A skeptic and a believer investigate unexplained phenomena and enjoy a heavy dose of sexual tension. The X-Files, created by Chris Carter, premiered on FOX on September 10, 1993 and introduced the world to one of TV's best duos: ever-the-opposites, "Fox Mulder" and "Dana Scully."
David Duchovney played Mulder: an FBI profiler, Oxford-educated psychologist, and firm believer in the paranormal (his sister was abducted when he was 12-years-old.) Gillian Anderson portrayed Scully: an FBI agent recruited straight out of med school, and a scientist to the core, always looking for the logical explanation for mysteries. Together, Mulder and Scully were the yin to each other's yang.
The original series ran for nine seasons and followed the personal and professional lives of Scully, Mulder and others in The X-Files, the FBI department dedicated to exploring the paranormal. Unlike many shows, not every mystery was solved at the end of each episode, and the series finale, "The Truth," introduced several new questions rather than tie up loose ends. Two movies of the series were made, in 1998 and 2008, and a six-episode miniseries aired in 2016.
The X-Files spawned a plethora of catchphrases including, "The truth is out there," "I want to believe," "Deny everything," and "Trust No one." It managed to not only appeal to sci-fi fans, but to a broader audience as well, thanks largely to the "will they or won't they?" chemistry between Scully and Mulder. Watch Chris Carter's Archive interview to see if the pair actually ended up together.
- by Adrienne Faillace
Creator: Chris Carter
Programming History: 202 episodes, 9 seasons, FOX
September 10, 1983 - May 19, 2002
Friday nights at 9pm seasons 1-3, Sunday nights at 9pm seasons 4-9