The X-Files Frequently Asked Questions

November 1, 1997

Changes (marked with #): Part 1 - Emmy wins, revised production crew, new ep titles & air dates; Part 4 - new video release; Part 5 - New question/other FAQs

Fox Network Programming
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Ten Thirteen Productions
"The X Files," hour-long television drama airing Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific (U.S.), 8 p.m. Central (U.S.).

It is shown in over 60 other countries around the world, including Canada (Global Television anc CTV); the United Kingdom (BBC1, BBC2 and Sky One); New Zealand (Channel 2); Australia (Fox Cable); Singapore; Portugal; Spain (Tele 5); Germany; Poland (TVP2); Korea; The Netherlands; Norway; Sweden (TV 4); Denmark; Finland; South Africa; France (M6); Malaysia; Italy; Hong Kong (Star-Chinese and Star-World); Taiwan (CTS); Brazil (Rede Record); Thailand; Switzerland; and Japan. It is also shown on cable services in Latin America through Fox TV out of Mexico.

The show is in syndication on the cable channel FX. It runs in rotation at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. It has also begun airing in local independent syndication on the weekends. Contact your local stations for information on the independent syndication in your town, or check out the website at, where you have to enter three passwords (trustno1, cigarette smoking man, and astadourian) to get to the final screen showing which local station will be showing X Files, and at what times.

This report is eyes-only with a level 2 clearance. The information is updated monthly and is posted on or around the first day of the month to

Information contained is compiled and copyrighted 1994-97 as to form and wording by Special Agent In Charge Pat Gonzales ( or, team leader for XF Case 11291093. Field agents may download and redistribute the report in its entirety with the permission notice intact, or with certain portions deleted with permission, but may not partially or in whole be incorporated into a commercial document. Any other use of this information is prohibited without permission from the special agent in charge. This by no means is meant to infringe on any copyrights held by Chris Carter, Ten Thirteen Productions, or 20th Century Fox Television.

Deep background on agents Mulder and Scully was the determination of the special agent in charge, and in no way is intended to be the definitive interpretation of the events aired. Typographic errors are the sole responsibility of the special agent in charge.


The X Files is a television series dealing with two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, in the Bureau's Violent Crimes section. They work with the "X files," cases that have unexplainable elements and often involve the paranormal.

Production Notes

The series was created by Chris Carter.

Executive producers for the show are Carter and R.W. Goodwin.

Co-executive producer is Frank Spotnitz. Producers are Paul Rabwin, Vince Gilligan Joseph Patrick Finn and Kim Manners. Lori Jo Nemhauser and John Shiban are co-producers.

The show is filmed almost entirely in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The show is broadcast in Dolby Surround Sound.

The X Files is not based on true events or real FBI X files. The episodes are fiction, the plots loosely based on news reports of unexplained events around the world and other unexplained phenomena. The pilot does open with a note saying that the events were based on an actual real-life story, but was not meant to imply that there are real X Files.


If you wish to write in support of the show, the addresses are:

Chris Carter, Executive Producer, "The X Files," c/o Fox Broadcasting Company, P.O. Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Jonathan Littman, Director of Current Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company, P.O. Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Fan mail to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson can be sent to: Studio Fan Mail/(actor's name), 1122 South Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035.

The Fox Network has an Internet address to which you can e-mail your comment on the series. The address is: If you send e-mail, indicate "X Files" in the subject line.

Chris Carter does not have an official e-mail address. Members of the X Files production team do scan the various online groups. Their addresses are not publicly available.

Episode Titles - Air Dates

A basic episode guide can be found at the official X Files website:

Tiny Dancer also has a complete episode guide, which contains the basic information and a lot of interesting tidbits (like quotes and special bits and pieces). You can find it at her website:

Individuals in North America with satellite dishes get the feeds for X Files on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on Telstar 4-05. The live broadcast feed for X Files is sent on Telstar 4, transponder 2 or 23 (east feed) at 9 p.m. ET, and Telstar 4, transponder 2 or 23 (west feed) at midnight ET (west feed).

All estimated air dates ("e" after the date") are not confirmed and are subject to change. New episode begin airing Sunday, Nov. 2, and are scheduled to air through the beginning of December.

Season 1 History

Air Date
Air Date(s)
1X79 "The X-Files" (1.1) 9/10/93 1/17/94, 11/6/94
1X01 "Deep Throat" (1.2) 9/17/93 12/24/93, 6/24/94
1X02 "Squeeze" (1.3) 9/24/93 12/ 3/93, 6/10/94, 11/4/95
1X03 "Conduit" (1.4) 10/ 1/93 12/14/93, 5/27/94
1X04 "Jersey Devil" (1.5) 10/ 8/93 12/31/93, 7/22/94
1X05 "Shadows" (1.6) 10/22/93 3/ 4/94, 5/26/95
1X06 "Ghost in the Machine" (1.7) 10/29/93 1/14/94, 12/29/96
1X07 "Ice" (1.8) 11/ 5/93 1/17/94 (and 8/12/94 in some areas), 3/3/95
1X08 "Space" (1.9) 11/12/93 1/28/94, 8/22/94
1X09 "Fallen Angel" (1.10) 11/19/93 3/29/94, 11/13/94, 3/9/97
1X10 "Eve" (1.11) 12/10/93 3/11/94, 8/26/94
1X11 "Fire" (1.12) 12/17/93 3/25/94, 11/20/94
1X12 "Beyond the Sea" (1.13) 1/ 7/94 4/8/94, 12/22/95
1X13 "GenderBender" (1.14) 1/21/94 5/20/94, 7/21/95
1X14 "Lazarus" (1.15) 2/ 4/94 6/3/94, 9/2/94
1X15 "Young at Heart" (1.16) 2/11/94 6/17/94
1X16 "E.B.E." (1.17) 2/18/94 7/8/94, 11/25/94
1X17 "Miracle Man" (1.18) 3/18/94 7/1/94, 3/30/97
1X18 "Shapes" (1.19) 4/ 1/94 10/28/94, 8/4/95
1X19 "Darkness Falls" (1.20) 4/15/94 8/5/94, 12/2/94
1X20 "Tooms" (1.21) 4/22/94 7/15/94, 11/4/95
1X21 "Born Again" (1.22) 4/29/94 8/22/94, 4/5/96
1X22 "Roland" (1.23) 5/6/94 7/29/94, 12/29/95
1X23 "The Erlenmeyer Flask" (1.24) 5/13/94 9/9/94, 9/1/95

Season 2 Episode Titles

Air Date
Air Date(s)
2X01 "Little Green Men" 9/16/94 12/23/94, 9/8/95
2X02 "The Host" 9/23/94 12/30/94, 1/19/96
2X03 "Blood" 9/30/94 1/20/95
2X04 "Sleepless" 10/7/94 3/10/95
2X05 "Duane Barry" 10/14/94 6/2/95
2X06 "Ascension" 10/21/94 6/9/95
2X07 "3" 11/4/94 6/16/95, 4/24/96
2X08 "One Breath" 11/11/94 6/23/95
2X09 "Firewalker" 11/18/94 3/24/95, 3/22/96
2X10 "Red Museum" 12/9/94 4/21/95
2X11 "Excelsis Dei" 12/16/94 4/7/95
2X12 "Aubrey" 1/6/95 6/30/95
2X13 "Irresistible" 1/13/94 7/7/95, 3/15/96
2X14 "Die Hand Die Verletzt" 1/27/95 7/14/95, 3/2/97
2X15 "Fresh Bones" 2/3/95 12/8/95
2X16 "Colony" 2/10/95 8/15/95
2X17 "End Game" 2/17/95 8/15/95
2X18 "Fearful Symmetry" 2/24/95 1/12/96
2X19 "Dod Kalm" (Norwegian o-slash thru) 3/17/95
2X20 "Humbug" 3/31/95 10/28/95
2X21 "The Calusari" (Romanian s) 4/14/95 7/28/95
2X22 "F. Emasculata" 4/28/95 8/11/95
2X23 "Soft Light" 5/5/95 8/25/95, 5/25/97
2X24 "Our Town" 5/12/95 5/31/96
2X25 "Anasazi" 5/19/95 9/15/95, 7/12/96
Also, "The Secrets of The X Files ," a recap of players and situations from first and second seasons, aired on 5/19/95, the hour before "Anasazi" and was repeated on 9/4/95.

Season 3

Air Date
Air Date(s)
3X01 "The Blessing Way" 9/22/95 7/19/96
3X02 "Paper Clip" 9/29/95 7/26/96
3X03 "D.P.O." 10/6/95 5/24/96, 6/29/97
3X04 "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" 10/13/95 3/1/96, 6/14/96
3X05 "The List" 10/20/95 2/16/96
3X06 "2Shy" 11/3/95 6/7/96
3X07 "The Walk" 11/10/95 6/28/96
3X08 "Oubliette" 11/17/95 4/19/96
3X09 "Nisei" 11/24/95 8/9/96
3X10 "731" 12/1/95 8/16/96
3X11 "Revelations" 12/15/95 12/22/96
3X12 "War of the Coprophages" 1/5/96
3X13 "Syzygy" 1/26/96 8/10/97
3X14 "Grotesque" 2/2/96 6/21/96
3X15 "Piper Maru" 2/9/96 8/30/96
3X16 "Apocrypha" 2/16/96 9/6/96
3X17 "Pusher" 2/23/96 12/8/96
3X18 "Teso Dos Bichos" 3/8/96 7/5/96
3X19 "Hell Money 3/29/96 8/2/96
3X20 "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" 4/12/96 1/19/97, 7/6/97
3X21 "Avatar" 4/26/96 9/13/96
3X22 "Quagmire" 5/3/96 8/23/96, 8/3/97
3X23 "Wetwired" 5/10/96 9/20/96
3X24 "Talitha Cumi" 5/17/96 9/27/96, 6/1/97
Also, "More Secrets of The X Files ," a recap of players and situations third seasons aired on 5/10/95, the hour before "Wetwired."

Season 4

Air Date
Air Date(s)
4X01 "Herrenvolk" 10/4/96 6/8/97
4X02 "Unruhe" 10/27/96 4/6/97
4X03 "Home" 10/11/96
4X04 "Teliko" 10/18/96
4X05 "The Field Where I Died" 11/3/96 6/15/97
4X06 "Sanguinarium" 11/10/96
4X07 "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" 11/17/96
4X08 "Paper Hearts" 12/15/96
4X09 "Tunguska" 11/24/96 8/17/97
4X10 "Terma" 12/1/96 8/24/97
4X11 "El Mundo Gira" 1/12/97 7/27/97
4X12 "Kaddish" 2/16/97
4X13 "Never Again" 2/2/97 6/22/97
4X14 "Leonard Betts" 1/26/97 7/13/97
4X15 "Memento Mori" 2/9/97 7/14/97
4X16 "Unrequited" 2/23/97 7/20/97
4X17 "Tempus Fugit" 3/16/97 8/31/97
4X18 "Max" 3/23/97 9/7/97
4X19 "Synchrony" 4/13/97
4X20 "Small Potatoes" 4/20/97
4X21 "Zero Sum" 4/27/97
4X22 "Elegy" 5/4/97
4X23 "Demons" 5/11/97
4X24 "Gethsemane" 5/18/97
The show was pre-empted on 1/5/97 for an episode of "Millennium."

Season 5

Air Date
Air Date(s)
5X01 "Unusual Suspects" 11/16/97e
5X02 "Redux" 11/2/97e
5X03 "Redux II" 11/9/97e
5X04 "Detour" 11/23/97
5X05 "Christmas Carol" 12/7/97
5X06 "Post-Modern Prometheus" 11/30/97


During its first season, The X Files finished 102 out of 118 shows in the Neilsen ratings with a 6.4 average . The show was recognized as one of the best shows on the air by the Viewers for Quality Television. It also garnered "Best Drama Series" honor at the Environmental Media Awards. The show was nominated for two Emmys, Best Title Sequence (which it won) and Best Music for a Title Sequence. The episode "Erlenmeyer Flask" was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Episode and the series as a whole for Best Television Series.

During its second season, The X Files finished 64th out of 141 shows in the Neilsen ratings with a 14.5 average. The show was chosen as Best Television Show of 1994 by _Entertainment Weekly_ , and won a Golden Globe for best television drama. _X Files_ cinematographer John Bartley was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award for the episode "Duane Barry."

Viewers for Quality Television nominated The X Files as best drama, and Duchovny and Anderson were nominated for best actor and actress, respectively.

The Television Critic's Association nominated the show for Best Drama.

The show garnered seven Emmy nominations -- outstanding drama series (against Chicago Hope, ER, Law & Order, and NYPD Blue); outstanding individual achievement in writing (drama) - Chris Carter, "Duane Barry;" outstanding cinematography in a series - John Bartley, "One Breath;" outstanding individual achievement in editing/single camera production - James Coblenz, "Duane Barry," and Stephen Mark, "Sleepless;" outstanding sound editing for a series -- the sound crew consisting of supervising sound editor Thierry Couturier; dialogue editors Machiek Malish, Chris Reeves, Marty Stein, and Jay Levine; sound effects editors Stuart Calderon, Michael Kimball, David Van Slyke, Susan Welsh, Chris Fradkin, and Matt West; music editor Jeff Charbonneau; and ADR editor Debby Ruby Winsberg, for "Duane Barry;" and outstanding guest actress in a drama - CCH Pounder/Agent Kazdin, "Duane Barry."

During its third season, the show has received two Golden Globe nominations, for Duchovny as best actor in a drama and Anderson as best actress in a drama. Both actors were also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding actor in a television series drama; Anderson won. The Directors Guild of America has nominated Chris Carter for best director of a television drama, for "The List." The Producers Guild of America has nominated The X Files for best television drama.Viewers for Quality Television have nominated The X Files for best television drama.

The show won 5 out of the 8 Emmys it was nominated for -- outstanding guest actor in a drama - Peter Boyle (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose); outstanding individual achievement in writing (drama) - Darin Morgan (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose); outstanding achievement in cinematography - John S. Bartley (Grotesque); outstanding achievement in sound editing (Nisei); and outstanding sound mixing (Nisei). The other nominees were outstanding drama series; outstanding lead actress in a drama - Gillian Anderson; and outstanding achievement in art direction - Graeme Murray and Shirley Inget (Jose Chung's From Outer Space);

The X Files' episode which aired after the1997 Super Bowl, "Leonard Betts," received the show's highest rating ever, at 6th. "Small Potatoes" reached 7th (the show's best showing that did not follow a "special event"), and "Max" was 8th.

Gillian Anderson (best actress-drama, television), David Duchovny (best actor-drama, television) and the show itself (best drama, television) were nominated for and won Golden Globe awards. Anderson, Duchovny, the series and the ensemble cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards in the television drama category; Anderson won for best actress in a television drama. John S. Bartley was nominated for best cinematography for a television drama for Grotesque by the American Society for Cinematographers.

The show was awarded a Peabody for new and innovative television in prime time.

Other award nominations were: from the TV Critics Association, for best drama and Gillian Anderson for best actor; Viewers for Quality Television, best quality drama, David Duchovny for best actor in a quality drama, Gillian Anderson for best actress in a quality drama, and Mitch Pileggi for best recurring player in a quality drama.

#The show was nominated for 12 Emmys (winning 3), the most in its history: outstanding drama series, outstanding lead actor in a drama - Duchovny; outstanding lead actress in a drama - Anderson [won Emmy]; outstanding art direction for a series (Graeme Murray, Production Designer; Gary P. Allen, Art Director; Shirley Inget, Set Director) [won Emmy]; outstanding achievement in directing (drama) - James Wong (Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man); outstanding single-camera picture editing for a series - Jim Gross (Terma), and Heather MacDougall (Tempus Fugit); outstanding makeup for a series - for "Leonard Betts" (Laverne Basham, Makeup Artist; Tony Lindala, Effects Makeup Artist); outstanding music composition for a series - Mark Snow (Paper Hearts); outstanding sound editing for a series - "Tempus Fugit" (Thierry J. Couturier, Supervising Sound Editor, and staff) [won Emmy]; outstanding sound mixing for a series - "Tempus Fugit" (Michael Williamson - Production Mixer; David West, Nello Torri, Harry Andronis - Re-recording Mixers); and outstanding writing for a series (drama) - John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter, and Vince Gilligan, "Memento Mori."#

X Files also won a Saturn Award for best television series, and Gillian Anderson won for best actress; these awards are given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

Deep Background-Fox Mulder

Agent Fox William Mulder, an Oxford-trained psychologist with a photographic memory, is one of the FBI Violent Crimes division's best agents, although he is in disfavor with not only his superiors but also his colleagues because of his interest in the Bureau's X files. He stumbled upon these files, dealing with unexplained phenomena, during his first three years with the Bureau, as a crack analyst in the Bureau's behavioral sciences department. [Chris Carter, _Starlog #201_, April 1994]

His fascination with the paranormal stems from a childhood incident -- his sister Samantha disappeared from their home in Chilmark, Mass. (pop. 650) when he was 12 and she was 8. Mulder claims she was abducted by aliens; during regressions he recalled hearing his sister's cries for help, and a bright light which kept him paralyzed and told him that his sister would be all right. [Conduit] This memory differs from a dream Mulder experienced one night [Little Green Men]. Mulder has come in contact with an alien hybrid who claimed to be Samantha and an alien bounty hunter who told him that his sister was alive. He has vowed to continue his search for her [Colony/End Game]. He did come upon a clone of a young Samantha at a Canadian compound run by a group of aliens, but was unable to bring her back [Herrenvolk].

Mulder's early meteoric rise at the Bureau enabled him to make high-placed friends in Congress -- one of them being SETI proponent and influential senator Richard Matheson [Little Green Men]. These contacts had kept him from retribution from higher-ups, although they assigned him a partner, with the tacit idea of discrediting what he does so that he can be dismissed. However, Mulder picked up a somewhat vacillating ally in a mysterious covert individual known as Deep Throat. [Deep Throat, Fallen Angel, Eve, Young at Heart, E.B.E., Erlenmeyer Flask].

Deep Throat was killed by an equally mysterious covert opponent (Crew Cut Man) during an attempt to rescue Mulder. Mulder confirmed his burial at Arlington "through eight-power binoculars from a thousand yards away." [Little Green Men]. But he acquired a second "deep information" associate, someone who is referred to as X. [Sleepless] This mysterious man had been less helpful to Mulder than his dead colleague, although he did provide information about Mulder's mother and the Cigarette Smoking Man [Talitha Cumi]. The Cgarette Smoking Man had X killed on Mulder's doorstep [Herrenvolk], but not before leading him to an assistant to the Special Representative to the Secretary General of the U.N. [Herrenvolk], who has been able to help him [Tunguska].

Mulder has also been told by an unknown individual that he has "a friend in the FBI" [The Host]. This friend has now been identified to be Assistant Director Skinner [Paper Clip].

At the end of Season 1, the X Files division was shut down and Mulder was reassigned to wiretap surveillance [Little Green Men, The Host]. He also reluctantly acquired a new partner, Special Agent Alex Krycek [Sleepless, Duane Barry, Ascension], a younger agent who purported to be a believer, not only in Mulder's ideas but in Mulder himself. Mulder's days in this mind-numbing duty were numbered, however. Assistant Director Skinner obliquely acknowledged that the X Files department served a valuable purpose in dealing successfully with the Bureau's oddball cases [The Host] and was bringing to light information that other covert parties would prefer to keep buried [Ascension]. Following the disappearance of Mulder's former partner Dana Scully, Skinner officially reopened the X Files [Ascension].

At the end of Season 2, Mulder came into possession of a Defense Department classified, Navajo-coded electronic document that purported to be the records of events surrounding a covert government operation from 50 years ago. Opponents tried to discredit him by adulterating his drinking water with a substance making him progressively violent. His father, who was somehow connected to the operation, was murdered, with Mulder as the prime suspect. Going into hiding with Scully, Mulder ended up in New Mexico investigating evidence that proved the validity of the secret document. He was found out by Cigarette Smoking Man, who attempted to kill him. [Anasazi] (The disk of information is now in CSM's hands [Apocrypha].)

Mulder recovered through the intervention of the Navajo and returned to the East Coast to peruse his dead father's effects, finding a mysterious 1970s photo of an interesting group of men. [The Blessing Way] Returning to D.C. he met up with Scully and received help from the Lone Gunmen and one of the photographed men to discover the secret location of the files concerning the covert operation: medical records and tissue samples from children vaccinated in the 50s and 60s, including Scully's. On the run from their opponents, they received help from Skinner, who negotiated a truce with Cigarette Smoking Man for the agents' reinstatement and relative safety. [Paper Clip]

At the end of season 3, in the search for another group of alien clones, Mulder recovered a weapon said to be the only device able to kill the clones, and faced again a morphing alien who supposedly destroyed clones of his sister who were living on earth. He thought he had killed the morphing alien, but the alien survived and followed Mulder to a Canadian farm, where young worker-drone clones who could not speak, one group of which were clones of a young Samantha, kept bees for an alien project. But Mulder was unable to learn the true nature of the project, or bring back one of the Samantha drones. [Herrenvolk.] The bees have been shown to transport a mutated strain of smallpox. [Zero Sum]

At Krycek's instigation, Mulder (and Scully) investigated the illegal importing of rock from the Tunguska area of Siberia where a meteorite had reportedly fallen to earth. The rock contained an exterrestrial life form. Mulder and Krycek traveled to Tunguska, where Mulder was captured and infected with the life form by Russian "researchers." He was able to escape and return to the United States.[Tunguska, Terma]

In the final episode of 4th season, Mulder apparently has committed suicide because of yet another orchestrated ruse about aliens on Earth [Gesthemane].

Mulder is known around the Bureau by the nickname of "Spooky" [Pilot, Young at Heart] both because of his uncanny ability to process information and leap ahead to logical conclusions, and because of his interest in paranormal phenomena. "He is considered a loose cannon, a person who is maybe wasting time and money, and also his expertise, on an area the Bureau thinks has very little value." [Carter, Starlog] Due to an incident on one of his first Bureau assignments (a fellow agent was killed) [Young at Heart], he eschews following investigations "by the book," opting instead for his own instincts and methods. He keeps notes for his field reports in a handwritten journal [Born Again]. His favorite alias is George Hale [Little Green Men; Sleepless}.

We believe Mulder doesn't "have a life," as we have seen little of his off-duty activities. However, some of this may stem from a relationship he had at Oxford ten years ago with a woman who is now with Scotland Yard (Phoebe Green [Fire]). He apparently was in love with her but she not with him. With the dissolution of the X Files division, however, Mulder may have been trying to revive his social life; an answering machine message berated him for missing a lunch date [Little Green Men].

Mulder's birthdate is Oct. 13, 1961 [Paper Clip]. His parents appear to have been separated. His father, Bill, worked in an unknown capacity for the State Department, and was murdered by Krycek before telling Mulder about secrets in his past. [Anasazi] Mulder's mother confirmed that Samantha had been kidnapped to insure her father's silence about his covert activities. [Paper Clip]

He has a fear of fire [Fire], which may have been conquered during his rescue of the children of British MP Sir Malcolm Marsden (who also happened to be Phoebe's latest fling). He is also a fan of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). [Space] He has a habit of eating shelled sunflower seeds (a habit he shares with his father [Aubrey]), and making droll comments which X-Philes have come to note as "Mulderisms."

Mulder is red-and-green colorblind [Wetwired], enjoys wearing moderately wild ties to work, and seems to be a New York Knicks fan [Beyond the Sea, Little Green Men] as well as a Washington Redskins fan [Irresistible]. He appears to have a fondness for classic rock [minor references, Beyond the Sea, Gender Bender] and classic science fiction movies [Tooms, Erlenmeyer Flask], and iced tea seems to be his nonalcoholic beverage of choice [Tooms]. He also keeps himself physically fit by running [Pilot, Deep Throat, Humbug] and swimming [Duane Barry].

There are suggestions that Mulder has an interest in pornography -- in "Jersey Devil," we see Mulder looking at the centerfold of some "men's magazine" talking about how the woman claims she was abducted by aliens; in another episode Scully remarks that she hadn't seen Mulder that excited since she caught him going through the Adult Video News; a third episode mentions a subscription to Celebrity Skin, he appears to be viewing a porno video in a fourth [3], he makes comments about a video he purchased (not a porno video) in a fifth [Nisei]. He also appears to call sex hot lines. [Small Potatoes]As a psychologist, he favors using hypnotic regression as a psychological healing tool, and hates the unnecessary use of medication [Born Again].

Deep Background - Dana Scully

Dana Katherine Scully is a medical doctor with an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Maryland [Jersey Devil]. She was recruited for the FBI right out of medical school, and had been teaching at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. She was assigned by Section Chief Scott Blevins to be Mulder's partner in order to keep an eye on him and determine whether he is perhaps too obsessed with the X files.

Scully is skeptical of anything paranormal, believing that everything has a logical, scientifically-quantified explanation. Though in most of the cases she and Mulder have been on she has not witnessed any overt paranormal activities, she has had brushes with unexplainable phenomena that may have her start questioning her beliefs [Beyond the Sea; Lazarus; Born Again; Erlenmeyer Flask; Fresh Bones; Colony; End Game; The Calusari]. However, she is determined to uncover the science behind the phenomena [End Game].

At the end of Season 1, the X Files division was shut down and Scully was reassigned, returning to the FBI academy at Quantico, Va. to instruct new agents on the basics of forensic medicine [Little Green Men]. However, Mulder called upon her expertise in violent crime cases to which he had been assigned [The Host, Blood]. Scully was abducted by escaped mental patient Duane Barry and disappeared [Ascension]. After a three-month absence, she showed up at a Georgetown hospital in a coma [One Breath]. She revived and recovered, and is back as Mulder's partner.The missing memories during her disappearance may be surfacing, however, and a piece of metal resembling a computer chip found in her shoulder may also provide a clue. [Irresistible, The Blessing Way].

At the end of Season 2, Scully went into hiding with Mulder, missing a scheduled meeting with Skinner and putting her career in jeopardy. [Anasazi] Upon her return to D.C., she was suspended and asked to turn in her badge and gun, and she sought solace with her mother and sister. At Mulder's father's funeral, she was warned that her life was in danger. Scully suspected Skinner, but found that instead he was on their side. In a case of mistaken identity, her sister Melissa was fatally shot in Scully's apartment by Krycek. Scully and Mulder have since been reinstated.

In Season 3, Scully has discovered another group of potential abductees, all MUFON members, who recall seeing her during her abduction [Nisei]. She was directed to a dilapidated compound in West Virginia, which looked familiar to her [731]. She was also affected by a signal sent over television cable wires, causing violent and aggressive behavior [Wetwired]. Scully has discovered that has a malignant, inoperable tumor behind her nasal cavity, but she is undergoing treatment. [Leonard Betts, Memento Mori]. In the final episode of 4th season, Scully, during a meeting with superiors where she denounced Mulder and the X Files investigation, reported that her cancer has metastasized. [Gesthemane]

Scully, born Feb. 23, 1964, [Lazarus, One Breath] is a middle child; she has one older and one younger brother [Born Again], and an older sister, Melissa, now deceased [One Breath, Paper Clip]. Her father died early in 1994; they were apparently close at one time (she called him Ahab; he called her Starbuck), but her family disapproved of her joining the Bureau. [Beyond the Sea] She had a yearlong relationship with an instructor at the Academy, Jack Willis, with whom she shared the same birthdate. [Lazarus] She is just as much a workaholic as Mulder, and is currently not seeing anyone [Jersey Devil].

Scully drinks her coffee with cream, no sugar [E.B.E.]. She was raised as a Catholic [Miracle Man, Revelations]. She usually wears a necklace bearing a small cross, which was left behind in the car in which she was abducted [Ascension] and was returned to her by Mulder [One Breath]. In a spirit of rebellion, she got a tattoo on her back [Never Again].

FBI Superiors

[Seasons 1, 4] Section Chief Scott Blevins (Charles Cioffi) is with the Violent Crimes Section of the Bureau. [Pilot] Blevins assigned Scully to be Mulder's partner, and her field reports were sent to his office. [early episodes] He heads the commitee that listens to Scully's denouncement of the X Files investigations. [Gesthemane]

[Season 1] Section Chief Joseph McGrath (Frederick Coffin) is with the Office of Professional Responsibility [Fallen Angel] and seemed determined to have Mulder fired and the X Files shut down.

[Seasons 1 through 4] Assistant Director Walter S. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is Mulder's and Scully's superior. He warned both Scully and Mulder that their unorthodox methods of investiation may have dire consequences [Tooms], and followed through by shutting down the X Files division at an order from "the highest levels of government." [Erlenmeyer Flask] He has since had second throughts and reopened the X Files [Ascension]. He has also overtly showed his support for Mulder [One Breath; End Game], openly confronting Cigarette Smoking Man [The Blessing Way; Paper Clip], and is trying (in vain) to keep Mulder from going over the edge [F.Emasculata; Soft Light; Anasazi]. The Smoking Man also tried to get Skinner removed from his office by framing him for murder, but was unsuccessful [Avatar]. He negotiated with Cigarette Smoking Man for a cure of Scully's cancer [Memento Mori], and was assigned the eradication of all evidence of a mistaken murder at the order of the CSM. [Zero Sum] Skinner is married [Avatar] and has no children. is keeping an FAQ on Assistant Director Skinner and his real-life portrayer Pileggi. A Skinner website can be found at

Recurring Characters

[Season 1] "Deep Throat" (Jerry Hardin) is a mysterious individual believed to be some sort of higher-up government official. Mulder contacted him via a blue light shining from his apartment window; DT called Mulder and signaled him with a series of clicks [E.B.E.]. The method of choosing a meeting place was not determined. He appears to have been exterminated in the episode "The Erlenmeyer Flask."

Speculation on Deep Throat is contained in Internal Affairs X-File Inquiry #875110-6249 [aka the Deep Throat FAQ, posted by Special Agent Jeff Gostin].

[Seasons 1 through 4] "Cigarette Smoking Man" (William B. Davis) is another mysterious individual who, like Deep Throat, appears to be a higher-up government official with some power, though not the person calling the shots -- he seems to be answering to Well Manicured Man. [The Blessing Way, Paper Clip] Assistant Director Skinner seemed to be deferring to his opinion early in our notice of him [Tooms] but Skinner ordered him out of his office during a discussion with Mulder after the agent had abandoned his assignment to investigate possible alien contact in Puerto Rico [Little Green Men]. CSM appeared to be back in control [F. Emasculata, Anasazi], but ended up making a deal with Skinner in order to keep the information from a confidential document from becoming public [Paper Clip]. He now has the disk [Apocrypha]. He also possesses secret files of Japanese war experiments [731].

CSM has also kept a silent watch on the proceedings in Blevins's and Skinner's offices and buried vital evidence in a secret Pentagon storage room [Pilot, Erlenmeyer Flask]. He has tried to get Skinner removed from his position by framing him for murder [Avatar] He also used Special Agent Alex Krycek to keep an eye on Mulder and any of Mulder's investigations [Sleepless, Duane Barry, Ascension, Paper Clip]. Mulder pulled a gun on him and threatened him with death in his studio apartment (at 900 W. Georgia St.) [One Breath]. He seems to be an acquaintance of Mulder's father Bill [Anasazi, Piper Maru], and a more intimate acquiaintance of Mulder's mother [Talitha Cumi], who he had healed through alien means from the effects of a stroke [Herrenvolk]. He has also apparently blocked research on the alien life form from Tunguska, Russia, by the Well Manicured Man and his consortium [Tunguska, Terma]. He negotiated with Assistant Director Skinner for a possible cure of Scully's cancer [Memento Mori]., and ordered him to eradicate all evidence related to a mistaken murder caused by smallpox-carrying bees. [Zero Sum] He also appears to be directing Marita Covarrubius's activities. [Zero Sum]

[Season 1 through 4] "Lone Gunmen" Byers (Bruce Harwood), Langly (Dean Haglund), and Frohike (Tom Braidwood) are three of Mulder's sources who work at "The Lone Gunman," a publication dealing with perceived government conspiracies. Frohike has a crush on Scully [E.B.E., Little Green Men, One Breath; Fearful Symmetry; The Blessing Way], and seemed to have a role in Mulder and Scully's assignment to a manhunt for escaped convicts [F. Emasculata].

A fourth Lone Gunman, computer hacker The Thinker (Bernie Coulson), put Mulder and Scully in grave danger by obtaining a copy of a classified government document [Anasazi], and turned up dead because of his actions [Paper Clip].

[Season 1 through 4] Margaret Scully (Sheila Larken) is Dana Scully's mother [Beyond the Sea, Ascension, One Breath; The Blessing Way; Paper Clip; Wetwired]. She has had certain unexplained perceptions about her daughter [Ascension], leading to indications that Scully herself may be extranormally perceptive [Aubrey]. She appears to be the only person Scully trusts [Wetwired]., and she knows about Scully's cancer [Memento Mori].

[Season 2, 3, 4] Special Agent Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) moved into the role of Mulder's partner with the unexplained murders of former Vietnam veterans [Sleepless]. We discovered, however, that Krycek had a hidden agenda, as a lackey for Cigarette Smoking Man: keep an eye on Mulder and keep him from finding out information that would bring certain covert activities to light [Sleepless, Ascension]. With the disappearance of Dana Scully and the reopening of the X Files, Krycek himself disappeared [Ascension]. He reappeared to murder Mulder's father, [Anasazi] attempt to kill Mulder himself, [Anasazi] and, in a case of mistaken identity, fatally wound Scully's sister Melissa [The Blessing Way/Paper Clip] but was able to make his escape after an attempt by other lackeys of Cigarette Smoking Man to eliminate him. [ Paper Clip] Krycek inexplicably escaped from being trapped in a missile silo in North Dakota [Apocrypha], and fed Mulder information leading him to Tunguska and a search for the secrets of rock supposedly from the "meteorite" that struck the area back in the early 1900s. [Tunguska, Terma]. Krycek lost his left arm escaping villagers who were trying to help him from being a test subject at the Russian chain gang excavating rock from Tunguska. [Terma]. He also appears to be a Soviet double agent [Terma] with an agenda different from his former boss, the Cigarette Smoking Man.

[Seasons 2, 3,4] "X" (Steven Williams), an acquaintance of Deep Throat, is even more mysterious than his predecessor. X's information is even more reluctantly shared. Mulder is able to contact X by taping an X to his front window and shining a light through it [One Breath; Colony; End Game]. He also kidnapped a scientist with vitally powerful information concerning an illicit experiment. [Soft Light.] X appeared to be involved with Cigarette Smoking Man's covert operations group, although he seemed to be working at cross purposes. He was discovered and killed on Mulder's doorstep [Herrenvolk].

[Seasons 2, 3] Melissa Scully (Melinda McGraw), Scully's older sister, stood by Scully while she was comatose following her return from being abducted [One Breath]. Melissa was fatally shot by Krycek when she arrived at Scully's apartment [The Blessing Way] and died a few days later. [Paper Clip] The investigation into her murder has been dropped.

[Seasons 2, 3, 4] Mrs. Mulder (Rebecca Toolan), Mulder's mother, has admitted to some knowledge of her divorced -- now deceased -- husband's activities with the State Department [Paper Clip], and apparently has had an intimate relationship with the Cigarette Smoking Man [Talitha Cumi]. She is also aware of the weapon that kills alien clones [Talitha Cumi]. She lives on Martha's Vineyard. In the third season finale she suffered a stroke and was in a coma until she was healed by alien means at Cigarette Smoking Man's direction [Herrenvolk]. Because of her stroke, she may or may not remember events from Mulder's childhood regarding her relationship with the CSM [Demons].

[Seasons 3, 4] Well-Manicured Man (John Neville) is the head of a powerful consortium to whom Cigarette Smoking Man answers. Although he appeared to Mulder and Scully to be an ally, he is most likely working at cross purposes to theirs. He also was masterminding a research project dealing with a strange extraterrestrial life form found in rock in Tunguska, Russia [Tunguska, Terma], which has since ended thanks to intervention by Krycek and Mulder.

[Seasons 3,4] Gray-Haired Man (Morris Panych) is a henchman for the Consortium, who is usually sent out to kill various people working at odds with the Consortium, specifically with Cigarette Smoking Man [Piper Maru, Avatar, Herrenvolk, Memento Mori]

[Seasons 3, 4] Agent Pendrell (Brendan Beiser) is an FBI scientist who is a frequent resource for Mulder and Scully. He also has a crush on Scully. [Herrenvolk, Teliko, Terma] He was killed when he stepped in front of a bullet made for Scully and a Marine officer. [Tempus Fugit, Max]

[Season 4] Marita Covarrubias (Laurie Holden) is an assistant to the special representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Based in New York City, Mulder was directed to her by X. She has helped Mulder in some of his cases by obtaining information and documents for him. [Teliko, Tunguska, Unrequited] She has been shown to be working for Cigarette Smoking Man. [Zero Sum]

Deep Background-Chris Carter

Chris Carter, 37, began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. Previously, Carter, who has a journalism degree from Cal State - Long Beach, had been working as a freelance journalist, writing and traveling extensively abroad. At Disney, Carter wrote and produced several television movies in addition to the television pilot _Cameo by Night_ for NBC and _The Nanny_, a sitcom for The Disney Channel. He took a short leave of absence from Disney to co-produce the second season of the comedy series _Rags to Riches_, starring Joe Bologna, and returned in 1989 to create and executive produce "Brand New Life," a recurring comedy series which ran as part of a rotating schedule on Disney's Sunday night lineup. [Fox press packet for _X Files_]

Carter's favorite X Files episodes so far are: Beyond the Sea, Colony/End Game, Duane Barry, Sleepless, and Fresh Bones. (AOL X Files conference March 94). He appeared as an FBI agent questioning Scully [Anasazi] and has done the voiceovers at the beginnings of multipart episodes [The Blessing Way / Paper Clip].

Carter is also producing another series, "Millennium," also for Fox Television. Monica Vallejo ( is running a Millennium mailing list.

Deep Background - David Duchovny

David Duchovny, 34, is probably best known for his memorable role as the transvestite detective Dennis/Denise in the television series "Twin Peaks." A native New Yorker, Duchovny graduated from Princeton University and then earned a graduate degree in English literature at Yale University, preparing for a career as a teacher. While at Yale, he began commuting to New York to study acting as a background to screenwriting and was soon appearing in off-Broadway plays. In 1987, in the midst of his doctoral studies, he left Yale to pursue acting full time.

Duchovny (pronounced doo-kuv'-nee), 6'1" tall, was born August 7, 1960. His parents, Amran (a publicist for the American Jewish Committee) and Margaret (an elementary school teacher) divorced when he was 11. He has one brother, Daniel, and a sister, Laurie. He resides in Malibu, Calif. [Fox press packet for _X Files_ and _People_ magazine, April 18, 1994 issue]. On May 6, 1997, he married actress Tea [acute accent over e] Leoni in New York City.

A FAQ on Duchovny kept by Kellie Matthews-Simmons ( and Sarah Stegall (

There are various "hormone brigades" devoted to Duchovny. The David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade (DDEB) mail list and its sister group the DDEB-2 list are both full. You can still join the Duchovniks list by sending the message "Subscribe duchovny-L " to

The David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade web page is located at

The Duchovniks home page is located at

New Years Day 1988
Working Girl 1988
Bad Influence 1988, 1989
"Twin Peaks" 1990
The Rapture 1991
Julia Has Two Lovers 1991
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 1991
Denial 1991
Venice/Venice 1992
Ruby 1992
"Red Shoe Diaries" 1992--present
Chaplin 1992
Beethoven 1992
"Baby Snatcher" 1992
Kalifornia 1993
"The X Files" 1993-present
"The Simpsons" (cartoon) 1997
Playing God 1997

Deep Background - Gillian Anderson

Gillian (pronounced jill'-ee-an) Anderson first gained recognition as an actresss for her off-Broadway performance in Alan Ayckbourne's "Absent Friends" at the Manhattan Theater Club, for which she won a Theatre World Award. Her love of theater began in high school where she participated in community theater. In college, Anderson studied with the National Theater of Great Britain at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and then at the Goodman Theater School at Chicago's DePaul University, where she obtained her BFA degree.

Anderson, 5' 2" tall, was born August 9, 1968 and lives in Los Angeles. [Fox press packet for _X Files_] She is separated from former _X Files_ art director Clyde Klotz, and gave birth to a daughter, Piper, on Sept. 25, 1994.

She is not related in any way to Jo Anderson who appeared as Diana in the television show _Beauty and the Beast_. Nor is she the woman salesperson that appears in the Saturn commercials.

A FAQ on Anderson has been put together by Alan Sawyer, You can read this FAQ on the following home page:

There is also a GA mail list: Send e-mail to with the message "Subscribe ." If you have problems subscribing, contact

The Gillian Anderson Web-Site with many Gillian Anderson links is at

Home Fires Burning 1992
"Class of '96" (8th ep.) 1993
"The X Files" 1993-present
"Exit to Eden" (audiotape) 1993
"Ground Zero" (audiotape) 1995
"Reboot" (cartoon) 1995
"The Simpsons" (cartoon) 1997
Hellcab 1997
The Mighty 1998

Newsgroups is the original newsgroup, discussing the show as aired on U.S./North American television.

United Kingdom viewers of the show might want to check out

Australian Viewers have the newsgroup

These latter two carry discussion minus spoilers that would appear on the North American newsgroup.

Russia also has an X Files newsgroup:

Electronic Mailing Lists

There is an Internet mailing list for _The X Files_, run by Chael Hall, which discusses the episodes currently being aired in North America. To sign up for the list, send a message to with "SUBSCRIBE X-FILES" (for instant messages) or "SUBSCRIBE X-FILES-DIGEST" (for digest mode). You will receive the list in digest mode unless specified.

A German moderated group posting only reliable information about the show has been established by Michael Kleinhenz, Only "official" submissions will be accepted such as reliable information about new episodes, books, comics. etc. Articles must be mailed to the moderator for approval before they will be mailed. To subscribe send mail to with "subscribe x-files-info" in the body of the message, not the subject line. This is a German-language list.

There are two UK mail lists. One available only as a weekly digest, discussing current airings can be subscribed to by e-mail to with the following text in your subject line: SUBSCRIBE X-FILES-UK. For the second UK mail list, send a note to with the notice "Subscribe XFiles " in the body of the message.

An Australian mail list, discussing _X Files_ episodes airing in Australia, has been established. Send e-mail to with the following in the body of the message: "Subscribe aus-xf . To send mail to the list, send your message to

If you are a Dutch speaking X-Phile you can join the Dutch X-Files mailing list. To subscribe send a message with subject "xf: aan ADMIN" to The body of the message must contain "subscribe, xf list ". You will receive the information you need to be a good list member and how to unsubscribe (should you ever choose so). A second Dutch mailing list, "Dutch Mulder and Scully Digest," talks about everything about the X Files. To subscribe, send email to and type "DMSD: subscribe" as subject and type your email address in the body of the message.

There is a mailing list for those who wish to discuss a Mulder/Scully romance. XF Romantics is a mailing list dedicated to discussion of the show with an emphasis on the romance. To subscribe, send an email to with the contents "subscribe xf-romantics," or, for the digest version, "subscribe xf-romantics-digest."

There are also a number of mailing lists for X Files fan fiction. One is x-files-fanfic, run by Monica Vallejo ( To subscribe, send a message to with no subject and the following as a complete text of the message: SUBECRIBE X-FILES-FANFIC.

Jeannine Ackerson has established the XF Creative mailing list. To subscribe, send a message to and put in the message "Subscribe XFCreative " or check out their website at

Other fan fiction email lists can be found posted in the newsgroup, or post an inquiry to the newsgroup.

Craig Winley runs a mailing list about X Files net resources. To subscribe, go to his web site at and follow the instructions. If you have questions, contact Craig at

FTP Sites and Home Pages

FTP Sites

The FTP site at has a variety of information, with the FAQs, episode guide, music, images, and fan fiction ; directory path is /xfiles.

An FTP site is at (/pub/x-files), storing only the graphic and sound files.

The FTP site is temporarily inactive. It also carries X Files material: sounds, .gifs, and creative stories; directory path is /pub/xfiles.

The site , run by Pete T. Manolakos (, carries text files only; directory path is /members/ptman/x-files.

Eric Shapow's ftp site is at It carries the stories.

The Gossamer Archives Project is archiving fan fiction at various servers around the world. Go to, for information.

Home Pages

With the number of possible home page addresses hitting over 1200, this section will be restricted to a fewer number of highlight sites. There are a few websites that have relatively comprehensive listings of X Files sites, particularly for North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Try checking these out before you search Yahoo:

X Links Central --

Phillip's Ultimate, Biggest List of X Files Links -- Danny Sanders' Dutch X Files Home Page --

The Official X Files Home Page, run by Fox Television, the official X Files site, is at

The X Files FAQ you are currently reading can be found at Mr Gigabyte's site:

Barbara Reuf explains the X Files mythology episodes in Ketchup on the Mythology Arc at her website, and also keeps the ATX Essay Challenge Archive, as well as the Newbie Info Kiosk: Tiny Dancer has an extensive Episode Guide at her site:

For local syndication information check out:
[the passwords are "trustno1," "cigarette smoking man," and "astadourian"]

Other non-North American websites can be found at: