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

August 13, 2020 1.8k votes 36 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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  • 1
    Tooms is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Tooms

    April 22, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number21

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

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    Home is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Home

    October 11, 1996

    Season4

    Episode Number2

    Monster: The Peacock family

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  • 3
    Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Bad Blood

    February 22, 1998

    Season5

    Episode Number12

    Monster: Ronnie Strickland (vampire)

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    Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Squeeze

    September 24, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number3

    Monster: Eugene Victor Tooms

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    Humbug is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Humbug

    March 31, 1995

    Season2

    Episode Number20

    Monster: Leonard

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    The Host is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    The Host

    September 23, 1994

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    Monster: Flukeman

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  • 7
    Ice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Ice

    November 5, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    Monster: Parasitic ice worms

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  • 8
    Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Beyond the Sea

    January 7, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Luther Lee Boggs

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  • 9
    Detour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    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
  • 10
    Arcadia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Arcadia

    March 7, 1999

    Season6

    Episode Number15

    Monster: Ubermenscher

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  • 11
    Pusher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Pusher

    February 23, 1996

    Season3

    Episode Number17

    Monster: Robert Patrick Modell

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  • 12
    Eve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Eve

    December 10, 1993

    Season1

    Episode Number11

    Monster: The Eves (a government clone experiment)

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  • 13
    Never Again is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Never Again

    February 2, 1997

    Season4

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Betty

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  • 14
    Irresistible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    8

    Irresistible

    January 13, 1995

    SeasonThe X-Files season 2

    Episode Number13

    Monster: Donald Pfaster

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  • 15
    Firewalker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Firewalker

    November 18, 1994

    Season2

    Episode Number9

    Monster: Silicon-based parasite

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  • 16
    Small Potatoes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Small Potatoes

    April 20, 1997

    SeasonThe X-Files season 4

    Episode Number20

    Monster: Eddie Van Blundht

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  • 17
    Hungry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Hungry

    November 21, 1999

    SeasonThe X-Files season 7

    Episode Number3

    Monster: Rob Roberts

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  • 18
    Roland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    4

    Roland

    May 6, 1994

    Season1

    Episode Number23

    Monster: Arthur & Roland Grable

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  • 19
    Drive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Drive

    November 15, 1998

    Season6

    Episode Number2

    Monster: Patrick Garland Crump

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  • 20
    The Unnatural is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    The Unnatural

    April 25, 1999

    Season6

    Episode Number19

    Monster: Josh Exley

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  • 21
    Gender Bender is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    2

    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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  • 22
    Chinga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Chinga

    February 8, 1998

    SeasonThe X-Files season 5

    Episode Number10

    Monster: Chinga

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    Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Quagmire

    May 3, 1996

    Season3

    Episode Number22

    Monster: Big Blue

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  • 24
    all things is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    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
  • 25
    Our Town is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 'The X-Files' Monster of the Week Episodes
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    Our Town

    May 12, 1995

    Season2

    Episode Number24

    Monster: Walter Chaco

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