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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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  • December 15, 1996
    16
    0

    Season4

    Episode Number10

    Monster: John Lee Roche

    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 may  ...more
  • Season3

    Episode Number4

    Monster: Puppet

    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
  • May 3, 1996
    24
    1

    Season3

    Episode Number22

    Monster: Big Blue

    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.  ...more
  • November 23, 1997
    31
    3

    Season5

    Episode Number4

    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.  ...more
  • February 20, 2000
    8
    0

    Season7

    Episode Number12

    Monster: An unknown fear entity

    A Los Angeles police officer who is being filmed for the show COPS is attacked by a strange monster and Mulder and Scully are investigating the case. Scully is wary of having their faces put on  ...more
  • September 24, 1993
    45
    6

    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 to assist him on a homicide investigation involving no clear point of entry. Mulder realizes that this  ...more
  • April 22, 1994
    52
    8

    Season1

    Episode Number21

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

    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
  • November 10, 1996
    13
    1

    Season4

    Episode Number6

    Monster: Jack Franklyn

    A link to the four witches Sabbaths is found after a doctor loses control and kills a patient on the operating table, and Mulder suspects a nurse may be practicing witchcraft.  ...more
  • November 5, 1993
    44
    7

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    Monster: Parasitic ice worms

    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
  • January 7, 1994
    28
    4

    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 killer in return for a lesser sentence of life in prison, Scully becomes an unwilling believer when Boggs  ...more
  • February 22, 1998
    51
    9

    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 return to DC aware of the mistake they just made. Faced with a lawsuit from the family of the man, they  ...more
  • October 11, 1996
    55
    10

    Season4

    Episode Number2

    Monster: The Peacock family

    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 inbred  ...more
  • September 23, 1994
    40
    7

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    Monster: Flukeman

    A.D. Skinner sends Mulder to investigate a body which washed into the New Jersey sewer from the ocean. Mulder believes that the basic blue-collar assignment is punishment, but by Skinner's own  ...more
  • March 31, 1995
    38
    8

    Season2

    Episode Number20

    Monster: Leonard

    "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 previously  ...more
  • January 26, 1997
    6
    0

    Season4

    Episode Number12

    Monster: Albert Tanner

    After the body of a decapitated EMT disappears from the morgue and an identical man starts work at the same hospital, Mulder believes that the man has the ability to regrow parts of his body,  ...more
  • January 26, 1996
    6
    0

    Season3

    Episode Number13

    SeriesThe X-Files

    Monster: Margi Kleinjan and Terri Roberts

    "Syzygy" is the thirteenth episode of the third season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. The episode first aired in the United States on January 26, 1996, on Fox. It was written  ...more
  • February 28, 1999
    21
    4

    Season6

    Episode Number14

    Monster: Bernard Oates kinda pam

    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
  • April 22, 1994
    17
    3

    Season1

    Episode Number22

    Monster: Michelle Bishop (a reincarnation of Charlie Morris)

    After a detective and his former partner die in unexplained circumstances, the accidents are linked to a little girl who witnessed both deaths. Mulder believes that she may be the reincarnation of a  ...more
  • January 13, 1995
    38
    9

    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 begins killing his soon-to-be collectibles himself and sets his seriously disturbed sights on Scully.  ...more
  • April 25, 1999
    28
    7

    Season6

    Episode Number19

    Monster: Josh Exley

    Mulder meets with Agent Arthur Dales' brother (also named Arthur) and is told a tale of a talented negro baseball player from Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940's who may have been an alien that ran  ...more
  • February 23, 1996
    40
    11

    Season3

    Episode Number17

    Monster: Robert Patrick Modell

    "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
  • February 2, 1997
    24
    6

    Season4

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Betty

    While Mulder is forced to take a vacation he leaves Scully with an assignment to keep her busy until he returns. However, she decides to start living and goes on a date with a man who believes that  ...more
  • January 27, 1995
    8
    1

    Season2

    Episode Number14

    Monster: Phyllis Paddock

    "Die Hand Die Verletzt" is the fourteenth episode of the second season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network on January 27, 1995. It was written by  ...more
  • May 10, 1996
    8
    1

    Season3

    Episode Number23

    Monster: Tachistoscopic images

    After a man kills three people and his wife because he mistook them for a ruthless middle eastern dictator, Mulder and Scully discover a test involving mind control using television signals that make  ...more
  • November 28, 1999
    17
    4

    Season7

    Episode Number4

    Monster: Zombie

    As the year 2000 draws closer, the agents are up against a man from the Millennium Group who believes that he can bring about the end of the world on the 31st of December if he resurrects four former  ...more