Throughout Fox’s original run of “The X-Files” (1993-2002), the show took home 16 Emmy Awards from 62 total nominations, including Best Drama Actress for Gillian Anderson for the Season 4 episode “Memento Mori.” In all, there were 11 different award-winning episodes of “The X-Files,” but can you name each of them? You may be surprised by some of the little-known outings that earned golden statuettes. Click through our photo gallery above to see which specific “The X-Files” episodes found the truth with Emmy voters.
Written by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz and directed by Rob Bowman, “Memento Mori” began the show’s emotional cancer arc for Anderson’s character, FBI Agent Dana Scully. The powerful hour also won Best Art Direction for its many scenes featuring David Duchovny‘s Fox Mulder inside the high-tech security research facility that contained harvested ova. Watch Anderson’s Emmy speech, in which she prevailed against fellow 1997 nominees Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Julianna Margulies (“ER”) and Sherry Stringfield (“ER”).
Among the other notable episodes to win Emmys were the Peter Boyle guest-starrer “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” (Season 3), the airline crash outing “Tempus Fugit” (Season 4) and the black-and-white hour “The Post-Modern Prometheus” (Season 5). See all 11 award-winning “The X-Files” episodes.
Carter is set to return as showrunner for “The X-Files” revival in 2018, where he’ll reunite with producers/writers/directors James Wong, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan. Also new to the writing staff for Season 11 will be Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen and Brad Follmer. Anderson recently tweeted about the lack of female writers and directors on “The X-Files” staff, noting that of the show’s 207 episodes only two were directed by women. Anderson directed “All Things” in Season 7 while Michelle MacLaren directed “John Doe” in Season 9.
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