The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.


Robert Mandel


Chris Carter

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Charles Cioffi ... Section Chief Scott Blevins
Cliff De Young ... Dr. Jay Nemman (as Cliff DeYoung)
Sarah Koskoff ... Theresa Nemman
Leon Russom ... Detective Miles
Zachary Ansley ... Billy Miles
Stephen E. Miller ... Coroner Truitt
Malcolm Stewart ... Dr. Glass
Alexandra Berlin Alexandra Berlin ... Orderly
Jim Jansen ... Dr. Heitz Werber
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Third Man (as Ken Camroux)
Doug Abrahams ... Patrolman #1 (as Doug Abrams)
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Katya Gardner ... 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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trust no one


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10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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


Special Agent Dana Scully: Am I to understand that you want me to debunk the X Files project, sir?
Section Chief Scott Blevins: Agent Scully, we trust you'll make the proper scientific analysis.
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Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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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 notfadeaway-1See 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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