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The X Files

The X Files Dates : 1993 - 2002
203 episodes of 43 min
First broadcasting : 12 juin 1994
Creator(s) : Chris Carter
Producer(s) : Chris Carter
Music : Mark Snow
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Synopsis

This television series follows the adventures and lives of FBI agents investigating those cases that involve the paranormal or previously unsolved (especially by conventional means). FBI Special Agents Mulder, Scully, Doggett and Reyes work to uncover forces within the United States of America government that would violate people's rights, alien creatures and monsters alike that attack and other mysteries.

The Actors

David Duchovny - Fox Mulder

David Duchovny


(Fox Mulder)

Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully

Gillian Anderson


(Dana Scully)

Robert Patrick - John Doggett

Robert Patrick


(John Doggett)

Annabeth Gish - Monica Reyes

Annabeth Gish


(Monica Reyes)

Mitch Pileggi - Walter Skinner

Mitch Pileggi


(Walter Skinner)

Melinda McGraw - Melissa Scully

Melinda McGraw


(Melissa Scully)

Laurie Holden - Marita Covarrubias

Laurie Holden


(Marita Covarrubias)

Photos

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Trivia

During a scene in a graveyard the camera pans past a headstone, which bears the names Diana and Nicholas Salinger with the year of death 1994. This is a reference to the late parents of the Salinger family featured in another Fox show, _"Party of Five"(1994)_ .

Recurring use of the numbers: 1013 - Ten Thirteen is the name of 'Chris Carter' 's production company; his birthday is 13 October 1956. The number 1121 also appears often; it is creator 'Chris Carter' 's wife, Dori's, birthday.

"I made this", the words spoken over the Ten Thirteen company name, are spoken by Nathan Couturier, son of the supervising sound editor, Thierry Couturier.

The dog in the episode titled Ice is the father of David Duchovny's dog Blue.

Scully's family has a thing for Moby Dick: Scully is called Starbuck by her father, her dog's name is Queequeg, and she calls her father Captain Ahab.

The character Senator Richard Matheson is named after Richard Matheson, whose writing inspired "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974), the show that inspired 'Chris Carter' to create The X-Files.

The series' science consultant, 'Anne Simon' , a virologist at the University of Massachusetts, wrote a non-fiction book in 1999 entitled "The Real Science Behind the X-Files: Microbes, Meteorites and Mutants".

The line "The truth is out there", at the end of the opening credits, was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).

The production of the show took place in Vancouver, Canada up and till season 5. From season 6 the show moved to Los Angeles.

David Duchovny and his character Fox Mulder have the same middle name: William.

On an episode of The Simpsons titled "The Springfield Files" both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny parodied their respective characters of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.

The recurring character Cigarette Smoking Man was never given a name until late in the series. He is referred to as Cancerman in some early episodes. The show's fans took to referring to him as simply CSM.

The Lone Gunmen characters became so popular that they were briefly given their own short-lived series, _"The Lone Gunmen" (2001)_ .

Nicholas Lea, who plays the traitorous agent Alex Krycek, does all his own stunt work.

Props from Mulder's X-Files office are currently preserved and on display at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Los Angeles. According to the museum, the famous I Want to Believe UFO poster from the office continually had to be replaced as copies kept disappearing from the set. The poster on display at the museum is reportedly one of the last available copies of the original set-used posters.

Ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).

The character 'Fox Mulder' was ranked #7 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).

During the last season of the show, the opening credits included a shot of a list of "FBI Contacts, Witnesses, and Contributors." The names on the list were actually the screen names of posters on the official "X-Files" message board and changed with each new episode that season. Other names on the list were anagrams of characters on the show.

Mulder saw Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 42 times. He also lives in apartment number 42. 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything from Douglas Adams's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", another cult sci-fi story.

'Chris Carter' lists All the President's Men (1976) as one of his inspirations for the series, and there are numerous references to the film, including the shadowy informer Deep Throat, meetings in underground car lots, and hints at conspiracies which stretch all the way to the F.B.I.

The famous echoing chord from the theme music was a fluke. Composer Mark Snow accidentally rested his elbow on his keyboard with the echo function on, and he liked the resulting sound so much, he wrote the theme around it.

Brad Follmer, the character played by Cary Elwes, is named after creator 'Chris Carter' 's writing assistant.

In the early years of the series, Mulder is a firm believer in extraterrestrials and Scully is skeptical. The opposite is true for the actors who portray them.

William B. Davis, who plays the cigarette-smoking man, is a non-smoker. The cigarettes he uses in his scenes aren't tobacco, they're herbal.

Dana Scully was named after the famous sports journalist Vin Scully. Mulder is the maiden name of Chris Carter's mother.

The series does not show episode titles on-screen. While this was not unusual even in 1993 (though it is more commonplace in 2004 when virtually no American dramatic TV series display episode titles), what is unusual is that many fans learned episode titles as well as advance plot information via the Internet. "The X Files" (1993) was one of the first TV series to be so promoted.

The name of the female lead in "The X Files" (1993), Dana Scully, is also found in Anne Tyler's bestselling 1985 novel The Accidental Tourist.

Mitch Pileggi (Skinner) met his wife Arlene Warren on the set of "The X Files" (1993), while she was Gillian Anderson's (Scully) stand-in. Later in the series, she gets some screen time, as Skinner's secretary, Arlene.

Robert Patrick, who plays Special Agent John Doggett, is the brother of Richard Patrick, the lead singer of Filter. Filter's music has appeared on the TV soundtrack, Songs in the Key of X, and the The X Files (1998) movie soundtrack.

In the episode "Hollywood AD", Scully tells Mulder that she thinks 'Tea Leoni ' has a crush on him, to which Mulder responds "How could 'Tea Leoni ' have a crush on me?" Tea Leoni is 'David Duchovony' 's wife in real life.

Gillian Anderson's contractual obligations to this series stated that she could not play an F.B.I. agent in any other production during the series run. As such, Anderson lost out the chance to portray Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001).

Fox Mulder's sister Samantha was abducted while she and Fox were watching an episode of The Magician. When Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the SLA, she was watching The Magician with her boyfriend Steven Weed.

The character Leyla Harrison was named after a writer of "X-Files" internet fanfiction who died of cancer in February 2001. The fictional Leyla Harrison was a fan of Mulder's and Scully's, having spent her time in the FBI poring over their expense reports (in much the same way that internet fans of the show examined the minute nuances of every episode), so the tribute was very appropriate.

David Duchovny originally suggested Jennifer Beals, his former classmate at Yale, for the lead female role.

Filming

Filming locations:

Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada

Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia, Canada (seasons 1 through 5)

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada

California, USA (starting in season 6)

Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Fresno, California, USA

Jackson St, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada (Sarah)

Johnie's Broiler - 7447 Firestone Blvd., Downey, California, USA (1999 season)

Johnson Space Center - 2101 NASA Rd., Houston, Texas, USA (episode 9)

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Los Angeles, California, USA

Mission, British Columbia, Canada

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Paramount Ranch, Agoura, California, USA

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Ruskin Dam, Mission, British Columbia, Canada

San Diego, California, USA (series finale; 2000 season opener)

Stafford, New Jersey, USA

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Tustin, California, USA

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Woodlands Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

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