X-Files: Personal Favorites

by AgentFauxMulder | created - 12 Oct 2015 | updated - 12 Oct 2015 | Public

Just my own favorite X-Files episodes.

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1. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Fallen Angel (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The future of the X-Files project is jeopardized after Mulder secretly infiltrates the government cover-up of a UFO crash.

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Frederick Coffin, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,593

I think this episodes sums up everything about what made the show great early on. Max Fenig is a great character, a prototype for The Lone Gunmen, but he leaves you with questions about his credibility. It's a shame the series didn't do much more with the character.

This is also the episode that starts to shed some light on "Deep Throat". The characters are well utilized, and it's a good starting point for getting to know Mulder and Scully's personalities.

When this episode aired is when I was officially hooked on the show.

2. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Deep Throat (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jerry Hardin, Michael Bryan French

Votes: 4,580

How do you make an Area 51 story without Area 51? Set it in Boise.

This is the first time the show scared me, and a bit of that still lingers, which happens at the end of the episode.

There is an iconic scene that remains one of the coolest in the series, and I used to have a poster of it. Now it's just one of my computer wallpapers.

3. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Eve (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mulder and Scully search for two missing girls who disappeared after their fathers were murdered in an identical fashion.

Director: Fred Gerber | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Harriet Sansom Harris, Erika Krievins

Votes: 3,813

4. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Pilot (1993)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young

Votes: 8,785

A great way to open the series. Lots of memorable stuff in this episode, especially Scully's first meeting with Mulder, and a particular nasal event.

5. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Anasazi (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life and becomes a target. Scully takes him to a Navajo family that unearthed a buried secret to decipher the disk.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Donat, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Votes: 3,294

6. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Beyond the Sea (1994)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully believes that the pyschic predictions of a death row inmate are the only hope in the kidnapping of two college students.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Brad Dourif, Don S. Davis

Votes: 4,105

7. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Duane Barry (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A former FBI agent who claims he was abducted by aliens takes several people hostage. Mulder agree to be the negotiator.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Steve Railsback, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 3,292

8. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: The Jersey Devil (1993)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years.

Director: Joe Napolitano | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Claire Stansfield, Wayne Tippit

Votes: 4,009

Most people wouldn't list this as a favorite, but I always liked it. You get to see Mulder and Scully's personal lives a bit more, and it helps make it clear that they are more devoted to their work than having normal lives.

The story itself was loosely based on a monster known as The Jersey Devil, but presents it with a less fantastical approach, and seems more concerned with how people react than the monster itself.

9. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: The Blessing Way (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A furious pursuit of Agent Mulder is underway, and more importantly, the government wants the data tape he carried. Agent Scully, against all odds, searches to uncover his whereabouts, persisting that he is alive when all others deny it.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Donat

Votes: 2,834

10. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Paper Clip (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

As a government hit squad closes in on the agents, Mulder searches for clues about his father's involvement in a top secret project.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Walter Gotell

Votes: 3,050

11. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A grumpy old man with psychic powers that show him how someone will die assists the agents with the hunt for a crazed killer who targets psychics. He also cryptically reveals to Mulder and Scully their own ultimate fates.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Boyle, Stuart Charno

Votes: 4,431

12. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: War of the Coprophages (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

While looking for signs of alien ships in the sky above a small town, Mulder learns of a series of deaths supposedly caused by metallic cockroaches. He turns to sexy entomologist Bambi for help, which makes Scully angrily rush to his aid.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Bobbie Phillips, Raye Birk

Votes: 3,384

13. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for the famous quirky author Jose Chung's latest novel. The case gives a whole new meaning to the term Rashomon effect. Chung later returns in Millennium (1996).

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Nelson Reilly, William Lucking

Votes: 3,961

14. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Syzygy (1996)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A rare alignment of the planets gives two homicidal teenage girls dangerous telekinetic powers while simultaneously driving their small town insane with satanic panic. Mulder's interest in the local female detective makes Scully jealous.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Wendy Benson-Landes

Votes: 2,846

15. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Lone Gunmen reveal the (possibly fake) secret history of the Smoking Man to Mulder with focus on three episodes from his life - the assassination of JFK, his attempts at becoming a novelist and one of his UFO cover ups.

Director: James Wong | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Morgan Weisser

Votes: 3,419

16. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Memento Mori (1997)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully attempts to come to terms with her inoperable cancer. Meanwhile Mulder and the Lone Gunmen break into a high-security research lab to find the cure that could save her life.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,433

17. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Unusual Suspects (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In May 1989, the Lone Gunmen meet for the first time when they assist a woman who claims the government plans to use civilians in a secret experiment.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Richard Belzer, Signy Coleman

Votes: 2,469

18. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Christmas Carol (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

While visiting family for Christmas at her brother's San Diego home, Scully receives a mysterious phone call that leads to the investigation of a woman's suicide and a young girl who may be the daughter of Scully's deceased sister Melissa.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sheila Larken, Melinda McGraw

Votes: 2,121

19. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Chinga (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Rumors of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder lead Scully to a little girl and a cursed doll that may be hiding a murderous presence.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Susannah Hoffmann, Larry Musser

Votes: 2,503

20. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Bad Blood (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Luke Wilson

Votes: 4,116

21. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Patient X (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Mulder and Scully search for answers when separate groups of alien abductees are burned alive. They meet a woman with an implant in her neck and symptoms similar to Scully.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Nicholas Lea, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 2,093

22. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Mind's Eye (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The prime suspect in a murder case is a woman who has been blind since birth, leading Mulder and Scully to conclude she may possess the ability to see through a killer's eyes.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lili Taylor, Richard Fitzpatrick

Votes: 2,102

23. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: The Unnatural (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Searching through an FBI reference book, Mulder finds a photograph of Arthur Dales with a baseball team and the alien bounty hunter. Mulder goes to Arthur Dales' house to ask him about the ... See full summary »

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jesse L. Martin, Fredric Lehne

Votes: 2,634

24. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Three of a Kind (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

While infiltrating a defense contractor conference in Las Vegas, The Lone Gunmen are reunited with Susanne Modeski, the mysterious woman who disappeared 10 years earlier after the trio first came together to help her.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Signy Coleman, Charles Rocket

Votes: 2,025

25. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Hungry (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Rob Roberts has an addiction to human brains. As he tries to control this overpowering hunger and turn his life around, Mulder and Scully try to find out who the brain-eating monster is.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chad Donella, Mark Pellegrino

Votes: 2,203

I don't know why I like this episode, it is one of the ones in Season 7 that sticks out to me. It raises an interesting question about human nature.

26. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Orison (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Five years have passed since Scully escaped from Donnie Pfaster, an obsessed death fetishist. When Reverend Orison helps the madman escape from prison he immediately turns to the one that got away...Scully.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Scott Wilson, Nick Chinlund

Votes: 1,981

27. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: X-Cops (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The investigation of a neighborhood monster isn't too weird for the crew of Cops (1989) to follow around Mulder and Scully.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Judson Mills, Dee Freeman

Votes: 2,626

28. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Patience (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully isn't exactly warm to Doggett on their first X-File together in which they investigate a human bat.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Bradford English, Gene Dynarski

Votes: 1,760

29. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Vienen (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Doggett and Mulder unwillingly team up investigating an oil rig where some mysterious murders have happened and the possibility of the Black Oil being involved is a haunting reality.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 1,696

30. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Alone (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A bizarre reptilian creature captures Doggett and his new Mulder-obsessed partner underground and only a X-Files deposed Mulder can help them.

Director: Frank Spotnitz | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 1,693

31. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Nothing Important Happened Today (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

While Doggett's investigation of Deputy Director Kersh hits difficulties, the agents encounter a beautiful woman with the ability to remain submerged underwater.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 1,590

32. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Release (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A Frank Black-esque cadet in Scully's class directs Doggett to a current murder case that may have something to do with a case that went unsolved 9 years prior...the murder of his young son.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Cary Elwes

Votes: 1,658



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