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The X-Files

The X-Files

Photo Credit:  Frank Ockenfels/FOX
  • Premiered: 
    September 10, 1993
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
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Plot Synopsis

THE X-FILES chronicles the nine-year-long journey of two FBI agents -- the eternal skeptic Dana Scully and true believer Fox Mulder -- as they seek to explain unsolved cases involving the paranormal. From alien abductions and ghostly apparitions to genetic misfits and supernatural freaks, Mulder and Scully find themselves pitted at odds with both the government and each other as they seek to unveil the truth: that these unusual cases are a part of a much bigger conspiracy which threatens all of mankind, boiling down to one man with a fond inclination towards cigarettes and a secret pact made years ago with a species not of this world. Will Mulder and Scully be able to stop a future alien invasion in time? Thirteen years after the original series run ended, the next chapter of THE X-FILES opens with a special two-night event on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on FOX, immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (so the actual time start time may be later, depending on the duration of the football game and postgame), and continuing on Monday, January 25 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. The new chapter will continue to air on Mondays at 8pm, with creator/executive producer Chris Carter back at the helm and with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," said Carter. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories." Also returning is Mitch Pileggi as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner. Plus, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood, known to fans as the Lone Gunmen, are are set to appear.

A new chapter -- called an event series, a miniseries or Season 10, depending on the source -- opened with Mulder and Scully being approached by a popular conspiracy theorist web-TV show host, Tad O'Malley (guest star Joel McHale), who believes he has uncovered a significant government conspiracy. With the assistance of Skinner, O'Malley seeks to enlist the help of former X-Files agents Mulder and Scully, who have since severed ties with the FBI. Through O'Malley, they are introduced to Sveta (guest star Annett Mahendru), a possible alien abductee who shares shocking information with them that will challenge everything that Mulder has ever believed about the existence of aliens and the government's role in covering them up. Additional guest stars this season include: Doug Savant as Augustus Goldman; Rebecca Wisocky as Jackie Goldman; Vik Sahay as Gupta; Kumail Nanjiani as Pasha; Rhys Darby as Guy Man; Tyler Labine as Stoner #1; Nicole Parker-Smith as Stoner #2; and many more celebrities.

Season 11 of THE X-FILES premiered on Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. The all-new, 10-episode installment once again is executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. Additionally, the all-new episodes will feature guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as "Cigarette Smoking Man." The season opener, "My Struggle III," picks up after the last season's cliffhanger, as Mulder and Scully learn that they aren't the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT, FOX premiered "My Struggle IV," the Season 11 finale of THE X-FILES. Scully and Mulder race to locate William while he's on the run; the Cigarette Smoking Man makes the final preparations for his ultimate plan.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Ten Thirteen Productions
  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television


  • Fox Mulder - Alexandria, Virginia USA
  • Dana Scully - Annapolis, Maryland USA
  • The Shadowy Syndicate - Manhattan, New York USA - Map It!
  • C.G.B. Spender - Washington DC USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 20, 2001: Alex Krycek dies
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  • May 20, 2001: William Scully is born
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  • April 21, 2002: The Lone Gunmen (Byers, Frohike, Langly) die