The 11th (and potentially final) season of The X-Files hits Channel 5 tomorrow night, kicking off ten weeks of sci-fi action with FBI Agents Mulder & Scully. This latest season marks the 25th anniversary of the series, which to date has clocked up 218 episodes and two big screen adventures.
Below is a list of seven of the best episodes of the X-Files – the crème de la crème if you will. Should you want to revisit past glories ahead of this latest season, then these are the episodes you’ll want to delve into.
The seven best episodes of The X-Files:
- Squeeze – Arguably the most iconic episode of the entire run of The X-Files, Squeeze is the Season One story which features mutant serial killer, Eugene Victor Tooms (aka the guy who can squeeze through ventilation shafts). Squeeze is a go-to episode for X-Files fans and newbies alike and is known for its dark and creepy vibe.
- Home – Ah Home – yet another creepy episode and arguably the most gruesome story to date. Home focuses on the Peacocks, a strange family with a dark secret and when it originally aired – during the show’s fourth season – it was broadcast with a viewer discretion warning due to its graphic content. Home is easily one of the best episodes of The X-Files.
- Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose – Although The X-Files is known for its sci-fi and horror content, the show was also pretty damn good at conveying comedy and one of the finest examples of this comes during Season Three and the episode, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose. The episode focuses on Clyde Bruckman, a man who can foresee the deaths of those around him. Cue Mulder and Scully and a heavy dose of black comedy.
- Humbug – Retaining the comical theme, Humbug is a real gem from Season Two and the first genuine example of comedy in the series. Humbug sees Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders, supposedly committed by the Fiji Mermaid, and involves an investigation amongst a sideshow community.
- The Postmodern Prometheus – Taking place during the show’s fifth season, The Postmodern Prometheus is a love-letter to the vintage horror movies of yesteryear. Featuring a cameo appearance by Jerry Springer – as well as various references to Cher – The Postmodern Prometheus is presented entirely in black and white, features a monster called The Great Mutato and is a real stand out story.
- Beyond the Sea – Back during the early days of The X-Files, the beauty of the Mulder and Scully relationship was always the fact that Mulder was the believer and Scully was the sceptic. This was the rule of thumb for the vast majority of the first seven seasons of the show, with only a couple of exceptions. Beyond the Sea is one of those exceptions, with Scully taking on the role of the believer in a case involving death row convict, Luther Lee Boggs.
- Drive – Written by Breaking Bad creator, Vince Gilligan, Drive is a pulse-pounding episode featuring a guest turn from Bryan Cranston. The episode – a real treat from Season Six – sees Mulder trapped in a car with a man claiming to be suffering from a mysterious illness. Drive is a mix of Speed (1994) and Duel (1971), with a touch of Outbreak (1995) thrown in for good measure.