The X-Files: Season 5 (1997 - 1998)


Season 5
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Episodes

Air date: Nov 2, 1997

Scully's truthfulness about Mulder comes under scrutiny; the FBI may have a part in Scully's having cancer.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1997

Scully lingers near death, endangering the future of the X-Files; Cigarette Smoking Man comes forward with a surprising offer to save Scully.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1997

Flashbacks to 1989 show the genesis of the Lone Gunmen and recalls how Mulder began his quest; guest Richard Belzer.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1997

En route to an FBI convention in Florida, Mulder and Scully are stranded in the woods with a deadly predator.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1997

Mulder and Scully follow the trail of a modern-day Frankenstein after responding to a letter from a single mother in a small town.

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Air date: Dec 7, 1997

Scully returns home for the holidays and begins to have dreams which seem to be connected to a murdered woman's daughter.

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Air date: Dec 14, 1997

Scully tries to protect a girl from the men responsible for her parents' deaths; Mulder is drawn into a deadly confrontation while probing the girl's origin.

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Air date: Jan 4, 1998

Mulder and Scully race to prevent an old adversary and recent prison escapee from taking revenge on Mulder.

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Air date: Jan 11, 1998

Mulder and Scully fear a greater evil lurks behind the murder of a man whose teenage son is a suspect in the crime.

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Air date: Feb 8, 1998

Vacationing Scully meets a girl who makes people injure themselves; written by Stephen King and Chris Carter.

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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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Mitch Pileggi
Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner

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Nicholas Lea
Alex Krycek

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Laurie Holden
Marita Covarrubias

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Chris Owens
Mutato

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Veronica Cartwright
Cassandra Spender

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Charles Cioffi
Section Chief Scott Blevins

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Bruce Harwood
John Fitzgerald Byers

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Don S. Williams
Elder

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Dean Haglund
Richard "Ringo" Langly

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Tom Braidwood
Melvin Frohike

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Sheila Larken
Margaret Scully

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Pat Skipper
Bill Scully Jr.

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William B. Davis
Smoking Man

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John Neville
Well-Manicured Man

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Willy Ross
Quiet Willy

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Brian Thompson
Alien Bounty Hunter

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John Moore
2nd Elder

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Arnie Walters
Father McCue

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Chris Carter
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for The X-Files: Season 5

Critic Reviews for The X-Files: Season 5

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: Season 5

  • Aug 11, 2021
    A fresh rebound from what was looking scary.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    Awesome action and cool clever
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Great show and clever
  • Jul 09, 2020
    Though the writers can be content in trying to recapture the magic of iconic moments from episodes of seasons past, the fifth season of The X-Files still manages to be scary and funny, with the most iconic comedic episodes coming out of this season. Come on, "Bad Blood" was hilarious. As for the former camp? "Folie a Deux". Come on, an MOTW episode that actually succeeds in making Mulder look insane. Won't go into too much detail so you can see it for yourself. Pretty impressive considering our two leads were already doing double-duty with this season and the movie. While the fifth season is a step-down from the last two seasons, it still has enough enjoyable episodes to make it not just another compelling season of television but a fitting swan song for the show's original run in Vancouver.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    The 2nd Best Season of X-Files, no doubt about it.
  • Mar 28, 2019
    Lots of the mythos as well as other great points throughout the season.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This is one of the best shows of all history. Cannot recommend it enough!
  • Sep 16, 2018
    The script is flipped in Season 5 of The X-Files as Mulder loses his faith and Scully finds hers. After having the "Alien" conspiracy revealed to him as a government psyop, Mulder comes to doubt everything that he thought he knew, meanwhile Scully's battle with cancer reawakens her faith and opens her up to extreme possibilities. Additionally, Scully discovers a child that may be her daughter, Mulder goes undercover with a terrorist group, and the origins of the Lone Gunman are revealed. Unfortunately the filming of the X-Files movie takes a toll on the season, resulting in a number of episodes in which David Duchovny and/or Gillian Anderson either don't appear or have minimal roles. And, the season is cut back to 20 episodes. Still, there's a strong Syndicate story arc, with their goals and inner factions becoming clearer. Also, a number of interesting guest stars make appearances, including Richard Belzer, Luke Wilson, Darren McGavin, Lili Taylor, and Mimi Rogers. The first chapter of The X-Files comes to an end in Season 5 as the series makes the leap to feature film and leaves Vancouver.
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  • Mar 09, 2018
    About the same quality as season four, with similar notes: a convoluted myth-arch with several pleasing stand-alone episodes.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    The first season that started to show some fatigue from all involved. There are quite a few by the numbers episodes in here, still good but a step down from the previous seasons. The conspiracy episodes were not the best and they were just adding too much...Scully's story is well acted but you got the sense it was to appease her as she was outgrowing the show. This season feels like the writers, directors, the 2 stars were treading water as they knew the BIG movie was coming and they were riding it out. I believe this was the last season filmed in Vancouver due to Duchovny threatening to leave if he could not live in LA to pursue a film career.

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