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The Truth is Out There: How The X-Files Forever Changed Genre Television

24 January 2016 2:25 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Originally appeared in Deadly Magazine #5] In 1993, The X-Files premiered on Fox, forever changing genre television, and after 20 years, its influence is still felt. No series since The X-Files has even come close to creating such incredibly nuanced and compelling storytelling than what Chris Carter’s series delivered each week for nine seasons.

What made The X-Files so remarkable was that it hit the ground running from its first episode and maintained that momentum. While Seasons 8 and 9 aren’t remembered fondly by fans, I’d argue that the storytelling still remained strong until the series finale in May 2002.

Known generally for its overarching alien and governmental conspiracy plots, The X-Files always managed to find clever and unusual ways to celebrate so many horror and sci-fi tropes, much like its predecessors (The Twilight Zone and Kolchak: The Night Stalker influenced Carter when he was first conceiving the series in the early ’90’s.)

The conspiracy plot gave The X-Files »

- Heather Wixson

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Unusual Suspects: A Look Back at the Supporting Cast of The X-Files

23 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Originally appeared in Deadly Magazine #5] For nine seasons (and two feature films), fans of The X-Files became engrossed with FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully’s search for the truth and along the way, we were introduced to numerous supporting characters that helped them (or did their damnedest to foil their efforts) along the way. Here’s a look back at some of The X-Files’ greatest unusual suspects.

Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin)

Mulder’s first informant when the X-Files division of the FBI was established. A member of The Syndicate who wanted to expose some of the secrets the government had tried desperately to keep hidden, Deep Throat was tragically gunned down while trading an alien embryo for Mulder’s life in the first season finale, “The Erlenmeyer Flask.”

Cigarette Smoking Man/Cancer Man (William B. Davis)

Hands down The X-Files’ greatest villain, Cigarette Smoking Man’s presence dominated over the first season »

- Heather Wixson

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