By Sierra Filucci,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show deals with a vast conspiracy of lies and cover-ups and alludes to the real-life corruptibility of government. Scully and Mulder often break the law to get the information they're looking for. However, the partners treat each other with care and kindness even if they often disagree.
Positive Role Models
Mulder and Scully have a relationship of equals, devoid of traditional male dominance. They are also very loyal to each other. Scully's approach is more intellectual, while Mulder believes in conspiracies and the supernatural. The two are in pursuit of justice but occasionally go against the law when they believe they're right. They demonstrate curiosity, communication, and teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
Most episodes have scary elements, some with gruesome creatures and behavior. Some episodes include strong violence, including stabbings, gunfights, and physical violence -- some very graphic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual tension between main characters, and some episodes deal with sexuality on a variety of levels (an alien shape-shifts from male to female after having sex, for example) while others don't address it at all. Rare allusions to unusual sexual practices, such as inbreeding.
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Mild profanity, such as "damn," "hell," and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A recurring bad guy smokes cigarettes constantly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The X-Files is a dark sci-fi drama that can be very scary at times, sometimes depicting monsters, deformed humans, disturbing scenarios, and violent acts. The show's mythology centers on government conspiracy, cover-ups, and the possibility of alien abductions. Younger viewers may be frightened by the possibility of abduction and scared by the often-graphic images of slimy creatures and the constant, tension-building entrances into dark holes, pits, and sewers.
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What's the Story?
THE X-FILES features Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as FBI agents charged with investigating cases that involve the paranormal. Along with dark, often-scary episodes about specific creatures or unexplained events, the show revolves around a mythology of government conspiracies and cover-ups related to extraterrestrials. Mulder is deeply suspicious of the government and believes fervently in the existence of extraterrestrials, due to the fact that he remembers his sister being abducted by aliens when he was a child. Scully, a trained medical doctor, starts out as a skeptic assigned to the X-Files to debunk Mulder's unpopular theories, but she eventually comes to believe in the paranormal.
Is It Any Good?
Both creepy and intriguing, this series was hugely popular during its nine-year run on Fox in the 1990s and early 2000s (at the time of review it airs in syndication and is available on DVD). Teens who like sci-fi or horror will enjoy The X-Files for its complexity and rich character development. Parents may want to preview episodes for appropriateness for younger or more sensitive teens, since some shows are scarier than others. Viewers jumping into the middle of a season may be confused by the episodes dealing with detailed backstories.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Mulder and Scully's partnership on The X-Files. Why do they make such a good team? What does each bring to their relationship?
Families can also discuss their beliefs about aliens. Is there life on other planets? If so, what form do you think it might take? Have humans already had contact with alien beings? Are aliens to be feared or sought out? What types of paranormal or spiritual situations do your family members believe in (such as ESP, psychics, or faith healing)?
How do the characters on The X-Files demonstrate curiosity, communication, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: September 10, 1993
- Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
- Networks: Syfy, TNT
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Character Strengths: Communication, Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: April 1, 2022
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