Episodes: 202 (hour)
TV show dates: September 10, 1993 — May 19, 2002
Series status: Ended, being revived by FOX
Performers include: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, Tom Braidwood, William B. Davis, Bruce Harwood, Dean Haglund, Nicholas Lea, Annabeth Gish,
TV show description:
FBI Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate cases involving paranormal phenomena, classified as “X-Files.”
Mulder is the “believer,” having faith in the existence of aliens and the paranormal, while Scully is the skeptic and often works to disprove Mulder’s theories. They work under the direction of Assistant Director Walter S. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi).
Later in the series, FBI Agents John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) are prominently featured.
Episodes 201 & 202 – The Truth, parts one and two
A.D. Skinner and Agent Scully learn that Mulder (who has been missing for a year) is being charged for a murder he couldn’t have committed: Knowle Rohrer, one of the government’s secret super-soldiers. With Skinner leading Mulder’s defense, many characters of the last nine years testify on his behalf. Scully uncovers the truth but the military tribunal isn’t interested and convicts Mulder anyway. With some unlikely help, Mulder escapes and he and Scully are told to flee the continent by 24 hours. Instead, the two end up in a motel room in Roswell, New Mexico, holding each other in bed.
First aired: May 19, 2002
After settling a lawsuit with 20th Century Fox, Chris Carter began work on a second X-Files movie (the first, The X-Files: Fight the Future, was released in 1998 during the run of the TV series). Both Duchovny and Anderson have been signed to the project and it’s scheduled to be released on July 25, 2008.
Behind the Scenes
|•||The last episode was originally aired as a two-hour episode, the only feature-length episode of the series. The final scene is a bookend to a scene in the pilot episode, in which Mulder opens up to Scully. The same establishing shot of a hotel was first used in the pilot.|
|•||The finale was originally going to end with a scene featuring the “Toothpick Man” and President George W. Bush, with an impersonator playing the role of the President. The scene was later deleted.|
|•||Carter has said that shows like the 1970s series Kolchak: The Night Stalker were a major influence in the creation of X-Files. Carter asked Darren McGavin to reprise his role as supernatural reporter Carl Kolchak on X-Files but McGavin was unwilling. He did however appear in two episodes of X-Files as Agent Arthur Dales, a character described as the “father of the X-Files.”|
|•||The FOX series Millenium focused on former FBI agent Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) who had the ability to see the world through the eyes of murderers. Though not a spin-off of X-Files, several minor characters appeared on both shows. Millenium was cancelled after three years and Frank Black and his wife made one final appearance the following year on X-Files.|
|•||The Lone Gunmen was a FOX spin-off series that featured the geeky trio of conspiracy theorists from The X-Files. Several X-Files characters appeared on the short-lived series including Mulder, Skinner and Morris Fletcher. Gunmen was cancelled after 13 episodes and ended in a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger was later resolved on an episode of X-Files and the Lone Gunmen trio died. They did however appear to Mulder in the X-Files’ series finale.|