The X-Files (1993) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

IMDB: 8.6
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Length: 45 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-14
Reviews: 48 out of 405 found boring (11.85%)

One-line Reviews (214)

What makes the series strange and fascinating is the fact that they deal with phenomena that really look at first sight banal.

Mulder and Scully were fascinating, imperfect characters that made you root for them-for them to find the truth, and for them to remain the best of friends throughout all hardships.

And now that they're back on the screen and we live much more turbulent lives with much less explainable global conflicts where we do not tend to believe anymore what's force-fed via the media, terrorism in our backyards, environmental threats and mass migration, it's supposed to be even more exciting and the topic lends itself on a silver plate: what links will Mulder find in today's world between alien races and strange occurrences, amidst all this turmoil?

This episode (DPO) is stunning.

Now that the dust has settled down we can all rewatch our favourite episodes on DVD, and despite a few dull patches it remains one of the most entertaining and interesting TV shows in recent years.

waste of time .

Sorry Chris Carter, but having your characters repeat old slogans and long drawn out periods of expositions does not constitute a script.

More than anything, though, the elements that turned me off were the banality of the neverending mythology arc(Just how long is this stupid game of cover-up and conspiracy going to last?

The X files is an intelligent, exciting, suspenseful, gripping tv series, and I love it.

I've started to watch the show regularly since the second season and that's my impression of the progress of the show so far: the second and third season were really exciting to watch and though it wasn't exactly new I've had high expectations for the seasons to come.

But mostly its in how the stories on the show, while of course sticking close to being 'TV', are the more engrossing the more you know about the characters.

Worst of all, the oh-my-God-so-tiresome unfunny in-joke tripe of episodes like "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" began.

The show was creative and always had some intriguing story to be told.

also if you noticed too, the special effects are much better than 13 years ago ;) so that was noticeable in the cinematography part, so we'd expect a much more realistic freaks and much more thrilling explosions.

The show has an amazing ability to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with all the wonderful quotes (my favorite: to predict he future is to invent it).

After only to episodes I can't help myself noticing the way the the series (nowadays) are cut & written: short scenes, snappy dialogues.

Within these cases, as the pair of agents will discover, are so many extreme encounters with supernatural and other-worldly creatures and events that you will be sitting on the edge of your chair waiting to see if either one of the leading characters will survive!

) The plot lines are suspenseful, and the relationship between FBI Agents Mulder and Scully (wonderfully portrayed by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) creates more drama, humor and tragedy than any of those so-called "real life" shows like Party of Five or Dawson's Creek.

The X-Files in the 90's were interesting and enjoyable to watch.

) in terms of realistic survival chances etc. Tense and gripping, this is one of the most daring and dangerous adventures the X-Files due have encountered to date.

X-Files is funny, terrifying and disturbing, suspenseful, thrilling, intense all at once.

Discussing this "Truth" with capital T would be too long to attempt to do here, and I suspect pointless as well.

I have little doubt that they saw some potential in the clever, intriguing script that combined "serious" documentary with B-Horror movies and crazy conspiracy theories.

These episodes were some of sci-fi television's finest-thrilling, chilling, and altogether cool.

This is X-Files dumbed down to today's notion of hyper-active nonstop action entertainment, where a minute cannot pass without something blowing up or someone getting shot at, otherwise the average American viewer might fall asleep.

The storyline a rather dull retread of the original ideas found in the show, with a rather bland twist.

or only a fascinating one for a teenager like me in the period when I saw it.

We see a lot of monsters and myths reshuffled, but with a lot of paranoia, confusion, and sense of being incapable to grasp even basic things regarding the purpose of life, let alone the meaning of universe.

Davis "En Ami" sounds intriguing) To be honest, I'm not sure whether I really want an eighth season (if reports are to believed Duchovny signed for 11 episodes, after the lawsuit against Fox was ended).

There is a reason this show has such a devoted following: it is endlessly intriguing and charming.

What was fresh and original sounding back in the first few seasons, became ordinary snorefest dialog interrupted every so often with a terrific performance by the actor who portrayed the CSM(can't remember his name).

The show was very entertaining, and legions of people were so hooked, they formed chat groups to discuss possible theories and explanations together.

Rushed---- Anderson stunning - Duchovny dodgy.

These are dependably the least entertaining, least compelling episodes in the series.

A show that has launched countless chat-rooms,web-sites,fan fictions and theories,the biggest accomplishment of this show(to me,anyway)remains its ability to still be largely fertile and entertaining.

This series is thought provoking, sometimes original, imaginative, thrilling, has very fine actors supporting it, from Steven Williams to Mitch Pillegi and Nicholas Lea, the writers who make the scripts really make an effort to be varied.

After a couple of seasons, the show became rather repetitive, with monsters of the week episodes and a "mythology" that started to become rather stale after the fourth season.

I stopped watch the last couple of seasons as it got more and more boring with each episode

they always had this sexual tensions between them which made this show whole lot worth watching !!

Here are ten of mine 1) It is thrilling like no other show.

X-Files started as a fun and excited series, and ended as a boring radio show .

It follows the sometimes dark and disturbing or scientifically challenging cases labelled pointless or time wasting by the F.

The writing and storyline's were so intriguing and interesting, i instantly got drawn into it all!

Some (like 'Home') are truly disturbing, some are funny, some are suspenseful, but all are entertaining.

In the 1990s, science fiction went through a tedious period of being Very Serious Indeed.

well,this is a good show in general,but episodes concerning paranormal activity in every season started to become less since season 7,boring episodes increased a great deal...

The ponderous seriousness/moodiness which gave weight to silly topics (in the standalones) make the mythology episodes terminally lethargic.

It has become tiresome) and Scully's insistent and consistent unwillingness to accept that a lot of the stuff she had seen and experienced could not be explained scientifically and never will be.

The confusion is out there.

Coupled with great writers over the years such as Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong, Howard Gordon, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz, the nine year quest of Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett and Reyes was fun and exciting to watch.

for now, is in many ways a reboot as the 2-part opening wastes little time in it's fascinating revelations.

When the show came back it suffered the same problems but still is good and worth watching particularly for the great "monster of the week" style episodes.

Everything is written with a smart head, and it's truly an honor to experience this amazing ride of seeing things of the paranormal, both disturbing and horrifying, but in the same way, very interesting and gripping.

In season 11 everything is just mediocre and boring and you really don't care much what is happening.

But after the first three or four seasons, the show seemed to me as if creator Chris Carter either jus couldn't figure out how to end it, or simply dragged the show out another four years for the money.

The stories are well-written and always intriguing.

Boring .

Season 8 unfolds hour-by-hour one large gripping story involving the search for Mulder (returning often due to clear contractual obligations), the mystery of Scully's baby and the emergence of the Super Soldier aliens who threaten the world.

Each story is simply too farfetched to be enjoyable.

It builds methodically to well paced and exciting climaxes.

If you missed this first time around due to age or simply that it didn't look your thing, I would highly recommend it now that the hype is gone.

All that remains are two talented leading stars (Patrick and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny having finally left; how wise of him) stuck in a terrible show, and composer Mark Snow's still-engaging musical scores.

As if that wasn't enough, the characters and subplots are so mundane and boring that it is impossible to stay awake.

Not only were Mulder and Scully fantastic, but we had the Cigarette Smoking Man, a multifaceted, mysterious villain; Skinner, the assistant director who shows his devotion to Mulder and Scully by risking his career and his life (the most underrated character in the series); and the Lone Gunmen, who were entertaining and helpful, more than anything.

Sure, there were set-backs when one actor didn't do most of a season, or another actress was pregnant, or whatever might have arisen, but the show's writers and creator - and make no mistake here that creator Chris Carter and his staff of writers/directors are the reason for this show being what it is - always met each and every set-back with a creative, engaging response.

Every single episode was equally intriguing and compelling, and audiences began to look forward to every episode.

), and the plots are imaginative, intriguing and downright "SPOOKY"!

I began watching the show at the age of 7 and although I probably didn't understand some of the humour, I even enjoyed it then.

And now, life feels a bit empty without it.

Some episodes are funny and clever, scary or horrifying or too deep and plodding to enjoy, while others are so boringly mired in alien conspiracy that you wonder how this show stayed on the air as long as it did.

Fox Mulders character undoubtedly went through a beneficial change as the show progressed, in the opening season David Duchovny (an actor whose surprisingly monotone and sometimes deadpan style was perfect for the role) played Fox Mulder as somewhat geeky and childishly excitable over the investigation of paranormal phenomenon.

My top five favorite episodes would have to be Pilot because it's the first episode and it has such an fascinating story to it.

was always an enjoyable way to kill an hour.

The idea to kill the Cigarette Smoking Man over and over only to make him appear yet again was tiresome at best.

Still entertaining, though.

" It was this intense exchange between the two main characters that draws you right back in to the success of the original 1993 ground breaking Science Fiction series.

The fact is, they kept and gained a great deal of fans the whole way through, because they had varying episodes, some dramatic, some funny, and some mysteriously confusing.

the X Files was one of the greatest TV shows ever and the acting was intense and totally believable.

The strength of the serie is in: - the good combination of proven successful stories and concepts (see above) - effective combination of one time stories and underlying, holistic episodes Personally, I prefer the holistic episodes as they are more intriguing, complex and dynamic.

The grossly under used Nicolas Lea portrayed the intense Alex Krychek.

Then there's the blatant propaganda.

I look at TV these days with disappointment and boredom most of the time since most television drama series/movies deal with one of three genres: law, medicine, or science fiction.

It started out so perfect and exciting to watch.

Even though Mulder left at the end, they managed to keep it thrilling.

I was never the biggest X-FILES fan in the world (I like to think for myself, occasionally), and I avoided the last two series which were breathtaking only in their tortuousness, humorlessness and tedium.

It really is a thoroughly enjoyable show.

I really loved X-Files, but I think I liked their individual episodes more than their story arcs, which, actually, were quite confusing.

But those other crazy and weird plots are so entertaining and in most cases down right spooky!

And the show neer get's old and few episodes are boring or bad.

However, even though the vast number of intertwined conspiracies can become confusing, everything gets sorted out at the end.

One of the most white-knuckle and compelling single seasons of a drama I've ever seen.

Still, I sort of enjoyed it?

If only the show could get back to the entertaining stories it used to do.

His role as Doggett makes a more gripping and dark atmosphere than the paranoid delusions of Mulder's.

Maybe this was done on purpose, and sometimes it made the show confusing but it always kept an air of mystery going on that was thoroughly compelling.

Mulders father, Mulders mother, Scullys father, Scullys mother, Well-manicured, manAll of the characters and storys were made exciting and kept you guessing till the end.

The first show was very exciting and I don't excite easily...

The show had the power to capture your imagine, with intriguing stories and characters.

The first show was very exciting and I don't excite easily...

Both agents, Mulder and Scully were boring and static, they remind robots more than true people.

Thrilling and fantastical .

After it was decided that the show would run two more seasons, new story lines had to be created that somehow seemed contrived and less believable.

The show has been one of the most enjoyable television experience in my life.

However, the only two cons as per me were the parallel alien theme which dint worked out and the relaunch dint had much scope and seemed streched and boring.

However, this show is nothing without Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully, whose rational and detached approach to investigative work makes her gradual progression into full believer all the more compelling and thrilling, made famous by Anderson's authoritative and commanding performance.

Even the 8th and 9th seasons where David Duchovny takes a limited role are still enjoyable, though not as much as the first 7.

The truth may be out there but its boring so far.

They are much more enjoyable.

Speaking of the finale, what a empty piece of closure!

I would give the show a 7.1/10. Anyone that loves government conspiracies, or investigative shows I highly recommend it to, I just personally didn't have the patience to sort through everything on every episode.

I'm pretty sure Doggett and Reyes weren't suppose to be exact replacements for Mulder and Scully, but I found them to be, although likable, very uninteresting.

this season was full of bad plots and dull series finale preludes.

But the writers felt that the series has to last 9 whole years going around in circles and becoming irrelevant, boring and frustrating.

I'm in the middle of season four (Black Oil Mythology), and I'm bored out of my skull!

Dreadful stories, painfully slow stilted dialogue acted mostly in the dark.

Sadly the series decline after season 1 and starts to be more about boring government experiments, abduction and aliens.

Slow, methodical revelations.

The show is actually so fast paced that the ongoing music-tracks often just keeps playing, while the scenes are changing.

am i truly the only 1 to find this boring...

It´s thrilling and always interesting, NEVER terrible.

Fascinating enough to give Oliver Stone envy.

The old X Files was great when it was a one off investigation and the early alien arcs were interesting but became boring due to the writers trying to be far too clever.

After Mulder left the X-files just felt empty.

The X Files will live on as one of the greatest shows ever to grace television, but the final season and series finale were lackluster at best - Fox dragged this show even after the horse fell over dead and started rotting away...

The X-files was a very good series that at first was nether boring.

The most gripping and exciting conspiracy based TV series I have ever seen.

I think it became too confusing in the end, and to understand it all you needed to know relevant bytes from every episode.

While current television programming aims more towards fast paced action or the complexity of the tragic teenage lives that surround us, The X-Files was something different.

If all this mini series is about running over the same old garbage it ended on then sadly it will be a mega waste of time.

Now, you get into all the confusion and become aware - and this is true, all this is completely real, why not this, maybe this is the very truth.

Along with the worst episode of the entire series run (the unwatchable, mood-wrecking "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster" that feels like a failed Scooby-Doo episode) and a poor excuse for a finale, this is ultimately a pointless, unnecessary return for the once-great series.

BY season eight,Ducovny wanted out of the show,hence the introduction of agents Doggett(Robert PAtrick)and Reyes(Annabeth Gish),and the show's rationale for why this character went where and why became strained,but it still maintained a generally creepy,entertaining quality that kept it afloat.

Its exciting!

I think a similar reason that Star Trek was dropped after three seasons of its five year trek was that the audience enjoyed it.

Initially, the intense drama and action is what drew me into the show.

Among the others there are a few bad episodes, "3" being the worst (it felt like cheap soft sex stuff like the series David Duchovny used to be in, cut to a PG-13 rating), and the dozens of good, great and compelling ones cover a wide diverse range of funny, scary, spooky, ironic, enjoyable and disturbing episodes.

At that time it seemed really scary and at the same time intriguing.

To me The X Files was truly entertaining and involving right up to the end of Season 5, which put an end to what I call "The Real X Files".

It was very enjoyable...

it is disgusting,and also confusing.

I love Gillian Anderson and the show undoubtedly offered us some of the most thrilling moments in 90s television.

And each plot line had an unexpected twist, and the episodes always ended leaving you thinking "What if...

Personally, I'll take Shatner's scenery-chewing and the larger-than-life villainy of Daleks and Klingons over lots of dead-boring acting in shadowy sets and the "menacing" presence of an old guy who puffs on herbal cigarettes.

The series is a classic, it is the only way I can describe and while many fans lost interest over the course of its last three seasons, for me the nine year journey was frequently worth watching and it was never dull.

The show brought on a whole new level of TV entertainment in 1993, with its different, moody atmosphere, intriguing lead characters, and mind-bending plots.

After a somewhat okay promising short introduction and a nostalgic return of the classic intro and theme, we are thrown into a way too fast paced mess of constantly changing scenes, atmospheres, character "introductions", quick underdeveloped dialog, mediocre CGI, plot-threads and plot-twists and bad acting.

And Chris Carter has also managed to create intense torture for the fans by forever dragging out the "Mulder and Scully in love" idea.

Scary, cool, and engaging, this show is amazing.

The shows 'Staleness" was due in part to the boring character interaction between Scully and Mulder, which ranges from "ho-hum" to headache inducing.

The reason is that it was one of the most popular shows at the time so it was worth watching anyway.

Widely regarded as one of the best series of its time and a stunning leader in the revolution of science fiction shows, the X-Files has made an incredible crater in pop culture.

Even I'M bored with it!

I thought, "Surely now that we are on the final episode -- Episode 10 -- they are going to get back to the events of Episode 1 with the bridge scene and the UFO, the plague killing everyone, confusion in the streets, etc."It never happened.

The chemistry and spark between the two characters was ideal it transcended the monotonous sexual tension and formulaic witty dialogue between most other good looking male and female co stars, instead it offered a perfect balance between humour care for each other and professional commitment to the F.

Not only were Mulder and Scully fantastic, but we had the Cigarette Smoking Man, a multifaceted, mysterious villain; Skinner, the assistant director who shows his devotion to Mulder and Scully by risking his career and his life (the most underrated character in the series); and the Lone Gunmen, who were entertaining and helpful, more than anything.

It had the usual flaws - a patient, superbly atmospheric build-up marred by a botched, rushed, 'action' climax; the tiresome cliche of the detective becoming tainted by the very criminality he investigates; the anguished posing of people who can't really act.

These episodes were some of sci-fi television's finest-thrilling, chilling, and altogether cool.

As for an overall score for The X-Files, the show was tough to get through with confusing plot line, long episodes that would drag on and David Duchovny's departure from the show in the final seasons.

I started to catch some of the later episodes (season 8+) when I was old enough to be able to stay up late for it, and found even those later episodes intriguing and exciting.

The plots returned to their formulaic and episodic way with each episode confronting some new unexplained mystery.

I've always really enjoyed it.

Sometimes what draws me in is the occasional, unexpected morbid humor.

And still the aliens arc remained as confusing as ever.

It was very enjoyable...

Until it eventually spins out of control into blandness as season 8 rolls around, Anderson and Duchovny are highly enjoyable to watch and make even weaker episodes entertaining - not that there are many of those.

THE single most intriguing, amazing, interesting, intense televisual experience anyone could ever hope for.

By the way, we'll make it more gruesome and bloody than the original ever was and hope that covers the fact that we have no storyline.

The show makes an impression on you with its sometimes mundane, sometimes eerie suspense, sometimes horror effects, and just plain scare tactics that leave you to wonder what's coming next.

Though having an incredibly strong main myth-arc to the writing, it holds some of the most powerful, entertaining and compelling stand-alone episodes that would be remembered by fans as "Monster-of-the-week" and "Creature Feature" episodes.

One episode, "Space," was so boring that it was painful to watch.

other than that,this show is entertaining and scary at times.

The very first episode of this 6 episode event (if they stick with the story) made the entire 9 season, 2 movie series completely pointless.

Fox Mulder's search for "the truth" got so repetitive and boring that after a while, viewers I knew were like "the bloody truth *better* be out there!

But it gradually became dull, repeditive, and a waste of time.

Special mention for the mysterious and thrilling musical score by Mark Snow .

Back in 1993 Chris Carter had an idea (Two FBI Agents investigate paranormal/unexplained cases, one a skeptic the other a believer), unknown to him and everyone else this was the best idea in TV history - it was completely original and intelligent and just what TV in the early nineties needed, add to that the great acting abilities of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the wonderful writing talents of Chris himself, James Wong, Glen Morgan, Vince Gilligan and many others and some excellent directing from Kim Manners, Rob Bowman, Chris himself and too many others for me to list here and the you have the ingredients for the most visually stunning, wonderfully acted and written 45 minutes of TV I've ever had the pleasure to watch.

M/S became romantically involved and remained partners etc ) On top of that an unnecessary comedy and lightness element became more and more apparent even in stand alone episodes and it became very tedious.

I watched off and on if I was bored on Sunday nights.

The remaining seasons became rather stale and repetitive and by the time the show ended, only true fans of the show really cared, and X-Files mania has dramatically died down from previous years.

Both creepy and intriguing, "The X-Files" was hugely popular during its nine-year run on Fox in the 1990s and early 2000s (it now airs in syndication and is available on DVD).

This show was one of the worst that Fox has ever put on television, I mean it was a total waste of an hour, in my opinion they took way too long to cancel it.

Every mythology episode is as dull and pointless as every other one.

This series is so aesthetically pleasing and also suspenseful; so perfect.

Frighteningly entertaining .

This theme swiftly becomes repetitive and annoying as episode after episode we know to expect Scully to be looking the other way while UFOs are flying right in front of her nose.

If you have never seen it before, i recommend seeing the first episode, or at least reading about it, as it may ease some initial confusion.

This would make sense if there were interesting subplots, action, or suspense, but everything is so predictable, you'll wonder if it's a comedy.

It's a shame my one-time favorite show has had to die such a slow, horrible, disgusting death.

I stopped watching The Walking Dead because of cliffhangers and lame ass, long and drawn out storylines.

I don't think that even though in the after match of the x-files many series have had the same unmatchable couple (that later turns out to be the best couple ever), there has been a series that has found two actors that have this kind of mind blowing effect on the viewers.

I was bored too tears after 20 minutes.

Most episodes feature a compelling and original story dealing with the supernatural, something that is both realistic and intriguing, the former a quality very hard to achieve with the theme that the series has.

Overlong and exciting series full of mystery , thrills , suspense and paranormal phenomenon .

Before I get into the review, let me say while the revival (seasons 10 and 11) are entertaining, they are not great nor do they live up to the original show.

The last two episodes were painful to watch after so much promise; they felt reiterative and contrived.

Seemed dull to me.

dull so lacking so "usual" so.......

Or was it a Thriller/Horror program,steeped in the seemingly ordinary world of dull,drab and gray people and institutions(well,mostly just the FBI)?

The last 3 seasons of this show feels like a wind down to the series, it was for me, very long and drawn out.

Most gripping & exciting...

The "Triangle" episode (#7.03), which was filmed in continuous takes and a writing masterpiece (an homage to Hitchcock's "Rope" and "The Wizard of Oz"), is the most entertaining 42 minutes of television OR film I've ever seen.

I later found out that FX had an episode every night at 9 and so every night for an entire summer I got to watch an episode and I quickly became immersed in the mythology of the alien conspiracy.

Robert Patrick's Doggett and Anabeth Gish's Reyes were equally compelling characters.

It's so exciting to see him getting involved in daring actions...

Both prove compelling, with the story arc evolving slowly at first and the stand-alone episodes providing some light relief in later seasons.

While I'm not as immersed in the show yet as with shows I've been watching since a youth (Seinfeld, Simpsons, South Park, Daily Show), part of the fun of getting further and further into the episodes is seeing the comparisons, of what's gotten better or worse, more intriguing or less.

This I think is just great because it makes each of the cases colorful but also unpredictable and suspenseful.

David Duchovny's wooden acting and monotone delivery and Gillian Anderson's FBI-agent-next-door style really gave the show a realistic edge ('cause believe it or not, some people aren't hyperbolically emotive or stunningly beautiful in real life!

Never had we seen such a complex, multi-layered and intense science fiction series.

Even snappy flashbacks - don't help.

For myself I'd rather remember the X Files for the enjoyable, highly original series it once was and in my opinion so should Fox Network.

Mulder and Scully were fascinating, imperfect characters that made you root for them-for them to find the truth, and for them to remain the best of friends throughout all hardships.

they even fell into the realm of trite a couple times last year, somewhere I can honestly say the show has almost never been (discounting the killer kitty episode of course).

I am not claiming that it is high art, but it certainly maintains a certain integrity that I respect and is consistently entertaining.