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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 Dana Scully / ... (201 episodes, 1993-2002)
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 Fox Mulder (178 episodes, 1993-2002)
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 Walter Skinner / ... (81 episodes, 1994-2002)
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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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William B. Davis, who plays the Cigarette Smoking Man, is a former smoker who had quit by the time he was cast in this series. At first, 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 »

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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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Mulder: [upon seeing the Cigarette Smoking Man in a hospital] Please tell me you're here with severe chest pains.
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This production has not been approved, endorsed or authorized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (appears in the end credits) See more »

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One of the best shows on television

According to my friends, I am not a true X-phile (don't ask why). Oh well.

The X-Files ranks as one of the most intelligent and brilliant shows on television. It is a cinematic show, using techniques that are more associated with movies than the tv show (like the long unedited sequence in Triangle). Admittedly it was once a better show than it is now, but most episodes are minor masterpieces. But when it peaks, like with "Redux", "Triangle", and "One Son", it peaks like no other show has before.

It is completely unclassifiable. It is a mystery, a sci-fi, and sometimes self parody, and the show has several markedly sexual overtones (the cigarette smoking man). The sexual tension is what probably has attracted the most people. The byplay between Mulder and Scully is cool and reserved, yet you wonder exactly what there really thinking.

It pays homage to old shows, and movies as well ("Duel in the Sun", "Rope"). This show doesn't always give you what you want.

Though it has gotten more Hollywood-ish, it's a testament to the creators and writers that they haven't put Scully and Mulder together (will they or won't they? Probably. It is Hollywood, after all).

This show is a thinking person's show. Sometimes it does get slow, but it always remains interesting.


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