The X-Files first aired in the US in the autumn of 1993, on FOX TV network.
A year after, in the autumn of 1994, the series started to show in
Greece, on ANTENNA
TV, under the
title "Unsolved Cases". It was scheduled for every Monday, after midnight, but
because of other programs' delays, it usually started much later. The reviews it got were
good, but ÁÍÔENNA did not push it enough, while its weird showing time and awfully lot
commercial breaks made it practically impossible to watch. The show was inevidably
After Antenna's failure, and for more than one year, no Greek TV channel
showed any interest for the series, although it had already gained a huge audience all
over the world.
On May, 1996, Star Channel
bought the rights to the series and pushed it heavily with frequent treilers. It premiered
on Monday, June 3rd, at 9pm. Star Channel showed all the episodes ÁÍÔENNA had already
broadcast (Season 1), maintaining the American showing order. Season 1 was completed on
November 11th, and Season 2 showed from November 25th 1996 through May 26th 1997. Season 3
broadcasts started on June 2nd, 1997 and ended on January 12th, 1998. In the following
months, Star Channel were broadcasting older episodes. Season 4 premiered on September
28th, 1998, and ended on March 15th, 1999. Unfortunately, Star did not
continue with Series 5 episodes on Monday March 22nd, 1999...
On March 2001,
TV signed an exclusive deal with Fox to broadcast its programs,
including The X-Files. From May 1st until mid-October
2001, seasons 1-4
were broadcast. Season 5
began on October 18th 2001, and ended
December 16th 2001. Season 6 began on December 17th 2001 and ended on April
25th 2002. Season 7 began on April 26th 2002, and came to a pause for
summer. It resumed on October 1st 2002 and finished
on October 29th 2002. Season 8 began on October 31st 2002 and ended on
April 10th 2003.
TV have since started airing re-runs of old episodes, and they have
hinted that Season 9 will air in October 2003.
The first three
seasons were very popular in Greece, as most
episodes ranked between the top five foreign shows, according to the TV ratings company AGB. Season 4 episodes weren't as popular.
Episode ratings on
TV are satisfactory, given the almost-daily
programming and the time episodes air.