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 101,632 users  
Reviews: 255 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

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 01 May 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 28 Feb 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 6 months ago
 

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
Heroes II (2006–2010)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

They thought they were like everyone else... until they woke with incredible abilities.

Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
House M.D. (2004–2012)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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
Firefly (2002–2003)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
The Simpsons (TV Series 1989)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
24 (2001–2010)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
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 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth Is Out There 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

Chris Carter wanted the show to end after the fifth season, when his original contract, as well as those of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny expired. Carter wanted to continue the story in a series of feature films, starting with The X Files (1998). The Fox Network, however, found demand for the show too high to cancel the series, so they instead mandated the film to fit in between series five and six of the show. Carter found writing seasons five and six as well as the film very difficult, as he had to craft a screenplay that would not require the audience to have seen the show to understand it, and episodes of the series that would tie in to the film, but not rely directly on the film's plot to make sense. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mulder: Where is she?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits of the first 7 seasons include an extreme close-up of an eye blinking. In the 8th season credits, the eye belongs to 'Gillian Anderson (I)'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Meet Dave (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An intelligent and inspiring look into the human imagination
20 June 2001 | by (Norman, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that I became a fan of this series 8 years after it was created. I look at TV these days with disappointment and boredom most of the time since most television drama series/movies deal with one of three genres: law, medicine, or science fiction. At first glance, The X-Files would seem to fit into this trend. However, its uniqueness is that it fits into all three of these categories plus a fourth and most important one: human imagination. This is what makes The X-Files one of the most intelligent and most important shows on television today. After all of these years, it is still one-of-a-kind. It forces us to think, to imagine, and to hope. I can't say that about too many other shows at the present time.

I have heard several complaints from many people about the past few years of this show: The writing seems to have deteriorated, the loss of David Duchovny hurt the show, one never seems to find out anything from the show (and on the opposite end, we've found out too much from the show), and it has worn out its welcome. I disagree with all of these. The writing is as good as ever (This year had excellent shows; check out Redrum, This Is Not Happening, and the two-part season finale for a peek.). David Duchovny leaving the show may be a blow to fans, but I think Robert Patrick has done a terrific job in stepping in so late in a series. The acting is as good on that show as it has ever been. As for what we have learned from the show, I think that if one expects to be content with knowing why things that happened on the show happened, he is missing one of the major points of the show. The show is half the story; your imagination is the rest. Chris Carter has found that happy medium ground of saying enough but not too much. And I for one should be proof that the show has not been on too long. It is still finding fans (old and new). Those of you who have shied away from the show are missing out on truly great television.

My favorite show is the third episode from the sixth season: Triangle. The show was wonderfully written and brilliantly acted. Any new fan should check this show in particular out.

The truth is out there. The X-Files is still a terrific show after 8 years, and I am anxiously awaiting what is to come.


99 of 107 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Season 5 episode 5 post modern Prometheus calikid32190
Top 3 bad-asses fugleholm
Will a Twin Peaks fan like this show? jakenzz_7
Shortened Seasons drbaltar6
scully's character development : is she stupid The_Master_91
Re-watch! ChristopherWG
Discuss The X-Files (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page