Preparing to Reopen ‘The X-Files’

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In 1993, The X-Files premiered on Fox and changed everything. Spanning nine seasons, two movies, and two spin-off series, the series had a huge impact on the television landscape. Shows from Lost to Fringe have acknowledged the series’ influence, with plenty of nods in others. The conspiracy theory-based ‘trust no one’ darkness, while not completely original, was definitely a product of the post-Watergate world it lived in, and hinted at things now commonplace such as rigging elections, NSA tapping your phone, and even the potential for life on other planets.

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