A little over a dozen people were considered, but Goodwin continued to press for Snow, who auditioned around three times with no sign from the production staff as to whether they wanted him. One day, however, Snow's agent called him, talking about the "pilot episode" and hinting that he had got the job. The theme, " The X-Files ", used more instrumental sections than most dramas. After attempting to craft the theme with different sound effects, Snow used a Proteus 2 rack-mount synth with an effect called "Whistling Joe". After hearing this effect, Carter was "taken aback" and noted it was "going to be good".
He felt that after several revisions, something still was not right. Carter walked out of the room and Snow put his hand and forearm on his keyboard in frustration. By doing so, he accidentally activated an echo effect setting. The resulting riff pleased Carter; Snow said, "this sound was in the keyboard.
And that was it. The production crew was determined to limit the music in the early episodes.
Snow was tasked with composing the score for both The X-Files films. The films marked the first appearance of real orchestral instruments; previous music had been crafted by Snow using digitally sampled instrument sounds. Snow commented that the fast percussion featured in some tracks was inspired by the track "Prospectors Quartet" from the There Will Be Blood soundtrack. The opening sequence was made in for the first season and remained unchanged until Duchovny left the show.
The sequence was extremely popular and won the show its first Emmy Award, which was for Outstanding Graphic Design and Title Sequences. Rabwin was particularly pleased with the sequence and felt that it was something that had "never [been] seen on television before". The premiere episode of season eight, "Within", revealed the first major change to the opening credits.
Along with Patrick, the sequence used new images and updated photos for Duchovny and Anderson, although Duchovny only appears in the opening credits when he appears in an episode. Carter and the production staff saw Duchovny's departure as a chance to change things. The replacement shows various pictures of Scully's pregnancy. According to executive producer Frank Spotnitz , the sequence also features an "abstract" way of showing Mulder's absence in the eighth season: he falls into an eye.
Since Anderson wanted to move on, the sequence featured Reyes and Skinner. Duchovny's return to the show for the ninth-season finale, " The Truth " marked the largest number of cast members to be featured in the opening credits, with five. The sequence ends with the tagline "The Truth Is Out There", which is used for the majority of the episodes. The pilot premiered on September 10, , and reached 12 million viewers.
Most importantly it made great gains among the to age demographic sought by advertisers. The show remained on Sunday until its end.
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The episode was viewed by It was the series' highest-rated season as well as Fox' highest-rated program during the —98 season. The sixth season premiered with " The Beginning ", watched by The original series finale , "The Truth", attracted It's like the audience had gone away and I didn't know how to find them. I didn't want to work to get them back because I believed what we are doing deserved to have them back. This record was later surpassed by Stargate SG-1 in  and Smallville in The debut episode of the revival, "My Struggle", first aired on January 24, and was watched by After several successful seasons, Carter wanted to tell the story of the series on a wider scale, which ultimately turned into a feature film.
He later explained that the main problem was to create a story that would not require the viewer to be familiar with the broadcast series. Due to the demands on the actors' schedules, some episodes of the fifth season focused on just one of the two leads. The crew intended the movie to be a continuation of the season five finale " The End ", but was also meant to stand on its own. The season six premiere, "The Beginning", began where the film ended. The film was written by Carter and Spotnitz and directed by series regular Rob Bowman. Although the film had a strong domestic opening and received mostly positive reviews from critics, attendance dropped sharply after the first weekend.
In November , Carter decided to pursue a second film adaptation. Production was slated to begin after the ninth season, with a projected release in December He planned to write the script over the summer and begin production in spring or summer for a release. They're not necessarily going to have to deal with the mythology. Spotnitz co-authored the script with Carter. Filming began in December in Vancouver and finished on March 11, The film was released in the United States on July 25, In an interview with Entertainment Weekly , Carter said that if I Want to Believe proved successful, he would propose a third movie that would return to the television series' mythology and focus on the alien invasion foretold within the series, due to occur in December Metacritic , which assigns a rating out of reviews from mainstream film critics, reported "mixed or average" reviews, with an average score of 47 based on 33 reviews.
The website wrote of the critics' consensus stating; "The chemistry between leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do live up to The X-Files ' televised legacy, but the roving plot and droning routines make it hard to identify just what we're meant to believe in. In several interviews around the release, Carter said that if the X-Files: I Want to Believe film proved successful at the box office, a third installment would be made going back to the TV series' mythology, focusing specifically on the alien invasion and colonization of Earth foretold in the ninth-season finale, due to occur on December 22, On January 17, , Fox confirmed that they were looking at the possibility of bringing The X-Files back, not as a movie, but as a limited run television season.
Fox chairman Dana Walden told reporters that "conversations so far have only been logistical and are in very early stages" and that the series would only go forward if Carter, Anderson, and Duchovny were all on board, and that it was a matter of ensuring all of their timetables are open. On April 20, , Fox officially announced that The X-Files would be returning for an eleventh season of ten episodes,  which premiered on January 3, Wave sets were released covering the first through fourth seasons.
Ultimately twelve episodes—approximately half the total number aired—were selected by Carter to represent each season, including nearly all "mythology arc" episodes and selected standalone episodes. These clips were later included on the full season DVDs. No Carter interviews appeared on DVDs for later seasons. Many of the waves had collectible cards for each episode. All nine seasons were released on DVD along with the two films. The first five slim case versions did not come with some bonus materials that were featured in the original fold-out versions. However, seasons six, seven, eight and nine all contained the bonus materials found in the original versions.
The set also includes an additional disc of new bonus features and various collectibles, including a poster for the first film, a comic book, a set of collector cards and a guide to all episodes across all nine seasons and the first film. Due to the fact that the set was released in , the second film, which was released in , is not included. Release of The X-Files ' seasons on Blu-ray , restored in high-definition, was rumored to begin in late These issues led to Fox offering corrected discs and eventually issuing new sets with the correct color balance.
The Lone Gunmen is an American science fiction television series created by Carter and broadcast on Fox, and was crafted as a more humorous spin-off of The X-Files. The series starred the eponymous Lone Gunmen, and was first broadcast in March , during The X-Files 's month-long hiatus. The X-Files was converted into a comic book series published by Topps Comics during the show's third and fourth seasons.
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The initial comic books were written solely by Stefan Petrucha. According to Petrucha, there were three types of stories: "those that dealt with the characters, those that dealt with the conspiracy, and the monster-of-the-week sort of stuff". Petrucha saw Scully as a "scientist […] with real world faith", and that the difference between [Mulder and Scully] is not that Mulder believes and Scully doesn't; it's more a difference in procedure.
It follows Mulder and Scully to Alaska as they investigate a series of murders that may be linked to vampires. It was later announced that Carter himself would be the executive producer for the series and would be "providing feedback to the creative team regarding scripts and outlines to keep the new stories in line with existing and on-going canon. The 8-issue series served as a continuation of the TV show. The X-Files received positive reviews from television critics, with many calling it one of the best series that aired on American television in the s. Ian Burrell from the British newspaper The Independent called the show "one of the greatest cult shows in modern television".
Ratings improved every year for the first five seasons, while Mulder and Scully's believer-versus-skeptic dynamic created a TV template that's still in heavy use today. The X-Files has been criticized for being unscientific and privileging paranormal and supernatural ideas e. For instance, in , Richard Dawkins wrote that " The X-Files systematically purveys an anti-rational view of the world which, by virtue of its recurrent persistence, is insidious. The pilot episode was generally well received by fans and critics. Variety criticized the episode for "using reworked concepts", but praised the production and noted its potential.
Of the acting, Variety said "Duchovny's delineation of a serious scientist with a sense of humor should win him partisans and Anderson's wavering doubter connects well. They're a solid team Series kicks off with drive and imagination, both innovative in recent TV. The following four seasons received similar praise. During the show's second season, Entertainment Weekly named The X-Files the "Program of the Year" for , stating "no other show on television gives off the vibe that The X-Files does".
Club argued that the third season of The X-Files was the show's "best season and maybe one of the greatest TV seasons of all time", noting it was consistent and "[swung] from strength to strength" between mythology and stand-alone episodes. After the film, the show began to receive increasingly critical reviews. Some longtime fans became alienated during the show's sixth season, due to the different tone taken by most stand-alone episodes after the move to Los Angeles. Some fans felt there was no coherent plan to the main storyline and that Carter was "making it all up as he goes along".
Club noted that while most of the first eight seasons of The X-Files was "good-to-great", the seventh season of the show was "flagging" and possessed "significant problems". The show's eighth season received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The A. Club noted that the eighth season was "revitalized by the new 'search for Mulder' story-arc".
Sturgis commended the eighth season, praising Anderson's performance as Scully as "excellence" and positively wrote that Doggett was "non-Mulderish". The ninth season received mixed to negative reviews by critics and garnered negative reaction from many long-time fans and viewers. Sabadino Parker from PopMatters , called the show "a pale reflection of the show it once was".
Club listed the ninth season and the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe as the "bad apple" of The X-Files franchise, describing the ninth season as "clumsy mish-mash of stuff that had once worked and new serialized storylines about so-called 'super soldiers'".
The revival of the show was met with mixed reviews; the first and last episodes were met with lukewarm to negative reviews from critics, whereas episodes two through five were generally well received. Club calling it an "instant classic".
The site's consensus reads, "Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny's chemistry remains intact, but overall, The X-Files revival lacks the creative spark necessary to sustain the initial rush of nostalgia. The eleventh season received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the season a score of 67 out of based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The site's consensus reads, "Though it may not make many new believers, The X-Files return to business as usual is a refreshing upgrade from the show's underwhelming previous outing".
The X-Files received prestigious awards over its nine-year run, totaling 62 Emmy nominations and 16 awards. The following year, the show won five Emmys out of eight nominations, including Darin Morgan for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. In , the show won one of fifteen. In , it won one out of eight, in the category for Outstanding Makeup for a Series. Season seven won three Emmys from six nominations. The following season would not be as successful, catching only two nominations and winning again in the Makeup category for "Deadalive". The show was nominated for 12 Golden Globe Awards overall, winning five.
In , however, the series won Best Series — Drama". The show was nominated for 14 SAG Awards overall, winning twice. In , the show won a Peabody Award for being able "to convey ideas that are both entertaining and thought-provoking". As The X-Files saw its viewership expand from a "small, but devoted" group of fans to a worldwide mass cult audience,   digital telecommunications were becoming mainstream. According to The New York Times , "this may have been the first show to find its audience growth tied to the growth of the Internet".
Fans of the show became commonly known as "X-Philes", a term coined from the Greek root " -phil- " meaning love or obsession. The X-Files also "caught on with viewers who wouldn't ordinarily consider themselves sci-fi fans". This allows him the plausible deniability to credit the show's success to his original plan even though many watched in anticipation of a romance, thanks, in part, to his strategic polysemy. He can deny that these fans had reason to do so, however, since he has repeatedly stated that a romance was not and would never be.
The best example is Leyla Harrison. Played by Jolie Jenkins and introduced in the eighth-season episode " Alone ", Harrison, was created and named in memory of an Internet fan and prolific writer of fan fiction of the same name, who died of cancer on February 10, The X-Files spawned an industry of spin-off products. In , U. This game is set within the timeline of the second or third season and follows an Agent Craig Willmore in his search for the missing Mulder and Scully. The game is a survival-horror game released for the PlayStation 2 and is an original story set in the seventh season.
It allows the player control of both Mulder and Scully. Both games feature acting and voice work from members of the series' cast. The story of the game takes place between seasons 9 and 10 of the show, and follows two FBI agents, Casey Winter and Garret Dale, as they investigate a sinister conspiracy. The X-Files meets This Life ". The show's popularity led it to become a major aspect of popular culture.
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In it, Mulder and Scully—voiced by Duchovny and Anderson—are sent to Springfield to investigate an alien sighting by Homer Simpson , but end up finding no evidence other than Homer's word and depart. Cigarette Smoking Man appears in the background when Homer is interviewed and the show's theme plays during one particular scene. Bennett 's book Watching the Clock. Although never a mainstream hit, the song became popular underground and gained a cult following. During the discussion, Anderson discussed Scully's influence on female fans, relating that a number of women have informed her that they entered into careers in physics because of the character.
Anderson also indicated that she was not in favor of an X-Files miniseries, and Duchovny ruled out working with her on an unrelated project, but both expressed willingness to do a third feature film. Carter was more reserved at the idea, stating, "You need a reason to get excited about going on and doing it again. Some of the items included the original pilot script and the "I Want to Believe" poster from Mulder's office. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American science fiction TV series. This article is about the television series.
For the franchise, see The X-Files franchise. For other uses, see The X-Files disambiguation.
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A dichotomy. They are the equal parts of my desire to believe in something and my inability to believe in something. My skepticism and my faith. And the writing of the characters came very easily to me. I want, like a lot of people do, to have the experience of witnessing a paranormal phenomenon. At the same time I want not to accept it, but to question it. I think those characters and those voices came out of that duality. Duchovny portrays Fox Mulder as a main character for season , 10 and 11 of the series, as well an intermittent lead in the eighth and ninth. Anderson portrays Dana Scully for the entire eleven seasons of the series; she also made The X-Files history in by becoming the first female writer and director of an episode.
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