The X-Files: Season 4 (1996 - 1997)


Season 4
The X-Files

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Air date: Oct 4, 1996
Air date: Oct 11, 1996
Air date: Oct 18, 1996
Air date: Oct 27, 1996
Air date: Nov 3, 1996
Air date: Nov 10, 1996
Air date: Nov 17, 1996
Air date: Nov 24, 1996
Air date: Dec 1, 1996
Air date: Dec 15, 1996
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Season four of The X-Files begins with the Syndicate suspecting that Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are having information passed to them by one of their members, and so they attempt to find the leak. Scully is given some bad news regarding her health, and Mulder becomes convinced that her condition has been caused by her previous abduction. In order to find a cute, he decides to try and infiltrate The Pentagon, as great risk. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Skinner
Chris Owens
as Young CSM
Arnie Walters
as Father McCue
Laurie Holden
as Marita Covarrubias
Brendan Beiser
as Agent Pendrell
Rebecca Toolan
as Mrs. Mulder
William B. Davis
as Cigarette Smoking Man
Pat Skipper
as William Scully Jr.
Morgan Weisser
as Lee Harvey Oswald
Chilton Crane
as Sharon Graffia
Fritz Weaver
as Senator Sorenson
Joe Spano
as Mike Millar
Greg Michaels
as Scott Garrett
Tom O'Brien
as LCpl. Louis Frish
Bob Morrisey
as Dr. Simon Bruin
Scott Hylands
as Maj. Gen. Bloch
Fred Keating
as Det. Hugel
Walter Marsh
as Druggist
Ruben Blades
as Conrad Lozano
Jennifer Clement
as Michele Wilkes
Jillian Fargey
as Kaye Schilling
Harrison Coe
as Isaac Luria
Scott Bellis
as Max Fenig
Robert Rozer
as Dr. Alton Pugh
Alex Bruhanski
as Angie Pintero
Arlene Mazerolle
as Dr. Theresa Shannon
Jerry Hardin
as Deep Throat
Susan Hoffman
as Lisa Ianelli
John Finn
as Mark Kritschgau
Sean Allan
as Dr. Scanlon
Nic Lea
as Krychek
Bill Dow
as Dr. Charles Burks
Igor Morozov
as Pudovkin
Lee de Broux
as Eddie Sr.
Zakes Mokae
as Minister Diabira
O-Lan Jones
as Nurse Rebecca Waite
Donnelly Rhodes
as Gen. Francis
Hiro Knagawa
as Dr. Yonechi
Judith Maxie
as Barbara Taylor
Donna White
as Therapist
Lesley Ewen
as Renee Davenport
Daniel Kamin
as Detective Hudak
as Gabrielle
Lisa Stewart
as Jane Brody
Andrew Johnston
as Medical Examiner
Garvin Cross
as Repairman
Nancy Fish
as Nurse Innes
Sheila Larken
as Mrs. Scully
Jed Rees
as Lucas Menand
Barry Greene
as Dr. Linzer
Dexter Bell
as Alfred Kittel
Gregory Thirloway
as Dr. Mitchell Kaplan
Tucker Smallwood
as Andy Taylor
Brad Loree
as Security Guard
David Wohl
as Archivist
William Nunn
as Gen. Jon Steffan
Paul Jarrett
as James Earl Ray
Michael Fairman
as Elderly Man
Alan Franz
as Dr. Ben Keyser
Forbes Angus
as Security Guard
Alex Haythorne
as Young Mulder
Paul McCrane
as Leonard Betts
Lorena Gale
as Harold's Attorney
Ron Chartier
as Inspector Puett
Paul Raskin
as Dr. Prabu Amanpour
Tatiana Chekova
as Truck Driver's Wife
Jabin Litwiniec
as Clinton Bascombe
Sharon Alexander
as Mary Lafante
John Juliani
as Dr. Harrison Lloyd
Tom Noonan
as John Lee Roche
Rick Dobran
as LCpl. Armando Gonzales
Sidney Lassick
as Chuck Forsch
Shelley Adam
as Young Mrs. Mulder
Robin Mossley
as Dr. Looker
Marjoree Lovett
as Elaine Tanner
Kimur Karabilgin
as Tony Oliver
John Destrey
as Trailer Park Manager
Joseph Fuqua
as Jason Nichols
Roy Thinnes
as Jeremiah Smith
Willie Amakye
as Samuel Aboah
Bill Croft
as Tattoo Artist
Larry Musser
as Denny Markham
Jay Acovone
as Det. Curtis
Jessica Schreier
as Dr. Chung-Sayre
Justine Miceli
as Ariel Luria
Darin Morgan
as Eddie Van Blundht
Richard Beymer
as Dr. Jack Franklyn
Raymond Cruz
as Elaido Buente
Christine Willis
as Karen Kosseff
José Yenque
as Soledad Buente
David Groh
as Jacob Weiss
Mike Puttonen
as Martin Alpert
Brian Thompson
as Bounty Hunter
Peter LaCroix
as Nathaniel Teager
Christine Cavanaugh
as Amanda Nelligan
Allan Gray
as Entomologist
Mike Nussbaum
as Dr. Goldstein
Carl Lumbly
as Marcus Duff
David Lovgren
as Kurt Crawford
Paul McLean
as Ballistics Expert
Steven M. Porter
as Harold Spuller
Gillian Barber
as Penny Northern
David Bloom
as First Courier
Jan Rubes
as Vassily Peskow
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files Season 4

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

The X-Files remains in a class by itself.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

[Dana Scully] is the perennial hero of this show and I am in awe of her patience and courage, but I'm starting to find it irritating that she has to spend so much time watching out for him this way. It'd be nice if it weren't so repetitious.

Oct 14, 2017 | Full Review…

To be sure, Season Four does have some pretty spectacular moments and some of the most beloved X-Files shows to date...

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's a great kickoff for season four.

Oct 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The X-Files' fourth season has been very uneven, with a few superb episodes propping up weak ones.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Season four of The X-Files contains some of the show's absolute finest hours and quite a few of those episodes are blatantly experimental. But it also contains some jaw-droppingly awful episodes.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 4

  • Sep 15, 2018
    The Truth has never been closer than it is in Season 4 of The X-Files. Mulder discovers the bee farms being cultivated by the Syndicate along with their experiments at creating a vaccine for the Black Oil; meanwhile Scully learns that she's developed a life threatening illness. Additionally, the season features the notorious episode "Home" that was banned in a lot of markets, and the fan favorite "Small Potatoes," which gave Mulder/Sully shippers some red meat. Also, the Cigarette-Smoking Man's past is revealed in "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man," and the fate of Mulder's sister comes into question in "Paper Hearts." Several named guest stars make appearances, such as Tom Noonan and Judie Foster, as well as a number of up and comers, like Michael Massee, Joe Spano, and Christine Cavanaugh. And, the intense and suspenseful season finale cliffhanger leaves the audience on the edge of their seats. With a clear end in sight (the coming X-Files movie, Fight the Future), Season 4 ramps up the alien conspiracy and raises the stakes for Mulder and Scully.
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  • Mar 15, 2019
    Continually good with more good meat to the mythos being added.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Mar 09, 2018
    Another strong season, but the mythology starts to get a little overly convoluted. a lot of mythology episodes comprise conversations like "there's so much more you must see, so that you might understand" etc., but no one actually says anything of value. most of The stand alone episodes are pretty good, including the chilling and outstanding episode "Home".
  • Dec 30, 2017
    This is where the conspiracy episodes were at their best and not frustrating as they would become. Season 4 has a couple of duds but is a consistent season. Containing one of the most disturbing episodes ever in Home. The writers were in their element and hitting it out of the park.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    The Fourth Season of the X-Files continues to develop the "mythology" plot points of earlier season, while also churning out quality "stand-alone" episodes. Let's examine the three types of episode formats that the X-Files showcases: 1. Mythology: During this season, a Mars rock turns out to be something more than just terrestrial, the Russians begin experimenting with an alien virus, Max Fenig (Scott Bellis), last seen in Season 1, makes a return appearance, and Mulder (David Duchovny) again must choose what to believe surrounding the events of his sister's disappearance. Though the "Tempus Fugit"/"Max" two-part episode falls a bit flat, the other mythology episodes this season are as strong as ever. Perhaps the most important mythological development of this season, however, is Agent Scully's (Gillian Anderson) contraction of a deadly disease which may have been given to her by outside forces. 2. Stand-Alone: Despite a few clunker episodes, this season continued to produce compelling hour-long stories. "Unruhe" focuses on a genuinely terrifying pyschopath, "Home" is so scary that it almost wasn't shown at all, and "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" sheds some light on the shadowy figure's younger years. 3. Comedic: While "Never Again" is very hit-or-miss depending on who you ask, "Small Potatoes" is a hilarious romp that also serves to provide the first hints (however small) of a possible Mulder-Scully romantic relationship. Overall, the Fourth Season of the X-Files continued to give fans what they wanted...more mythology to endlessly debate online, spooky paranormal creatures, and a few hearty laughs. Also, though I am no expert in this department, the show seemed to have been shot on better film starting this season, as the picture is more crisp and the special effects more incredible. Update (12/2015) -Upon a recent re-watch, I now consider this to be my favorite single season of this show. Everything is "on point" here: all actors are fully engaged, the mythology is at its peak (especially towards the end of the season), and nearly all of the standalones are very enjoyable. In terms of storytelling and plot, this is the last really tight season of the show.
  • Feb 05, 2016
    One of the best shows and seasons of all time.

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