The X-Files

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The X-Files is a science fiction television series, created by Chris Carter, which aired from 1993 to 2002. The show was the most successful in Fox network's history, and its characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones in the 1990s. Known as one of the most defining series of its era, The X-Files tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions, and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality, as it centered on efforts to uncover the existence of alien life. The series has also birthed two theatrical movies (The X-Files: Fight the Future and The X Files: I Want To Believe), and a spin-off series (The Lone Gunmen).

Series Origins

The executive producer and creator of The X-Files, Chris Carter, was a protege of Brandon Tartikoff, and eventually became a protege of Peter Roth, who developed a number of pilots for NBC and Disney for both executives. Roth was impressed enough with Chris Carter's writing that by 1992, when Roth moved to Twentieth Century Fox as the President of TV Production, he signed Chris Carter to develop programs for the network. Chris Carter pitched an idea to Peter Roth, that was inspired by his childhood love for such shows as Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone. Chris Carter, sensing a void, discussed what was not on television with Peter Roth at that time, and the idea for the series took shape: Two FBI agents, one a believer and one a skeptic, would be assigned, or requested to be assigned, cases involving the Paranormal, UFOs, or other unexplained events, that did not fit into normal channels of police investigation: The X-Files. After several pitches, the show was greenlit to go into production through Fox's Vice President Bod Greenblat, and Fox's President Peter Chernin. Filming on the "Pilot" began in March 1993, and the episode aired September 10, 1993.

Cast and Crew

Cast

Crew

Characters

Episodes

Season 1

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
1x79 Pilot September 10, 1993
1x01 Deep Throat September 17, 1993
1x02 Squeeze September 24, 1993
1x03 Conduit October 1, 1993
1x04 The Jersey Devil October 8, 1993
1x05 Shadows October 22, 1993
1x06 Ghost In The Machine October 29, 1993
1x07 Ice November 5, 1993
1x08 Space November 12, 1993
1x09 Fallen Angel November 19, 1993
1x10 Eve December 10, 1993
1x11 Fire December 17, 1993
1x12 Beyond The Sea January 7, 1994
1x13 Gender Bender January 21, 1994
1x14 Lazarus February 4, 1994
1x15 Young At Heart February 11, 1994
1x16 E.B.E. February 18, 1994
1x17 Miracle Man March 18, 1994
1x18 Shapes April 1, 1994
1x19 Darkness Falls April 15, 1994
1x20 Tooms April 22, 1994
1x21 Born Again April 29, 1994
1x22 Roland May 6, 1994
1x23 The Erlenmeyer Flask May 13, 1994

Season 2

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
2x01 Little Green Men September 16, 1994
2x02 The Host September 23, 1994
2x03 Blood September 30, 1994
2x04 Sleepless October 7, 1994
2x05 Duane Barry October 14, 1994
2x06 Ascension October 21, 1994
2x07 3 November 4, 1994
2x08 One Breath November 11, 1994
2x09 Firewalker November 18, 1994
2x10 Red Museum December 9, 1994
2x11 Excelsius Dei December 16, 1994
2x12 Aubrey January 6, 1995
2x13 Irresistible January 13, 1995
2x14 Die Hand Die Verletzt January 27, 1995
2x15 Fresh Bones February 3, 1995
2x16 Colony February 10, 1995
2x17 End Game February 17, 1995
2x18 Fearful Symmetry February 24, 1995
2x19 Død Kalm March 10, 1995
2x20 Humbug March 31, 1995
2x21 The Calusari April 14, 1995
2x22 F. Emasculata April 28, 1995
2x23 Soft Light May 5, 1995
2x24 Our Town May 12, 1995
2x25 Anasazi May 19, 1995

Season 3

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
3x01 The Blessing Way September 22, 1995
3x02 Paper Clip September 29, 1995
3x03 D.P.O. October 6, 1995
3x04 Clyde Bruckman's Final Reponse October 13, 1995
3x05 The List October 20, 1995
3x06 2Shy November 3, 1995
3x07 The Walk November 10, 1995
3x08 Oubliette November 17, 1995
3x09 Nisei November 21, 1995
3x10 731 December 1, 1995
3x11 Revelations December 15, 1995
3x12 War of the Coprophages January 5, 1996
3x13 Syzygy January 12, 1996
3x14 Grotesque February 2, 1996
3x15 Piper Maru February 9, 1996
3x16 Apocrypha February 16, 1996
3x17 Pusher February 23, 1996
3x18 Teso Dos Bichos March 8, 1996
3x19 Hell Money March 29, 1996
3x20 Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" April 4, 1996
3x21 Avatar April 26, 1996
3x22 Quagmire May 3, 1996
3x23 Wetwired May 10, 1996
3x24 Talitha Cumi May 17, 1996

Season 4

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
4x01 Herrenvolk October 4, 1996
4x02 Unruhe October 27, 1996
4x03 Home October 11, 1996
4x04 Teliko October 18, 1996
4x05 The Field Where I Died November 3, 1996
4x06 Sanguinarium November 10, 1996
4x07 Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man November 17, 1996
4x08 Paper Hearts December 15, 1996
4x09 Tunguska November 24, 1996
4x10 Terma December 1, 1996
4x11 El Mundo Gira January 12, 1997
4x12 Kaddish February 16, 1997
4x13 Never Again February 2, 1997
4x14 Leonard Betts January 26, 1997
4x15 Memento Mori February 9, 1997
4x16 Unrequited February 23, 1997
4x17 Tempus Fugit March 16, 1997
4x18 Max March 23, 1997
4x19 Synchrony April 13, 1997
4x20 Small Potatoes April 20, 1997
4x21 Zero Sum April 27, 1997
4x22 Elegy May 4, 1997
4x23 Demons May 11, 1997
4x24 Gethsemane May 18, 1997

Season 5

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
5x01 Unusual Suspects November 16, 1997
5x02 Redux I November 2, 1997
5x03 Redux II November 9, 1997
5x04 Detour November 23, 1997
5x05 Christmas Carol December 7, 1997
5x06 The Post-Modern Prometheus November 30, 1997
5x07 Emily December 14, 1997
5x08 Kitsunegari January 4, 1998
5x09 Schizogeny January 11, 1998
5x10 Chinga February 8, 1998
5x11 Kill Switch February 15, 1998
5x12 Bad Blood February 22, 1998
5x13 Patient X March 1, 1998
5x14 The Red and The Black March 8, 1998
5x15 Travelers March 29, 1998
5x16 Mind's Eye April 19, 1998
5x17 All Souls April 26, 1998
5x18 The Pine Bluff Variant May 3, 1998
5x19 Folie à Deux May 10, 1998
5x20 The End May 17, 1998

Season 6

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
6x01 The Beginning November 8, 1998
6x02 Drive November 15, 1998
6x03 Triangle November 22, 1998
6x04 Dreamland November 29, 1998
6x05 Dreamland II December 6, 1998
6x06 Terms of Endearment January 3, 1999
6x07 The Rain King January 10, 1999
6x08 How The Ghosts Stole Christmas December 13, 1998
6x09 Tithonus January 24, 1999
6x10 S.R. 819 January 17, 1999
6x11 Two Fathers February 7, 1999
6x12 One Son February 14, 1999
6x13 Arcadia March 7, 1997
6x14 Agua Mala February 21, 1999
6x15 Monday February 28, 1999
6x16 Alpha March 28, 1999
6x17 Trevor April 11, 1999
6x18 Milagro April 18, 1999
6x19 Three of a Kind May 2, 1999
6x20 The Unnatural April 25, 1999
6x21 Field Trip May 9, 1999
6x22 Biogenesis May 16, 1999

Season 7

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
7x01 The Sixth Extinction November 7, 1999
7x02 The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati November 14, 1999
7x03 Hungry November 21, 1999
7x04 Millennium November 28, 1998
7x05 Rush December 5, 1999
7x06 The Goldberg Variation December 12, 1999
7x07 Orison January 9, 2000
7x08 The Amazing Maleeni January 16, 2000
7x09 Signs & Wonders January 23, 2000
7x10 Sein Und Zeit February 6, 2000
7x11 Closure February 13, 2000
7x12 X-Cops February 20, 2000
7x13 First Person Shooter February 27, 2000
7x14 Theef March 12, 2000
7x15 En Ami March 19, 2000
7x16 Chimera April 2, 2000
7x17 All Things April 9, 2000
7x18 Brand X April 16, 2000
7x19 Hollywood A.D. April 30, 2000
7x20 Fight Club May 7, 2000
7x21 Je Souhaite May 14, 2000
7x22 Requiem May 21, 2000

Season 8

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
8x01 Within November 5, 2000
8x02 Without November 12, 2000
8x03 Patience November 19, 2000
8x04 Roadrunners November 26, 2000
8x05 Invocation December 3, 2000
8x06 Redrum December 10, 2000
8x07 Via Negativa December 17, 2000
8x08 Surekill January 7, 2001
8x09 Salvage January 14, 2001
8x10 Badlaa January 21, 2001
8x11 The Gift February 4, 2001
8x12 Medusa February 11, 2001
8x13 Per Manum February 18, 2001
8x14 This Is Not Happening February 25, 2001
8x15 DeadAlive April 1, 2001
8x16 Three Words April 8, 2001
8x17 Empedocles April 22, 2001
8x18 Vienen April 29, 2001
8x19 Alone May 6, 2001
8x20 Essence May 13, 2001
8x21 Existence May 20, 2001

Season 9

Episode No. Episode Name Original Air Date
9x01 Nothing Important Happened Today November 11, 2001
9x02 Nothing Important Happened Today II November 18, 2001
9x03 Daemonicus December 2, 2001
9x04 4-D December 9, 2001
9x05 The Lord Of The Flies December 16, 2001
9x06 Trust No 1 January 6, 2002
9x07 John Doe January 13, 2002
9x08 Hellbound January 27, 2002
9x09 Provenance March 3, 2002
9x10 Providence March 10, 2002
9x11 Audrey Pauley March 17, 2002
9x12 Underneath March 31, 2002
9x13 Improbable April 7, 2002
9x14 Scary Monsters April 14, 2002
9x15 Jump the Shark April 21, 2002
9x16 William April 28, 2002
9x17 Release May 5, 2002
9x18 Sunshine Days May 12, 2002
9x19 The Truth May 19, 2002
9x20 The Truth II May 19, 2002