The X-Files is a science fiction mystery series, broadcast from September 10th, 1993 to May 19th, 2002, and created by Chris Carter. The show stars David Duchovny as Agent Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully. Agent Fox Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while his partner, Special Agent Dana Scully, initially dismisses such beliefs as nonsense but later comes to believe. Together they investigate X-Files; cases of strange occurrences that cannot be explained by conventional means within the realms of science and normalcy, under the supervision of Section Chief Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi).
Release Date: September 10, 1993
Country: United States
Running Time: 43 – 48 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
Crew Members :
Created by: Chris Carter
- Chris Carter
- R. W. Goodwin
- Howard Gordon
- Frank Spotnitz
- Vince Gilligan
- John Shiban
- Kim Manners
- Fox Mulder is portrayed by David Duchovny
- Dana Scully is portrayed by Gillian Anderson
- John Doggett is portrayed by Robert Patrick
- Monica Reyes is portrayed by Annabeth Gish
- Walter Skinner is portrayed by Mitch Pileggi
What is the series based upon?
The series is based on the publication of a set of volumes collectively known as The X-Files: Season 1, 1989-1990 (later simply referred to as The X-Files: Season 1), written by Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, and James Wong. The series creator said in his commentary for the UK release that “the original book sold very poorly”. The original foreword to Season 1 was written by Carter himself. The manuscript of the book was submitted to his agent in the autumn of 1989. By mid-1990, the agent had sold the book’s rights to Basic Books. After receiving several revisions from Carter in 1990, Basic Books released an uncorrected proof copy on October 12th, 1990 for Carter’s review.
What makes this series interesting to watch?
The series is not only entertaining but also highly educational. The fantastic conspiracy theories that follow the two agents on their investigations are interesting in and of themselves, being a reflection of one man’s fascination and belief in UFOs, aliens, and other inexplicable phenomena. The concept of medical tests that have ‘gone wrong is an interesting one; so too is the concept of genetically modified super-soldiers. The mix of these disparate elements creates a veritable cocktail of ideas that invites us to question our own beliefs; to think more critically about what we see on world news and in our daily lives.
Why should you watch this series?
Chris Carter’s writing has been described as ‘brilliant’ and having the ability to make even the most mundane of settings appear ‘other-worldly’. The strength of Scully’s characterization has been noted by several critics. The characters developed during the series have become some of the most memorable and “iconic” from an acting perspective. The chemistry between Mulder and Scully has been very well documented by fans, with many having stated that their relationship is far more believable than on-screen couples such as that between Edward and Bella Cullen in “Twilight” or Dr. House and Dr. Wilson.
My ratings and reviews on this series:
My rating for this series is 4.5/5. This is an excellent series to watch when you want to learn something new, and are interested in conspiracy theories. There is never a dull moment, and the show has plenty of twists and turns throughout the 10 seasons that it aired. I would highly recommend it. Yes! This series is worth watching if you are interested in science fiction or if you like shows with unexpected storylines and twists; this show has plenty of both, but beware that there might also be huge amounts of blood (and gore) involved.
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