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X-files is one of my favorite shows.  It uses realistic details and
sympathetic, well-acted heroes (the intense and charismatic Agent
Mulder and his sensitive, intelligent sidekick Scully) to make
fantastic and paranormal events seem believable.  Mulder is the
underdog, obsessed with finding the truth.  The agency and the
government are always the villains, involved in a conspiracy to
prevent Mulder and  Scully from finding the truth or
revealing it to the public.  This gives the show its narrative drive,
aside from the weekly investigation of some fantastic mystery.
The show plays into public paranoia about the government as a
conspiracy against the people.  (Unfortunately, this same paranoia
is easily manipulated by right-wing demagogues.)  Andrew Gordon