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Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated June 15, 2020 30.5k votes 1.8k voters 62.6k views195 items

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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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  • 1
    Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
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    87

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Pilot
    441
    109

    Pilot

    The X-Files season 1
    "Pilot" is the pilot episode of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Squeeze
    320
    64

    Squeeze

    The X-Files season 1
    One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Pusher
    294
    48

    Pusher

    The X-Files season 3
    "Pusher" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Darkness Falls
    301
    57

    Darkness Falls

    The X-Files season 1
    When a group of loggers in the Washington State National Forest disappear in the same way that... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Quagmire
    293
    54

    Quagmire

    The X-Files season 3
    Mulder and Scully investigate a series of disappearances and attacks around a lake where... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"
    401
    107
    "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" is the 20th episode of the third season of the science fiction... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Bad Blood
    463
    123

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ice
    410
    89

    Ice

    The X-Files season 1
    When members of an Arctic research team mysteriously kill each other and themselves only days... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Home
    334
    62

    Home

    The X-Files season 4
    A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Anasazi
    224
    34

    Anasazi

    The X-Files season 2
    When Mulder obtains what could be the original and uncut MJ documents containing information... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Humbug
    352
    96

    Humbug

    The X-Files season 2
    "Humbug" is the twentieth episode of the second season of American science fiction television... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Paper Hearts
    245
    54

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Beyond the Sea
    295
    77

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Paper Clip
    182
    23

    Paper Clip

    The X-Files season 3
    "Paper Clip" is the second episode of the third season of the American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Arcadia
    282
    55

    Arcadia

    The X-Files season 6
    On their first official case back on the X-Files, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Detour
    257
    51

    Detour

    The X-Files season 5
    While on their way to an FBI group communication seminar, Mulder and Scully manage to escape... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Field Trip
    200
    37

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Monday
    242
    51

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Post-Modern Prometheus
    330
    80

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Tooms
    269
    54

    Tooms

    The X-Files season 1
    Eugene Tooms is released from the sanitarium, and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Duane Barry
    204
    34

    Duane Barry

    The X-Files season 2
    Mulder is called to a hostage situation involving Duane Barry, a former FBI Agent who claims... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Triangle
    260
    52

    Triangle

    The X-Files season 6
    Mulder goes to the Bermuda Triangle when he learns that the Queen Anne, a British luxury liner... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Folie a Deux
    190
    36

    Folie a Deux

    The X-Files season 5
    "Folie à Deux" is the nineteenth episode of the fifth season of American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Redux II
    142
    28

    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...