Scifi Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The X-Files'  

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This list features the best seasons of The X-Files, listed from best to worst with pictures of season posters when available. Fans may debate which season of The X-Files is the best (and arguments do get heated), but each installment of the science-fiction drama series features memorable episodes. Some X-Files seasons focus on finding proof that alien life exists and other good seasons explore Mulder and Scully's personal relationship. The newest seasons bring the audience back to familiar faces in unexpectedly new situations.

This list of The X-Files seasons has been voted on by fans from all over the world, helping to decide once and for all which collection of episodes are the best. Season One found Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating a UFO crash site and later seasons further dug into the motives of alien life forms, the government, and weird creatures from tall tales.

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The X-Files - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The X-Files'
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The first season of The X-Files premiered on September 10, 1993 and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on Scully and Mulder learning how to work together as they uncover the truth.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "The Erlenmeyer Flask," "Born Again" and "Tooms."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • Mulder meets Scully.
  • Mulder gets arrested investigating a UFO crash.
  • Deep Throat says, "Trust no one."
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The X-Files - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The X-Files'
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The second season of The X-Files premiered on September 16, 1994, and contains 25 episodes. This season focuses on Mulder and Scully continued efforts to investigate the unexplainable despite the status of their department.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Fresh Bones," "Die Hand Die Verletzt" and "End Game."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Scully is kidnaped.
  • Mulder tracks the Bounty Hunter.
  • The Smoking Man destroys Mulder's discovery.
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The X-Files - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The X-Files'
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The fourth season of The X-Files premiered on October 4, 1996, and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on Mulder and Scully's quest for the truth about the Syndicate.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Leonard Betts," "El Mundo Gira" and "Never Again."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • X's secret is revealed.
  • Scully is diagnosed with cancer.
  • Mulder does an alien autopsy.
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The X-Files - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The X-Files'
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The third season of The X-Files premiered on September 22, 1995, and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on the agents working to uncover cover-ups.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "The Blessing Way," "Grotesque" and "Talitha Cumi."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Scully's sister is a victim of mistaken identity.
  • A parasitic oil reeks havoc on several hosts.
  • Mulder is confronted by X.
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