On Sept. 10, 1993, genre television changed forever with the premiere of The X-Files on Fox. Now, 25 years, 11 seasons of television (with a 14-year gap in between Seasons 9 and 10), and two feature films later, we're still talking about this addictive, powerful, celebrated show, and if you're an X-Files superfan, you're also probably still rewatching it quite a bit.
Even if you're not a habitual X-Files rewatcher, though, you might want to celebrate the 25th birthday of the franchise in style this year, and in that case BBC America has you covered. The network — the American home of Doctor Who that's also known for frequent reruns of classics like Star Trek — announced Tuesday that it will celebrate a quarter century of The X-Files with a five-day marathon of the show's classic first nine seasons and both feature films: The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).
The marathon will kick off at 6 a.m. EST on Monday, Sept. 10, and continue throughout the week, finally wrapping up on Friday, Sept. 14. That's five days of Mulder and Scully, five days of monsters of the week, five days of black oil, five days of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and five days of wanting to believe. Sure, you could stream the show any time, but there's nothing like an old-fashioned marathon to remind you of those days when you had to make sure to catch The X-Files when it was on.
To mark the occasion, BBC America has also released a teaser for the marathon, complete with the classic Scully eye roll.
The marathon is also arriving at a rather interesting time for The X-Files as a franchise, because we really don't know exactly what the future might hold right now. Gillian Anderson has proclaimed that she will not be returning as Dana Scully for any future installments of the series, making her last appearance as the character the rather divisive Season 11 finale earlier this year.
That said, creator Chris Carter has always allowed for the possibility of the series continuing with other characters (just as new characters stepped in when Mulder's role was reduced) and other stories. And while Fox has said there are no plans for more episodes right now, that doesn't mean there never will be. Still, the long wait for new episodes in the first place, coupled with Anderson's decision to finally turn in her badge, sets a certain tone. The X-Files as we knew it is long gone, so revisiting the show at its best might be a good remedy for that feeling.
The X-Files marathon begins in less than two weeks. Which episodes will you be making sure to catch?