The X-Files has been a hit TV show from the time it first aired in the 1990s right up to today. Unfortunately, for Mulder and Scully fans, The X-Files, isn’t always available to watch, even on Netflix. With that in mind, it’s good to have other shows to watch when The X-Files is off the air.
Never fear! The truth is out there in the form of many other shows that fans of The X-Files can enjoy on Netflix. Here are 10 shows on Netflix we think fans of The X-Files will enjoy.
A Netflix co-production with the U.K.’s Channel 4, Crazyhead follows a young woman unhappy with her job at the local bowling alley, and her nonconformist friend, as they battle demons on two fronts. In one sense, the pair battle their own demons as two young women navigating their 20s. On the other, they actually battle actual, real-life demons.
The complete six-episode first season is available on Netflix. Each episodes is around 45 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Crazyhead: If you like the fact that The X-Files follows two people who learn more about one another as they battle supernatural creatures, Crazyhead might be for you. The show also doesn’t take itself too seriously. Similar to The X-Files, there is an underlying level of humor added to what would otherwise be a scary situation.
2. The Fall
In The Fall, one of the best British crime dramas around, Gillian Anderson of The X-Files plays a detective superintendent trying to track down a serial killer while simultaneously dealing with her own personal issues. Jamie Dornan stars as the serial killer posing as a family man.
All three seasons of the 17-episode series are available on Netflix. Each episode is roughly an hour long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy The Fall: Gillian Anderson. Not only does Anderson star as the show’s lead investigator, but she also serves as an executive producer. Her performance certainly stands out.
Another interesting aspect of the show? It may continue what came to be known as the “Scully effect,” which increased interest among women in careers in science and law enforcement. The Fall isn’t as lighthearted as X-Files, but fans of Anderson will certainly enjoy it.
In a dramedy that originally aired on Showtime, The X-Files star David Duchovny plays a novelist riddled with writer’s block as he navigates relationships with his daughter and girlfriend while also dealing with vices including sex, drugs, and alcohol. Duchovny won a Golden Globe for his role as Hank Moody in the series.
All seven seasons and 84 episodes of Californication are available on Netflix. Episodes are generally half an hour long. It won two Emmy Awards for cinematography during its run, as well as Duchovny’s aforementioned Golden Globe win.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Californication: David Duchovny. It’s a decidedly different role from what fans might be used to in The X-Files, but the actor’s charm and snarky wit remain. Sex and drugs are common themes, so Californication is definitely adult material. But there’s no doubting the show’s quality.
Narrated by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes, UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) is a documentary look at the best film caught by amateurs of supposed video UFO footage.
Both episodes of the two-part documentary are available on Netflix. Each is roughly 45 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape): Episodes of The X-Files that feature aliens and UFOs are among the best, and this should keep your conspiracy theory juices flowing.
The documentary special was produced in the late 1990s, during the height of The X-Files‘ popularity. If you ever had your own desire to discover whether the truth is actually out there, this is a good place to start.
The CW’s Supernatural is so old that it premiered before The CW was even a thing — it originally aired on The WB. The drama, which is still (at the time of writing) on the air, follows brothers Sam and Dean as the cross the country and look into various paranormal cases. Does that sound familiar?
The show’s first 11 seasons are available on Netflix. Episodes are roughly 45 minutes long. The show just completed its 12th season on The CW — it’s the network’s longest-running show ever — and it has been renewed for season 13.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Supernatural: A pair of sometimes-bickering supernatural hunters crossing the country should be right up The X-Files fans’ alley. There are a slew of episodes available, so it should keep you busy until The X-Files returns. Plus, the series remains on the air, meaning new episodes are right around the corner.
Most The X-Files fans are probably already very familiar The Twilight Zone, one of the true classics of science fiction. However, if not, now is as good a time as any to get acquainted. Series creator Rod Serling hosts the anthology, which features a new horror, fantasy, science fiction, or suspense story in each episode.
Due to distribution/rights issues, season four of the five-season series is missing from Netflix. Episodes are generally 25 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy The Twilight Zone: If The X-Files is a modern-day science fiction classic, The Twilight Zone is the original. The show’s anthology format means you don’t know what you might get from episode to episode, and that’s a good thing. The Twilight Zone will definitely keep you guessing, and asking, “What if?”
CBS’s Criminal Minds is a crime procedural following FBI profilers who try to get inside the heads of psychopaths. The long-running series has also spawned two spinoffs, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Suspect Behavior lasted one season, while Beyond Borders lasted two.
The first 11 seasons of Criminal Minds are currently available on Netflix, with season 12 and beyond sure to follow. Each episode lasts around 45 minutes.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Criminal Minds: Criminal Minds doesn’t have the supernatural allure of The X-Files, but the procedural FBI crime-solving element is alive and well. Deep into its run, fans are still onboard. The show won the Favorite TV Crime Drama prize at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. It was the show’s first and only People’s Choice Awards win.
Unsealed: Alien Files is a documentary-style look at declassified information involving extraterrestrials and potential government cover-ups. If the cases on The X-Files were real, then many of them may have ended up in this syndicated series.
The show’s first four seasons are available on Netflix. The series is very binge-worthy, as each episode is shorter than 20 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Unsealed: Alien Files: The UFO, extraterrestrial, and conspiracy theories discussed in this show are perfect for any fans of The X-Files. I imagine Mulder himself would have this sitting in his Netflix queue. Also, the stories are based on real FBI documents that were declassified in 2011. It’s interesting to hear what actual government officials thought about each of the cases.
Fox’s long-running drama Bones follows an FBI agent and a forensic anthropologist as they solve cases in which the only remaining evidence is typically bones of dead people. The show, which stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, wrapped up its 12th and final season in March 2017.
Alas, seasons one through four of Bones aren’t available on Netflix, but seasons five through 11 are. There is no official word on whether or not season 12 will be added, but keep your fingers crossed. Episodes are roughly 45 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy Bones: Bones has the FBI case-solving element, as well as the will-they-or-won’t-they tension between the main characters. Like Criminal Minds or Supernatural, there are plenty of episodes available to keep you busy. Like The X-Files, Bones aired on Fox, so fans will most likely appreciate its tone.
10. The 4400
Originally aired in the U.S. on cable network USA, The 4400 is about 4,400 people who disappeared over the course of multiple decades beginning in the 1930s but have now suddenly reappeared. None of them show any signs of aging, and it becomes evident they now have strange and mysterious powers.
All four seasons of The 4400 are available on Netflix. Episodes are roughly 45 minutes long.
Why fans of The X-Files might enjoy The 4400: Some initially described The 4400 as a knockoff of The X-Files, which fans might consider a compliment. The show features a constant air of mystery. It doesn’t leave viewers hanging, as key questions are answered as early as the premiere. Also, every episode is available on Netflix, allowing you to binge on it from start to finish.
What Are Your Favorite Alternatives to The X-Files?
While watching old DVDs of The X-Files never gets old, it’s also nice to watch something new every now and again. We hope the shows on this list will help you do just that.
Which of our recommendations will you be watching first? Do you agree with them all? Or do you have a show in mind that isn’t on this list? Please let us know in the comments below!
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