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‘X-Files’ fans mark the 25th anniversary of popular sci-fi show

Do you remember your first time?


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 10, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:52 am CDT

The X-Files debuted 25 years ago today, and one of its taglines, “The truth is out there,” is even more relevant now.

The show followed the paranormal investigations of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), and over the next decade their scientist (Scully) versus conspiracist (Mulder) dynamic created a new kind of TV archetype, one that drew in a devoted fanbase. It also had a real-world effect on its female fans, many of whom cited Scully as inspiration for getting into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

In 2016 the show was revamped for Fox, but it never quite felt the same. As Kelly Connolly wrote in The Atlantic: “Mulder and Scully came of age as counterarguments to ’90s complacency. It was never clear where they fit once paranoia went mainstream.”

Duchovny tweeted out a thank you to fans on Monday, though there was no red Speedo GIF.

And X-Files fans shared their favorite GIFs and screengrabs from the show.

All seasons are now on Hulu.

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2018, 1:29 pm CDT