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


Season 4
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Air date: Oct 4, 1996

Mulder and Scully's search for a man with unusual powers brings to light a secret that may reveal the truth about alien existence.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1996

In a deceptively bucolic town, Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) find evidence of an unspeakable crime. Guest stars: Tucker Smallwood and Sebastian Spence.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1996

Scully blames a bizarre disorder for the deaths of several African-American men, but Mulder suspects something even stranger.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1996

An unexplainable photograph left at the crime scene provides Mulder and Scully with their only clue in an abduction case.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1996

Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) hunt for a killer who may be suffering from multiple-personality disorder.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1996

Mulder and Scully suspect a supernatural culprit is responsible for a series of murders in a hospital's plastic surgery unit.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1996

The agents (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) may have uncovered the Cigarette-Smoking Man's (William B. Davis) true identity.

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Air date: Nov 24, 1996

A smuggler and his deadly cargo entangle agents Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson) in a dangerous conspiracy.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1996

Mulder and Scully continue investigating a smuggler while wrestling their way out of a web of intrigue.

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Air date: Dec 15, 1996

An imprisoned serial killer begins to exert a strange influence over Mulder (David Duchovny). With Gillian Anderson.

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Cast & Crew

David Duchovny
FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder

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Gillian Anderson
FBI Special Agent Dana Scully

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William B. Davis
Smoking Man

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Jerry Schram
Larold Rebhun

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Chris Owens
Young Cigarette Smoking Man

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Nicholas Lea
Alex Krycek

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Mitch Pileggi
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner

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Laurie Holden
Marita Covarrubias

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Dean Aylesworth
Young Bill Mulder

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John Neville
Well-Manicured Man

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Vanessa Morley
Samantha Mulder

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Sheila Larken
Margaret Scully

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Malcolm Stewart
Dr. Sacks

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Greg Michaels
Scott Garrett

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Don S. Williams
Elder

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Morris Panych
Gray Haired Man

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Rebecca Toolan
Teena Mulder

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Brendan Beiser
Agent Pendrell

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Tom Braidwood
Melvin Frohike

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Bruce Harwood
John Fitzgerald Byers

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Chris Carter
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 4

  • Aug 11, 2021
    A few episodes save the season.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    This is really great dude and cool
  • Apr 02, 2021
    I love this season a lot
  • Sep 30, 2020
    This had some really good episodes but they weren't strong enough to save it in its entirety.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    The season of The X-Files is possibly the best one yet (though I still think I'd give the edge to season 3...just my opinion). There's the consistency of the two leads' chemistry, the attention-grabbing cinematography and the spooky atmosphere but where it really shines is in its darker tone, the courage to explore deeper themes and having MOTW episodes such as "Paper Hearts" and "Leonard Betts" feel less disconnected from the series' overarching story by having elements from the mythology episodes show up. Another great season of an iconic series.
  • Jan 14, 2020
    Another great season and I heard it's the best.
  • 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!
  • 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 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".

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