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The X-Files 

The X Files (original title)
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Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

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Chris Carter
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gillian Anderson ...  Dana Scully / ... 217 episodes, 1993-2018
David Duchovny ...  Fox Mulder 193 episodes, 1993-2018
Mitch Pileggi ...  Walter Skinner / ... 91 episodes, 1994-2018
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by ZachMichalik

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The Truth Is Out There See more »


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English

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR (Original Broadcast & DVD)| Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1 (Approx)
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Trivia

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani (known for shows such as Silicon Valley (2014) and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014)), who has a role on the reboot of the series, is also a devoted X-Phile who hosts "The X-Files Files," a podcast on which he discusses and analyzes in detail each episode of the original series. During filming, he was chatting with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in a production tent in the middle of the night when they asked why he wasn't recording the conversation for his podcast--so he did. At their urging, he asked them about which episodes of the show they thought were the worst. Anderson listed "Space," "Fire," the episode she first called "The Cat One--Los Lobos Tostitos" before Duchovny "corrected" her and said "Tesos Tostados" and Nanjiani provided the actual name of that episode, "Teso dos Bichos." Duchovny identified "the chupacabra episode" ("El Mundo Gira") as one of his worst. See more »

Goofs

In many episodes it is clear that the agents are not in the region of the country or the world, described in the captions or the script. This especially becomes evident when the series began filming in Southern California and the vegetation and the terrain clearly could have only been that region. See more »

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Caption: GOVERNMENT DENIES KNOWLEDGE
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 'previously on The X Files' segments are missing from the DVD Season boxset releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chicago Hope: Hearts and Minds (1996) See more »

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Groundbreaking Sci-fi
22 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is a marginalized loner FBI agent stuck in the basement. He's been ostracized because he's a true believer in the paranormal. Dr Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is a skeptic, a woman of science, and assigned to keep Mulder under control.

The X Files represents a breakout for the sci-fi genre. Its success gave it license to put on more paranormal shows treated as reasonable. It also became a benchmark by which these shows are measured. There are amazing episodes with some less so. The best is the chemistry between the two leads. It broke new ground with great writing from some future notable names. It lasted 9 seasons. It may have gone on too long but it was great while it lasted.


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