I don't remember the first X-Files episode I watched, but I remember the room I was in. It was dark, certainly after midnight, and my parents were asleep upstairs; I was probably 9. As two FBI agents, evocatively named Mulder and Scully, investigated a paranormal crime that extended beyond my limited understanding of the world, I was filled with the fear of being caught. My parents hadn't explicitly told me that I couldn't watch The X-Files, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching a forbidden transmission from the adult world.
That's partly why I became completely transfixed by this dark, funny, and terrifying show, and why I consider the 1993-2002 series one of my favorite TV shows ever. It's also why I still haven't watched Fox's six-episode X-Files mini-series, which ended its run on Monday. And I might not ever watch it, because I'm too scared.