Will the X factor ever end?

'X-Factor' - A tribute to the best and dumbest show of my childhood

In 2012, the German Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media found that X-Factor: The incomprehensible For children under the age of 12, "by mixing fantasy and truth, it can have a disturbing effect and violates the protection of minors." 14 years after the first episode was broadcast on German-language television, it landed X-Factor so on the index. That is very kindly meant, dear Commission. But unfortunately I and my peers are already traumatized for the rest of our lives and will probably never again be able to distinguish fact and fiction.

Like many other children of my television generation, I have a deep love-hate relationship X-Factor. On the one hand, when I was in elementary school, I almost pissed myself in my pants in front of the television; on the other hand, I was deeply fascinated by these supposedly inexplicable horror stories. In any case, this TV series managed to burn itself into my memory better than 90 percent of all things that were on TV at the time. It is well known that as a child you feel much more intense and terrible than it actually is. Therefore, in a kind of therapeutic self-experiment, I decided to try as many consequences as possible for myself X-Factor to look at it again as an adult and measure my shock in Lulu drops. I became aware of a number of things in the process.

Jonathan Frakes is the most mysterious guy in the world

The principle of the series is explained very quickly: five short stories are presented in each episode. Something supposedly supernatural is happening in all of these tales: people from the afterlife make contact with mortals, fate mysteriously avenges itself on evil people, the future is inexplicably anticipated.

The real catch: some of these stories are fictitious, others are based on "true events". The viewer is supposed to "open their minds to the unbelievable" and find out which stories are true and which are fictional.