Having just re-watched or even watched the entire X-Files series for the first time – as well as both movies, I thought it would be a perfect time to pick thirty of my favorite episodes. And I’m going to include movies as well.
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The first time I saw The X-Files I was just a kid and I only watched on a periodic basis. So it’s fitting all these years later that I finally decided to watch it during the 20th Anniversary. Personally, I find the show to be even better than I remember and I loved just about every minute of it. It was hard to narrow down as I actually enjoy most of the episodes (yes even seasons 8 and 9), but this is what it came down to. At least today…
Anyway, I’m just going to jump right into it. Here it is… 30 awesome X-Files episodes (listed in the order they aired – all photo credit goes to FOX.
30 Awesome Episodes of The X-Files
#1 Pilot Episode
Scully and Mulder become partners and the magic begins!
#2 Beyond the Sea
Season 1. Scully says a powerful goodbye to her father.
#3 The Erlenmeyer Flask
Season 1. A good old conspiracy episode. Deep Throat tells Scully to trust no one.
#4 One Breath
Season 2. Scully returns after her abduction in an emotional, character-driven episode.
#5 Paper Clip
Season 3. Scully “sees” aliens.
#6 Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Season 3. A masterfully written and acted episode. Here, Scully saves Mulder from the killer.
Season 3. Pure psychological suspense. Will Mulder kill Scully or himself?
#8 Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’
Season 3. I’ll never get over the hilarity of Mulder’s scream.
Season 3. I was drawn into the story of the romantic succubus. Plus, it was nice to see a character episode about Skinner.
Season 4. Hintings of the Cigarette Smoking Man’s feelings for Mulder’s mother as he “suspiciously” has her healed for the cause.
#11 Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
Season 4. Even bad guys have dreams.
#12 Memento Mori
Season 4. Scully chooses to fight her cancer while Mulder gives her some comfort.
#13 Small Potatoes
Season 4. One of the funniest episodes of the entire series. Here, Mulder walks in on the guy impersonating him right before he kisses Scully.
#14 Redux/Redux II
Season 5. Mulder gets emotional over the possibility of losing Scully forever.
#15 Unusual Suspects
Season 5. The backstory for the Lone Gunmen.
#16 The Post-Modern Prometheus
Season 5. Scully and Mulder dance together in one of my favorite scenes to Cher’s “Walking in Memphis.”
#17 Bad Blood
Season 5. Pure comedic fun when Mulder and Scully tell different versions of the same event involving vampires. Luke Wilson guest stars.
#18 X-Files: Fight the Future
The movie. Mulder carries Scully in a romantic rescue.
Season 6. Nazi’s, a kiss, and Mulder tells Scully he loves her.
#20 Dreamland/Dreamland II
Season 6. Michael Mckean guest stars as he and Mulder switch places. I still love the line from Scully: “I’d kiss you if you weren’t so damn ugly.”
#21 How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
Season 6. Two ghosts (Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner) in Beetlejuice style try to trick Mulder and Scully into killing each other.
#22 Two Fathers/One Son
Season 6. Poor Jeffrey Spender…
Season 6. Scully and Mulder pose undercover as a married couple. “And I didn’t even get to carry you over the threshold.”
Season 6. Scully is already in “love.”
#25 The Unnatural
Season 6. Written and Directed by David Duchovny, this episode captures period and nostalgia with an emotional punch. Plus, there’s also romantic baseball.
Season 7. Mulder gets to say goodbye to his sister, Samantha in the moving ending to her story.
#27 Hollywood AD
Season 7. Who can forget the three-way bath scene between Mulder, Scully, and Skinner?
The season 7 finale goes back full circle to the pilot when they return to the place it all began. Also, Scully and Mulder get to cuddle.
Season 8. Mulder finally returns after Scully pulls out all the stops to save him.
#30 The Truth Part 1&2
Season 9. Scully and Mulder hold onto hope and each other in the end.
What were your favorite episodes of The X-Files? Sound off below…
Featured image at the top: Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) play baseball in “The Unnatural.” Photo: FOX
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