The X Files (Season 1) (1993)

The first season of Chris Carter’s classic, divisive science-fiction show has its fair share of silly moments and hasn’t aged particularly well, but all the elements that would later lead to terrific seasons are here: There’s Fox Mulder, played here with sincerity and understated charm by David Duchovny, the immortal opening credits and theme, as well as the groundwork for an extraterrestrial and government conspiracy mythology that carries into the later seasons and stamps the overall show with an eerie undertone of plausibility. However, this show is nothing without Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully, whose rational and detached approach to investigative work makes her gradual progression into full believer all the more compelling and thrilling, made famous by Anderson’s authoritative and commanding performance.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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