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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Dana Scully, a young FBI agent, is assigned watchdog duty over another agent, Fox Mulder, a brilliant investigator with a notorious reputation for his undying belief in the paranormal. In their first case together, the agents travel to Oregon following a series of mysterious, and possibly supernatural, events.



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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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The original script for this episode called for Mulder and Scully to howl at the moon at one point. See more »


The footage of their airplane flying is stock footage of the Boeing 727 test plane, which, obviously, would not be carrying passengers on a transcontinental trip. This is a common mistake in many TV shows and movies. Usually the type of aircraft changes between shots. See more »


[after Mulder & Scully's plane hits severe turbulence]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: This must be the place.
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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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