X-Files Turns 20: Project Watch Episodes in Sequence

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What is this about?

One of my all time favorite television shows was The X-Files.  It first debuted on television on September 20, 1993.  I didn’t watch it.  But after the first film, I was hooked, and became obsessed.  As part of my plan to honor the 20th anniversary of The X-Files debut, I plan to watch all 200+ episodes (plus movies) in their proper sequence.  I have no timeline or deadline for finishing, and will post the thoughts I had while watching again here with little or no editing (original post on my Facebook page).  This is not an attempt to have a refined review.  Just spit-firing as I watched the episode, and preservation for posterity.

When you see a post with tags #XFilesTurns20 and #ProjectWatchEpisodesinSequence, this is what those are all about.

You might also like my post on why Dana Scully can be a role model for girls of all ages, posted on September 10, 2013, in honor of the anniversary.  See below for all of the reviews and episode list.

Episodes

Titles with links are those I’ve watched; the rest are yet to come.

 

Title Season # No in Series No in Season Directed by Written by Original air date Production #
Pilot 1 1 1 Robert Mandel Chris Carter 9/10/1993 1X79
Deep Throat 1 2 2 Daniel Sackheim Chris Carter 9/17/1993 1X01
Squeeze 1 3 3 Harry Longstreet Glen Morgan & James Wong 9/24/1993 1X02
Conduit 1 4 4 Daniel Sackheim Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon 10/1/1993 1X03
The Jersey Devil 1 5 5 Joe Napolitano Chris Carter 10/8/1993 1X04
Shadows 1 6 6 Michael Katleman Glen Morgan & James Wong 10/22/1993 1X05
Ghost in the Machine 1 7 7 Jerrold Freedman Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon 10/29/1993 1X06
Ice 1 8 8 David Nutter Glen Morgan & James Wong 11/5/1993 1X07
Space 1 9 9 William Graham Chris Carter 11/12/1993 1X08
Fallen Angel 1 10 10 Larry Shaw Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa 11/19/1993 1X09
Eve 1 11 11 Fred Gerber Kenneth Biller & Chris Brancato 12/10/1993 1X10
Fire 1 12 12 Larry Shaw Chris Carter 12/17/1993 1X11
Beyond the Sea 1 13 13 David Nutter Glen Morgan & James Wong 1/7/1994 1X12
Gender Bender 1 14 14 Rob Bowman Larry Barber & Paul Barber 1/21/1994 1X13
Lazarus 1 15 15 David Nutter Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon 2/4/1994 1X14
Young at Heart 1 16 16 Michael Lange Scott Kaufer and Chris Carter 2/11/1994 1X15
E.B.E. 1 17 17 William Graham Glen Morgan & James Wong 2/18/1994 1X16
Miracle Man 1 18 18 Michael Lange Chris Carter & Howard Gordon 3/18/1994 1X17
Shapes 1 19 19 David Nutter Marilyn Osborn 4/1/1994 1X18
Darkness Falls 1 20 20 Joe Napolitano Chris Carter 4/15/1994 1X19
Tooms 1 21 21 David Nutter Glen Morgan & James Wong 4/22/1994 1X20
Born Again 1 22 22 Jerrold Freedman Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa 4/29/1994 1X21
Roland 1 23 23 David Nutter Chris Ruppenthal 5/6/1994 1X22
The Erlenmeyer Flask 1 24 24 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 5/13/1994 1X23
Little Green Men 2 25 1 David Nutter Glen Morgan & James Wong 9/16/1994 2X01
The Host 2 26 2 Daniel Sackheim Chris Carter 9/23/1994 2X02
Blood 2 27 3 David Nutter Story by: Darin Morgan
Teleplay by: Glen Morgan & James Wong
9/30/1994 2X03
Sleepless 2 28 4 Rob Bowman Howard Gordon 10/7/1994 2X04
Duane Barry 2 29 5 Chris Carter Chris Carter 10/14/1994 2X05
Ascension 2 30 6 Michael Lange Paul Brown 10/21/1994 2X06
3 2 31 7 David Nutter Chris Ruppenthal and Glen Morgan & James Wong 11/4/1994 2X07
One Breath 2 32 8 R. W. Goodwin Glen Morgan & James Wong 11/11/1994 2X08
Firewalker 2 33 9 David Nutter Howard Gordon 11/18/1994 2X09
Red Museum 2 34 10 Win Phelps Chris Carter 12/9/1994 2X10
Excelsis Dei 2 35 11 Stephen Surjik Paul Brown 12/16/1994 2X11
Aubrey 2 36 12 Rob Bowman Sara B. Charno 1/6/1995 2X12
Irresistible 2 37 13 David Nutter Chris Carter 1/13/1995 2X13
Die Hand Die Verletzt 2 38 14 Kim Manners Glen Morgan & James Wong 1/27/1995 2X14
Fresh Bones 2 39 15 Rob Bowman Howard Gordon 2/3/1995 2X15
Colony 2 40 16 Nick Marck Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter
Teleplay by: Chris Carter
2/10/1995 2X16
End Game 2 41 17 Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz 2/17/1995 2X17
Fearful Symmetry 2 42 18 James Whitmore, Jr. Steve De Jarnatt 2/24/1995 2X18
Død Kalm 2 43 19 Rob Bowman Story by: Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa
3/10/1995 2X19
Humbug 2 44 20 Kim Manners Darin Morgan 3/31/1995 2X20
The Calusari 2 45 21 Michael Vejar Sara B. Charno 4/14/1995 2X21
F. Emasculata 2 46 22 Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Howard Gordon 4/28/1995 2X22
Soft Light 2 47 23 James Contner Vince Gilligan 5/5/1995 2X23
Our Town 2 48 24 Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz 5/12/1995 2X24
Anasazi 2 49 25 R. W. Goodwin Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter
Teleplay by: Chris Carter
5/19/1995 2X25
The Blessing Way 3 50 1 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 9/22/1995 3X01
Paper Clip 3 51 2 Rob Bowman Chris Carter 9/29/1995 3X02
D.P.O. 3 52 3 Kim Manners Howard Gordon 10/6/1995 3X03
Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose 3 53 4 David Nutter Darin Morgan 10/13/1995 3X04
The List 3 54 5 Chris Carter Chris Carter 10/20/1995 3X05
2Shy 3 55 6 David Nutter Jeffrey Vlaming 11/3/1995 3X06
The Walk 3 56 7 Rob Bowman John Shiban 11/10/1995 3X07
Oubliette 3 57 8 Kim Manners Charles Grant Craig 11/17/1995 3X08
Nisei 3 58 9 David Nutter Chris Carter & Howard Gordon & Frank Spotnitz 11/24/1995 3X09
731 3 59 10 Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz 12/1/1995 3X10
Revelations 3 60 11 David Nutter Kim Newton 12/15/1995 3X11
War of the Coprophages 3 61 12 Kim Manners Darin Morgan 1/5/1996 3X12
Syzygy 3 62 13 Rob Bowman Chris Carter 1/26/1996 3X13
Grotesque 3 63 14 Kim Manners Howard Gordon 2/2/1996 3X14
Piper Maru 3 64 15 Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter 2/9/1996 3X15
Apocrypha 3 65 16 Kim Manners Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter 2/16/1996 3X16
Pusher 3 66 17 Rob Bowman Vince Gilligan 2/23/1996 3X17
Teso Dos Bichos 3 67 18 Kim Manners John Shiban 3/8/1996 3X18
Hell Money 3 68 19 Tucker Gates Jeffrey Vlaming 3/29/1996 3X19
Jose Chung’s From Outer Space 3 69 20 Rob Bowman Darin Morgan 4/12/1996 3X20
Avatar 3 70 21 James Charleston Story by: David Duchovny & Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Howard Gordon
4/26/1996 3X21
Quagmire 3 71 22 Kim Manners Kim Newton 5/3/1996 3X22
Wetwired 3 72 23 Rob Bowman Mat Beck 5/10/1996 3X23
Talitha Cumi 3 73 24 R. W. Goodwin Story by: David Duchovny & Chris Carter
Teleplay by: Chris Carter
5/17/1996 3X24
Herrenvolk 4 74 1 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 10/4/1996 4X01
Home 4 75 2 Kim Manners Glen Morgan & James Wong 10/11/1996 4X03
Teliko 4 76 3 James Charleston Howard Gordon 10/18/1996 4X04
Unruhe 4 77 4 Rob Bowman Vince Gilligan 10/27/1996 4X02
The Field Where I Died 4 78 5 Rob Bowman Glen Morgan & James Wong 11/3/1996 4X05
Sanguinarium 4 79 6 Kim Manners Valerie Mayhew & Vivian Mayhew 11/10/1996 4X06
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man 4 80 7 James Wong Glen Morgan 11/17/1996 4X07
Tunguska 4 81 8 Kim Manners Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter 11/24/1996 4X09
Terma 4 82 9 Rob Bowman Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter 12/1/1996 4X10
Paper Hearts 4 83 10 Rob Bowman Vince Gilligan 12/15/1996 4X08
El Mundo Gira 4 84 11 Tucker Gates John Shiban 1/12/1997 4X11
Leonard Betts 4 85 12 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 1/26/1997 4X14
Never Again 4 86 13 Rob Bowman Glen Morgan & James Wong 2/2/1997 4X13
Memento Mori 4 87 14 Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 2/9/1997 4X15
Kaddish 4 88 15 Kim Manners Howard Gordon 2/16/1997 4X12
Unrequited 4 89 16 Michael Lange Story by: Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Chris Carter
2/23/1997 4X16
Tempus Fugit 4 90 17 Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/16/1997 4X17
Max 4 91 18 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/23/1997 4X18
Synchrony 4 92 19 James Charleston Howard Gordon & David Greenwalt 4/13/1997 4X19
Small Potatoes 4 93 20 Cliff Bole Vince Gilligan 4/20/1997 4X20
Zero Sum 4 94 21 Kim Manners Howard Gordon & Frank Spotnitz 4/27/1997 4X21
Elegy 4 95 22 James Charleston John Shiban 5/4/1997 4X22
Demons 4 96 23 Kim Manners R. W. Goodwin 5/11/1997 4X23
Gethsemane 4 97 24 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 5/18/1997 4X24
Redux 5 98 1 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 11/2/1997 5X02
Redux II 5 99 2 Kim Manners Chris Carter 11/9/1997 5X03
Unusual Suspects 5 100 3 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan 11/16/1997 5X01
Detour 5 101 4 Brett Dowler Frank Spotnitz 11/23/1997 5X04
The Post-Modern Prometheus 5 102 5 Chris Carter Chris Carter 11/30/1997 5X06
Christmas Carol 5 103 6 Peter Markle Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 12/7/1997 5X05
Emily 5 104 7 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 12/14/1997 5X07
Kitsunegari 5 105 8 Daniel Sackheim Vince Gilligan & Tim Minear 1/4/1998 5X08
Schizogeny 5 106 9 Ralph Hemecker Jessica Scott & Mike Wollaeger 1/11/1998 5X09
Chinga 5 107 10 Kim Manners Stephen King & Chris Carter 2/8/1998 5X10
Kill Switch 5 108 11 Rob Bowman William Gibson & Tom Maddox 2/15/1998 5X11
Bad Blood 5 109 12 Cliff Bole Vince Gilligan 2/22/1998 5X12
Patient X 5 110 13 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/1/1998 5X13
The Red and the Black 5 111 14 Chris Carter Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/8/1998 5X14
Travelers 5 112 15 William A. Graham John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 3/29/1998 5X15
Mind’s Eye 5 113 16 Kim Manners Tim Minear 4/19/1998 5X16
All Souls 5 114 17 Allen Coulter Story by: Billy Brown & Dan Angel
Teleplay by: Frank Spotnitz & John Shiban
4/26/1998 5X17
The Pine Bluff Variant 5 115 18 Rob Bowman John Shiban 5/3/1998 5X18
Folie à Deux 5 116 19 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan 5/10/1998 5X19
The End 5 117 20 R. W. Goodwin Chris Carter 5/17/1998 5X20
The X-Files: Fight the Future 5.5 117.5 1 Rob Bowman Screenplay by: Chris Carter
Story by: Carter and Spotnitz
6/19/1998
The Beginning 6 118 1 Kim Manners Chris Carter 11/8/1998 6ABX01
Drive 6 119 2 Rob Bowman Vince Gilligan 11/15/1998 6ABX02
Triangle 6 120 3 Chris Carter Chris Carter 11/22/1998 6ABX03
Dreamland 6 121 4 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 11/29/1998 6ABX04
Dreamland II 6 122 5 Michael Watkins Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 12/6/1998 6ABX05
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas 6 123 6 Chris Carter Chris Carter 12/13/1998 6ABX08
Terms of Endearment 6 124 7 Rob Bowman David Amann 1/3/1999 6ABX06
The Rain King 6 125 8 Kim Manners Jeffrey Bell 1/10/1999 6ABX07
S.R. 819 6 126 9 Daniel Sackheim John Shiban 1/17/1999 6ABX10
Tithonus 6 127 10 Michael Watkins Vince Gilligan 1/24/1999 6ABX09
Two Fathers 6 128 11 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/7/1999 6ABX11
One Son 6 129 12 Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/14/1999 6ABX12
Agua Mala 6 130 13 Rob Bowman David Amann 2/21/1999 6ABX14
Monday 6 131 14 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan & John Shiban 2/28/1999 6ABX15
Arcadia 6 132 15 Michael Watkins Daniel Arkin 3/7/1999 6ABX13
Alpha 6 133 16 Peter Markle Jeffrey Bell 3/28/1999 6ABX16
Trevor 6 134 17 Rob Bowman Jim Guttridge & Ken Hawryliw 4/11/1999 6ABX17
Milagro 6 135 18 Kim Manners Story by: John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz
Teleplay by: Chris Carter
4/18/1999 6ABX18
The Unnatural 6 136 19 David Duchovny David Duchovny 4/25/1999 6ABX20
Three of a Kind 6 137 20 Bryan Spicer Vince Gilligan & John Shiban 5/2/1999 6ABX19
Field Trip 6 138 21 Kim Manners Story by: Frank Spotnitz
Teleplay by: John Shiban & Vince Gilligan
5/9/1999 6ABX21
Biogenesis 6 139 22 Rob Bowman Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 5/16/1999 6ABX22
The Sixth Extinction 7 140 1 Kim Manners Chris Carter 11/7/1999 7ABX03
The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati 7 141 2 Michael Watkins David Duchovny & Chris Carter 11/14/1999 7ABX04
Hungry 7 142 3 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan 11/21/1999 7ABX01
Millennium 7 143 4 Thomas J. Wright Vince Gilligan & Frank Spotnitz 11/28/1999 7ABX05
Rush 7 144 5 Robert Lieberman David Amann 12/5/1999 7ABX06
The Goldberg Variation 7 145 6 Thomas J. Wright Jeffrey Bell 12/12/1999 7ABX02
Orison 7 146 7 Rob Bowman Chip Johannessen 1/9/2000 7ABX07
The Amazing Maleeni 7 147 8 Thomas J. Wright Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 1/16/2000 7ABX08
Signs and Wonders 7 148 9 Kim Manners Jeffrey Bell 1/23/2000 7ABX09
Sein und Zeit 7 149 10 Michael Watkins Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/6/2000 7ABX10
Closure 7 150 11 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/13/2000 7ABX11
X-Cops 7 151 12 Michael Watkins Vince Gilligan 2/20/2000 7ABX12
First Person Shooter 7 152 13 Chris Carter William Gibson & Tom Maddox 2/27/2000 7ABX13
Theef 7 153 14 Kim Manners Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 3/12/2000 7ABX14
En Ami 7 154 15 Rob Bowman William B. Davis 3/19/2000 7ABX15
Chimera 7 155 16 Cliff Bole David Amann 4/2/2000 7ABX16
all things 7 156 17 Gillian Anderson Gillian Anderson 4/9/2000 7ABX17
Brand X 7 157 18 Kim Manners Steven Maeda & Greg Walker 4/16/2000 7ABX19
Hollywood A.D. 7 158 19 David Duchovny David Duchovny 4/30/2000 7ABX18
Fight Club 7 159 20 Paul Shapiro Chris Carter 5/7/2000 7ABX20
Je Souhaite 7 160 21 Vince Gilligan Vince Gilligan 5/14/2000 7ABX21
Requiem 7 161 22 Kim Manners Chris Carter 5/21/2000 7ABX22
Within 8 162 1 Kim Manners Chris Carter 11/5/2000 8ABX01
Without 8 163 2 Kim Manners Chris Carter 11/12/2000 8ABX02
Patience 8 164 3 Chris Carter Chris Carter 11/19/2000 8ABX04
Roadrunners 8 165 4 Rod Hardy Vince Gilligan 11/26/2000 8ABX05
Invocation 8 166 5 Richard Compton David Amann 12/3/2000 8ABX06
Redrum 8 167 6 Peter Markle Story by: Steven Maeda & Daniel Arkin
Teleplay by: Steven Maeda
12/10/2000 8ABX03
Via Negativa 8 168 7 Tony Wharmby Frank Spotnitz 12/17/2000 8ABX07
Surekill 8 169 8 Terrence O’Hara Greg Walker 1/7/2001 8ABX09
Salvage 8 170 9 Rod Hardy Jeffrey Bell 1/14/2001 8ABX10
Badlaa 8 171 10 Tony Wharmby John Shiban 1/21/2001 8ABX12
The Gift 8 172 11 Kim Manners Frank Spotnitz 2/4/2001 8ABX11
Medusa 8 173 12 Richard Compton Frank Spotnitz 2/11/2001 8ABX13
Per Manum 8 174 13 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/18/2001 8ABX08
This Is Not Happening 8 175 14 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 2/25/2001 8ABX14
Deadalive 8 176 15 Tony Wharmby Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 4/1/2001 8ABX15
Three Words 8 177 16 Tony Wharmby Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 4/8/2001 8ABX18
Empedocles 8 178 17 Barry K. Thomas Greg Walker 4/22/2001 8ABX17
Vienen 8 179 18 Rod Hardy Steven Maeda 4/29/2001 8ABX16
Alone 8 180 19 Frank Spotnitz Frank Spotnitz 5/6/2001 8ABX19
Essence 8 181 20 Kim Manners Chris Carter 5/13/2001 8ABX20
Existence 8 182 21 Kim Manners Chris Carter 5/20/2001 8ABX21
Nothing Important Happened Today 9 183 1 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 11/11/2001 9ABX01
Nothing Important Happened Today II 9 184 2 Tony Wharmby Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 11/18/2001 9ABX02
Dæmonicus 9 185 3 Frank Spotnitz Frank Spotnitz 12/2/2001 9ABX03
4-D 9 186 4 Tony Wharmby Steven Maeda 12/9/2001 9ABX05
Lord of the Flies 9 187 5 Kim Manners Thomas Schnauz 12/16/2001 9ABX06
Trust No 1 9 188 6 Tony Wharmby Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 1/6/2002 9ABX08
John Doe 9 189 7 Michelle MacLaren Vince Gilligan 1/13/2002 9ABX07
Hellbound 9 190 8 Kim Manners David Amann 1/27/2002 9ABX04
Provenance 9 191 9 Kim Manners Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/3/2002 9ABX10
Providence 9 192 10 Chris Carter Chris Carter & Frank Spotnitz 3/10/2002 9ABX11
Audrey Pauley 9 193 11 Kim Manners Steven Maeda 3/17/2002 9ABX13
Underneath 9 194 12 John Shiban John Shiban 3/31/2002 9ABX09
Improbable 9 195 13 Chris Carter Chris Carter 4/7/2002 9ABX14
Scary Monsters 9 196 14 Dwight Little Thomas Schnauz 4/14/2002 9ABX12
Jump the Shark 9 197 15 Cliff Bole Vince Gilligan & John Shiban & Frank Spotnitz 4/21/2002 9ABX15
William 9 198 16 David Duchovny Story by: David Duchovny & Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter
Teleplay by: Chris Carter
4/28/2002 9ABX17
Release 9 199 17 Kim Manners Story by: John Shiban & David Amann
Teleplay by: David Amann
5/5/2002 9ABX16
Sunshine Days 9 200 18 Vince Gilligan Vince Gilligan 5/12/2002 9ABX18
The Truth 9 201 19 Kim Manners Chris Carter 5/19/2002 9ABX19
The Truth II 9 202 20 Kim Manners Chris Carter 5/19/2002 9ABX20
The X-Files: I Want to Believe 9.5 203 1 Chris Carter Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter 7/25/2008

Definitions:

  • X-Phile: A fanatical fan of the X-Files.
  • CHArc: Clothes Hair Arc.  Usually this is the discussion about Scully’s clothes and/or hair, but could be about any character.
  • Shipper (aka a RelationShip-er): A supporter of the romantic involvement — or “the Ship” — of Mulder and Scully with each other.