General idea: The Truth Is Out There
Interesting because: This show re-defined paranoia for the ’90s. It spawned a new generation of science fiction (shows like Millennium and Dark Skies never could have existed without the X-Files) and lasted a full decade. Mulder and Scully played off of each other very well and I liked the baddie-of-the-week format.
Annoying because: The show went off the deep end after a few seasons. I think it jumped the shark after season 4, with the Mulder shotgun cliffhanger. Season 5 was still good, but they should have stopped the show after the first movie. The main plot just kept getting crazier and crazier until I couldn’t stand to watch it any longer. The rating for this series is really for seasons 1-5.
Best season(s): 2-4
Worst season(s): Anything after 5