I remember when the X-Files first came on the air. Though I’d been raised on various Star Trek incarnations and developed what my mother thought was a morbid taste for true-crime shows, I’d never encountered anything quite like this - and I was hooked from the start. I generally preferred the monster episodes to the ones that focused on aliens, but I tuned in every week almost without fail to see what Mulder and Scully would stir up.
It’s especially fun to spot the now-famous guest stars in various episodes. MTV.com has a comprehensive list of the 54 best celebrity cameos in the series, but I’d also add Seth Green in the episode “Deep Throat” and Gotham’s Donal Logue in “Squeeze”.
The villains hold up pretty well - William B. Davis’ Cigarette-Smoking Man is a quietly menacing presence, Eugene Tooms is horrific in “Squeeze,” and don’t even get me started on “Home” - I still can’t bring myself to watch that masterpiece on the horrors of inbreeding again. Mulder and Scully’s allies seem to have held their own over time as well, particularly The Lone Gunmen and Mitch Pileggi's Skinner.
Whether you believe The Truth Is Out There, or that we should Trust No One, the X-Files is still a great show to revisit today.
Sound off in the comments - what was your favorite X-Files episode?