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 X Files opening/closing theme music is not featured in this episode. See more »


When Scully is in her room after the autopsy, we see the x-ray attached to her lamp. When we first see it, we can see the letters LD on it, yet when the shot changes back to the x-ray after Mulder has gone, we can only see I, presumably the other x-ray is now overlapping it. See more »


Special Agent Dana Scully: [hears a knock on the door] Who is it?
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Steven Spielberg.
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Featured in Secrets of the X Files, Part 1 (1995) See more »

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X-marks the Spot
13 December 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Mulder and Scully meets each other for the first time. Scully is in her own words sent to debunk the X-Files, Mulder's current self-imposed assignment, while he's under the impression that she's sent to spy on him. Their first collaborative assignment is to investigate a series of mystical deaths where the victims have some strange marks on their lower back.

This episode shows exactly what's at the center of the X-Files and was an instant turn on that secured at least seven seasons of intensely viewing. Duchovny and Anderson hit it off from go on and this chemistry coupled with the subject of the series is what makes this series such a great success. This episode is also the first time we see the Cigarette Smoking Man, but it's only a forerunner of what is to come.

This episode gets a 9 out of 10.

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