The X-Files returns to Fox for Season 11 tonight, so it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at the 10 best episodes from the series’ impressive run. As we often do, we turn to our friends at WatchMojo for an excellent video countdown, though it’s interesting to note they don’t pick anything beyond Season 5 (suggesting it’s been quite some time since The X-Files was running in top form).
Give the video a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Did your favorite episode of The X-Files make the list? What are some other episodes that deserve a shout out? Will you be watching the Season 11 premiere tonight? Let’s discuss!
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 episodes of The X-Files are listed below the video, along with the seasons they appeared in and a brief synopsis. After that, you can check out the trailer and synopsis for The X-Files Season 11. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: For this list, we’re paying attention to the episodes that had people abuzz around the watercoolers the next day, and fans on the internet talking for years to come.
Darkness Falls (Season 1, Episode 20): Authorities attribute Washington loggers’ disappearances to ecoterrorists; the agents suspect a glowing biological mass.
Home (Season 4, Episode 2): In a deceptively bucolic town, Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) find evidence of an unspeakable crime. Guest stars: Tucker Smallwood and Sebastian Spence.
Bad Blood (Season 5, Episode 12): Mulder and Scully try to explain their roles in a twisted killing that occurred while they were investigating a case in Texas.
Tooms (Season 1, Episode 21): Mulder is angered when a man who was accused of killing four people and eating their livers is released because of insufficient evidence.
The Post-Modern Prometheus (Season 5, Episode 5): Mulder and Scully follow the trail of a modern-day Frankenstein after responding to a letter from a single mother in a small town.
Anasazi (Season 2, Episode 25): An amateur computer hacker’s invasion of government files jeopardizes the lives of Mulder and Scully.
Jose Chung’s From Outer Space (Season 3, Episode 20): Mulder and Scully investigate a couple’s claim that they were abducted by aliens; guest Charles Nelson Reilly.
Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1): Mulder and Scully investigate the strange deaths of members of a high-school graduating class in the Pacific Northwest.
Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose (Season 3, Episode 4): While tracking a serial killer of fortunetellers, Mulder meets a man (Peter Boyle) he believes to be a genuine psychic.
Ice (Season 1, Episode 8): Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) investigate the bizarre deaths of a scientific research team in the Arctic.
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Official Synopsis: The all-new 10-episode installment once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The event series will air during the 2017-2018 season.
In 2016, THE X-FILES drew an average Multi-Platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama. It also was the season’s most talked-about event series on Twitter.
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully and Mulder, as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.
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