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30 Awesome Episodes of The X-Files

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.

#7 Pusher

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.

#9 Avatar

Season 3. I was drawn into the story of the romantic succubus. Plus, it was nice to see a character episode about Skinner.

#10 Herrenvolk

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

Photo: FOX

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

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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.

#19 Triangle

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…

#23 Arcadia

Season 6. Scully and Mulder pose undercover as a married couple. “And I didn’t even get to carry you over the threshold.”

#24 Milagro

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.

#26 Closure

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?

#28 Requiem

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.

#29 Deadalive

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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By on October 13th, 2013

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a writer and digital publisher full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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