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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Small Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Dreamland is listed (or ranked) 2 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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End Games is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Dreamland II is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Colony is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Ice is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Redux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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731 is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The End is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Existence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Herrenvolk is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Two Fathers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 11: The agents search for answers when Cassandra Spender mysteriously reappears.

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Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Paper Clip is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Clyde Bruckman's Final Rep... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Monday is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Erlenmeyer Flask is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Jose Chung From Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Redux II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Pusher is listed (or ranked) 26 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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The Blessing Way is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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
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
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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How the Ghosts Stole Christmas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Release is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 6 Episode 2: An armed man infected with a deadly pathogen climbs into Mulder's car and instructs the agent to keep the vehicle in constant motion.

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Essence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 8 Episode 20: A seemingly unstoppable Billy Miles begins killing scientists performing genetic research – then targets Scully.

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

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Je Souhaite is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 7 Episode 21: An indifferent genie grants three wishes, but her offerings bring more mayhem than fortune.

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Closure is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Tempus Fugit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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War of The Corprophages is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Memento Mori is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Piper Maru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Folie A Deux is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Apocrypha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Musings of a Cigarette Smoking... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Humbug is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 2 Episode 20: The agents enter the bizarre world of sideshow performers when an unseen creature begins killing the inhabitants of a circus town.

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Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Deadalive is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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The Truth, Part I & II is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
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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Patient X is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The X-Files
Season 5 Episode 13: After a group of alien abductees is buried alive by faceless assailants, the agents uncover proof that the event is linked to alien colonization.