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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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 Dana Scully / ... (207 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Fox Mulder (183 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Walter Skinner / ... (85 episodes, 1994-2016)
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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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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Although the Cigarette Smoking Man is obviously famous for chain smoking cigarettes, he only utters the word "cigarette" one time during the show's run. Strangely, actor William B. Davis was an former smoker that he was not smoking since 1973, twenty years before he was cast for the series. At first of the series, the cigarettes he smoked in this role were real, until he became aware that he was having cravings for tobacco when not filming. At his request, the cigarettes used from then on were herbal. 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

Mr. X: I'm afraid I can't help you.
Mulder: Why?
Mr. X: The last time I helped you, I bloodied my fist and revealed my identity.
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Crazy Credits

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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14 October 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I was 17 years old when TV4 broadcast this show for the first time in Sweden back in 1994. Back then I had a big geeky interest in UFO:s and the paranormal so you can imaging how I felt when this TV-show came along. It was like my heart could explode of joy. Well, the geeky interest for UFO:s faded and sometimes I was quite tired of the X-files but I always kept on watching. The funny thing is that it is now, a year after the "end" of the show, when I'm 27 years old, that I realize how extremely important the show has been to me. It has been a big part of my life for ten years. And now, life feels a bit empty without it.

What is the best part of the X-files then? Well, of course, first of all, Mulder and Scully and the tension between them. You can't describe it with words, it's magical. That is, very good acting. (If the main goals of life for Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny weren't to become icons, well tough luck :)!) Second, the Gothic atmosphere. The X-files is forests, fog, darkness, snow, mud, autumn, rain, desert. Mmm, me love. Third, the dialog. "SCULLY: Mulder, I wouldn't put myself on the line for anybody but you. MULDER: If there's an ice tea in that bag, could be love. SCULLY: Must be fate, Mulder. Root beer." That says about everything. Forth, all the other characters. They are so complex and carefully created. And fifth, the story. I mean, this is the story of all stories. It has everything. A love bigger than the universe, heroes, diplomats, true evil, a father-son-tragedy and a big, huge and completely wonderful conspiracy. And some aliens not to forget.

I love this story and it will never end. Not in my heart anyway...


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