On this day in 1993, The X-Files began its run with the pilot episode.

Ten TV seasons, two feature films, one spin-off series and tons of merchandise – the franchise is still blooming in 2016. The X-Files is FOX’s longest-running sci-fi series and notably its most successful drama series ever. Toward the end of the 1990s, it was the most lucrative show on American television. It is the first ever TV series to launch an official website, and the first TV series ever released on DVD. It was highly acknowledged by the Golden Globes, setting a record for most wins (3) in the Best Drama Series category. Time magazine called it the “cultural touchstone” of the 1990s. According to a survey made by The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry considers it the best sci-fi/supernatural TV series of all-time (third best TV show overall).