The X-Files: Season 1 (1993 - 1994)


Season 1
The X-Files

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A serious approach to its premise helps establish The X-Files as a sci-fi procedural with a genuinely creepy twist -- and a thrilling drama that avoids devolving into pure camp.



Critic Ratings: 14


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Air date: Sep 10, 1993
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FBI agents Scully (skeptic) and Mulder (believer) are introduced to us in season one of sci-fi series The X-Files, as they attempt to explain the seemingly unexplainable. Their strange cases include UFO sightings, alien abductions and just about anything else paranormal. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Jerry Hardin
as Deep Throat
William B. Davis
as Cigarette-Smoking Man
Charles Cioffi
as Agt. Blevins
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
Doug Hutchison
as Eugene Tooms
Kate Twa
as Marty
Alan Boyce
as Young John Barnett
Harriet Harris
as Sally Kendrick
Brad Dourif
as Luther Lee Boggs
Titus Welliver
as Doug Spinney
Micole Mercurio
as Mrs. Stodie
Henry Beckman
as Det. Frank Briggs
Ed Lauter
as Lt Colonel Marcus Belt
Ty Miller
as Lyle Parker
Wayne Trippet
as Detective Thompson
P. Lynn Johnson
as Dr. Sheila Braun
Donal Logue
as Agt. Tom Colton
Barry Primus
as Robert Dorland
Gillian Barber
as Agt. Nancy Spiller
Dan Lett
as Sir Malcolm Marsden
George Gerdes
as Rev Hartley
Andrea Libman
as Michael Bishop
Stephen E. Miller
as Coroner Truitt
Carrie Snodgress
as Darleen Morris
Xander Berkeley
as Dr. Hodge
Marshall Bell
as Cdr. Henderson
Lawrence King
as Lucas Henry
Susanna Thompson
as Michelle Generoo
Jason Schombing
as Warren Dupre
David Peterson
as John Barnett
Jim Leard
as Capt. Roy Lacerio
Sabrina Krievens
as Teena Simmons
James Sloyan
as Dr. Nollette
Cec Verrell
as Lula Velasquez
Dennis Lipscomb
as Leonard Vance
Paul Ben-Victor
as Dr. Aaron Monte
Gabrielle Rose
as Mrs. Budahas
Robin Mossley
as Dr. Joe Ridley
Wayne Duvall
as Agt. Jerry Lamna
Felicity Huffman
as Dr. Da Silva
Scott Bellis
as Max Fenig
Amanda Pays
as Phoebe Green
Michael Horse
as Charley Tskany
Barry Greene
as Perkins
Dey Young
as Judy Bishop
James J. Sloyan
as Dr. Nollette
Rob LaBelle
as Steven Wilczek
Frederick Coffin
as Joseph McGrath
Lindsay Ginter
as Crew-Cut Man
Andrew Johnston
as Mr. Budahas
Gregory Sierra
as Dr. Diamond
Erika Krievens
as Cindy Reardon
Gordon Tipple
as Joe Crandall
Renae Morriseau
as Gwen Goodensnake
Jan D'Arcy
as Judge Kann
Maggie Wheeler
as Det. Sharon Lazard
Jason Beghe
as Larry Moore
Blu Mankuma
as Clyde Peterson
Tom O'Rourke
as Steve Humphreys
Ken Kramer
as Dr. Berube
Cliff De Young
as Dr. Nemman
Simon Webb
as Dr. Secare
Leon Russom
as Det. Miles
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

The X-Files succeeds as addictive B-film entertainment because it treats its cheesy material - ''inspired by actual documented events'' - with absolute seriousness.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Three decades after The Twilight Zone made Fridays sure bets for a little fright, a little shock and even a little moral uplift, the Fox network's The X-Files is likewise more than a little irresistible.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Though the show works with a certain unintended camp kick, at the moment "X" doesn't mark the spot where viewers can find involving drama by way of Stephen King-esque actions.

Apr 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Mandel's cool direction of Carter's ingenious script and the artful presentation itself give TV sci-fi a boost.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…
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There's not much suspense here, but the two leads, and the hour's teacup worth of mystery, are just enough to keep this flying saucer aloft.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The X-Files is the most paranoid, subversive show on TV right now.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There is a truth out there (see what I did) that the later seasons suffered from the lack of input from key writers such as Glen Morgan and James Wong, but the entire run remains surprisingly consistent and quite resilient to the passage of time.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Their chemistry is immediately evident, and watching their relationship develop over the course of the show and seeing them becoming increasingly comfortable bouncing off each other is an absolute joy.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

With nothing explained, the hopes of the protagonists all but crushed, and the suggestion of alien and paranormal existence more tantalising than ever, you'd be hard pushed not to have been won over by this series.

Oct 14, 2017 | Full Review…

All aboard for season 2.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a clever show that teen-age viewers especially ought to love.

Jan 26, 2015 | Full Review…

If the producers can keep the mood spooky, this show will have its devoted adherents. Deservedly so.

Jan 26, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 1

  • Jan 04, 2020
    Great season has good episodes a couple episodes I have a little mixed thoughts but there's nothing bad about this season.
  • Dec 08, 2019
    The first season of the hit sci-fi TV show "The X-Files" holds the proud honour of being the first non-Netflix TV show I've reviewed that is neither animated nor a superhero show. I actually was wondering which show would hold this honour but I never expected it to be this show. But enough about that, what did I think of the show? It's good. Unfortunately, I wasn't around to witness the craze surrounding this show and even the 2016 revival and its follow-up season seem to have attracted only an average amount of attention. Some episodes are mediocre and there's some degree of wooden acting but maybe it's because its been four years since I've watched a series that isn't a 13-hour movie. Yes, there are the mythology episodes and the monster-of-the-week episodes do allow ample time to flesh out Mulder and Scully's personalities more and increase character development (I especially really liked their conversation in "Tooms" in the car they usually drive around before Mulder goes home to catch some sleep) but you generally don't have to watch all of them unless they're introducing a supporting character. The theme music is iconic, even without the memetic treatment, though it's absolute hell to do properly as someone who can't whistle. It helps that the title sequence is fantastic. And as even people who don't watch the show know, the chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson is great. I know I pointed out the wooden acting earlier but these two do work well off of each other to the point that I found their relationship pretty non-platonic. And I don't mean that as a bad thing. Maybe it's because of a combination of normal first-season problems like the show struggling to find its feet despite more good episodes than bad (I like "Beyond the Sea" the most due to Anderson's performance and because of Brad Dourif's guest star appearance) and the fact that I was aware of some of the twists in the mythology, whereas other shows I at least went in blind only knowing the basic premise but while I thought this season was good, I didn't find myself gushing over it. Though I do hear the next three seasons are better than this season - and season 5 apparently has the best comedic episodes whilst season 6 is decent-ish depending on how willing the viewer is to accept the change in setting - so I at least have those to look forward to. Still don't regret starting this series.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Oct 03, 2018
    A good first season although a little clunky at times.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Dispite some rough acting at the beginning and a couple of poor episodes, this show's first season sets a wonderfully creepy and mysterious atmosphere.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Dark, moody and like nothing before it. The X-FILES never felt like a TV show and that's what worked so well. The production was great and the majority here feel like little movies with only Mulder and Scully as the constant. Mostly stand-alone episodes other than squeeze and Tooms, which is still one of the best. For a casual viewer or fan of horror and Sci-fi this is a great season with only a few that fall flat.
  • Sep 18, 2017
    The pilot is engrossing and sends you on a fantastic journey for the season. There are some technical shortcomings with sound and cinematography but well worth ignoring to get these fabulous stories.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Every once in a while, a show comes along that will grip you and not let go...The X-Files is that kind of a show. During the First Season of The X-Files, we are introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), a brilliant (yet strange) F.B.I investigator. Mulder believes that his sister was abducted by aliens when she was a child, and he will do everything in his power to prove that the U.S. government knows of this and is covering it up. Because of his obsession, Mulder is paired with Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a straight-laced, by-the-book agent sent to debunk his work. However, rather than spying on Mulder, Scully takes an interest in his work and they become strong partners. That is the basis for the rest of the show. In most episodes, Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal happenings that defy the laws of nature or the universe. Scully proves to be ever the skeptic she set out to be, never being convinced of Mulder's work. The real power of the show, though, comes with its ability to let the viewer feel exactly what Fox Mulder is feeling. So many times during the First Season Mulder comes agonizingly close to unearthing critical evidence against the government in his pursuit of aliens, but each and every time it is yanked away or swept under the rug. The viewers feel just as cheated as Mulder does, wanting to continue the quest for the truth. Along the way in Season One, a few key characters are introduced. The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) makes a few minor, yet crucial, appearances, while the mysterious Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin) works as a trusted (?) informant to Mulder. Season One of The X-Files is quite different from all the other seasons. It has more of a darker, scarier feel to it. The "mythology" established in later seasons has not been developed quite yet, so it consists primarily of stand-alone episodes. A good job is done with character development, and it definitely makes one want to keep watching the show. In conclusion, Season One is a great scary, sci-fi show. Turn out the lights, turn up the TV, and enjoy!! Update (12/2015) -After a recent re-watch of this season, I'm keeping this season at four stars. It is a great first season, but with a few too many really terrible clunkers to give it a full five stars. One thing I had forgotten about this season is how passionate Duchovny is as Mulder. With respect to Anderson's Scully, Mulder's character arc is really what jump-starts this show in the early-goings.
  • Dec 03, 2016
    I used to be addicted to this show. The character development makes the show, but the endless quest for truth, for finding answers to mysteries, for trying to solve often supernatural mysteries, keeps it interesting. The relationship between Mulder and Scully is the backbone of the show. They have interesting chemistry, and consistent differences in their views and approach, yet a devotion to each other and the work. They are almost like a married couple and seem to care deeply for each other, but they are not sexually involved (maybe once it happened in a later season?) It's an ideal working relationship. The best thing about it is the fantasy of working a job like this. How fun to get paid to travel around the country with your best friend solving mysteries! It's like Scooby Doo for grownups.
  • Nov 03, 2016
    one of my favorite sci-fi tv shows

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