WATCH: The 7 most WTF episodes of The X-Files

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Feb 6, 2018, 4:38 PM EST (Updated)

Over the course of 11 seasons, The X-Files has always delivered its fair share of WTF moments for the dynamic duo of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), ranging from huge story arc revelations to monsters of the week.

Candidates include creatures living in the toilets, a mom living on skateboards under the bed, townsfolk practicing cannibalism to remain young, creepy parasites, an underdeveloped twin that commits murder, werewolves, vampires, a baseball-loving alien, and more.

SYFY WIRE's Jackie Jennings presents our list of seven X-Files episodes that made us (and the viewers) literally go WTF several times while watching them. Even years later, these particular episodes still manage to make us gasp whenever we either catch them on network TV or do a re-watch on Netflix.


Monster-of-the-week episode "The Host" (Season 2, Episode 2) sits at number seven, with Mulder and Scully investigating a body found in the sewage. There, they discover a worm-like man mutated by the Chernobyl disaster who goes on a rampage in the sewers of New Jersey. The sixth episode on our list is "Our Town" (Season 2 Episode 24), the small-town cannibalism episode we alluded to above.

At number five we have "Small Potatoes" (Season 4, Episode 20), in which Mulder and Scully investigate babies born with tails. Things get even more WTF when the babies are revealed as the offspring of a shapeshifter named Eddie Van Blundht (Darin Morgan), who, at one point, impersonates Mulder, giving us a near-kiss between "Mulder" and Scully. The fourth episode on our list is "Humbug" (Season 2, Episode 20), a twisted tale of former circus performers. And maybe more cannibalism.

At number three is "Never Again" (Season 4, Episode 13), which features a murderous talking tattoo. "War of the Coprophages" (Season 3, Episode 12) takes the second spot with killer cockroaches. Nuff said.

Can you guess which episode landed the first place on our list of seven WTF episodes? We bet you can. Watch the video above and find out if you're right.


Additional material by Nathalie Caron.