FBI agents are allowed to smoke

1994-2003 (Pro Sieben). "The FBI's Creepy Cases". 202 pcs. US mystery series by Chris Carter ("The X-Files"; 1993-2002).

FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) deal with the X-Files: unexplained, paranormal phenomena. Mulder has believed in the existence of extraterrestrial life since his sister was abducted by aliens when he was eight, while Scully is skeptical. She had originally been assigned to Mulder by the FBI to monitor him. Together they investigate cases of UFO sightings, monsters, mutations and strange marks, shape shifters, regrowing heads and spontaneous combustion and a government conspiracy. It often appears that the government knows more and is not at all interested in investigating the cases. In between, the X-Files are closed occasionally, but in the end Mulder and Scully always get their jobs back.

Deputy FBI Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is Mulder and Scully's superior and often supports them, even though he should be on the government side. The mysterious chain smoker (William B. Davis), whose name no one knows and whom Mulder only calls "Cancer Candidate," seems to know the answer to all questions. The "man with the deep voice" (Jerry Hardin), whose true identity Mulder does not know himself, is initially his informant. Mulder seeks his advice in particularly hopeless situations. He is murdered at the end of the first season, and Mulder now looks up "Mr. X "(Steven Williams). Three eccentric conspiracy theorists named Melvin Frohike (Tom Braidwood), Ringo Langly (Dean Haglund) and John Byers (Bruce Harwood), who publish the conspiracy magazine “Die einsamen Schützen”, seem to be able to help in any obscure situation. Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) is an FBI agent whose intentions are never entirely clear, but which often don't appear to be good. He murders Mulder's father and Scully's sister, but fails because of Mulder himself and later turns out to be a Russian double agent.

At the beginning of the fourth season in the fall of 1997, Scully is kidnapped by aliens. She comes back home, but as a result develops cancer a year later, but it can be cured. In the sixth season, Mulder finds more and more evidence of a government conspiracy and that an alien invasion is imminent, in the event of which the production of alien-human hybrids has already begun, which will then serve as slaves. The seventh season brings to light that the cancer candidate is Mulder's real father. In the spring of 2001, Krycek pushes the now seriously ill cancer candidate down the stairs in a wheelchair and seems to kill him with it. At the same time, Mulder is abducted by aliens, and Scully appears to conceive like the Virgin Mary - a late consequence of the abduction. Agent John Doggett (Robert Patrick) is assigned to the X-Files while Mulder is absent and is now investigating mysterious incidents and the disappearance of Mulder with Scully. A relaxed phase begins in which the complicated conspiracy connections are left out for a while and instead Scully and Doggett quite simply, like in the early years Mulder and Scully, chase the green forest spirit in a few self-contained episodes. Or so.

Mulder reappears in the middle of season eight, appears dead but is cured by the alien virus. Scully gives birth to her child, William (James and Travis Riker), who is surprisingly neither green nor has funny antennae on its head, but is of course still a mutant who, at just a few months, has telekinetic abilities that aliens can rely on have aside. The two most asexual people on all of television, Mulder and Scully, kiss, but the question of whether Mulder might be the child's father remains open and he leaves the FBI.

In the ninth and final season, Doggett, Scully and new agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) continue his work. The lonely shooters die from a virus bred by an evil professor. Mulder returns in the two hour series finale. He is on trial and charged with killing someone who is an alien super soldier and not mortal at all. The tribunal is made up of a number of evil aliens and government conspirators, and Mulder is found guilty. Doggett and Skinner rescue him from death row and together find the cancer candidate on an Indian reservation in New Mexico, near Roswell, where a spaceship crashed in 1947. The magnetic rocks there protect the wise Indians from the virus with which the earth is infected. But Mulder's pursuers are already there and blow up the entire area, killing the cancer candidate. Mulder and Scully escape and cuddle.

"The truth is out there somewhere" became the motto of the series. Some episodes broke the usual format and were shot in black and white or widescreen, while others fooled themselves or other TV series. In Germany ran X-Files on alternating days of the week at prime time and became one of Pro Sieben's greatest successes. The series triggered a mystery boom in the USA and Germany, which brought with it many other series that tried to get to the bottom of supernatural phenomena. In 1998, “The X Files - The Film” came into the cinema and was shown on television on April 16, 2001 - on Pro-Sieben competitor RTL, of all places, and that - oops! - on the X-Files-Transmission slot on a Monday at 8.15 p.m. The three conspiracy theorists got their own (comedy!) Series in the USA in 2001 The lonely shooterswhich, however, flopped and was already set again when it closed X-Files returned and died there.