The X-Files: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (10 Sep. 1993)
"The X Files" Pilot (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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Agent Dana Skully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Cioffi ...
Dr. Jay Nemman (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sarah Koskoff ...
Zachary Ansley ...
Coroner Truitt
Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin ...
Ken Camroux ...
Third Man
Doug Abrahams ...
Patrolman #1 (as Doug Abrams)
Peggy O'Dell (as Katya Gardener)


Skeptical FBI Special Agent Dana Katherine Scully is reassinged by Divison Chief Scott Blevins to work with the "believer" Fox William Mulder. Their first case together takes them to Bellefleur, Oregon; where the fourth member of the BHS class of '89 has been found dead...with two mysterious pink marks on her back, which all other victims have had. Written by Marc-David Jacobs <>

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When Scully is scrolling through the microfiche the story she lands on is written by C Carter. This is a reference to the shows creator, Chris Carter. See more »


Mulder and Scully are standing out in the rain when Mulder tells Scully that Billy Miles brought the others out into the woods. In the next scene, at the hospital, it is daytime, sunny, and both Mulder and Scully are dry. See more »


Special Agent Fox Mulder: When convention and science offer us no answers, might we not finally turn to the fantastic as a plausibility?
Special Agent Dana Scully: ...What I find fantastic is any notion that there are answers beyond the realm of science. The answers are there. You just have to know where to look.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: That's why they put the I in FBI.
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Edited into The X-Files: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996) See more »

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Simply put - The best show ever!
7 December 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This show is absolutely incredible. Stunning imagery and creative imaginations by Chris Carter and crew help to make this the most interesting show on television. It's a pleasure to own each of the episodes from all seven seasons on videotape. The best news of all is that season one is coming to DVD in 2000. A gem like this deserves the best home video format around! Duchovny and Anderson are easily the most gifted actors on television today.

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