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

TV Series  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 98,608 users  
Reviews: 254 user | 75 critic

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.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 04 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 Feb 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The X-Files" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The X-Files (1993–2002)

The X-Files (1993–2002) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2002   2001   2000   1999   … See all »
Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 71 wins & 175 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The X Files (1998)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John Neville
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Director: Chris Carter
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly
Fringe (2008–2013)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Lost (2004–2010)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox
Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick
Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Set decades after Captain James T. Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers in a new Enterprise set off on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Dana Scully / ... (201 episodes, 1993-2002)
...
 Fox Mulder (178 episodes, 1993-2002)
...
 Walter Skinner / ... (81 episodes, 1994-2002)
Edit

Storyline

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 our government and even puts their lives and careers at risk. Together, they try to solve the mysteries within our 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Apology Is Policy See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The X-Files  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Callum Keith Rennie turned down the role of Alex Krycek, not wanting to commit to a television series at the time. He later accepted a role in The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008). See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Mulder: I have a theory. Do you want to hear it?
Scully: Van Blundht somehow physically transformed into his captor and walked out the door, leaving no one the wiser?
Mulder: Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what?
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Scully? Marry me.
27 February 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Well I have been putting this off for a while because really I can't figure out how words can really express just how amazing of a show this is. I think I was 11 or 12 when the Pilot first aired. I didn't watch the show then because I was afraid of it after I saw episodes like "The Jersey Devil" and "Born Again" when they first aired, which is really funny because theses are some of the tamest episodes to me now. So unfortunately I wasn't quite ready or prepared for the X-Files during it's running. Later I remember watching TV one Saturday and there was a Chris Carter double feature. First "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and then the Millennium episode "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense". Both episodes had me in tears laughing at the dark humor.

I later found out that FX had an episode every night at 9 and so every night for an entire summer I got to watch an episode and I quickly became immersed in the mythology of the alien conspiracy. Some of the most memorable episodes for me from this period are "Bad Blood", "The Host", "Darkness Falls", "E.B.E", "Little Green Men", and countless others. I quickly became a fan but I had yet to see every episode and I avoided watching it new airings for fear of spoilers. So I began to buy the seasons on DVD. Over two years I was able to purchase and watch every episode. Interesting to me was the fact that I had already seen most of the episodes through syndication but there were many that I hadn't.

Anyway enough about my history with the show. The elements of the show that I think make it a great are simple. Likable characters, psychopathic bad guys, enough dark comedy mixed in with the horror and drama to give the viewer a healthy balance. The writer's of the show have a wonderful talent of leaving certain stories hanging only to the extent that does not make the viewer feel betrayed but wanting to watch more.

The X-Files defined an era of television and opened the way for other Sci-Fi related shows as well as helping define the crime drama shows that are all over the place now. If the 60's/70's gave us Trekkies for decades on, the 90's gave us the X-Files which will continue to create X-Philes for decades on in suit.


39 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shortened Seasons drbaltar6
Happy Anniversary, The X-Files! JuMiguel
Checking out later seasons for 1st time, and- hiitsmewutsup-953-300236
scully's character development : is she stupid The_Master_91
Long term legacy? LondoMollari1
Netflix cropping episodes bladou20
Discuss The X-Files (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page