The Best "Monster of the Week" Episodes (The X-Files)

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1. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Ice (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate when a team of geophysicists stationed at a remote Alaskan outpost are killed by a parasitic alien life form.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xander Berkeley, Felicity Huffman

Votes: 5,240

2. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Post-Modern Prometheus (1997)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

in this surreal, comical take on Frankenstein, Mulder and Scully arrive in a small rural town to investigate claims of a monster obsessed with Cher that's sedating and impregnating the local women.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John O'Hurley, Pattie Tierce

Votes: 3,732

3. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Unnatural (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 2,896

4. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Bad Blood (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 4,505

5. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: X-Cops (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 2,872

6. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Triangle (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder boards the wreck of a legendary missing WWII ship that suddenly appeared in the Bermuda Triangle. The ship turns out to be a time portal. Now Scully must use all of her wits to try and get the unwilling FBI to help her save him.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Chris Owens

Votes: 3,294

7. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Monday (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman desperately attempts to change the outcome of the events of a day she is forced to relive again and again in which her boyfriend explodes a bomb during a failed bank robbery killing everyone inside, including Mulder and Scully.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Carrie Hamilton

Votes: 2,994

8. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Tithonus (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A rookie agent asks for Scully's help in proving that a quaint crime scene photographer is a serial killer. With some help from a bored Mulder, Scully discovers the man's actual dark secret. And an old prophecy regarding Scully comes true.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Ruccolo

Votes: 2,408

9. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Home (1996)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The remains of a murdered deformed infant lead the agents to a family of murderous, inbred, animal-like brothers living on a secluded farm in a remote section of Pennsylvania.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Tucker Smallwood, Chris Nelson Norris

Votes: 4,441

10. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Pusher (1996)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A seemingly unmotivated murderer, who can apparently talk his victims into killing themselves is on the loose and it is up to Mulder and Scully to study the clues left to them by the person and capture him.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Wisden

Votes: 3,197

11. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Edward Asner

Votes: 2,942

12. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Paper Hearts (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An incarcerated serial killer claims Mulder's sister was one of his many victims.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Tom Noonan

Votes: 3,063

13. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Chinga (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rumors of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder at a supermarket in a small New England fishing town lead Scully, who's on vacation, 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: 2,770

14. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Drive (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man tormented by a piercing sound that could make his head explode unless he heads west as fast as possible takes Mulder hostage to drive for him, while Scully rushes to find the cause of this affliction that also killed the man's wife.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Bryan Cranston, Michael O'Neill

Votes: 2,810

15. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Agua Mala (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a hurricane bears down on the Florida coast, the agents search for a sea monster that Arthur Dales believes is responsible for the disappearance of a couple and their son.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jeremy Roberts, Joel McKinnon Miller

Votes: 2,274

16. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Host (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder pursues a humanoid, parasitic organism that uses sewage systems as its home.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Darin Morgan

Votes: 3,762

17. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Kill Switch (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The brutal murder of a renowned computer programmer leads Mulder and Scully to investigate an artificial intelligence program loose on the Internet that has begun evolving on its own.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Lehman, Kate Luyben

Votes: 2,632

18. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Soft Light (1995)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully's former student, Det. Kelly Ryan, asks the agents to help her catch a runaway government scientist responsible for several mysterious disappearances. Mulder realizes that the man is deathly afraid of his shadow for some reason.

Director: James A. Contner | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Tony Shalhoub, Kate Twa

Votes: 3,021

19. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: F. Emasculata (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As Scully investigates the spread of a deadly contagion at a prison, Mulder tracks down two escaped convicts infected with the disease.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Martin Smith, Dean Norris

Votes: 2,948

20. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Unruhe (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Photos of a hellish sight from the mind of a psychopath who abducts women makes Mulder think that the man has the ability of psychic photography.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Walter Marsh

Votes: 2,838

21. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997).

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

Votes: 4,352

22. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Roadrunners (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Doggett is a little dismayed when Scully investigates a murder in a barely inhabited town in Utah without him. When Scully's car breaks down and she finds the town people aren't as sweet as they seem she struggles to find a way out of the demented town.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, David Barry Gray, Lawrence Pressman

Votes: 2,094

23. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Goldberg Variation (1999)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is tossed off the top of a 29 story building by gangsters. Amazingly, he gets up and walks away unscathed. Mulder and Scully investigate when Mulder suspects this man may have ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Willie Garson, Alyson Reed

Votes: 2,364

24. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Redrum (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man lives the most recent 5 days of his life backwards and finds out that he is the main suspect in the murder of his wife.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton, Bellamy Young

Votes: 2,164

25. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Je Souhaite (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers have a less than helpful genie who grants their wishes with disastrous consequences. Mulder comes into possession of the same genie, and his wishes garner similar results.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Paula Sorge

Votes: 2,443



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