run away from home, they set out to cheat strangers of their money, and so on.

I remember watching this with my mom, and I swore never to be like the teenagers in the show. This show really has a lot of meaning behind it, and is kind of dark for a local drama. Excellent!

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Far from memorable

This show aired eons ago. Unfortunately, I can't seem to recall its storyline. However, my reactions involving this show was still retained within my memory system.

This show lit newspapers ablaze when it was about to be aired. Many welcomed the return of Li Nanxing. I flipped the Life newspaper and there it was sprawled out before me; a humongous interview involving either him or the cast.

After being fee information after information involving this show and it's cast, the clock finally struck 9pm. I tuned in to channel 8 bubbling with curiosity and anticipation. The first episode lured my attention . I have, after all, a soft spot for all things involving the action-packed genre. Unfortunately, the episodes between the first and final one proved to be rather draggy sometimes. I even yawned during an episode. Such a rare occurrence for a Li Nanxing show!

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