It was a spin-off of Carter's science fiction television series The X-Files and a part of The X-Files franchise, starring several of the show's characters.
The Lone Gunmen was first broadcast in March 2001 and, despite positive reviews, its ratings dropped.
The program was cancelled after thirteen episodes.
The last episode was broadcast in June 2001 and ended on a cliffhanger which was partially resolved in a ninth-season episode of The X-Files entitled "Jump the Shark".
The series revolved around the three characters of
The Lone Gunmen: Melvin Frohike, John Fitzgerald Byers and
Richard Langly, a group of "geeky" investigators
who ran a conspiracy theory magazine.
They had often helped FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files
September 11th parallel
The pilot episode depicted a plane being flown into the New York World Trade Center; it originally aired six months before 9/11.
Foreshadowing a number of conspiracy theories which would arise in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the plot of the March 4, 2001 episode depicts a secret faction within the US government plotting to hijack a Boeing 727 and fly it into the World Trade Center by remote control.
The stated motive was to increase the military defense budget by blaming the attack on foreign interests.
In the episode, the plot is foiled by the protagonists, who board the doomed plane and deactivate the malicious autopilot system just seconds before the plane would have reached the World Trade Center."
The Lone Gunmen (TV series)
Apart from the stunning parallels to real life events in the pilot episode of the September 11 events from 2001, having just seen the new James Bond movie Skyfall, I couldn't help thinking of the strange parallels between the villain in Skyfall and the Frohike character in the episode of The Lone Gunmen titled
Eine Kleine Frohike.
Could the writers of Skyfall be secret The Lone Gunmen fans?
Another mystery to be solved ;-)
Also in the first episode proper Bond, Jimmy Bond there is a blind football team with the bat logo on their helmets and bond makes a reference to "all the silver in fort knox".
Why not gold, since that's what fort knox was really more famous for?
There is also a rouge "Lone Gunman" called Eve in the TV show.
I've only watched a handful of these TV shows so far, so I can't wait to see what else there is to find that this show has in common with other modern movie themes.