When did the
X Files start?
The X Files was first aired on September 10th, 1993 on the Fox Network.
What are X philes?
The fans of the series are called X philes.
Was it an immediate hit?
No, at first it was hardly noticed. It was slated for the Fox Friday
night lineup and was to be aired after The Adventures of Brisco County
Jr., a series that Fox had much hope for but that went nowhere. The
X Files slowly caught on especially during the summer rerun season.
It became a cult hit slowly developing a following. It became a mainstream
hit after America got introduced to the Internet. In the meantime it
had picked up the Golden Globe for best drama series.
What role did the Internet play in its popularity?
The Internet was a driving force behind the show's popularity. Sites
on the series abound on the net, most of which do so under constant
threat from Fox. Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Chris Carter especially
have admitted having surfed the sites themselves.
What is a cult hit?
A television show which may not have great ratings but has a huge off-the-mainstream
fan following. It also ends up being a good proposition for merchandise
sellers and collectors.
What is the series about?
It is a series about two FBI agents who investigate the paranormal and
unexplained phenomena with a constant tug of war between intuition and
logic, seen and unseen forces. It blends elements of a crime drama and
a sci-fi thriller. America's TV Guide called it 'the most genuinely
unsettling television since the heyday of The Twilight Zone'.
Where do they get the story-lines from?
They often take newspaper or magazine stories and even documented accounts
of paranormal incidents to get inspiration for their stories.
Who created the X Files?
The X Files was created by Chris Carter, a writer for an American surfing
magazine before Hollywood beckoned. He saw the show as a kind of Kolchak
for the Nineties, a scary, yet sophisticated drama telling tales that
lie within the realm of extreme scientific possibility.
Who are the main characters?
The main characters were Dana
Scully and Fox Mulder, two FBI agents.
The eighth season saw the intorduction of two more main characters Agent
John Doggett and Agent Monica Reyes.
Has the X Files
won any major awards?
In 1993-94 it won the Parents' Choice Honors for best series.
In 1994-95 it won the Golden Globe for best dramatic series.
It was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama
Series and Outstanding Writing (for Chris Carter), It was also nominated
at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards for best drama and
program of the year.
In 1995-96 it was big winner at the Emmy Awards winning th following
awards: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Darin Morgan), Guest
Actor in a Drama Series, Individual Achievement in Cinematography, Sound
Editing for a Series, Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.
It was also nominated for best drama series and Gillian Anderson was
nominated for best actress. Both she and David Duchovny were nominated
at the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actor's Guild(SAG) Awards where
Gillian won for Outstanding Performance by an Actress. Chris Carter
garnered nominations from both the Directors' Guild of America and the
Writers Guild of America. At the TCA awards it was again nominated for
In 1996-97 Gillian Anderson won her first Emmy award for Outstanding
Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The X Files was nominated for 12 awards
winning in three categories. At the Golden Globes they achieved a triple
winning Best Television Series (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor
in a Television Series (Drama) and Best Performance by an Actress in
a Television Series (Drama). At The SAG Awards Gillian Anderson once
again won with Duchovny and the ensemble cast receiving nominations.
At the People's Choice Awards the series was nominated for Favorite Dramatic
In 1997-98 the series received 15 nominations at the Emmy's and
won for best drama series at the Golden Globe Awards with both lead
actors getting nominated. Gillian Anderson received the Viewers For Quality
Television (VQT) Award for Best Actress in a Quality Drama.
In 1998-99 8 nominations were received for the Emmy's. Duchovny
received the Favorite Actor at the TV Guide Awards. Anderson won for
Favorite Actress - Sci-Fi at the Blockbuster Entertainment Award and
the Viewers For Quality Television (VQT) Award for Best Actress in a