26 Things You Didn't Know About The X-Files  

Derrick Deane
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Few television shows achieved the cult classic level of The X-Files. At one time, it was the longest running North American sci-fi TV show and it still has legions of fans all over the world to this day. But what tiny trivia facts and behind the scenes tidbits might you have missed Travel back in time with FBI agents Mulder and Scully and find out all about some cool X-Files trivia from one of the most popular '90s shows and most iconic television series of all time. 

The truth is in here as we reveal what prompted Chris Carter to create the show, how the iconic theme song came together, which actors the network wanted out, and much more on this list of X-Files facts.

This award-winning scifi series is wildly popular, but there are plenty of things you might not know about the beloved show. So read on and get to know The X-Files even better!
Gillian Anderson Spent Most of Her Time Standing on a Box
For many of the scenes in which Mulder and Scully stood face to face, Anderson would stand on a box to compensate for the nine inch height difference with co-star Duchovny (Anderson is 5'3", while Duchovny is 6"0").
The Opening Theme Was Created Almost by Accident
After creating the whistling effect, Mark Snow was still stuck on the melody of the theme song. After Chris Carter had walked out of the room, Snow put his hand and forearm on the keyboard in frustration. The keyboard had been accidentally set to an echo effect but Carter liked the sound and, combined with the whistling effect, a theme song for the was born.
When it First Aired, Entertainment Weekly Predicted an Early Cancellation
Well, they missed this prediction by a lot. The X-Files would go on to be the longest-running North American sci-fi TV series before being surpassed by Stargate SG-1 in 2007. SG-1 was surpassed in 2011 by Smallville for the title. Meanwhile, Dr. Who fans are thinking, "11 seasons. That's cute."
Fox Wanted a Different Actress for Scully
Network executives originally wanted a "taller, leggier, blonder, and breastier" actress but series creator Chris Carter lobbied for the then unknown actress Gillian Anderson instead.