During its original nine-year run on Fox (1993-2002), “The X-Files” won 16 Emmy Awards from 62 total nominations in the drama categories, including an inaugural trophy in 1994 for the show’s iconic main titles graphic design. In all, 11 different episodes took home golden statuettes. Click through our photo gallery above to see which specific “The X-Files” episodes found the truth with Emmy voters.
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” was the first episode to win an Emmy — in fact, it won two: Best Drama Guest Actor for Peter Boyle and Best Drama Writing for Darin Morgan. The classic comedic episode from the third season featured Boyle as the titular psychic character who could foresee how others would die. Another Season 3 episode — “Nisei” — also scored a pair of Emmys for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
For Season 4, series star Gillian Anderson prevailed in the race for Best Drama Actress for her powerful cancer storyline in “Memento Mori,” an episode that also won the prize for Best Art Direction. Anderson took down fellow 1997 Emmy nominees Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Julianna Margulies (“ER”) and Sherry Stringfield (“ER”). Watch Anderson’s Emmy speech right here.
As critical reviews started waning in the show’s latter years, “The X-Files” still managed an Emmy win for Best Prosthetic Makeup in 2001 for Season 8’s “Deadalive.” That’s the episode that begins with the funeral of Fox Mulder (former regular David Duchovny) following his abduction and mysterious death. Mulder didn’t stay dead long, though, as Duchovny agreed to make sporadic appearance that year before disappearing again in Season 9. He returned for the series finale in 2002 as well as the 2008 feature film and and “The X-Files” revival in 2016.
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