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The X-Files 

The X Files (original title)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

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...  Dana Scully / ... 217 episodes, 1993-2018
...  Fox Mulder 193 episodes, 1993-2018
...  Walter Skinner / ... 91 episodes, 1994-2018
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by ZachMichalik

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Gillian Anderson has stated that she based her approach to the role of Dana Scully on Jodie Foster's performance as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Ironically, a contractual obligation to "The X-Files" prohibiting her from playing an FBI agent in any other role prevented her from being offered the part of Clarice Starling the "Silence" sequel, Hannibal (2001). Later, she joined the Hannibal (2013) series as Bedelia Du Maurier. See more »

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Mulder and Scully are shown in numerous episodes carrying a variety of handguns from Glocks to Smith & Wesson to SIG Sauers. FBI agents are issued one model of weapon for standard duty carry and they carry those models unless they are lost, unless the agent changes assignments or the entire Bureau changes the brand and model it is using. See more »

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Scully: The Truth is out there, Mulder. But so are lies.
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In the main title sequence, the man in the photo pointing to the UFO in the shadowy night sky is Bruce Bryant -- one of the main title designers. He's also the stand-in for the wispy translucent ghost, shot using a negative effect in the hallway of their offices. See more »

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One of the best shows on television
9 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

According to my friends, I am not a true X-phile (don't ask why). Oh well.

The X-Files ranks as one of the most intelligent and brilliant shows on television. It is a cinematic show, using techniques that are more associated with movies than the tv show (like the long unedited sequence in Triangle). Admittedly it was once a better show than it is now, but most episodes are minor masterpieces. But when it peaks, like with "Redux", "Triangle", and "One Son", it peaks like no other show has before.

It is completely unclassifiable. It is a mystery, a sci-fi, and sometimes self parody, and the show has several markedly sexual overtones (the cigarette smoking man). The sexual tension is what probably has attracted the most people. The byplay between Mulder and Scully is cool and reserved, yet you wonder exactly what there really thinking.

It pays homage to old shows, and movies as well ("Duel in the Sun", "Rope"). This show doesn't always give you what you want.

Though it has gotten more Hollywood-ish, it's a testament to the creators and writers that they haven't put Scully and Mulder together (will they or won't they? Probably. It is Hollywood, after all).

This show is a thinking person's show. Sometimes it does get slow, but it always remains interesting.


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