• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 1993
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57

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  1. Mar 16, 2014
    7
    The eighth season represents a dip down in quality, mostly due to the overwhelming amount of new faces and the lack of character development needed to properly introduce them. Nonetheless, you'll be highly entertained and spooked throughout.
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    Even though its final episodes are white-knuckle intense - enough to please any hardcore fan of the series - season eight still represents a dip down in quality, but it doesn't succumb to its wounds either, thanks in part to the overwhelming amount of new faces that are supplied with just the right amount of character development needed to properly introduce them.
  3. Mar 30, 2015
    5
    Even though its final episodes are white-knuckle intense - enough to please any hardcore fan of the series - season eight still represents a dip down in quality, and it succumbs to its wounds, thanks in part to the overwhelming amount of new faces that aren't supplied with the right amount of character development needed to properly introduce them.
  4. Sep 1, 2015
    5
    Even though its final episodes are white-knuckle intense - enough to please any hardcore fan of the series - season eight still represents a dip down in quality, and it succumbs to its wounds, thanks in part to the overwhelming amount of new faces that aren't supplied with the right amount of character development needed to properly introduce them.
  5. Dec 15, 2015
    5
    Even though its final episodes are white-knuckle intense - enough to please any hardcore fan of the series - season eight still represents a dip down in quality, and it succumbs to its wounds, thanks in part to the overwhelming amount of new faces that aren't supplied with the right amount of character development needed to properly introduce them.
  6. Mar 22, 2016
    7
    The eighth season of The X-Files would be the perfect last season of the show, and a pretty solid first season of a new show born from the ashes.

    In many ways, television is a conservative medium – more in an artistic sense than a political one. Network television is largely built around churn, a conveyor belt model that is designed to generate product according to tight schedules and
    The eighth season of The X-Files would be the perfect last season of the show, and a pretty solid first season of a new show born from the ashes.

    In many ways, television is a conservative medium – more in an artistic sense than a political one. Network television is largely built around churn, a conveyor belt model that is designed to generate product according to tight schedules and oppressive deadlines. Routine and familiarity make the production schedule easier to manage, particularly for shows with large season orders. More than that, if a show has figured out an approach that has worked, it makes no sense to deviate from that pattern.

    Why risk changing something that has been proven to work and to which the audience has responded? For all the (deserved) praise The X-Files gets for popularising (or repopularising) serialised storytelling in prime-time television, it was just as conservative as any other show. The production team were working under incredible pressure, so it makes sense they would not want to change a formula that made sense. As such, the really big changes to the show were largely driven by external factors.

    The mythology largely developed from Scully’s abduction in Duane Barry and Ascension, an attempt by the writers to work around Scully’s abduction. The decision to film The X-Files: Fight the Future between the fourth and fifth seasons was at the behest of Fox rather than the production team. David Duchovny forces the move to Los Angeles in the sixth season. The eighth season represents the most seismic shift in the creative life of The X-Files, and – as with those other big decisions – it was largely driven by choices outside the production team.

    In hindsight, it seems obvious that the show could not continue forever. Duchovny and Anderson were headlining a show that filmed twenty-odd episodes a season. The show had begun diffusing its focus in the fourth and fifth seasons by focusing on members of the supporting cast, but it was still effectively a two-lead show. That is a tremendous strain. Something had to give. It turned out that something was Duchovny. At the end of the seventh season, with everything coming down to the wire, Duchovny made it clear he would not appear in a full eighth season.

    This forced the show to change, but in a way that afforded some measure of stability. The idea of doing The X-Files without either Mulder or Scully was horrifying to the production team and horrifying to certain sections of fandom, but Duchovny’s willingness to stick around for half of the eighth season afforded some measure of compromise. The change did not need to be jarring. Easing David Duchovny out of the show would allow for a smoother transition. It would allow the show to say a proper (and extended) farewell to Mulder.

    The eighth season finds itself in the impossible position of having to imagine The X-Files without Mulder. The only real issue is that it succeeds all too well. The biggest problem with the eighth season is that it is followed by a ninth season.

    Still, allowing for these problems, the eighth season is a remarkable accomplishment. It proves that there is life left in The X-Files. The show had survived the most traumatic transition that a show like this could face. The show finished the eighth season in a stronger position than it had in years. Unfortunately, a lot would change between the broadcast of Existence and Nothing Important Happened Today I.
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Lipton
    Jun 27, 2013
    42
    Once hot show sliding toward X-tinction.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    91
    All this tension turns out to be great for the show's pulse, which had been fluttering last season. In too many of season 7's adventures, Duchovny and Anderson looked as if they'd been asked to go investigate who shot J.R. Ewing; their boredom was showing. ... [This season's first two episodes discover] a new force field of energy.