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The X-Files (1993– )

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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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  • Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X-Files (1993)
  • Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in The X-Files (1993)
  • Jere Burns and Micaela Aguilera in The X-Files (1993)
  • Gillian Anderson in The X-Files (1993)
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  • Jere Burns in The X-Files (1993)

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4 February 2003 | Tricer1447
I'm a new addict
I never watched the x-files when it was on. But after watching "So Weird" and being addicted to "Psi Factor: Chronicls of the Paranormal" I decided to check it out. It's a good show. Very freaky with excellent paranormal stories involving ferocious creatures and is pretty unpreditable. Gillian Anderson is great as Scully and I thought she was also great as Moro the wolf goddess from Princess Mononoke. The rest of the acting is good too. They show reruns alot and I will be addicted to it. I didn't become a fan of Psi:Factor or MST3K until I saw reruns but I had never even heard of them before I saw them. Bottom Line: This is the best paranormal show ever, well this and Psi Factor are tied.

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Did You Know?


Every time Skinner goes to Mulder's apartment, someone pulls a gun on him: 1). In season two, episode seventeen, The X-Files: End Game (1995), Mulder aims a gun after Skinner enters the apartment, suspecting him to be the Bounty Hunter. 2). Later in the same episode, minutes before entering the apartment, he gets in a fist fight with X in the elevator, ending with X pulling out a gun. 3). The season three premiere, The X-Files: The Blessing Way (1995), ends with Scully bringing Skinner to the apartment where she pulls her gun on him, believing he intended to kill her. 4). Season three, episode nine, The X-Files: Nisei (1995), features a scene where Mulder unexpectedly finds Skinner in his ransacked apartment, and draws his gun. 5). In season six, episode twenty-one, The X-Files: Field Trip (1999), Scully has a spore-induced dream in which Skinner and other friends are in Mulder's apartment for Mulder's funeral. Later in the episode, Mulder shoots the dream-Skinner to prove that they are still dreaming. This is the only episode where the gun being drawn occurs outside of Mulder's apartment building, but both scenes are part of a hallucination. Nevertheless, the sole exception is the season five premiere, The X-Files: Redux (1997), in which Skinner confronts Scully in the hallway outside Mulder's apartment early in the episode. However, Skinner is not shown to have actually entered the apartment in the episode, just the hallway. Other exceptions: In season six, episode eleven "Two Fathers", Skinner meets covertly with Mulder and Scully inside Mulder's apartment, where they fill him in on the alien hybrid plan and divulge who Spender's father is. In season seven, episode ten "Sein und Zeit", Skinner knocks at Mulder's apartment the morning after Mulder has a breakdown over his mother, and Scully answers the door, having been there all night to comfort him. The scene shows all three in the doorway, though Skinner is not shown entering the apartment.


Skinner: That will be all.


Throughout the series when we see a closeup of CGB Spender's/The Smoker's ashtray while he is extinguishing his cigarette, the filters of the "smoked" cigarettes already in the ashtrays are perfectly white, while they should be yellow/brown from the nicotine-smoke. This indicates that they are props, placed there before shooting and not cigarettes smoked by the characters.

Crazy Credits

In the main title sequence, the man in the photo pointing to the UFO in the shadowy night sky is Bruce Bryant -- one of the main title designers. He's also the stand-in for the wispy translucent ghost, shot using a negative effect in the hallway of their offices.

Alternate Versions

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


Plot Summary


Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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