TV Episodes 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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Jose Chung From Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Jose Chung From Outer Space 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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Dreamland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Dreamland 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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Dreamland II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Dreamland II 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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Clyde Bruckman's Final Rep... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 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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Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Anasazi Season 2 Episode 25: Mulder and Scully uncover a chilling link between a UFO cover-up and secret government experiments.

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End Games is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
End Games 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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Small Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Small Potatoes Season 4 Episode 20: The true birth father of small-town babies born with vestigial tails turns out to be a chameleon-like man capable of impersonating anyone – including Mulder.

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Colony 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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Monday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Monday 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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Redux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Redux Season 5 Episode 1: To locate a potential cure for Scully's illness, Mulder accesses a secret research facility, leading to a stunning revelation about the origins of her cancer.

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Redux II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Redux II Season 5 Episode 2: With his partner lying comatose in a hospital bed, Mulder receives key information from the Cigarette-Smoking Man that could mean life or death for Scully.

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Ice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Ice 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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Je Souhaite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Je Souhaite Season 7 Episode 21: An indifferent genie grants three wishes, but her offerings bring more mayhem than fortune.

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Existence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Existence Season 8 Episode 21: Mulder searches for answers when a connection is made between Billy Miles and members of the FBI; Scully and Reyes find refuge in a remote location as Scully prepares to give birth.

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Two Fathers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Two Fathers Season 6 Episode 11: The agents search for answers when Cassandra Spender mysteriously reappears.

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731 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
731 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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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Squeeze Season 1 Episode 3: Mulder and Scully search for a humanoid killer whose savage murder spree reoccurs every thirty years.

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Triangle 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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The End is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
The End 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) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Paper Clip 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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Erlenmeyer Flask is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Erlenmeyer Flask 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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Musings of a Cigarette Smoking... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man Season 4 Episode 7: The secret history of Mulder and Scully's shadowy nemesis reveals the truth behind the assassination of JFK and the infamous UFO cover-up of Area 51.

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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Bad Blood 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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Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Home 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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Herrenvolk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Herrenvolk 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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Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Arcadia 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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The Blessing Way is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
The Blessing Way Season 3 Episode 1: As a Native American mystic attempts to heal Mulder, Scully pursues secret files on alien experimentation and unwittingly becomes a killer's target.

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Field Trip is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Field Trip Season 6 Episode 21: A mystery involving two skeletons leads the agents on a journey in which nothing is quite as it seems.

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Gethsemane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Gethsemane Season 4 Episode 24: Mulder fights to prove that a discovery frozen in the mountains of Canada is irrefutable evidence of alien life, but his quest for the truth leads to only more lies…and an unthinkable conclusion.

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Apocrypha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Apocrypha Season 3 Episode 16: Scully learns new details about her sister's murder as Mulder pursues the shapeless alien entity inside Krycek's body.

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Tempus Fugit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Tempus Fugit Season 4 Episode 17: While investigating the unexplained crash of a commercial airliner the agents' search for answers leads to the bottom of a desolate lake and a startling discovery.

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Closure is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Closure Season 7 Episode 11: Mulder continues to search for clues about Samantha's abduction and ultimately finds the long sought after answers concerning her fate.

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Memento Mori is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Memento Mori Season 4 Episode 14: Scully attempts to come to terms with her inoperable cancer, while Mulder and the Lone Gunmen break into a high-security research lab to find the cure that could save her life.

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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Requiem Season 7 Episode 22: Returning to the scene of their first investigation seven years ago, Mulder and Scully encounter a UFO that may spell the end of their partnership.

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One Son is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
One Son Season 6 Episode 12: The agents attempt to prevent an alien invasion of Earth.

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Pusher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Pusher 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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Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Paper Hearts Season 4 Episode 10: Seemingly prophetic dreams send Mulder on a search for the undiscovered victims of a serial killer, only to discover that one of them may be his missing sister, Samantha.

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Max is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Max Season 4 Episode 18: Mulder and Scully set out to prove the passengers aboard the doomed airliner were deliberately sacrificed by the military in pursuit of stolen alien technology.

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How the Ghosts Stole Christmas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas Season 6 Episode 6: On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

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En Ami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
En Ami Season 7 Episode 15: The Cigarette-Smoking Man offers to show Scully the cure for cancer is she travels with him, and hides her trip from Mulder.

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The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
The Beginning Season 6 Episode 1: As a review panel probes Mulder's claims regarding the existence of aliens and a government conspiracy, the agents hunt down a deadly extraterrestrial creature.

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Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Quagmire Season 3 Episode 22: The agents investigate a series of attacks that may be the work of a legendary lake creature named "Big Blue."

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Release is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Release Season 9 Episode 17: A FBI cadet with an uncanny instinct for solving crimes sheds new light on the unsolved murder of Doggett's son.

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Folie A Deux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Folie A Deux Season 5 Episode 19: Mulder questions the sanity of an employee who believes his boss is a literal monster – until Mulder himself begins to perceive the presence of a hideous entity.

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Piper Maru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Piper Maru Season 3 Episode 15: The agents face their old foe, Alex Krycek, while pursuing a radioactive entity unleashed from a sunken WWII wreckage.

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War of The Corprophages is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
War of The Corprophages Season 3 Episode 12: While investigating mass hysteria in a small town, Mulder and Scully discover that killer cockroaches may actually be extraterrestrial robots.

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The Truth, Part I & II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
The Truth, Part I & II Season 9 Episode 19: When Mulder is accused of murdering Knowle Rohrer, the U.S. military puts him on trial; and hears testimony from a group of defense witnesses who support Mulder's claim regarding a government conspiracy and the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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Deadalive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Deadalive Season 8 Episode 15: After Mulder is put to rest the body of an alien abductee comes back to life, giving Scully and Skinner cause for hope.

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Biogenesis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Biogenesis Season 6 Episode 22: Mulder believes that metallic objects discovered in Africa are proof that life originated elsewhere in the universe.

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This Is Not Happening is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
This Is Not Happening Season 8 Episode 14: Joined by FBI Agent Monica Reyes, Scully, Doggett and Skinner search for Jeremiah Smith after a UFO deposits the bodies of ailing abductees back on Earth.