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
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 called to the office for the first time, the Cigarette Smoking Man is actually smoking a cigarette. See more »


In the exhumation scene at the cemetery, the digger driver is seen climbing down from his vehicle as Mulder and Scully pull up in their car. In the next shot you can clearly see the driver getting out of the digger again as Mulder and Scully are greeted by the police/authorities. See more »


Special Agent Fox Mulder: [Scully and Mulder are examining what appears to be an alien body found in a coffin] If it's not human, what is it?
Special Agent Dana Scully: It's mammalian. My guess is it's a chimpanzee or something from the ape family. Possibly an orangutan.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Buried in the city cemetery in Ray Soames's grave. Try telling that to the good townsfolk or Ray Soames's family. I want tissue samples and X-rays. I'd like blood-typing, toxicology and a full genetic work-up.
Special Agent Dana Scully: You're serious?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: What we can't do here, we'll order to go.
Special Agent Dana Scully: You don't ...
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The X-Files Pilot episode is a mixture of excellent character development, a gripping plot, and fantastic lead performances
18 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to judge the pilot episode of a TV show, especially if the show is successful in being "picked up" by its producer. Pilot episodes for TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer aren't exactly great pieces of television, but it's hard to place damning on the episode if it achieves what it sets out to do. Fortunately there's no such confusion with the Pilot of The X-Files; simply put it is great television. Before reaching the complexities of the mythology in seasons 2-6, or the contrived story lines of seasons 8-9, we must remember that there was a time when The X-Files dealt with simple stories about little green men. The very first X-Files episode was one of these instances. The Pilot focuses less on plot and more on developing the show's two main protagonists; the recusant and open-minded Fox Mulder and the grounded and skeptical Dana Scully. Character development in the Pilot is fantastic; the show immediately let's us into the minds of our lead characters. Aside from excellent character work, the episode boasts intelligent dialogue and a storyline that intrigues and disturbs the viewer to the dying moments.

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