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What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files' 

Updated December 11, 2019 130 votes 14 voters 50 items

List Rules Vote up the films and series you know other fans of The X-Files will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen The X-Files.

The X-Files kept viewers on the edge of their seats with alien investigations and the paranormal, so it's no surprise that you’d be on the hunt for similar shows to watch after binging the entire series. Well, search no more, because this list has some of the best recommendations for movies and TV shows similar to The X-Files.

Deciding what to watch after The X-Files really depends on your mood, but if you’re looking for more serialized investigative drama bridging the gap between science fiction and horror, Supernatural is a that features a team of brothers who search for and fight the paranormal in their quest to follow in their father's footsteps and uncover the mysteries surrounding the death of their mother that you’ll almost certainly love if you like The X-Files.

Some other movies and TV shows like The X-Files in this list are movies like X-Files: Fight the Future, which is a spinoff feature film featuring the characters and events from the series. Fringe is another good TV series that shares much in common with The X-Files by investigating paranormal activity and alternate dimensions. Other good TV and movies recommended for The X-Files fans include Preacher, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks.

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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that produced a TV movie prequel in 1992 and a third season continuing the story in 2017. The series follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) as he investigates the murder of a young woman in the strange town of Twin Peaks. ...more on Wikipedia

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Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. ...more on Wikipedia

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Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded on January 18, 2013, after five seasons and 100 episodes. The series follows Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Walter Bishop, all members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses fringe science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The series has been ...more on Wikipedia

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Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher (Dominic Cooper) enlists the help of a vampire to find God. ...more on Wikipedia

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