The first seven seasons of The X-Files were good. David Duchovng and Gillian Anderson worked well together. Most episodes stood alone and were 3 1/2 to 4 star entertainment. Duchovng's departure at the end of Season 7 along with moving production to the United States were the death knell for the X-Files. I do not recommend seasons 8 or 9. Gillian continued to give good performances but was unable to carry the heavy load alone. The acting by many of the cast hired to support her was not distinguishable. For example, the participant cast as the new Season 8 Deputy FBI Director was sarcastic, angry and annoying. There was obvious padding of the scripts. I regret not putting The X-Files to rest at the end of season 7.