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.
Read more on SciFi4Me.com.