10 Essential X-Files Episodes

Selected by series creator Chris Carter, here we present the cream of The X-Files crop: 10 classic Mulder and Scully outings packed like a saucer full of extra-terrestrials with mystery, thrills, chills and possibly a laugh or two.

10. Small Potatoes

“How many times have you seen Star Wars?”

Mulder and Scully investigate the strange circumstances surrounding several babies born with tails.

Small Potatoes - The X Files
9. Home

“Without a cell phone you’d lapse into catatonic schizophrenia.”

Mulder and Scully encounter a family of inbred, animal-like brothers living on a remote Pennsylvania farm.


8. Jose Chung’s from Outer Space

“On this planet we are all alone.”

Scully meets a famous author who is researching a book about an alleged UFO encounter in Klass County, Washington.

Jose Chung's from Outer Space

7. Memento Mori 

“You can’t ask the truth of a man who trades in lies.”

Scully is diagnosed as having an inoperable brain tumour. Mulder believes that her condition is connected to her abduction two years earlier.

momento mori - the x-files

6. Humbug

“Maybe it was another bald, jigsaw puzzle-tattooed, naked guy.”

Mulder and Scully investigate a murder in a circus sideshow community where the suspects range from the nearly normal to the really weird.

humbug - the x-files

5. Post-Modern Prometheus

“Is there anything you don’t believe in, Mulder?”

A humorous episode filmed in black and white, loosely based on the story of Frankenstein, and featuring music by Cher.

The Post-Modern Prometheus - the x-files

4. Bad Blood

“Why would a real vampire need fake fangs?”

Mulder and Scully recount their respective versions of events leading up to the death of a teenager suspected of being a vampire.

bad blood - the x-files

3. Duane Barry

“You want to believe so badly, you end up looking too hard.”

Mulder is called in as negotiator when a mental patient who used to be an FBI agent takes a psychologist and three patients hostage.

duane barry - the x-files

2. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose 

“So… How do I die?

In their hunt for a serial killer, Mulder and Scully try to enlist the help of an insurance salesman with psychic powers.

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - the x-files

1. Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man

“He’s the most dangerous man alive.”

One of the Lone Gunmen becomes a marked man when he discovers information linking the Cancer Man to several assassinations.

Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man