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Spanning ten seasons, and over 208 episodes and counting, X-Files is arguably one of the best sci-fi television shows out there. Good enough to come back a decade later for a season 10, in fact. Following the adventures of FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate supernatural crimes and signs of the government's involvement in alien life on earth, the best X-Files episodes promise one thing: "the truth is out there."  

This list of all X-Files episodes, ranked, will allow die-hard fans of The Lone Gunmen to vote up the best X-Files episodes, and vote down the worst X-Files episodes. Which X-Files episode is your favorite? Before "Bad Blood" was the name of a Taylor Swift music video riddled with pop stars, it was also the title of X-Files, Season 5, Episode 12.  "Bad Blood" tops our list of the best rated X-Files episodes. Written by Vince Gilligan, "Bad Blood" was one of the "Monster-of-the-Week" episodes that strayed from the traditional X-Files storytelling format. While most episodes were about the ongoings at the FBI, the search for Mulder's alien-abducted sister, and trying to figure out what the government is hiding from the public, several episodes per season were devoted to expanding the supernatural storyline of X-Files to include monsters, vampires, ghosts, and creatures of the night. Aliens aren't the only thing Mulder and Scully are fighting in this awesome X-Files episode!  

Other episodes, like "From Outer Space" and "One Breath" seek to explore the series's overarching storyline: are there aliens living among us? What does the government know that we don't? What's going on in Area 51? These types of episodes help advance the overall plot of the series, instead of singling out specific creatures.  

Do you prefer "Monster-of-the-Week" episodes or alien episodes? Vote up the best episodes of X-Files below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! 
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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Blood The X-Files season 5 - 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 ...more

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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose The X-Files season 3 - 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 ...more

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Pilot The X-Files season 1 - "Pilot" is the pilot episode of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode aired on September 10, 1993 on the Fox network in the United States and Canada, and ...more

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Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Ice The X-Files season 1 - When members of an Arctic research team mysteriously kill each other and themselves only days after drilling deeper into the ice than ever before, Mulder and Scully accompany a team of doctors ...more

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Humbug is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Humbug The X-Files season 2 - "Humbug" is the twentieth episode of the second season of American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was written by Darin Morgan and directed by Kim Manners. Morgan had ...more

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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Squeeze The X-Files season 1 - One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that ...more

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Detour The X-Files season 5 - While on their way to an FBI group communication seminar, Mulder and Scully manage to escape when they come across a situation in the Florida forest area where three men have recently

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Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Arcadia The X-Files season 6 - On their first official case back on the X-Files, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple at a prestigious planned community where several residents have recently disappeared after ...more

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Pusher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Pusher The X-Files season 3 - "Pusher" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It originally aired on the Fox network on February 23, 1996, and ...more

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Irresistible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Irresistible The X-Files season 2 - A mortuary worker who gets his thrills from collecting hair and fingernails from the dead begins killing his soon-to-be collectibles himself and sets his seriously disturbed sights on Scully.

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Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" The X-Files season 3 - "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" is the 20th episode of the third season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode first aired in the United States on April 12, ...more

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Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Beyond the Sea The X-Files season 1 - When death row inmate Luther Lee Boggs claims to be psychic and can lead Mulder to a serial killer in return for a lesser sentence of life in prison, Scully becomes an unwilling believer when ...more

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Monday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Monday The X-Files season 6 - A woman is forced to relive the same day over and over as she tries to prevent Mulder and Scully from being killed by her boyfriend during a bank robbery attempt. As the events restart again and ...more

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Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Quagmire The X-Files season 3 - Mulder and Scully investigate a series of disappearances and attacks around a lake where Mulder believes that the local legend about a lake monster may be all too real.

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Tooms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Tooms The X-Files season 1 - Eugene Tooms is released from the sanitarium, and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure that he is caught in the act of getting the last human liver he needs to go into hibernation for ...more

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The Post-Modern Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Post-Modern Prometheus The X-Files season 5 - Filmed in glorious black and white with a comic book feel to it, this is a modern retelling of Frankenstein as Mulder and Scully get caught up in a town where the residents live on Jerry ...more

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Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Darkness Falls The X-Files season 1 - When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that another group disappeared 50 years ago, Mulder and Scully go along to investigate and find ...more

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War of the Coprophages is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
War of the Coprophages The X-Files season 3 - Widespread panic is caused in a small community after numerous deaths are linked to killer cockroaches, and a government agricultural agency is discovered to have set up a secret experiment ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Triangle The X-Files season 6 - Mulder goes to the Bermuda Triangle when he learns that the Queen Anne, a British luxury liner which disappeared during WWII, has reappeared in the middle of the Sargasso Sea. Mulder's boat is ...more

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Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Paper Hearts The X-Files season 4 - Mulder's dreams help him in finding the body of a little girl which reopens one of his old cases in the Violent Crimes Unit and leads him to believe the killer he captured had more victims and ...more

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Small Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Small Potatoes The X-Files season 4 - 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 ...more

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Folie a Deux is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Folie a Deux The X-Files season 5 - "Folie à Deux" is the nineteenth episode of the fifth season of American science fiction television series The X-Files. It was written by Vince Gilligan and directed by Kim ...more

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Wetwired is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Wetwired The X-Files season 3 - After a man kills three people and his wife because he mistook them for a ruthless middle eastern dictator, Mulder and Scully discover a test involving mind control using television signals that ...more

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Dreamland II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Dreamland II The X-Files season 6 - Mulder is thrown in jail at the Area 51 compound but is released when it is discovered that the flight data recorder he stole was a fake. Scully comes to her senses and realizes that the Mulder ...more

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Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Anasazi The X-Files season 2 - 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 ...more

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Duane Barry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Duane Barry The X-Files season 2 - 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 ...more

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How the Ghosts Stole Christmas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas The X-Files season 6 - Mulder talks Scully into investigating a haunted house on Christmas Eve where several couples have met their fate on that very night. While there, they encounter endless tricks and traps set by ...more

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Paper Clip is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Paper Clip The X-Files season 3 - "Paper Clip" is the second episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on September 29, 1995. It was ...more

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Leonard Betts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Leonard Betts The X-Files season 4 - After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body, ...more

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Memento Mori is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Memento Mori The X-Files season 4 - "Memento Mori" is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on February 9, 1997. It was ...more

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Host The X-Files season 2 - A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but by Skinner's own ...more

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Field Trip is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Field Trip The X-Files season 6 - When the bodies of a couple who have been missing for less than a week are discovered to have been reduced to bone, Mulder suggests that recent paranormal phenomena in the area may have caused ...more

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Dreamland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Dreamland The X-Files season 6 - While being detained near the famed "Dreamland" Area 51, a strange craft flies overhead and Mulder swaps bodies with an Area 51 "Man-in-Black". While the other agent has fun ...more

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Home is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Home The X-Files season 4 - A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting from generations of inbreeding, leading Mulder and Scully to a reclusive family who have a history of ...more

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One Breath is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
One Breath The X-Files season 2 - "One Breath" is the eighth episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on November 11, 1994. It was ...more

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Die Hand Die Verletzt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Die Hand Die Verletzt The X-Files season 2 - "Die Hand Die Verletzt" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on January 27, 1995. It was ...more

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The Erlenmeyer Flask is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Erlenmeyer Flask The X-Files season 1 - 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, ...more

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Je Souhaite is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Je Souhaite The X-Files season 7 - Mulder and Scully discover a genie in a rug who, after 500 years of granting wishes, has come to the conclusion that people are still as greedy and self-centered as they always have been, and ...more

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Redux II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Redux II The X-Files season 5 - 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, ...more

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Drive The X-Files season 6 - Mulder is trapped in a car with a man who has developed a serious ear condition which can only be suppressed by driving west at high speeds. As Scully tries to find the cause and a cure for the ...more

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X-Cops is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
X-Cops The X-Files season 7 - A Los Angeles police officer who is being filmed for the show COPS is attacked by a strange monster and Mulder and Scully are investigating the case. Scully is wary of having their faces put on ...more

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Unruhe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Unruhe The X-Files season 4 - Several kidnappings of young women linked by distorted photographs lead Mulder and Scully to a man who can imprint his darkest fantasies onto undeveloped film and is trying to save the women ...more

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Eve The X-Files season 1 - When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are inexplicably murdered at the exact same time in the exact same way, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate. When they discover that ...more

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The Unnatural is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Unnatural The X-Files season 6 - Mulder meets with Agent Arthur Dales' brother (also named Arthur) and is told a tale of a talented negro baseball player from Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940's who may have been an alien that ...more

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Founder's Mutation is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Founder's Mutation

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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Ascension The X-Files season 2 - 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, ...more

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Mulder and Scully Meet the Wer... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

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The Goldberg Variation is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Goldberg Variation The X-Files season 7 - Mulder and Scully get caught in a real-life Rube Goldberg device when they meet Henry Weems, who just may be the luckiest man on Earth - except everyone around him doesn't seem to be that

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The Blessing Way is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
The Blessing Way The X-Files season 3 - 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 ...more

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E.B.E. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
E.B.E. The X-Files season 1 - Mulder and Scully receive information from Deep Throat about a UFO that was shot down over Iraq and has been secretly transported to the US. However, Deep Throat then intentionally misleads the ...more