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

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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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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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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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch. ...more on Wikipedia

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things". The show explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil ...more on Wikipedia

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