The X-Files is famous for keeping its own secrets under wraps, let alone the government’s, but did you know creator Chris Carter first dreamed up Mulder and Scully after learning over three million Americans claim to have been abducted by aliens? Or that The X-Files practically invented the concept of mixing standalone and mythology episodes? These are just some of the out-there truths to uncover in the sixth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which cuts through the conspiracy to investigate the legendary X-Files!

According to Carter, both Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) emerged as a natural dichotomy in his head, the former representing his skepticism and inability to believe in things, while the latter accounted for his faith. Carter had an easy time naming the pair, Fox after a childhood friend (rather than the network), and Scully after a famous Dodgers announcer, though casting proved somewhat trickier under FOX’s unfortunate stipulations about any actress hired.

‘You Think You Know TV?’ is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the worlds of your favorite TV series and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known, as with our first installments for The Flash, Arrow, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Our companion series ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ has already tackled everything from Mad Max to The Avengers and Spider-Man, but now it’s time to discover the truth behind The X-Files with facts from our latest video!

Watch TV and movie installments of ‘You Think You Know’ down below, in addition to our X-Files entry above, and let us know what shows we should cover next!

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