Chris Carter Picks 10 Essential X-Files Episodes to Watch Before the Revival
"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
Of course you need to watch the pilot, because this is where it all began. It introduces the audience to the iconic relationship between Mulder and Scully, and makes us all want to believe.
"Deep Throat" (Season 1, Episode 2)
If the first episode made us want to believe, the second episode made us "trust no one," as it introduced the element of government conspiracy that ran throughout the series.
"Beyond the Sea" (Season 1, Episode 13)
Mixing an extremely memorable monster-of-the-week, a "psychic" serial killer named Boggs, with the unceremonious and extremely true-to-life death of Scully's father, this was an X-Files one-off at its best.
"The Erlenmeyer Flask" (Season 1, Episode 24)
The first season finale was a game-changer, particularly the shocking death of Deep Throat, and mired the show even more deeply in its complex conspiracy.
"The Host" (Season 2, Episode 2)
"Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (Season 3, Episode 4)
Widely regarded as one of the best episodes of The X-Files, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" was the only episode to win a writing Emmy. It was also written by Darin Morgan, who is famous for his darkly funny, campy episodes of shows such as The X-Files and Fringe, and will be returning to write the third episode of the revival series, "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster."
"Memento Mori" (Season 4, Episode 14)
Notable for its developments in both the alien conspiracy and Mulder and Scully's relationship, this emotional episode also saw Scully learn that she had cancer.
"Post-Modern Prometheus" (Season 5, Episode 5)
A riff on the comic book medium, this episode was shot in black-and-white and paid homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
"Bad Blood" (Season 5, Episode 12)
Some of the one-offs were scary, but Bad Blood represented The X-Files at its funniest. Just watch the above clip with a young David Arquette if you don't believe me.
"Milagro" (Season 6, Episode 18)
According to Carter, Milagro was a favorite of the X-Files writing staff, as it centered on a writer whose stories began to bleed into reality.
And just in case you weren't excited enough for the revival (or shipping Mulder and Scully already), here are seven new and adorable portraits, courtesy of EW: