I Want to Believe.
When you think about cult TV shows The X-Files is probably one of the first titles to come to mind.
Running for nine seasons and over 200 episodes, the Fox series debuted on September 10, 1993 and kept us entertained with weekly monsters and aliens until May 2002. Over a decade later, demand was so great to bring the show back that a 10th season was released as miniseries in 2016 starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny.
The X-Files marked an important cultural change during the 1990s. Though it started as a cult phenomenon, the program transformed into a pop-culture monolith, especially as more Americans embraced its overarching conspiracy theory plots and anti-government sentiments. To this day, the theme music is associated with the strange and supernatural, and it might even be enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.
Though loved by millions, The X-Files still has many mysteries that even the most dedicated of fans might not know about. Do you think you know everything there is to know about the show?
The Truth Is In Here!
It Almost Never Happened
Like so many projects destined for greatness, The X-Files almost never even took off. Creator Chris Carter based his idea for the series on his love for shows like The Twilight Zone and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, as well as Americans’ growing belief in extraterrestrials.
When he first pitched the idea to Fox, however, they weren’t interested.
The Silence of the Lambs and Twin Peaks inspired Carter to make Scully and Mulder FBI agents, which gave their obsession with the paranormal more ground. He also based the agents’ relationship on that of Dr. David Keel and Emma Peel’s in the British spy series The Avengers.