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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

Published Sep 10, 2018   Updated 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.

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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).

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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.

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All seasons are now on Hulu.

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