Entertainment All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst  

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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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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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492 106
Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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462 94
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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382 88
Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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259 38
Pusher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

6
285 56
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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299 62
Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

8
407 88
Jose Chung's
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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380 93
Humbug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

10
241 46
Detour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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210 44
Monday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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242 49
Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

13
221 44
Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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321 72
The Post-Modern Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

15
243 46
Tooms is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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310 71
Irresistible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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263 54
Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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235 44
Triangle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

19
289 56
Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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165 36
Field Trip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

21
264 71
Home is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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

22
191 35
Duane Barry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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206 43
Small Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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210 39
Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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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176 35
Folie a Deux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All X-Files Episodes, Ranked Best to Worst
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