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Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst 

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Spanning 11 seasons, and more than 200 episodes, 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 11, 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 all the bad ones. 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 R... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 4, Season: 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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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 12, Season: 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 1, Season: 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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Jose Chung's "From ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 20, Season: 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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Humbug is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 20, Season: 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
6
Ice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 8, Season: 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
7
Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 13, Season: 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
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 3, Season: 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
9
Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 22, Season: 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.
10
The Post-Modern Promethe... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 5, Season: 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
11
Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 20, Season: 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
12
Pusher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 17, Season: 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
13
Paper Hearts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 10, Season: 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
14
Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 15, Season: 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
15
Home is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 2, Season: 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
16
Monday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 14, Season: 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
17
Irresistible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 13, Season: 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.
18
Detour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 4, Season: 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
19
Anasazi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 25, Season: 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
20
Tooms is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 21, Season: 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
21
Memento Mori is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 14, Season: 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
22
Field Trip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 21, Season: 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
23
Triangle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 3, Season: 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
24
Folie a Deux is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 19, Season: 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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Paper Clip is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst
Episode: 2, Season: 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