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The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The series followed FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder as they investigated the X-Files, marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.


The first episode of The X-Files aired on Fox on September 10th, 1993, and the season finale aired on May 19th, 2002, after nine seasons and 202 episodes. The franchise also had two spin-off feature length films, The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).


The show follows FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Agent Dana Scully (played Gillian Anderson) as they solve a subset of unsolved FBI cases known as the “X-Files.” Mulder gravitates towards cases that involve supernatural elements or possible alien involvement. Scully puts more faith in scientific evidence and often doubts Mulder’s belief that a case involves the supernatural. Mulder and Scully begin the series as friends, but become a couple as the series progresses.


The show earned a score of 8.8 on IMDB[1] and a score of 70 on MetaCritic.[2] The series premiere brought in over 12 million viewers[19], while the series finale brought in over 13 million viewers. The franchises first spin-off film The X-Files: Fight the Future earned a rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes[21] while The X-Files: I Want to Believer earned a rating of 32% on Rotten Tomatoes[22].


Over the course of nine seasons The X-Files won five Golden Globes, including three Best TV Series (Drama) in 1995, 1997, and 1998, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama) for David Duchovny and Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series (Drama) for Gillian Anderson, both in 1997.

Online Presence

As of March 2014, The X Files Facebook[4] page has over 1.2 million likes. All nine seasons are available to watch online for Hulu Plus[3] subscribers and Netflix subscribers. Fans can also access episode guides and character sketches at the X Files Wiki[5].


In addition to its branded social media presence, there are several fan sites for the show including X-Files news[6], X-Files Universe[9], and The X-Files Timeline.[10] Poplar Tumblr tags fan use to tag their content include #xfiles[11] and #Iwanttobelieve.[12] Fan run Tumblr blogs include iheartthexfiles[13], fuckyeahmulderscully[14], and 4theloveofthexfiles.[15] Fans also gather to discuss the show on the Reddit[16] thread /r/xfiles, which has over 6,000 subscribers as of March 2014. As of March 2014, there are over 11,000 submissions for the show on DeviantArt[8] and over 8,400 submissions on Fanfiction.net.[7]

Third Film Rumors

On October 12th, 2013, X-Files stars Duchovny and Anderson participated in a panel at The Paley Center for Media[23] in New York City to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere. The stars expressed an interest in the possibility of a third film with Anderson saying,

““If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested in that then I guess that’s what it would be.”

Show creator Chris Carter clarified,

“All the principals are on board. Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point.”

In an interview with Empire Magazine[25] published on August 23rd, 2013, Carter revealed he already had some ideas in mind for a third movie, should they be allowed to film it, saying,

“I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonisation date has passed and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.”

In an interview with IGN[24] published on January 19th, 2014, Anderson expressed continued interest in a third movie, but said it most likely wouldn’t happen until 2016.

Related Memes

I want to believe

I want to believe is a catchphrase with originated from The X Files and is associated with images depicting paranormal objects or phenomena, especially the ones alleged to have extraterrestrial origins such as pictures of UFO or aliens.

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External References

[1]IMDBThe X Files

[2]Meta Critic – X-Files

[3]Hulu – X-Files

[4]Facebook – X-Files

[5]Wikia – X-Files

[6]X Files News – X-Files News

[7]Fanfiction.net – X-Files

[8]DeviantArt – X-Files

[9]X Files Universe – X-Files Universe

[10]X-Files Timeline – X-Files Timeline

[11]Tumblr – xfiles

[12]Tumblr – I want to believe

[13]Tumblr – iheartthexfiles

[14]Tumblr – fuckyeahmulderscully

[15]Tumblr – 4theloveofthexfiles

[16]Reddit – /r/xfiles

[17]IMDBThe X Files

[18]IMDBThe X Files: I Want to Believe

[19]Anything Kiss – TV Ratings

[20]Anything Kiss – TV Ratings

[21]Rotten Tomatoes – The X Files: Fight the Future

[22]Rotten Tomatoes – The X Files: I Want to Believe

[23]NY Daily News – "David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson want to reunite for third ‘X-Files’ movie ":http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/duchovny-anderson-reunite-3rd-x-files-movie-article-1.1484745

[24]IGNGillian Anderson Doesn’t Think a Third X-Files Movie Would Happen Prior to 2016; Possibly Too Late for an Invasion Storyline

[25]Empire Magazine – Show Creator Chris Carter On A Possible Third X-Files Movie

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