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I've noticed that the X-Files has 2 different opening credit sequences: one with those weird growing goo fern things and the text "Paranormal Activity" and one without. Does anyone know why?

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The opening sequence stayed the same from Season 1 through Season 7 (Duchovny left). With Season 8, Robert Patrick was added, pictures of Mulder and Scully were updated and other images were altered. Season 9 saw a completely new opening sequence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files#Opening_title_sequence

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    I think there were a few minor variations along the way though, weren’t there? Like the text “The truth is out there” was sometimes substituted with something else. Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:43
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    @PaulD.Waite: Indeed, the Wikipedia article has a small list. And that is not to mention internationalized versions; e.g. the German version of the intro would always show the episode title instead of a generic tagline where the original version had The truth is out there. Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 23:41
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    @PaulD.Waite They did subtly change the opening theme each season. More echoes and things like that. Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 23:23

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