25 Startling Facts About The X-Files You Probably Didn’t Know

The mythology The X-Files has developed through nine seasons and two movies is going to continue tonight when the show returns to FOX after fourteen years off the air (since May 19, 2002, when the 202nd and last episode of the legendary TV show aired). The younger generation will be introduced to the TV show that paved the way for many great sci-fi TV series that followed in the last fifteen years, while the older generation and especially X-Philes (the name of the show’s hard-core fans) can’t wait to feed their nostalgia with new episodes. The phrases “the truth is out there” and “I want to believe,” which were everywhere in pop culture in the nineties thanks to The X-Files, will bring back memories through the new six-episode miniseries where the older but wiser Fox Mulder and Dana Scully will return to fight creepy monsters, confront aliens, expose government conspiracies, and who knows what else. Maybe things are even bleaker and more complex than they were over a decade ago? We can’t wait to find out! So dare to take a nostalgic trip with us as we go over 25 Startling Facts About The X-Files. Because as we all know “The truth is still out there”.

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The X-Files is the second longest-running network sci-fi series and the most successful by far in American television history. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007) ran for ten seasons but it was a cable program and can’t be compared to The X-Files by any measure.

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Chris Carter traveled the world as a writer for SURFER magazine before coming up with the idea for The X-Files. He was inspired to write the series after reading a report that nearly four million Americans have claimed to be abducted by aliens.

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Originally, Gillian Anderson wasn’t the most popular casting pick. FOX originally wanted a “taller, leggier, blonder and breastier” actress to play Scully. When David Duchovny was cast as Mulder, they asked who he thought should play Scully and he suggested Jennifer Beals, who was a longtime friend of his and also an old college classmate.

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David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.

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Carter’s, Anderson’s, and Duchovny’s original contracts expired after the fifth season since Carter originally planned to end the show after five seasons and continue the story in a series of feature films. FOX, however, found the demand for the show way too high to cancel it so they made the first film (1998) between seasons five and six and kept going with the show until 2002.

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