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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

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 Dana Scully / ... (207 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Fox Mulder (183 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Walter Skinner / ... (85 episodes, 1994-2016)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully work in an unassigned detail of the bureau called the X-Files investigating cases dealing with unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder, a true believer, and Scully, a skeptic, perceive their cases from stand points of science and the paranormal. Written by ZachMichalik

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During the last season of the show, the opening credits included a shot of a list of "FBI Contacts, Witnesses, and Contributors." The names on the list were actually the screen names of posters on the official "X-Files" message board and changed with each new episode that season. Other names on the list were anagrams of characters on the show. See more »

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In numerous episodes in the earlier seasons, characters are seen driving cars with British Columbia License plates. See more »

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Bill Mulder: [deciding who is going to shoot the Alien] I'm the Liar, you're the Killer.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Your lies have killed more people than I ever could.
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Occasionally, the phrase "The Truth Is Out There" in the opening credits has been changed to something else, for example "Trust No One" or "Apology is Policy". See more »

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Referenced in New Tricks: The Truth Is Out There (2009) See more »

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Best pilot in years..
20 January 2016 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Creator Chris Carter has taken great advantage of the new world landscape when crafting this revival, incorporating post-9/11 conspiracies, the Patriot Act and the militarization of the police into the new mystery, all the while tying them back to Roswell-era alien cover-ups. In fact, The X- Filesso nicely lends itself to these modern issues that it's hard to believe how much the Fox drama pre-dated many of them. Scully's skepticism is also put to an interesting new use, as she now finds herself not only questioning the science, but additionally the benefit of sharing the truth with the public.

Generally speaking, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have slid back into their most identifiable characters for this new adventure. There are some clunky and weird dialogue moments where they literally yell the slogans from the show at each other — "The truth is out there, Scully!" and the such. But fortunately, these bits are outweighed by the scenes that do work, and one senses that this episode, and that dialogue, is weighed down too much with the expository need to catch up potential newcomers to the show.

The pace of the action has picked up in the intervening years, however, with one particularly dizzying, rapid-fire monologue from Mulder, cut with spooled images of nuclear weapons and paranormal happenings … And both the story lines and the context feel fresh and contemporary, allusions to Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal perfectly chiming with the widespread paranoia currently peaking across the US.


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