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About two weeks ago, I had never seen an episode of The X-Files.

I am in the process of watching The X-Files back to back, having never seen them before. I am about half way through season 2.

Some guys at work have told me I need to watch the movie at the right time or it will ruin the entire thing, but they can't remember when.

So, when should I watch the first, and by extension any other X-Files movies?

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    I'm not sure I understand the difference. The link lays out that The film takes place between seasons 5 and 6 which was also when it was released. That's the point when you should watch it. – user1027 Apr 16 '12 at 20:24
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    OK, I was given the impression that this may not be the case, thanks! – JMK Apr 16 '12 at 21:02
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    And the second X-Files movie you should never watch, unless you want to run the MSR – CamelBlues Apr 20 '12 at 17:51
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    @CamelBlues What does "run the MSR" mean? – pacoverflow Nov 3 '14 at 2:11
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    @pacoverflow sorry, I meant "ruin", not run. MSR stands for Mulder-Scully relationship – CamelBlues Nov 3 '14 at 17:15
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X-Files afficianado Robert Frost came up with the following watch order for the series and its various spin-offs and crossovers.

visual watch order for x-files, as detailed below

Watch The X-Files, seasons 1 – 5.

The first X-Files movie, simply titled X-Files, but now often referred to as X-Files: Fight the Future, takes place in-between seasons 5 and 6.

Watch season 6.

Start Season 7. Season 7 features an episode titled “Millennium”. It is episode 4 of the season. The episode is intended to serve as a conclusion to the series Millennium. You do not need to watch the series Millennium to watch episode 4, but if you want to watch Millennium, watch it between episodes 3 and 4 of X-Files season 7.

Complete Season 7. Watch Season 8.

Start Season 9. Episode 15 of season 9 is called “Jump the Shark”. This episode serves as an end to the story of The Lone Gunmen. If you want to watch the one season of the spin-off The Lone Gunmen, watch it before episode 15. Then complete Season 9. Watch the second film, titled X-Files: I Want to Believe. The ending of this film pretty much leaves the characters in the state we find them in the new miniseries.

Watch the new X-Files (2016) [Season 10] 6 episode miniseries.

The show continued into a Season 11 which should obviously be watched after the previous season.


Additionally, there were several comicbook spinoffs, notably a "Season 11" comic serial, executive-produced by X-Files showrunner Chris Carter. This should obviously be read after the finale of Season 11 as it contains (some) spoilers and functions as an alternate ending to the show.

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