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by Cathy Richey

Cast:
Special Agent Dana Scully Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder David Duchovney
Special Agent Monica Reyes Annabeth Gish
Special Agent John Doggett Robert Patrick
Assistant Director Walter Skinner Mitch Peleggi

 

The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. It h first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002.

The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its main characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones. The X-Files is seen as a defining series of the 1990's, coinciding with the era's widespread mistrust of governments, interest in conspiracy theories and spirituality, and the belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life.

In the series, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovney) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are tasked with investigating the "X-Files". These were marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder plays the role of the "believer," having faith in the existence of aliens and the paranormal. And Scully is a skeptic, initially assigned by her departmental superiors to debunk Mulder's unconventional work.

As the show progressed, both agents were caught up in a larger conflict, termed "the mythology" or "mytharc" by the show's creators, and developed a close relationship which was often seen as romantic rather than platonic. The complex and more romantic side was explored further in subsequent films, years after the series ended. The X-Files also featured stand-alone episodes ranging in tone from horror to comedy, in which Mulder and Scully investigated uniquely bizarre cases without long-term implications on the storyline. These so-called "monster of the week" episodes made up roughly two-thirds of the series.

The show's popularity peaked in the mid-to-late 1990s, leading to a first feature film in 1998, followed by a post-series sequel in 2008. In the last two seasons, Anderson became the star as Duchovny appeared rarely, and new central characters were introduced: FBI Agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish).

At the time of its final episode, The X-Files was the longest running sci-fi show ever on American television. The TV Guide declared the show to be the second greatest cult television show (Star Trek being number one) and the 37th best television show of all time. In 2007, Time magazine included it on a list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it the fourth best piece of science fiction media and the fourth best TV show in the last 25 years.

For many X-Files fans, a first taste of this strange, compelling show has led to addiction. Always scary, often creepy, and sometimes just plain mysterious, The X-Files has grown since its 1993 debut from a cult favorite into a mainstream phenomenon. The series was Fox's top-rated program the week of its Sept. 22 premiere, kicking off a third season with its largest audience yet (30 million). Like Star Trek, X-Files has spawned novels, comic books, T-shirts (emblazoned with the show's motto, The Truth Is Out There), coffee mugs, conventions, and Internet bulletin boards. Online fans call themselves X-Philes.  

The entire series is currently available on DVD by season. Also available are "mythology" sets which were compilations of episodes that related to its storyline. Forty-eight episodes, selected to represent the best of the show's first four seasons, were also made available on VHS. Video game titles include The X-Files: The Game, The X-Files: Unrestricted Access and The X-Files: Resist or Serve, which expand on the show's storyline

The X-files has won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Dramatic Series as well as Golden Globe Awards for David Duchovny for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series and Gillian Anderson for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series. It has garnered a total of 61 Emmy Award nominations since its inception. It has won numerous Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Anderson), Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. The X-files also has received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. 

 

Episode Guide


Season One:

Pilot
Deep Throat
Squeeze
Conduit
The Jersey Devil
Shadows
Ghost in the Machine
Ice
Space
Fallen Angel
Eve
Fire
Beyond the Sea
GenderBender
Lazarus
Young at Heart
E.B.E.
Miracle Man
Shapes
Darkness Falls
Tooms
Born Again
Roland
The Erlenmeyer Flask

 

Season Two:

Little Green Men
The Host
Blood
Sleepless
Duane Barry
Ascension
3
One Breath
Firewalker
Red Museum
Excelsius Dei
Aubrey
Irresistible
Die Hand Die Verletzt
Fresh Bones
Colony
End Game
Fearful Symmetry
Dod Kalm
Humbug
The Calusari
F. Emasculata
Soft Light
Our Town
Anasazi

 

Season Three:

The Blessing Way
Paper Clip
D.P.O.
Final Repose
The List
2Shy
The Walk
Oubliette
Nisei
731
Revelations
War of the Coprophages
Syzygy
Grotesque
Piper Maru
Apocrypha
Pusher
Teso Dos Bichos
Hell Money
From Outer Space
Avatar
Quagmire
Wetwired
Talitha Cumi

 

Season Four:

Herronvolk
Home
Teliko
Unruhe
The Field Where I Died
Sanguinarium
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
Tunguska
Terma
Paper Hearts
El Munda Gira
Leonard Betts
Never Again
Memento Mori
Kaddish
Unrequited
Tempus Fugit
Max
Synchrony
Small Potatoes
Zero Sum
Elegy
Demons
Gethsemane

 

Season Five:

Redux
Redux 2
Unusual Suspects
Detour
Post-Modern Prometheus
Christmas Carol
Emily
Kitsunegari
Schizogeny
Inside the X-Files
Chinga
Kill Switch
Bad Blood
Patient X
The Red and the Black
Travelers
Mind's Eye
All Souls
The Pine Bluff Variant
Folie A Deux
The End


Season Six:

The Beginning
The Drive
The Triangle
Dreamland
Dreamland2
How The Ghosts Stole Xmas
Terms Of Endearment
Rain King
SR819
Tithonus
2Fathers
One Son
Arcadia
Monday
Alpha
Trevor
Milagro
The unnatural
3 of a kind
Field trip
Biogeneisis (1/3)

 

Season Seven:

6th Extinction (2/3)
Amor Fati (3/3)
Hungry
Millennium
Rush
The Goldberg Variation
Orison
The Amazing Meleeni
Signs and Wonders
Sein Und Zeit
Sein Und Zeit II: Closure
X-Cops
First Person Shooter
Theef
En Ami
Chimera
all things
Brand X
Hollywood AD
Fight Club
Je Souhaite
Requiem

 

Season Eight:

Within (1/1)
Without (2/2)
Patience
Roadrunners
Invocation
Redrum
Via Negativa
Surekill
Salvage
Badlaa
The Gift
Medusa
Per Manum
This is not happening (1/3)
Deadalive (2/3)
Three Words (3/3)
Empedocles
Vienen
Alone
Essence (1/2)
Existence (2/2)

 


Season Nine:

Nothing Important Happened Today
Nothing Important Happened Today II
Daemonicus
Hellbound
4-D
Lord of Flies
John Doe
Trust No 1
Underneath
Provenance
Providence
Scary Monsters
Audrey Pauley
Improbable
Jump The Shark
Release
William
Sunshine Days
The Truth (1/2)
The Truth (2/2)

 

About the author: Cathy and her Doberman Trooper conduct research into all kinds of topics and produce articles like the one you see here. To contact Cathy, write to thecathyfactor@yahoo.com. Get the facts from Cathy, and let the Cathy Factor give you an edge.

 

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