TV Series Like The X-Files

If you're looking for TV series similar to The X-Files, look no further than the best crime shows on TV. On this page we bring you top similar tv & streaming shows to watch on FOX and other networks, all with the same taste!

About The X-Files

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as "X-Files." Though the government is convinced that the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and realist Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), for most of the series, stop at nothing to prove that "the truth is out there." Series creator Chris Carter also serves as executive producer of the thrilling pop-culture phenomenon.

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Fringe

FOX • 2008 • IMDb: 8.5
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FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is assigned to the bureau's Fringe Division, in which she investigates unusual crimes and occurrences. Assisting Olivia in her investigations are once-institutionalised scientist Dr Walter Bishop, his jack-of-all-trades son, Peter, and FBI Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth. As the team investigates cases of science gone awry, they discover connections to their own past and to a parallel universe. As the team explores life and solves cases in these interconnected worlds, new discoveries and complications continue to arise.

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Supernatural

The CW • 2005 • IMDb: 8.5
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This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious and demonic creatures. Violent memories and relationship-threatening secrets add additional burdens on Sam and Dean as they investigate all things that go bump in the night. As old tricks and tools are rendered useless and friends betray them, the brothers must rely on each other as they encounter new enemies.

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Stranger Things

Netflix • 2016 • IMDb: 8.7
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After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm.

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Project Blue Book

Dr. J. Allen Hynek is a brilliant but under appreciated college professor who is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead an operation called Project Blue Book. He is joined by his partner, Air Force Capt. Michael Quinn as they investigate UFO sightings around the country. They use science to determine what really happened to cause the sighting, and some cases cannot be explained. In those instances, Hynek believes he's being duped by the government into a larger conspiracy that covers up the truth. It is set in the Cold War and atomic era, and each case blends UFO theories with authentic historical events.

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Dark

Netflix • 2017 • IMDb: 8.7
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A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families. When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and fractured relationships that exist among four families as they search for the kids. The mystery-drama series introduces an intricate puzzle filled with twists that include a web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town's troubled history -- whether they know it or not. The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the same town in 1986. "Dark" represents the first German original series produced for Netflix.

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Doctor Who

BBC America • 2005 • IMDb: 8.6
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An eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe, traveling via the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), which is his old and occasionally unreliable spaceship that resembles a blue police phone box (but changes its appearance depending on its surroundings) and is much, much larger inside than outside. She's back. The Thirteenth Doctor is returning for the thirteenth series in what is set to be a six-part Event Serial. Since their last epic battle in Revolution of the Daleks, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) have been exploring the universe together but with the Doctor now questioning everything about her past there she will undoubtedly be searching for answers. This adrenalin fueled; universe-spanning series will also see an addition to the TARDIS with actor and comedian John Bishop joining the cast as Dan Lewis who will quickly learn there's more to the Universe than he could ever believe. Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) is also set to make his debut on Doctor Who as reoccurring character, Vinder. Jacob's new role will see him join forces with the Doctor, Yaz and Dan as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure. Series 13 is set to introduce some terrifying new adversaries and the return of truly iconic old enemies. Expect action, fun, scares, extraordinary new worlds as the Doctor and her friends confront a deadly evil...

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The Mentalist

CBS • 2008 • IMDb: 8.1
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For years Patrick Jane has served as an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation, earning a reputation for unusual methods and disregard for protocol -- not to mention his former career as a "psychic" -- while using his link with the department to hunt Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter. When a scandal causes the dissolution of the CBI team, he goes to Mexico, until tracked down by the FBI and drawn into their fold to help solve crimes once again with his acute powers of observation. With negotiations he secures jobs there for his associates, Theresa Lisbon and Kimball Cho.

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Blindspot

NBC • 2015 • IMDb: 7.4
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Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, an FBI special agent at the New York field office. In season 1, as head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group, he is called into the investigation of Jane when his name is found mysteriously tattooed on Jane's body. He comes to recognize Jane as his missing childhood friend, Taylor Shaw, and becomes very protective. He has never recovered from the pain and guilt he suffered because of her disappearance. In the season 1 finale, he is promoted to head of the FBI's New York branch after Mayfair's disappearance. This is the goal of Stage One of the conspiracy behind Jane's tattoos: The tattoo investigations eliminated less ethical potential candidates; Weller also learns that Jane is not Taylor Shaw and that the real Taylor has been dead for years. He is so upset about being deceived that he arrests Jane and turns her over to the CIA. The two slowly rebuild their relationship from scratch in season 2, following her escape. At the start of season 3, he and Jane marry and move to Colorado to stay close to Weller's daughter, Bethany, but an attempted hit organized by Roman forces them back into the fight. Jane disappears for two years, and when they reunite and discover new tattoos on Jane's body, the two return to New York, where they rejoin their old team and try to track Roman down. In season 4, he discovers that the effects of ZIP (the drug that first wiped Jane's memories) have caused her to revert to her pre-ZIP persona, Remi, and are slowly poisoning her. These problems are resolved by successful treatments. In the end, after the team is dismissed from the FBI, he and Jane expand their family by taking in several foster children.

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Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvistist, The Wedding Photographer, A Summer Tale) is a respected detective, famed for having an unparalleled world record for solving murder cases. But when a bullet-ridden skull is found in the Swedish archipelago, DNA results confirm it belongs to a victim of Thailand's 2004 tsunami. Bäckström is faced with an inexplicable mystery that even he could not have imagined: Can you die twice? A thrillingly dark noir, Bäckström is based on the novel Kan man dö två gånger? (Can You Die Twice?) by Leif GW Persson, whose books also inspired the US TV series Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson as the title character. Streaming in the US and Canada exclusively on Acorn TV, Bäckström premieres Monday, April 26.

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Outer Range

Prime Video • 2022 • IMDb: 7.1
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Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming's wilderness. A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown. At the onset of the series, the Abbotts are coping with the disappearance of daughter-in-law Rebecca. They are pushed further to the brink when the Tillersons (the gaudy owners of the neighboring profit-driven ranch) make a play for their land. An untimely death in the community sets off a chain of tension-filled events, and seemingly small-town, soil-bound troubles come to a head with the arrival of a mysterious black void in the Abbotts' west pasture. Wild revelations unfold as Royal fights to protect his family; through his eyes, we begin to see how time contains secrets held in the past and unsettling mysteries foreshadowed.

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At Kamp Koral, the craziest sleepaway camp in the kelp forest, 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals spend the summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years is an upcoming American CG-animated television series that will premiere on CBS All Access on March 4, 2021. The series is a spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants, featuring the main cast as aged-down children attending a summer camp called "Kamp Koral". The first six episodes will be available at launch on Paramount+ on March 4, and the full 13-episode order will roll out on the platform at a later date. The original series’ voice cast will all reprise their roles for “Kamp Koral,” which is co-executive produced by Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica.

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Carter

WGN America • 2018 • IMDb: 6.6
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An embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood prompts Harley Carter, the star of America's No. 1 procedural TV show, to retreat to his small Ontario hometown to reconnect with his roots. Now that he's back, Harley wants to prove that he is more than a pretty face. But residents can't seem to see past his TV character and take him seriously, including his childhood friends Sam and Dave. So Harley taps into his acting experience to become an actual detective, partnering with police veteran Sam and street-smart, coffee truck owner Dave to solve real crimes, including the mystery of Harley's mother's disappearance years ago. The cast includes Sydney Poitier Heartsong as Carter's childhood friend and police officer Sam Shaw, Kristian Bruun as streetwise truck stop owner Dave Leigh, as well as Brenda Kamino. In Season 2 Lyriq Bent joined the cast as the interim police chief, Joyce Boyle and Andy Berman took over as showrunner. Produced by Amaze Film and Entertainment, the series is shot in North Bay, Ontario in 2017.

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Better Than Us

Netflix • 2018 • IMDb: 7.4
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A family on the brink of splitting up become the owners of a cutting-edge robot being sought by a corporation, homicide investigators and terrorists. Better Than Us (Russian: Лучше, чем люди, romanized: Luchshe, chem lyudi, literally Better Than Humans) is a Russian science fiction television series created by Andrey Junkovsky.

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Critically acclaimed actors, Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in the Sony Pictures Television-Produced drama based on the true story of Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and Kim Philby (Pearce) - two spies and lifelong friends. The six-episode limited series follows a friendship that resulted in the gutting of British and American intelligence at the height of the Cold War and shaped the field of play for the dangerous game against Russia that we're still trying to win today

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Perry Mason

HBO • 2020 • IMDb: 7.5
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Everyone is guilty of something. The new original series Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, premieres June 21 at 9PM on HBO. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

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Gossip Girl

HBO Max • 2021 • IMDb: 5.3
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Nine years ago, the original Gossip Girl website shut down. But after a new generation of New York’s young elite takes control of private school Constance Billard, the notorious blogger remerges as the number one source into their scandalous lives. After the conclusion of the original series, a new cast of Manhattan private schoolers takes the lead under the watchful eye of Gossip Girl, while demonstrating how much social media – and the landscape of New York City itself – has changed in the intervening years.

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Beecham House

PBS • 2019 • IMDb: 6.4
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A look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century. Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde, Murder on the Orient Express) steps into the role of enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion, Beecham House, to begin a new life with his family. The ensemble cast includes Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Gregory Fitoussi (Mr. Selfridge, Spiral), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge), Pallavi Sharda (Lion), Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour), Leo Suter (Clique, Victoria, Sanditon), Bessie Carter (Howard’s End), Viveik Kalra (Blinded By The Light) and Marc Warren (Safe, Hustle). Writer, director and producer Chadha is responsible for a number of international hit films including Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, Viceroy’s House and 2019’s Blinded By The Light.

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Heels

Starz • 2021 • IMDb: 8.1
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Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron ("Loki," the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O'Malley ("Shameless," "Survivor's Remorse") as showrunner, "Heels" stars Stephen Amell ("Arrow") as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, "Vikings") playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, "Shameless"), who directs several episodes, also serves as executive producer. The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack's wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack's business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace's valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who's been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout. Along with Waldron, O'Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment's Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as executive producers. "Heels" is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios.

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Why Women Kill

Paramount+ • 2019 • IMDb: 8.3
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PARAMOUNT+ RENEWS HIT ANTHOLOGY SERIES "WHY WOMEN KILL" FOR A THIRD SEASON Why Women Kill follows three women from different decades who are connected through having all lived in the same Pasadena mansion and experiencing infidelity in their marriages. Beth Ann Stanton remains content as a housewife in 1963 until she learns of her husband's unfaithfulness, socialite Simone Grove discovers her third husband's homosexuality and begins her own affair with a younger man in 1984, and although in an open marriage in 2019, attorney Taylor Harding finds her relationship tested when she and her husband become attracted to the same woman. The infidelity in each marriage sets off a chain of events that ends with a woman taking the life of another person. Allison Tolman (Emergence) and Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family) are set to star in the second season of CBS All Access’ anthology series Why Women Kill, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS Studios. (Deadline) Paramount+ announced that the second season of its original anthology series WHY WOMEN KILL will premiere on Thursday, June 3. The dark comedy's 10-episode arc will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for Paramount+ subscribers. A scintillating new teaser trailer and teaser art are now available, revealing there are secrets to be buried this season. From creator Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives," "Devious Maids"), season two of WHY WOMEN KILL features a new ensemble cast and storylines set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong... The second season stars Allison Tolman, Lana Parilla, B.K. Cannon, Jordane Christie, Matthew Daddario, Veronica Falcón and Nick Frost. WHY WOMEN KILL is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Studios. Cherry also serves as executive producer alongside Imagine's Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey; Acme Productions' Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Marc Webb, Francie Calfo, David Warren, Austin Guzman, and Curtis Kheel executive produce as well.

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Foundation

Apple TV+ • 2021 • IMDb: 7.5
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New stars joining the cast of "Foundation" for season two include: · Isabella Laughland as 'Brother Constant,' a cheerfully confident claric whose job is to evangelize the Church of the Galactic Spirit across the Outer Reach. Constant is a true believer, whose courage and passion make her hard not to love. · Kulvinder Ghir as 'Poly Verisof,' High Claric of the Church of the Galactic Spirit. Whip-smart and sardonic, he's also a terrible drunk -- intelligent enough to see the path he's on, but too cynical to change. · Sandra Yi Sencindiver as 'Enjoiner Rue,' the beautiful, politically savvy consigliere to Queen Sareth. A former courtesan to Cleon the 16th, Rue parlayed her status to become a royal counsellor. · Ella-Rae Smith as 'Queen Sareth' of Cloud Dominion. Used to being underestimated, Sareth employs it to her advantage, charming her way into the Imperial Palace with biting wit, all while on a secret quest for revenge. · Dimitri Leonidas as 'Hober Mallow,' a master trader with a sarcastic personality and questionable morals, who is summoned against his will to serve a higher, selfless cause. Apple TV+ released the trailer for "Foundation," the highly anticipated, epic saga based on Isaac Asimov's timeless trilogy of the same name. Revealing a deeper look than ever before at the unprecedented adaptation, the trailer invites audiences across the galaxy to embark on a thrilling and emotional journey following a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. "Foundation" is led by showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer and produced for Apple by Skydance Television with Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost also serving as executive producers.

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