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The X-Files 

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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Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.


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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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Network executives originally wanted a "taller, leggier, blonder and breastier" actress for the role of Dana Scully. At one point in pre-production of the first season, Pamela Anderson was attached to the role, but series creator Chris Carter, who wanted a more cerebral character instead of a more physical one, flatly rejected her. When auditions for the character were finally held, Gillian Anderson was one of the actresses who tested for the part. Carter lobbied for her to be picked, eventually going so far as to talk with her in secret to give her tips on how to get the part., which she was eventually awarded. See more »

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

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[repeated line]
Mulder: Where is she?
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Occasionally, the phrase "The Truth Is Out There" in the opening credits has been changed to something else, for example "Trust No One" or "Apology is Policy". See more »

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Simply the best TV series ever made
7 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

I had never been a fan of sci-fi, quite frankly I can say I didn't really care about sci-fi.. To this day I still struggle to remember which is Star Wars and which is Star Trek...

But despite that, The X-Files got me hooked since the very first airing of the Pilot episode almost two decades ago.

It just had it all: monsters, mystery, murders and an interesting UFO/conspiracy plot that didn't really take over the whole show until the final seasons.

The X-Files could be enjoyed both as a series of unrelated cases of mysterious events, or as a coherent story about a government conspiracy about aliens.

Either way, it was always a nice experience and the count of disappointing episodes is remarkably low for a show that ran for nine years.

Mulder and Scully (played masterfully by Duchovny and Anderson) were an interesting take on the traditional "odd couple". They were dedicated but not pedant (besides Mulder's rants about the conspiracy, but that was part of his weird charm) and always managed to be witty enough not to become too perfect, but without becoming zany either.

We slowly got to know Mulder and Scully's back-story and personality, and it was easy feeling connected with them. Their personal past was much part of the story without invading it and turning it into a boring and trite soap-operaish drama. A real rarity for most shows, especially nowadays, where the characters are either driven and dedicated iron men or squeamish teen-like wimps, more focused on their private life than on their job.

Thankfully we were spared a full-fledged romantic liaison between Mulder and Scully, despite some hints of something being there in later seasons. Not every show on Earth needs romance, much less a show like X-Files with two rather "asexual" characters like Mulder and Scully.

The rest of the cast was very solid and the characters worked very well with the two main stars and with the plots.

It's really difficult finding flaws in a show of that caliber, but just for the sake of nitpicking, I have to say the final seasons, when the alien/government conspiracy plot became the main focus of the show, were a little bit over the top in terms of twists and swerves.

But all in all it's a forgivable sin, considering the overall quality of the series and the fact it would have been impossible ending the show without putting more emphasis on the main theme of the whole story and trying to give it some sort of closure.

The X-Files was a landmark in the history of sci-fi and of television. Not only the best TV serial of the 90s, but probably one of the best serials in the history of TV.


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