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The X-Files 106: Binge Watching Guide (Menus)

Next week sees the release of The X-Files on blu ray for the first time, just over a month before the new six-episode series premieres on Fox in January. We’re running daily reviews of the show (and its spin-offs) between now and the end of the year, but we thought it might be worth compiling some guides for newer viewers who are looking to experience the length and breadth of what The X-Files has to offer. Every day this week, we’ll be publishing one quick list of recommended episodes every day, that should offer a good place to start for those looking to dive into the show.

Here are a few no-nonsense combos for viewers eager to gulp down some vintage nineties television before the show lands. The lists are broken down depending on what you want from the experience. Do you just want good standalones? Or do you want to rush through the mythology? Do you want the best of both? The goal is to narrow the two-hundred-and-two-episode run down to more digestible selections of approximately thirty-to-forty episodes, thus giving the viewer ample time to rush through it before the new season begins.

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The “Dammit, Just Give Me Thirty to Forty of the Best Episodes” List

Ice
Beyond the Sea
E.B.E.

Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath
Colony/End Game
Humbug

Anasazi

The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Nisei/731
Pusher
Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”

Home
Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
Paper Hearts
Leonard Betts
Never Again
Bad Blood
Patient X/The Red and the Black

The Pine Bluff Variant
Folie a Deux

The X-Files: Fight the Future

Drive
Triangle

Hungry
X-Cops

Roadrunners
Via Negativa
Vienen

John Doe
Hellbound
Improbable

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The “I Heard the Standalones From the First Five Seasons Are Pretty Great” List

Squeeze
Ice
Eve
Beyond the Sea
Darkness Falls
Tooms

The Host
Sleepless
Irresistible
Die Hand die Verletzt
Fresh Bones
Humbug
F. Emasculata
Our Town

D.P.O.
Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Oubliette
War of the Coprophages
Grotesque
Pusher
Hell Money
Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”
Quagmire

Home
Unruhe
The Field Where I Died
Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
Paper Hearts
Leonard Betts
Never Again
Kaddish

Unusual Suspects
Detour
The Post-Modern Prometheus
Kill Switch
Bad Blood
Mind’s Eye
The Pine Bluff Variant
Folie a Deux

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The “Give Me the Best Standalones Before Mulder Left” List

Ice
Beyond the Sea
Darkness Falls

Irresistible
Humbug
F. Emasculata

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Oubliette
War of the Coprophages
Pusher
Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”
Quagmire

Home
Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
Paper Hearts
Leonard Betts
Never Again

Unusual Suspects
Kill Switch
Bad Blood
The Pine Bluff Variant
Folie a Deux

Drive
Triangle
Terms of Endearment
Tithonus
Monday
The Unnatural
Field Trip

Hungry
X-Cops
Theef
Hollywood A.D.
Je Souhaite

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The “Sod It, Give Me the Best Standalones From Beginning to End” List

Ice
Beyond the Sea
Darkness Falls

Irresistible
Humbug
F. Emasculata

Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
War of the Coprophages
Pusher
Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”
Quagmire

Home
Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
Paper Hearts
Leonard Betts
Never Again

Unusual Suspects
Kill Switch
Bad Blood
The Pine Bluff Variant
Folie a Deux

Drive
Triangle
Monday
The Unnatural
Field Trip

Hungry
X-Cops
Hollywood A.D.

Roadrunners
Via Negativa
The Gift
Empedocles
Vienen

John Doe
Hellbound
Improbable
Release

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The “So, What Was So Great About the Mythology?” List

Pilot
Deep Throat
Fallen Angel
E.B.E.
The Erlenmeyer Flask

Little Green Men
Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath
Colony/End Game
Anasazi

The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Nisei/731
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Jose Chung’s “From Outer Space”

Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man
Memento Mori
Tempus Fugit/Max
Zero Sum
Gethsemane

Redux I/Redux II
Unusual Suspects
Patient X/The Red and the Black

The X-Files: Fight the Future

Two Fathers/One Son

Sein und Zeit/Closure
Requiem

Within/Without
Per Manum
This is Not Happening/DeadAlive
Essence/Existence

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The “I Don’t Give a Crap About Quality, I Want to Watch the Mythology” List

Pilot
Deep Throat
The Erlenmeyer Flask

Duane Barry/Ascension/One Breath
Colony/End Game
Anasazi

The Blessing Way/Paper Clip
Nisei/731
Piper Maru/Apocrypha
Talitha Cumi

Herrenvolk
Tunguska/Terma
Memento Mori
Gethsemane

Redux I/Redux II
Patient X/The Red and the Black
The End

The X-Files: Fight the Future

The Beginning
Two Fathers/One Son
Biogenesis

The Sixth Extinction I/The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
Sein und Zeit/Closure
Requiem

Within/Without
This is Not Happening/DeadAlive
Essence/Existence

Nothing Important Happened Today/Nothing Important Happened Today II
Provenance/Providence
William
The Truth

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The “I’m Just Here For the Shipping” List

Pilot
Ice

Little Green Men
The Host
One Breath
Humbug
Anasazi

War of the Coprophages
Syzygy
Pusher
Quagmire
Wetwired

Paper Hearts
Never Again
Memento Mori
Small Potatoes
Gethsemane

Redux I/Redux II
Detour
Bad Blood
Folie a Deux
The End

The X-Files: Fight the Future

Triangle
Dreamland I/Dreamland II
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas
The Rain King
The Unnatural
Field Trip

Millennium
The Amazing Maleeni
all things
Requiem

Within/Without
Per Manum
This is Not Happening/DeadAlive
Alone
Essence/Existence

The last five minutes of The Truth

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2 Responses

  1. Good list, but you skipped 105.

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