The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes

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Sometimes you don't want all the mythology and mess and just want to enjoy Mulder and Scully investigating something weird, but which episodes of The X-Files are just the monster, no conspiracy? We've compiled this list of every X-Files monster of the week episode for you to browse and vote on. Do you like "Tooms" the best, or is "Arcadia" your favorite episode of The X-Files? Whether it's another one of Scully's vacations going wrong - again - or Mulder hyper focusing on baseball, lake monsters, or vampires, monster of the week episodes are many an X-Files fan's favorite and are often scarier, more haunting, or funnier than the episodes that follow the mythology.

There doesn't have to be a specific monster to qualify as a "monster of the week" episode, it just needs to be unconnected to the wider mythology of The X-Files to qualify. Sometimes the monster is a clear cut thing like Jersey devils and sometimes it's just the general sadness of being unable to help the people we used to love. To determine once and for all what the best monster of the week episodes of The X-Files are, let's rank every one from best to worst.
 
Vote up your favorite monster of the week episodes of The X-Files, and vote down any meh episodes that you didn't enjoy, despite how much you love X-Files as a whole. It can be difficult to put one monster of the week episode over the other when there are so many good, terrifying, and weird ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
    1
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 4

    Monster: Puppet

  • X-Cops
    2
    February 20, 2000
    • Season: 7
    • Episode Number: 12

    Monster: An unknown fear entity

  • Triangle
    3
    November 22, 1998
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 3

    Monster: Nazis

  • Squeeze
    4
    September 24, 1993
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 3

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

  • Irresistible
    5
    January 13, 1995
    • Season: The X-Files season 2
    • Episode Number: 13

    Monster: Donald Pfaster

  • Quagmire
    6
    May 3, 1996
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 22

    Monster: Big Blue

  • Leonard Betts
    7
    January 26, 1997
    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 12

    Monster: Albert Tanner

  • Syzygy
    8
    January 26, 1996
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 13
    • Series: The X-Files

    Monster: Margi Kleinjan and Terri Roberts

  • Ice
    9
    November 5, 1993
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 8

    Monster: Parasitic ice worms

  • Home
    10
    October 11, 1996
    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 2

    Monster: The Peacock family

  • The Host
    11
    September 23, 1994
    • Season: 2
    • Episode Number: 2

    Monster: Flukeman

  • Tooms
    12
    April 22, 1994
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 21

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

  • Bad Blood
    13
    February 22, 1998
    • Season: 5
    • Episode Number: 12

    Monster: Ronnie Strickland (vampire)

  • Die Hand Die Verletzt
    14
    January 27, 1995
    • Season: 2
    • Episode Number: 14

    Monster: Phyllis Paddock

  • Field Trip
    15
    May 9, 1999
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 21

    Monster: Hallucinogenic Mushroom Organism

  • Pusher
    16
    February 23, 1996
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 17

    Monster: Robert Patrick Modell

  • Arcadia
    17
    March 7, 1999
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 15

    Monster: Ubermenscher

  • The Unnatural
    18
    April 25, 1999
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 19

    Monster: Josh Exley

  • Detour
    19
    November 23, 1997
    • Season: 5
    • Episode Number: 4
  • Drive
    20
    November 15, 1998
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 2

    Monster: Patrick Garland Crump

  • Humbug
    21
    March 31, 1995
    • Season: 2
    • Episode Number: 20

    Monster: Leonard

  • Monday
    22
    February 28, 1999
    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 14

    Monster: Bernard Oates kinda pam

  • Beyond the Sea
    23
    January 7, 1994
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 13

    Monster: Luther Lee Boggs

  • Paper Hearts
    24
    December 15, 1996
    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 10

    Monster: John Lee Roche

  • War of the Coprophages
    25
    January 5, 1996
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 12

    Monster: Cockroaches