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

August 13, 2020 1.8k votes 41 voters135 items

List RulesVote up your favorite monster of the week episodes of The X-Files Monster to air.

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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  • Bad Blood1
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    4

    Bad Blood

    February 22, 1998

    Season5

    Episode Number12

    Monster: Ronnie Strickland (vampire)

    After Mulder chases down and kills a young man who he believes to be a vampire, the agents... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Home2
    41
    7

    Home

    October 11, 1996

    Season4

    Episode Number2

    Monster: The Peacock family

    A baby is found buried alive in shallow ground and appears to have birth defects resulting... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Tooms3
    37
    7

    Tooms

    April 22, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number21

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

    Eugene Tooms is released from the sanitarium, and Mulder becomes personally involved to ensure... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Squeeze4
    31
    5

    Squeeze

    September 24, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number3

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

    One of Scully's friends from the FBI academy, now working in the Violent Crimes Unit, asks her... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Humbug5
    31
    7

    Humbug

    March 31, 1995

    Season2

    Episode Number20

    Monster: Leonard

    "Humbug" is the twentieth episode of the second season of American science fiction television... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Ice6
    30
    5

    Ice

    November 5, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    Monster: Parasitic ice worms

    When members of an Arctic research team mysteriously kill each other and themselves only days... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Host7
    30
    5

    The Host

    September 23, 1994

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    Monster: Flukeman

    A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Detour8
    22
    0

    Detour

    November 23, 1997

    Season5

    Episode Number4

    While on their way to an FBI group communication seminar, Mulder and Scully manage to escape... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Beyond the Sea9
    21
    0

    Beyond the Sea

    January 7, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Luther Lee Boggs

    When death row inmate Luther Lee Boggs claims to be psychic and can lead Mulder to a serial... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Arcadia10
    30
    10

    Arcadia

    March 7, 1999

    Season6

    Episode Number15

    Monster: Ubermenscher

    On their first official case back on the X-Files, Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Pusher11
    28
    8

    Pusher

    February 23, 1996

    Season3

    Episode Number17

    Monster: Robert Patrick Modell

    "Pusher" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the American science fiction... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Eve12
    25
    5

    Eve

    December 10, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number11

    Monster: The Eves (a government clone experiment)

    When two fathers on opposite sides of the country are inexplicably murdered at the exact same... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Never Again13
    20
    0

    Never Again

    February 2, 1997

    Season4

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Betty

    While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Irresistible14
    25
    8

    Irresistible

    January 13, 1995

    SeasonThe X-Files season 2

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Donald Pfaster

    A mortuary worker who gets his thrills from collecting hair and fingernails from the dead... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Firewalker15
    27
    11

    Firewalker

    November 18, 1994

    Season2

    Episode Number9

    Monster: Silicon-based parasite

    "Firewalker" is the ninth episode of the second season of the American science fiction... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Quagmire16
    17
    0

    Quagmire

    May 3, 1996

    Season3

    Episode Number22

    Monster: Big Blue

    Mulder and Scully investigate a series of disappearances and attacks around a lake where... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Small Potatoes17
    24
    8

    Small Potatoes

    April 20, 1997

    SeasonThe X-Files season 4

    Episode Number20

    Monster: Eddie Van Blundht

    Five babies in the same town are all born with tails and the local OB-GYN is blamed for... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Hungry18
    24
    8

    Hungry

    November 21, 1999

    SeasonThe X-Files season 7

    Episode Number3

    Monster: Rob Roberts

    A monster who feeds on human brain matter tries to lead a normal life, but he soon cannot... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Roland19
    20
    4

    Roland

    May 6, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number23

    Monster: Arthur & Roland Grable

    "Roland" is the twenty-third episode of the first season of the American science fiction... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Drive20
    20
    4

    Drive

    November 15, 1998

    Season6

    Episode Number2

    Monster: Patrick Garland Crump

    Mulder is trapped in a car with a man who has developed a serious ear condition which can only... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • The Unnatural21
    20
    4

    The Unnatural

    April 25, 1999

    Season6

    Episode Number19

    Monster: Josh Exley

    Mulder meets with Agent Arthur Dales' brother (also named Arthur) and is told a tale of a... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Chinga22
    25
    11

    Chinga

    February 8, 1998

    SeasonThe X-Files season 5

    Episode Number10

    Monster: Chinga

    Master of Horror Stephen King's first effort at an X-File sees Scully's well deserved vacation... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Gender Bender23
    18
    4

    Gender Bender

    January 21, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number14

    Monster: The Kindred

    Mulder and Scully investigate a closed community called the Kindred, who appear to have the ability to switch gender.

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  • all things24
    22
    10

    all things

    April 09, 2000

    Season7

    Episode Number17

    A series of coincidences leads Scully to a married man she had an affair with during medical... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • Our Town25
    14
    0

    Our Town

    May 12, 1995

    Season2

    Episode Number24

    Monster: Walter Chaco

    After several disappearances in a small town, Mulder and Scully investigate and find hundreds... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button