The X-Files (1993–2002)
"The X Files" (original title)

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Two FBI 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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Complete series cast summary:
 Dana Scully / ... (201 episodes, 1993-2002)
 Fox Mulder / ... (179 episodes, 1993-2002)
 Walter Skinner / ... (81 episodes, 1994-2002)


FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are different: Mulder is a believer in the paranormal while Scully is not. Together, they investigate paranormal cases which takes them all the way to alien conspiracies within the U.S. government and even puts their lives and careers at risk. Together, they try to solve the mysteries within the U.S. government, no matter what they have to do, and along the way they try to solve any other case that's related to the paranormal. Written by yatessixecho

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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In the early years of the series, Mulder is a firm believer in extraterrestrials and Scully is skeptical. The opposite is true for the actors who portray them. See more »


In numerous episodes in the earlier seasons, characters are seen driving cars with British Columbia License plates. See more »


Mulder: You know, they say when you talk to God it's prayer, but when God talks to you, it's schizophrenia.
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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 »


Referenced in Millennium: Creating the Logo & Title Sequence (2004) See more »

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Quite simply the best television show ever
25 January 1999 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

"The X-Files" is the show which re-defined television, and in a few years time it will become known as THE show of the 90s. First of all, don't think "Fight the Future" - the movie was nowhere near as smart or well-written as the series, and was only a sort of Hollywood-esque approach to the concept of the show. Although some episodes are a bit on the downside, the majority of X-Files episodes are true masterpieces which really challenge our "little grey cells" in a way no other TV program does. Great cinematography, great writing, great FX and an always amazing soundtrack by Mark Snow turn "The X-Files" into a chilling television experience.

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