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Parents Guide for
"The X-Files" (1993) More at IMDbPro »"The X Files" (original title)

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Sex & Nudity

Suggested Content Rating: TV-14 for some strong violence, graphic injury detail/blood, brief gore, language, sexual content and some drug references

Sexual Content - Overall Intensity (6/10):

Certain episodes (such as "3", "Never Again", "Milagro" and "Avatar") feature sex scenes, but in general, there aren't that many.

Characters are often seen in stages of undress, sometimes in a sexual nature.

Sexual desire or lust is often used as a motivation for antagonists in the show.

The episode "The Jersey Devil" features a Neanderthal woman who is naked in every scene she's in. We never see any full frontal nudity, but we do see her rear once from a distance.

Mulder is an avid consumer of porn and there are often references to this, as well as shots of porn magazines and video tapes. In the episode "Chinga", we think we hear the sounds of one of the porn tapes. It turns out to be a nature programme called "World's Deadliest Swarms"

Prostitutes and prostitution play important roles in some episodes, particularly in season seven.

Prison rape is mentioned or implied in the episodes "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", "The Unusual Suspects", "Bad Blood" and "Terma".

The episode "Excelsis Dei" revolves around an X-File of a woman who was raped by entities. In the cold opening, we see the act itself. A nurse is strapped into a medical bed, via the Velcro arm straps, and she screams for help. Later, she is seen badly bruised and mentally scarred from the ordeal.

The plot of "Home" revolves around a family resulted from years of incest and inbreeding.

Jokes in reference to masturbation and pornography are sometimes made, but are not explicit.

Violence & Gore

Violence - Overall Intensity (8.5/10):

Most violence in this series is off-screen, but injury detail is very intense. Occasionally fighting breaks out, and supernatural violence is regular, but only in rare cases are guns fired.

Some close-ups of corpses, graphic injuries, blood and some gore.

Certain episodes (such as "Red Museum", "Paper Hearts", "Revelations", "Sein und Zeit", "Oubliette" and "Invocation") deal with topics of paedophilia, child abduction and child murder.

Sometimes the theme of torture arises and occasionally people are shown being abused.


Language - Overall Intensity (7/10):

Although profanity is infrequently used, occasionally it is more intense than would be heard on network television now.

There's at least one swear word in every episode, most notably "hell", "damn", "crap", "ass" and "jackass".

On rarer occasions "pissed off", "bitch", "BS", "whore", "bastard" and "son of a bitch" are also used. Once the insult "jerk-off" is used, and once each the religious profanity "goddamn" is used as well as "Jesus" in vain.

Sometimes "crap" and "piss" are used in their literal meaning.

There are two instances where Mulder goes to say "shit", but is cut off by something (only heard as "Shi..." before something cuts him off).

Several variations on the words "fuck" and "shit" are used in the episode "X-Cops", although there all bleeped over. The episode is played for comedy.

The episode Jose Chung's From Outer Space has the word "fuck" comically implied, but not spoken.

While some episodes of the X-Files dealt with topics such as racism, racial attacks, racial profiling and stereotyping (e.g. "Teliko", "Kaddish", "Fresh Bones", "Hell Money", "El Mundo Gira", etc.) racial or ethnic slurs are seldom used. However, in the episode "The Unnatural", the word "nigger" is used three times.

Drug/Alcohol Use - Overall Intensity (5/10):

Although drug, alcohol, and tobacco use are not glorified nor endorsed, sometimes characters drink and smoke socially.

A main villain is dubbed The Cigarette Smoking Man and is seen smoking in virtually every scene he is in, and this is not something that would be depicted on network television today.

Frightening/Intense Scenes - Overall Intensity (9/10):

The series is a sci-fi/horror series and every episode is rather intense in it's own regard.

Moderate to strong horror throughout the series. The CGI, the visual and special effects however are not as realistic as today.

Threat is ever-present throughout the series.

Some intense emotional scenes.

Content ratings on The X Files vary episode-to-episode. Some episodes are TV-PG, most episodes are TV-14, and one episode was rated TV-MA.

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