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

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Vote 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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  • Ice
    November 5, 1993
    37 votes
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Series: The X-Files

    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
  • Squeeze
    September 24, 1993
    33 votes
    • Season: 1
    • Episode Number: 3
    • Series: The X-Files

    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
  • Bad Blood
    February 22, 1998
    35 votes
    • Season: 5
    • Episode Number: 12
    • Series: The X-Files

    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
  • The Host
    September 23, 1994
    30 votes
    • Season: 2
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Series: The X-Files

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

    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.
  • Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
    28 votes
    • Season: 3
    • Episode Number: 4
    • Series: The X-Files

    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