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The X-Files

The X-Files

FOX 1993

The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The X-Files

The X-Files - S2E25

#1 - Anasazi (1)

8.40

Season 2 - Episode 25

When Mulder obtains what could be the original and uncut MJ documents containing information about the government's knowledge of extraterrestrial life; his shadowy enemies step up their harassment of him, eventually leading to his apparent murder.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The X-Files from 708 votes.

The X-Files - S1E24

#2 - The Erlenmeyer Flask

8.36

Season 1 - Episode 24

When Deep Throat points out a news story about a fugitive who apparently drowned, Mulder and Scully cannot see what makes the case special but follow it up anyway. With Deep Throat's insistence, they discover evidence of a secret government project code-named Purity Control, which uses human test subjects and infects them with extraterrestrial DNA. However, the evidence and everyone who has seen it is quickly being eliminated.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The X-Files from 900 votes.

The X-Files - S5E2

#3 - Redux II (2)

8.33

Season 5 - Episode 2

The Cigarette-Smoking Man helps Mulder to obtain Scully's cure and also lets him see his real sister who doesn't turn out to be as happy to see Mulder as he would've liked. In return for this, the Cigarette-Smoking Man asks that Mulder quit the FBI and work for him in the Syndicate where he could have power and respect which Mulder turns down, deciding to stay on the side of justice. While Scully's cure appears to have worked, the Cigarette-Smoking Man faces his own enemies and disappears, presumed dead.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The X-Files from 594 votes.

The X-Files - S8E21

#4 - Existence (2)

8.27

Season 8 - Episode 21

Mulder, Doggett and Skinner attempt to fight off the alien replicants, and they find a connection to the conspiracy that leads into the FBI. Reyes and Scully head to a remote farm to safeguard the birth of Scully's child.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The X-Files from 458 votes.

The X-Files - S6E12

#5 - One Son (2)

8.23

Season 6 - Episode 12

The Cigarette-Smoking Man reveals all the government secrets from the past 50 years in order for his son, Jeffery Spender, to join him in his work. Mulder learns that the final stage of the conspiracy will soon begin with the hybridization of the Syndicate members, and he must stop it from happening. Agent Spender deceives his father and arranges for Mulder and Scully to be reassigned to the X-Files, which doesn't sit too well with the Cigarette-Smoking Man.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The X-Files from 504 votes.

The X-Files - S5E12

#6 - Bad Blood

8.23

Season 5 - Episode 12

After Mulder chases down and kills a young man who he believes to be a vampire, the agents return to DC aware of the mistake they just made. Faced with a lawsuit from the family of the man, they recount each of their sides to the story leading up to the event. In the extremely humorous stories that follow we see how Scully and Mulder both perceive each other.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The X-Files from 607 votes.

The X-Files - S5E20

#7 - The End

8.20

Season 5 - Episode 20

The Cigarette-Smoking Man returns as Mulder investigates the attempted assassination of a young boy with psychic powers who may be the proof that he has looked for all his life.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The X-Files from 505 votes.

The X-Files - S3E2

#8 - Paper Clip (3)

8.20

Season 3 - Episode 2

A.D. Skinner and Scully are at a standoff when Mulder bursts in and discovers that Skinner has the digital tape. Reunited, Mulder and Scully travel to a secret vault inside a mine and find an elaborate filing system of medical records which reveals that Mulder's sister may not have been the first choice for abduction. Meanwhile, Skinner deals with the Cigarette-Smoking Man for their safety.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The X-Files from 756 votes.

The X-Files - S4E7

#9 - Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

8.19

Season 4 - Episode 7

Frohike pieces together and recites to Mulder and Scully what could be the possible life story of the Cigarette Smoking Man; from a young captain in the U.S. Army recruited to assassinate President Kennedy, to becoming the mysterious man in the shadows at the height of a global conspiracy. What measures will the Cigarette Smoking Man take to ensure that he remains a mystery forever?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The X-Files from 665 votes.

The X-Files - S5E1

#10 - Redux (1)

8.18

Season 5 - Episode 1

Scully helps Mulder fake his own death in order for him to go undetected through the Department of Defence and find out the answers to his new questions about the government hoax concerning the existence of extraterrestrial life. Meanwhile, at a joint FBI/DOD inquiry, Scully's attempt to drive out the Conspiracy's informant is halted as her cancer takes a bad turn.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The X-Files from 612 votes.

The X-Files - S2E17
#11 - End Game (2)
8.18
Season 2 - Episode 17

The alien bounty hunter kidnaps Scully and wants to trade her for Mulder's sister, who is revealed to be a clone herself. After the trade goes badly and Mulder discovers the truth about Samantha, he tracks the bounty hunter to his ship buried in the arctic ice and demands the whereabouts of his real sister.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The X-Files from 738 votes.

The X-Files - S3E1
#12 - The Blessing Way (2)
8.15
Season 3 - Episode 1

Scully finds her career with the FBI in jeopardy as Mulder is still missing and the Cigarette-Smoking Man is pursuing the stolen files. The Navajo elders find Mulder's body in a cave and perform an ancient ceremony to call the spirit back to the empty vessel.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The X-Files from 753 votes.

The X-Files - S2E16
#13 - Colony (1)
8.15
Season 2 - Episode 16

After the obituaries of four identical men are e-mailed to Mulder, the agents are contacted by a shadowy CIA agent who tells them about a bounty hunter sent to wipe out the beginning of a colony of clones. Meanwhile Mulder is distracted by the sudden reappearance of his sister Samantha.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The X-Files from 756 votes.

The X-Files - S2E6
#14 - Ascension (2)
8.15
Season 2 - Episode 6

When Mulder finds out that Scully was kidnapped by Duane Barry, he risks the wrath of his superiors and the annoyance of Agent Krycek in order to do whatever it takes to find her. Meanwhile, Krycek is found to be reporting Mulder's activities to the Cigarette-Smoking Man.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The X-Files from 798 votes.

The X-Files - S2E5
#15 - Duane Barry (1)
8.13
Season 2 - Episode 5

Mulder is called to a hostage situation involving Duane Barry, a former FBI Agent who claims to be an alien abductee and wants to get back to the abduction site with someone who will be taken instead of him. Unfortunately, the someone he eventually chooses is Scully.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The X-Files from 828 votes.

The X-Files - S3E4
#16 - Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
8.10
Season 3 - Episode 4

In the midst of a psychic sideshow while on a murder case, Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a man who may have a true psychic ability to foresee how people will die to help the agents catch a man killing fortune tellers.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The X-Files from 741 votes.

The X-Files - S4E20
#17 - Small Potatoes
8.09
Season 4 - Episode 20

Five babies in the same town are all born with tails and the local OB-GYN is blamed for tampering with fertilized eggs. However, Mulder discovers the culprit to be a simple man with a genetic deformity who may have the ability to alter his appearance.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The X-Files from 572 votes.

The X-Files - S4E24
#18 - Gethsemane (1)
8.09
Season 4 - Episode 24

While investigating the discovery of a preserved alien body found in the mountains of Canada, Mulder is contacted by Michael Kritschgau. He tells Mulder about a government conspiracy to make people believe in aliens without question, and Mulder has been the prime target.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The X-Files from 572 votes.

The X-Files - S6E11
#19 - Two Fathers (1)
8.09
Season 6 - Episode 11

While the Cigarette-Smoking Man recites to an unseen listener everything about the work of the Syndicate involving a global conspiracy in cooperation with an alien species, Cassandra Spender reappears and is pursued by the scientists who would rather kill her than keep her alive. Cassandra runs to Mulder's apartment and demands that he shoot her because she is the culmination of 50 years work - a living alien/human hybrid - and colonization will begin if the aliens find out about her.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The X-Files from 512 votes.

The X-Files - S4E1
#20 - Herrenvolk (2)
8.08
Season 4 - Episode 1

Jeremiah Smith and Mulder are on the run from the alien bounty hunter, and Smith takes Mulder to a small farm tended to by identical sets of children, and all the girls are clones of his sister when she was still a child. Mulder prepares to take Jeremiah and one of the clones to see his mother in the hospital, but the bounty hunter catches up with them. Meanwhile, the Syndicate suspects that they have a traitor in their midst and plan a trap which results in X being executed by the Cigarette-Smoking Man.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The X-Files from 654 votes.

Last updated: apr 19, 2021

Comments

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So stoked they are bringing this back!

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My all time favourite (well just ignore the last seasons). Always cheers me up immensly to rewatch some of my favourite episodes. "Mulder, toads just fell from the sky." -Scully "I guess their parachutes didn't open." -Mulder

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Sure glad I have it added it my favorites on Netflix :D

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One of the All Time Top 10 shows. They created a whole new genre with X-files. I still remember the vivid discussion I had with my friends about the plot.

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Mulder & Scully best detective duos ever ahh! talk about creativity, subtlety and great chemistry. everything about this show is so refreshing so intriguing

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I was expecting so much that they were bringing it back but then I think my expectations were too high. Not even worth watching, I think in the 90s I could believe it more.

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"It's not just a TV Show but gives many valuable lessons for life. Especially, the importance of having an open mind and on top of all, no matter what we think or do, The Truth Is Out There. The best ever..."

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Purchased the complete series box set this weekend so now I'm binging the whole thing. Best purchase of 2017.

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Ok after that ending this show had better be returning next year. Can't wait for next season.

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Truly the best show, anyone could ever watch! A solid 10/10 from me; I never felt the show slow down, or lose its purpose. Bravo!

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