The X-Files Reviews & Ratings

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From its Fox Network debut on September 10, 1993, to its finale on May 19, 2002, the weekly 45-minute (without adverts) sci-fi drama The X-Files endeavored to prove that "the truth is out there." The series' title refers to those FBI files dealing with cases of paranormal and other otherwise unexplainable phenomena -- UFO sightings, alien abductions, genetic experimentation, possessions, telekinesis, and the like. Investigating the X-Files are agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Notorious within FBI circles as a maverick and iconoclast, the Oxford-educated Mulder made it his personal mission in life to prove that there were more things in Heaven and on Earth than were dreamt of in our philosophy. For him, it was very personal; his own sister had been abducted by extraterrestrials some 20 years earlier. His more skeptical partner, medical doctor Scully, was assigned to curb Mulder's more "fanciful" theories and to seek logical explanations to the phenomena at hand. (Ironically, in real life, actor David Duchovny doubted the existence of space aliens, while Gillian Anderson confessed to being a "true believer.") As the series progressed, Scully became more convinced that there were indeed paranormal forces beyond her ken; conversely, Mulder began to concede that Scully could be right once in a while, and tried to prove that humans, rather than aliens, were responsible for selected phenomena.
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Oct 19, 2016 4:17PM EDT
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This show should never have stopped, and of course I was thrilled to hear of the re-boot this year! Rumors were around at the time of ending that the Bush administration requested the cancellation due to 9/11 related conspiracy theories. (Please see The Lone Gunmen pilot!!) - Chris Carter's work-around it seems..?

Absolutely epic show, earlier seasons look dated today and similar to Supernatural with the random monsters they're investigating/fighting, the overall government-based conspiracy through the series evolves (sometimes not quick enough for my liking) is absolutely epic. Totally love this show. Grateful for it's reboot

This show should never have stopped, and of course I was thrilled to hear of the re-boot this year! Rumors were around at the time of ending that the Bush administration requested the cancellation due to 9/11 related conspiracy theories. (Please see The Lone Gunmen pilot!!) - Chris Carter's work-around it seems..?

Absolutely epic show, earlier seasons look dated today and similar to Supernatural with the random monsters they're investigating/fighting, the overall government-based conspiracy through the series evolves (sometimes not quick enough for my liking) is absolutely epic. Totally love this show. Grateful for it's reboot

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Oct 13, 2016 2:56AM EDT
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Could never have enough of it

Could never have enough of it

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Oct 11, 2014 12:29PM EDT
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Classic with sexy David ;)

Classic with sexy David ;)

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Apr 12, 2015 11:06PM EDT
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Such an important influence on today's sci-fi.

Such an important influence on today's sci-fi.

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Feb 4, 2015 2:56AM EST
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It is a classic.

It is a classic.

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Aug 28, 2014 12:55PM EDT
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A must watch for the Supernatural Fundeeee

A must watch for the Supernatural Fundeeee

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Feb 15, 2016 2:40PM EST
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One of the best SciFi shows at it's time, I missed watching it but thanks to the online sites I can re-watch Scully anytime, oops the show anytime.

One of the best SciFi shows at it's time, I missed watching it but thanks to the online sites I can re-watch Scully anytime, oops the show anytime.

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Feb 18, 2015 10:54PM EST
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A pinnacle of science-fiction, X-Files made the extraordinary down to earth (literally at times) . However, the longevity of the series led to some oddball and quite boring seasons later on (basically, anything beyond season 5 honestly).

A pinnacle of science-fiction, X-Files made the extraordinary down to earth (literally at times) . However, the longevity of the series led to some oddball and quite boring seasons later on (basically, anything beyond season 5 honestly).

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Jan 16, 2015 7:12PM EST
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One of the best series of all time.

One of the best series of all time.

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Nov 3, 2014 2:55PM EST
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One of those shows you should force your kids to watch. Even if they weren't born before 2000.

One of those shows you should force your kids to watch. Even if they weren't born before 2000.