The agents search for a killer in a Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers.



(created by),

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video





Episode complete credited cast:
Jim Rose ...
Sheriff Hamilton
Mr. Nutt (as Michael Anderson)
The Enigma ...
John Payne ...
Jerald Glazebrook
Gordon Tipple ...
Hepcat Helm
Alvin Law ...


The strange death of a circus sideshow attraction in Gibsonton, Florida leads Mulder and Scully on a bizarre whodunit adventure into the world of the performing arts. Was the killer the Fiji Mermaid, the Dog-Faced Boy, or any of the town's other inhabitants? Written by EJS

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Michael J. Anderson and David Duchovny were both on another sci-fi thriller, Twin Peaks, though unlike in this episode, they never appeared in the same scene in David Lynch's tv drama. See more »


Dana Scully: Mr. Swaim, we're here to question you about some recent murders.
Dr. Blockhead: I don't answer any questions until I talk to my lawyer.
Mulder: Who's your lawyer?
Dr. Blockhead: I represent myself.
See more »


References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


Performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

There's a sucker born every minute.
6 May 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Humbug is one of the best episodes of season two. It is the first of four Darin Morgan comedy episodes. Humbug is also the X-Files first foray into comedy. It's not a straight-out comedy like some later episodes, but it has a lot of comedic elements to it. Humbug is littered with great guest star performances, including the late Vincent Schiavelli, The Enigma, and Jim Rose. Humbug is superbly directed by Kim Manners. I love when Scully goes into the museum of curiosities and you never get a straight on shot of the curator's disfigured face. It's either seen in a mirror, a reflection of a pot, his profile, or some other abstract way. I was debating whether to drop this episode to a 9 for the puppet used to play Leonard. It looked a bit fake at times. But I figure it wasn't bad enough to drop this episode a full point. Humbug is so well-rounded with the script, sets, and acting, that you I can't justify knocking off a point. Humbug is a truly excellent episode. When you view it though, be sure to leave an extra five dollar donation.

49 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
G Anderson mindthinkr
XF vids profprimbud
What episode do you find to be the worst? Ryohazukisama
Please tell me that the whole colonization really happened nyhcskin
Diana Fowley. kimmie_baever
Mulder in season 8 prinsmars_91
Discuss Humbug (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: