First of all, TWENTY YEARS? Holy shit. I feel incredibly old right now.
The X-Files premiered on September 10, 1993, but with the on-screen date of March 6, 1992.
Why does this matter? Why should anyone, including you or I care?
Well, for me, The X-Files was a life changing event. The show changed the way I looked at the world around me, for good or ill, and it helped me hang on when I was so depressed that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it to the next episode or not. For the record, my obsession was so great that I honestly think my need to find out what would happen next (and when would they hook up, damn it) trumped any suicidal thoughts that I possibly had at the time.