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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1993
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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  • Summary: Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) are reunited as they look into possible aliens and government conspiracy in six new episodes.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 91
    The X-Files is at its best when dealing with government conspiracies, and that's exactly what you'll get in the premiere episode.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jan 19, 2016
    75
    Duchovny and Anderson both seem more relaxed, finally rediscovering their old zip-zap chemistry. Guest stars Kumail Nanjiani and Rhys Darby are delightful. It’s scary, then funny, then existential, then shockingly moving.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 25, 2016
    75
    “My Struggle” is, at best, clunky.... Anyone who loved the original has much better news coming on Monday, when the second of the six new episodes airs.... Better still is Episode 3.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 22, 2016
    60
    By episode two, Mulder and Scully are, jarringly, back on the job and once again investigating an X-Files case that may or may not involve alien-human hybrids.... [The third episode is] the best of the first three episodes but also the weirdest.
  5. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jan 22, 2016
    50
    The new run of The X-Files may well, in time, encompass some more up-to-date conspiracies. If so, they’ll be welcome. Nobody is likely to grieve long over the absence of the latest on Roswell and invading aliens from space.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Jan 20, 2016
    50
    Duchovny and Anderson slip easily into their old roles. But character chemistry and nostalgia are not enough to carry a new season, even (or especially) such a short one.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 12, 2016
    30
    Most of the time The X-Files is both trying too hard and skating superficially across the show’s convoluted mythology, an unsatisfying combination that doesn’t leave Duchovny and Anderson much of substance to dig into.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Jan 24, 2016
    10
    A wonderful return of the X Files to the small screen. Although there were some slight hiccups with Fox's transfer of programming from the NFCA wonderful return of the X Files to the small screen. Although there were some slight hiccups with Fox's transfer of programming from the NFC Championship game in my area, overall, the show was a breath of fresh air concerning FOX. Fox has certainly struggled through the latest television season, and the X Files is still definitely their heavy hitter. Looking forward to a lot more from Mulder and Scully, who stepped right back into their roles with little effort and superb chemistry. This FBI duo STILL HAVE IT!!!!! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2016
    10
    First episode was a huge disappointment. But wait! Things got way better in the second episode. You can in fact just safely skip the firstFirst episode was a huge disappointment. But wait! Things got way better in the second episode. You can in fact just safely skip the first one. The second episode I would give a 7/10 rating. But I did not expect it to get much better, after all it is x-files and old actors and stuff. But then came episode 3 which was truly amazing and deserves 10/10 points. It may be not your usual x-files episode. But everything in it is just perfect. I hope they can keep up with the quality in the forthcoming episodes. Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2016
    9
    Successful reboot. I am seeing a lot of negative critic's reviews on the Internet but I think they are undeserved. I sincerely hope there isSuccessful reboot. I am seeing a lot of negative critic's reviews on the Internet but I think they are undeserved. I sincerely hope there is going to be more than 6 episodes in the future. They managed to revive everything this show is about - dark suspense, curiosity, conspiracy and fictional science. The characters hold strong and are even more realistic as they aged a bit. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2016
    8
    Well i'm going to start saying that i've never expected a new X Files season due the second movie sucked so hard on my opinion that i justWell i'm going to start saying that i've never expected a new X Files season due the second movie sucked so hard on my opinion that i just thought the next plan for this show was making a third movie and ending the disaster from the previous one, but i will admit that i was surprised when i knew about this new season, and i will say that after watching it, i didn't like the first episode at all, but theres a few episodes with bad reviews that i liked, i think we are getting that essence coming for the original show, i love the fact we could see the intro again, as far that chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson feels a bit overacted, i have to say i love it! even the 3rd episode which got a lot of bad reviews, i loved it to for the fact that we are recovering that same Mulder we used to watch before, open minded, able to listen and understand everything out of his limits. The way it ended, well it brings me hope we gonna watch more and it will get better, this season just makes the second movie doesn't even exist, so i will be so happy to see more about this, its just starting after so many years it ended with the season 9, so i have hope this is going to be better. Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2016
    7
    What would have been great is to skip the middle episodes all together and do a 2 hour special containing the first and last episode. It'sWhat would have been great is to skip the middle episodes all together and do a 2 hour special containing the first and last episode. It's great seeing Joel Mchale (wow, i had to "add that to dictionary") outside of Community which is a awsome (Yes, I spell awsome like that) show by the way. In conclusion (how do i get that line crossing through the words?(I know, Google it)), the part when Tad explains the giant conspiracy with a perfectly edited video montage is 10/10 material. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2016
    5
    Now we're 4 episodes done on a 6-part mini-series.... It's time for a review.

    When I first heard that there was to be a mini-series follow
    Now we're 4 episodes done on a 6-part mini-series.... It's time for a review.

    When I first heard that there was to be a mini-series follow up to the X-Files show, featuring Mulder and Scully back in business together, I was ecstatic. The X-Files was, for me, a defining piece of televisual entertainment. OK, the monster-of-the-week storylines that made up the bulk of the show tended to vary in quality immensely, but they were just the small parts of narrative and exposition that took us to the really meaty episodes.

    The Alien Mythology Arc, detailing how the US government (and other Governments around the world) have hidden their knowledge of aliens and their actions, and their plans to colonize Earth.
    The abductions, crop circles, reverse-engineered technologies, DNA-splicing experiments, the insidious 'black liquid' and all the machinations of the men in that elite secret cabal who Mulder seeks to expose.

    With that in mind, and that there is only going to be 6 episodes in what may (and I do mean may, as the ratings for the show have in no way guaranteed a second mini-series) be a standalone mini-series, I was hoping for the narrative to concentrate on what everyone really wants to see.
    The opening episode did fulfill that promise, with Mulder and Scully being thrown back into an Alien related tale, with Deputy Director Skinner back behind his desk, and the Cigarette Smoking Man making a brief cameo at the end.... It looked like the X-Files 'ride' was going to be a good one!

    However, episode 2 quickly reverted to a standard whodunit involving a plot that (naturally) can't be rationally explained.... Episode 3 was a broad comedy, featuring a 'hilarious' creature who has morphed into a human and doesn't understand the modern world... Episode 4 feels more 'old school' X-Files, but destroys any credibility the storyline had earnt, by coming up with a nonsensical explanation for what was occurring...

    It's disappointing. If you're going to make a 6 part mini-series, and you have actors who aren't willing to sign up to a full 24+ episode season, then concentrate the narrative(s) on what people actually want to see. It's not like the younger audience of today will be transfixed by what they're seeing, and the fact the audience for episodes 3&4 is roughly half that of episode 1 kind of proves that point.

    I just really, really, really, REALLY hope the sixth episode doesn't end with some Alien Mythology related 'cliffhanger'.... That would piss me off immensely!!!
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  7. Feb 12, 2016
    0
    Why in gods name would they recreate the same stupid conspiratorial story line that never ends? Both actors must have been in dire straitsWhy in gods name would they recreate the same stupid conspiratorial story line that never ends? Both actors must have been in dire straits financially or career wise to agree to coming back to this mess. Even the opening is using the exact same stupid font "the truth is 'never' out there." Chris Carters story is bunk. It's old. It's dumb. And I'm sure they're going to bring back Dumb, Dumber, and Dumberer otherwise known as The Lone Gunmen. I just can't. Watching the same thing for 1 more season is not worth my time. If they'd done 22 episodes of non-conspiracy, stories...I'd gladly watch. Expand

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