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The X-Files franchise

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TitleThe X-Files
Image CaptionFrank Black (left, from Millennium) and Fox Mulder (right, from The X-Files) in the crossover episode "Millennium"
OriginThe X-Files
CreatorChris Carter
FilmsThe X-Files
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
TvThe X-Files
The Lone Gunmen
MusicMusic of The X-Files

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'The X-Files' is a science fiction-thriller franchise, initially conceived by Chris Carter. The franchise generally focused on paranormal or unexplained happenings. The first franchise release, simply titled The X-Files, first aired in September 1993 and ended in May 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones in the 1990s. 1996 saw the release of the franchise's first television spin off, entitled Millennium. In 1998, the first X-Files feature film was released, eventually grossing over 180 million United States dollars. A third series spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, was released in 2001 and abruptly cancelled. In 2002, Fox cancelled the franchise's first and last series, The X-Files. After a six-year break, the second film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, was released. It grossed roughly 60 million United States dollars worldwide. The franchise currently remains on hiatus.

In addition to film and television, the The X-Files franchise has expanded into other media, including books, video games, and comic books. These supplements to the film and television series have resulted in significant development of the show's fictional universe and mythology.

Due to multiple developers working separately and independently on the franchise over the years, the various X-Files productions are not entirely consistent with each other; and while no set of works forms an official canon, the largest following exists for the three live-action series. Through the work of various authors and developers, at least six separate story cycles can be discerned, some of which are continuations of the other ones (either endorsed or unendorsed by their ancestor).

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United States Foreign Total
The X-Files: Fight the Future June 19, 1998 $83,898,313 $105,278,110 $189,176,423 Rob Bowman
The X-Files: I Want to Believe July 25, 2008 $20,982,478 $47,386,956 $68,369,434 Chris Carter
Series Creator(s) Original Run Episodes Seasons
Debut End
The X-Files Chris Carter September 10, 1993 May 19, 2002 202 9
Millennium Chris Carter October 25, 1996 May 21, 1999 61 3
The Lone Gunmen Chris Carter March 2, 2001 June 1, 2001 13 1

The X-Files franchise

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