My Top Ten Favorite X-Files Episodes

The following list is in no particular order:

10. Monday

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He just needed some checks!!!

Monday is an episode with the same cyclical premise as Harold Ramis’s Groundhog Day. Mulder finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. He dies at the end of every cycle until something breaks the monotonous routine.

9. Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

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Contemplating your sins…

This is a story that simultaneously deepens the audience’s empathy for the series’ big bad The Cigarette Smoking Man and makes him a more imposing force. Of course, there’s a chance that the tale of one man pulling the tigger on the two most famous political assassinations in modern American history (JFK and MLK) is bullshit.

8. Improbable.

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(Insert Archer reference here)

It’s Burt Reynolds as a Hawaiian-shirt-clad God. What’s not to like there?

7. X-Cops

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Scully don’t do cameras

Another out-of-format episode that finds our heroes in front of Cops cameras. Written by Vince Gilligan, who would go on to create Breaking Bad. It’s shot like an episode of Cops but with a spooky monster instead of a meth head.

6. Fight Club

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Wonder how high Rob was here?

While it’s not the best episode, it does include famed character actor Tex Cobb and pro wrestling is a plot point. So it makes the list.

5. Hollywood AD

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Speaks for itself really

The X-files cases are adapted into a move and Mulder and Scully get brought in as consultants. This episode includes one of the best bits of visual comedy I have ever seen (as illustrated above).

4. Home

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Here’s a dead incest fetus

The show’s  southern-fried horror episode a la Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This episode was so gruesome that it was only broadcast twice.

3-1. Darrin Morgan’s episodes

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This is Darrin Morgan’s IMDB photo

Darrin Morgan penned three episodes of The X-Files. All of them funny, poignant, and weirdly philosophical. It’s three hours of some of must-watch TV

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