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The X-Files

1993

TV: The X-Files

Creator: Chris Carter

Recollections...

A Victim of its own Successarrow icon

I watched from the first episode when it was screened on BBC 2. At that stage, it had a certain subtlety to it - often the supernatural elements were ...
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Came across this series when it first aired on Sky, I was in my 40's
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I was 25 and My mother had seen the oilot and told me to watch it the next week!!! I was a post grad living in damp conditions wondering what to do wi ...
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In Depth

The X-Files

The Truth is Out There - according to the biggest science-fiction series of the 1990s.

One of the greatest cult TV shows of all time, the X-Files was based on a simple premise. It involved the efforts of agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to investigate the X-Files - disregarded FBI cases involving the extraterrestrial, supernatural and paranormal.

Episodes tended to be self-contained, but as interest in the show grew, an over-arching storyline was developed in which the pair became involved in wider issues. Needless to say, this only added to the show's cult appeal, as did the ambiguous relationship between the two main characters. Despite a 1998 film - which was released halfway through the series' run and carried forward a number of plot lines - the X-Files' chief influence has been on the small screen, where shows such as Dark Skies, Lost and Supernatural have been instilled with similar moods and ambiguous storylines.

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