Sci-fi fans have been very cross with Netflix ever since it took the 90’s classic drama series, The X-Files, off the platform.
The X-Files is an immensely familiar name for Sci-fi fans. Its popularity as a classic in the genre has never ceased to decline, even after two decades of being aired. The show is critically-acclaimed and a great watch for anyone who swears by government-conspiracies, alien-invasion concepts and the paranormal. It’s interesting, keeps you on your toes and you can never guess what happens next.
- What is The X-Files about?
- The show was to cancel after its first season
- When can sci-fi fans watch The X-Files on Netflix again?
Created by Chris Carter, the series aired on Fox between September 1993 and May 2002, concluding with 202 episodes. Originally nine seasons, the show was rebooted for a short tenth and eleventh seasons in 2016. The series has two feature films to its name and it doesn’t look like its popularity is going downhill anytime soon.
The X-Files was available for fans to stream on Netflix for several years, until being taken down recently. So, where can fans stream it now and continue watching FBI agents Mulder and Scully fight ghosts and aliens? (all right, we’ll rephrase: investigate ghosts and aliens). Will fans be able to see The X-Files on Netflix again?
Keep reading to find out.
What is The X-Files about?
How can a television series like The X-Files not be a fan favourite? Its conspiracy theories and investigation of the paranormal have had fans hooked since it aired.
The show follows FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who are the polar opposites to each other.
Mulder (David Duchovny) believes in UFOs and the government’s conspiracy to hide and deny their existence. Much of his belief stems from the disappearance of his sister and his futile search for her. Scully, (Gillian Anderson) on the other hand, is relentless in her pursuit to be the voice of reason. She’s a physician and a skeptic, and usually bases her beliefs on science, unlike Mulder.
While Mulder keeps the story going with his theories, Scully’s reasoning balances the duo. It’s what makes the show interesting: a believer-skeptic duo investigating unusually eerie cases left unsolved by the FBI.
The workplace banter between the series’ lead characters turned it into a 90’s sensation and it still holds up. The X-Files is smart and fascinating, and raised the bar for sci-fi television dramas for years to come. Fans will never be able to forget iconic phrases such as “trust no one” or “purity control”.
The show was to cancel after its first season
Before the show premiered, there was a fair amount of uncertainty on how long it would go on for. With no long-term plans guiding the writers’ room, season 1 was written as a one-off based on alien abduction lore. Creator Chris Carter, however, did include standalone story arcs in the season’s later episodes.
The season’s second half presented ideas involving monsters and government cover-ups, but they had no connection to each other. The appearance of the Cigarette Smoking Man gave a glimpse into Mulder’s sisters’ abduction, and went on to become one of the series’ major plotlines. Other mythological concepts were added to continue being explored in the later seasons.
The X-Files was split into two different kinds of episodes that tied the show together. There was the ‘case of the week’ plot thread and a unique mythological angle. At first, the series just touched the character’s paranoia of extraterrestrial beings and the way of the government. It didn’t turn into an overblown sci-fi opera until the later seasons and was really compelling to watch.
Fans were thrilled to binge-watch The X-Files on Netflix, and were disappointed when the platform took the show off. But with the sci-fi genre’s soaring popularity, the show might just get a Netflix reboot with a new cast.
When can sci-fi fans watch The X-Files on Netflix again?
The X-Files might seem dated, but it is significant in the sci-fi genre and inspired many shows that came after. Its conspiracy theories and investigation of the unknown will always stand the test of time. It’s why the show still has its old fan base, as well as a newly growing one.
Fans could previously binge-watch The X-Files on Netflix to their heart’s content, but sadly, that’s not the case anymore. The series was completely removed from the streaming platform recently, and fans have been pretty cross about it.
For old fans or new ones, The X-Files is currently available to stream in its entirety. While Amazon Prime Video has rights to the show and premieres the first few seasons, it’s also available on Hulu. All 11 seasons and 202 episodes can be found and binge-watched on Hulu, along with the 2008 film sequel too. Until subscribers can experience The X-Files on Netflix again, Hulu will do just fine.
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