Every X-Files Episode, Ranked Best to Worst

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Vote up your favorite X-Files episodes.

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 Repose
    817 votes
    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 a man ...more
  • Ice
    727 votes
    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 and ...more
  • Bad Blood
    782 votes
    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
  • Pusher
    519 votes
    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 was written by ...more
  • Detour
    459 votes
    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 disappeared.
  • Tooms
    487 votes
    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 another ...more