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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every X-Files fan should watch these 10 episodes: Chris Carter

The X-Files creator Chris Carter was also asked by EW to name his favorite episodes of his own show. There are some obvious selections — “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” is required viewing not just for X-Files fans, but anyone who loves TV — but also a few unlikely picks, too.

Neither chose “The Springfield Files.” Here’s the full list.

1. “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
2. “Deep Throat” (Season 1, Episode 2)
3. “Beyond the Sea” (Season 1, Episode 13)
4. “The Erlenmeyer Flask” (Season 1, Episode 24)
5. “The Host” (Season 2, Episode 2)
6. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (Season 3, Episode 4)
7. “Memento Mori” (Season 4, Episode 14)
8. “Post-Modern Prometheus” (Season 5, Episode 5)
9. “Bad Blood” (Season 5, Episode 12)
10. “Milagro” (Season 6, Episode 18)

1. “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

The one that introduced Mulder, Scully, their defining characteristics, their relationship, their world.

2. “Deep Throat” (Season 1, Episode 2)

This ep introduces the idea of a government conspiracy/cover-up of E.T. activity and a mysterious informant, code-named Deep Throat.

3. “Beyond the Sea” (Season 1, Episode 13)

The episode that sees Scully become the believer after the death of her father overlaps with the case of an allegedly psychic serial killer.

Image Credit: Everett Collection

4. “The Erlenmeyer Flask” (Season 1, Episode 24)

 There’s a shocking death, and from this point forward, the conspiracy storyline become the driving narrative of the show.

 5. “The Host” (Season 2, Episode 2)

 There’s something sinister lurking in the sewers in this classic monster-of-the-week episode. One word: Flukeman.

6. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (Season 3, Episode 4)

In one of the greatest X-Files episodes ever (the only one to win a writing Emmy), Peter Boyle guest stars as a morbid psychic.

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7. “Memento Mori” (Season 4, Episode 14)

Though it features the usual alien rhetoric, this episode is best remembered as the one in which Scully learns she has cancer, launching a major character arc.

8. “Post-Modern Prometheus” (Season 5, Episode 5)

A Frankenstein-inspired tale about a lovelorn monster, it’s notable for its beautiful black-and-white cinematography.

9. “Bad Blood” (Season 5, Episode 12)

The signature episode from a young Vince Gilligan, Mulder and Scully investigate a vampire case told in flashback from both Mulder and Scully’s POV.

10.  “Milagro” (Season 6, Episode 18)

A favorite of the X-Files writing staff, Mulder and Scully contend with an author whose gruesome fiction becomes reality.

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