The Lone Gunmen premiered on FOX in March 4, 2001. This hugely popular trio of computer-hacking conspiracy freaks break free of The X-Files to spin off into their own series, the brainchild of X-Files creator Chris Carter. After years of playing second fiddle to Special Agents Mulder and Scully on the hit Fox series The X-Files, the hugely popular trio of computer-hacking conspiracy freaks are finally heading out on their own. Never ones to stray far from the center of corporate and government intrigue, the mischievous threesome of Langley, Byers and Frohike play like a misguided Mission Impossible team, embarking on a series of adventures both comic and dramatic that simultaneously highlight their genius and ineptitude. And while their newfound independence inspires them to investigate even the most shadowy of conspiracies, their social skills remain stagnant, which only makes their lives more difficult when they learn that their chief competitor in the 'information business' is a brilliant and beautiful woman.