Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files (Hardcover)

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By Zack Handlen, Todd VanDerWerff, Chris Carter (Foreword by), Patrick Leger (Illustrator)
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As a fan of the The X-Files TV series, I couldn't resist reading this book.  It took me back to episodes that I still think of to this day and to some of the scariest TV I have ever watched!

In addition, a fascinating introduction gives insight to how and why this series was created and what other shows helped pave the way for its creation and success. A great read, not only for fans, but for anyone interested in the making of a TV show.

— Joy


In 1993, Fox debuted a strange new television show called The X-Files. Little did anyone suspect that the series would become one of the network’s biggest hits—and change the landscape of television in the process. Now, on the occasion of the show’s 25th anniversary, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff unpack exactly what made this haunting show so groundbreaking. Witty and insightful reviews of every episode of the series, revised and updated from the authors’ popular A.V. Club recaps, leave no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection even includes exclusive interviews with some of the stars and screenwriters, as well as an original foreword by X-Files creator and showrunner Chris Carter. This complete critical companion is the book about The X-Files, the definitive guide whether you’re a lifelong viewer wanting to relive memories of watching the show when it first aired or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time.

About the Author

Zack Handlen is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears online at the A.V. Club. He has also written for io9, Inverse, and the Toast and is the author of If You Like Monty Python . . . He lives in Lewiston, Maine.

Todd VanDerWerff is the critic-at-large for Vox and the first TV editor of the A.V. Club. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Grantland. He lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

"This rich critical companion provides what evert X-Files fan deserves"

— Entertainment Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419732478
ISBN-10: 1419732471
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English