TV THIS WEEK: The X-Files returns, new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Good Place and more

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Dec 18, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Mulder and Scully are back, and the pressure is on to pay off that insane cliffhanger from last season. This new season promises a boatload of standalone adventures and just enough big-picture stuff to keep it all tidy with the wider mythology. Here’s hoping Chris Carter and the gang can deliver.

Aside from The X-Files, this week also brings several shows back from holiday hiatus. The Good Place is back for some high-concept laughs, along with the X-Men series The Gifted, Van Helsing, and Ghost Wars on SYFY, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps on trying to unravel its big ol’ space adventure — plus a whole lot more.

Check out the full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be watching.


Twilight Zone Marathon (SYFY), Monday, All Day

SYFY’s annual tradition continues with a ton of vintage Twilight Zone to start off the new year in a weird way. If you need a break from the new season of Black Mirror, head back to where the twisted take on sci-fi began.

Okay, OUR determination of the 13 best episodes of the classic show "The Twilight Zone." Do you agree?


The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9 p.m. - "3 X 1”

Tensions heat up Mutant HQ; Reed fears for his family's safety and rethinks their future at the compound; Dr. Campbell proposes an improved program to Jace that could change everything.


The X-Files (Fox), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “My Struggle III”

Mulder and Scully learn they aren't the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William; the fate of the world may ride on the outcome.


The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30 p.m. - “Leap to Faith”

Michael receives a surprise visitor; Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason attempt to solve a riddle.


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), Friday 9 p.m. - “Fun & Games”

With Daisy's life on the line, an unexpected friend attempts to rescue her.


Twilight Zone Marathon (SYFY), Monday, All Day

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Lucifer (Fox), Monday 8 p.m. - “City of Angels?”

A flashback to when Lucifer came to Los Angeles; Amenadiel tries to retrieve his fallen brother; Chloe and Dan, still married, investigate the murder of an MMA fighter.


The Gifted (Fox), Monday 9 p.m. - "3 X 1”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.


With The CW’s superhero fare on hiatus, it’s a slow night. If you’re jonesing for something fresh, check out Hulu’s excellent Runaways series, which should have a new episode. Digging a bit deeper, be sure to check out the new season of Black Mirror if you haven’t watched it. It’s pretty great.


The X-Files (Fox), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “My Struggle III”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

The Librarians (TNT), Wednesday 8 p.m. - “And the Disenchanted Forest”

When dissension threatens the group, Baird takes the Librarians to a charismatic self-help guru's team-building camp on the edge of a forest where people have been mysteriously disappearing.


Vikings (History), Wednesday 9 p.m. - “Full Moon”

Bjorn returns to Kattegat to learn that an attack will take place during the next full moon; Ivar must decide if he can place his trust in a former enemy on the battlefield.


The Good Place (NBC), Thursday 8:30 p.m. - “Leap to Faith”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Thursday 8 p.m. - "The Matrimonial Metric”

Sheldon and Amy subject their friends to a series of secret experiments to discover which two would be most qualified to be the best man and the maid of honor at their wedding; Penny reveals her true feelings about Amy.


Van Helsing (SYFY), Thursday 9 p.m. - "Black Days”

At a mountain stronghold, secrets of the Van Helsing family are unearthed and the true face of evil is exposed; a climactic battle between humans and vampires leaves humanity's fate in question.


Ghost Wars (SYFY), Thursday 10 p.m. - “...My Soul to Keep”

While the ghosts build a resistance against Roman, Port Moore survivors draw straws in preparation for their final battle, a quest to connect the two halves of the artifact in the ghost realm.


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), Friday 9 p.m. - “Fun & Games”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

MacGyver (CBS), Friday 8 p.m. - “Mac & Jack”

When Mac's nemesis rigs Mac's house with explosives and traps him and Jack inside, Mac uses a karaoke mic and an audio transformer to let the team know that the bomb is a distraction for a bigger one.


It’s a slow night as the New Year’s doldrums finally start to come to an end. Clear out the DVR, or go watch The Last Jedi for the 15th time, maybe?


Ghosted (Fox), Sunday 8:30 p.m. - “Snatcher”

Max, Leroy, and Annie get lost in the woods while trying to find a creature that kills; Max's survival skills are put to the test; Barry helps with Capt. LaFrey's dating problems.


The Last Man on Earth (Fox), Sunday 9:30 p.m. - “Karl"

Tandy and Todd come across a new survivor who has been trapped in a Mexican prison since the virus hit.

*TV listing information via AOL.