The X-Files
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pilleggi
Chris Carter
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Science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, mystery, comedy-drama
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The X-Files was an American science fiction, horror and thriller series created by Chris Carter for Fox television. It ran for nine seasons and spawned one spin-off - The Lone Gunmen - and two feature films.

Series summaryEdit

FBI special agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is assigned to the agency's X-Files division, which investigates cases that cannot be explained by conventional means. She is paired up with Fox 'Spooky' Mulder (David Duchovny), a brilliant criminal profiler who has been obsessed with the supernatural ever since his sister was abducted, apparently by aliens, as a child. Scully's brand of no-nonsense scepticism and Mulder's fervent belief in things beyond the rational collide as their investigations take in aliens, ghosts, vampires, government conspiracies and other extreme phenomena.

Eventually Mulder and Scully were replaced by other agents: sceptic John Doggett (Robert Patrick) and believer Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish).

Westphall connections in The X-FilesEdit

  • In the episode "Unusual Suspects", Fox Mulder finds himself interrogated by Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) of the Baltimore police department; Munch was a character in Homicide: Life on the Street and, later, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • The episode "Millennium", Mulder and Scully meet up with an ex-FBI agent named Frank Black (Lance Henriksen). Black was the protagonist of the TV series Millennium, which was also created by Chris Carter and ran for three years.

Westphall connections to The X-FilesEdit

  • The TV series Fringe is also about FBI agents investigating the unexplained. In the episode "A New Day in the Old Town", mention is made of the '90s 'X division'. Slightly complicating this is a glimpse of an episode of The X-Files on a TV.
  • Another Millennium connection: both shows had episodes featuring an author named Jose Chung (Charles Nelson Reilly); The X-Files' was "Jose Chung's From Outer Space", while Millennium's was called "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defence".
  • In the Picket Fences episode "Away in the Manger", strange things begin to happen to the cows of Rome, Wisconsin; one of the characters comments on similarly odd things happening in nearby Delta Glen. Delta Glen was the town that Mulder and Scully investigated in the X-Files episode "Red Museum". Originally this was to have been a full-blown crossover until CBS (which aired Picket Fences) and Fox refused to agree to the event.
  • "Brothers Grim", an episode of the TV series Strange Luck, ends with the brother of the protagonist, Chance Harper, telling him that if he ever gets in any trouble he should contact Fox Mulder of the FBI. The producers of Strange Luck actually got permission from Chris Carter to use the name, and possibly may have done a true crossover if the series had been renewed.


  • The Lone Gunmen, three conspiracy freaks who run a newspaper and sometimes supply Mulder with information, proved popular enough to earn their own spin-off series. The Lone Gunmen was a much broader, more comical series than The X-Files and ran for just one season.

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Non-Westphall connectionsEdit

  • The X-Files episode "X-Cops" is shot in a faux-documentary style as Mulder and Scully are filmed by the crew of real-life documentary show COPS. However, factual shows are not included in the Westphall multiverse.
  • Although "The Springfield Files" episode of The Simpsons stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully investigating an alien sighting in Springfield, animated shows are not included in the Westphall multiverse.

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