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The Best Episodes of The X-Files  

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There are so many good episodes of The X-Files, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Anasazi" the best, or is "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" your favorite episode of The X-Files? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The X-Files are, let's rank every The X-Files episode from best to worst.

The X-Files is science-fiction drama created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The premise centers on the agents and their investigation of the X-Files, unsolved cases that involve the paranormal. During the course of the series, pieces of The X-Files mythology are revealed. Spin-offs of The X-Files included The Long Gunman in 2001 and a comic series by Topps Comics. During its initial run on Fox, The X-Files received recognition for its acting, writing, and direction, a total of 62 Emmy nominations. The X-Files returned for a tenth season on January 24, 2016 after four years away, and then added another season for 11 (Anderson's final season).

Vote up your favorite episodes of The X-Files, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The X-Files episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Clyde Bruckman's Final Rep... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 4: On the trail of a serial killer, the agents seek the help of a clairvoyant who predicts Mulder's death.
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Monday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 14: A woman desperately attempts to alter the outcome of the events of a day she is forced to relive again and again.
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Dreamland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 4: A bizarre occurrence at the infamous "Area 51" swaps Mulder's consciousness with that of a stranger.
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Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 8: Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate when a team of genophysicists, stationed at a remote Alaskan outpost, is killed by a parasitic alien life form.
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Colony is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 2 Episode 16: During the murder investigation of three identical doctors Mulder makes a stunning discovery regarding his missing sister and Scully's life is threatened by a shape-shifting bounty hunter.
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End Games is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 2 Episode 17: While tracking the ruthless bounty hunter who has abducted Scully, Mulder uncovers an alien plan to colonize Earth.
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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 3: Mulder and Scully search for a humanoid killer whose savage murder spree reoccurs every thirty years.
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731 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 10: Mulder finds himself trapped on a speeding train with a government assassin, a ticking time bomb and a deadly virus.
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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 3: A time warp in the Bermuda Triangle traps Agent Mulder aboard a 1939 luxury liner filled with murderous Nazis…and some familiar faces.
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Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 15: Mulder and Scully go undercover at a planned community where a local investigation into a series of mysterious deaths has been hampered by a conspiracy of silence.
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Jose Chung From Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 20: Mulder and Scully probe a government cover-up of a UFO abduction, leading to a bizarre encounter with an offbeat novelist.
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Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 20: A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearth thousands of deadly insect-like creatures that paralyze, then cocoon, their victims.
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Erlenmeyer Flask is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 24: Deep Throat tips Mulder to a critically important case involving a missing fugitive and the cloning of extraterrestrial viruses.
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Home is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 4 Episode 2: In a small, otherwise peaceful town, the agents investigate the death of an infant with disturbing birth defects, and the trail of clues leads to a clan of inbred, genetic mutants.
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Dreamland II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 5: Scully searches for a way to reverse the process that caused Mulder and Morris Fletcher to swap identities.
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E.B.E. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 17: Mulder and Scully become the focus of a misinformation campaign when they attempt to trace the government's secret transport of an alien life form.
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Nisei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 9: While investigating a videotape of an alleged alien autopsy, the agents uncover what seems to be tangible proof of the government's contact with extraterrestrials.
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Herrenvolk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 4 Episode 1: To save his dying mother, Mulder must protect the extraterrestrial healer, Jeremiah Smith, from a ruthless alien bounty hunter.
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 1 Episode 1: A young FBI agent is assigned watchdog duty over a fellow agent, but finds herself drawn into his investigations of paranormal and unexplained phenomena.
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Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 2 Episode 25: Mulder and Scully uncover a chilling link between a UFO cover-up and secret government experiments.
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The End is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 5 Episode 20: Mulder and Scully discover a 12-year old clairvoyant whose life may be in danger due to his gifted ability to solve all the unexplained phenomena in the X-Files.
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Paper Clip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 2: While trying to expose a government plan to create an alien/human hybrid, Mulder gains startling new information about his sister's abduction.
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Pusher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 3 Episode 17: A sadistic killer, who possesses the ability to control people with the power of his voice, enlists Mulder in a deadly test of wills.
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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 5 Episode 12: While exploring the deaths of cattle killed by a series of blood extractions, the agents uncover a cult of vampires residing in a small Texas town.
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Unruhe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 4 Episode 4: To catch a twisted killer, Mulder and Scully attempt to decipher the clues he unwittingly leaves behind – psychic photographs revealing his darkest fantasies and fears.