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Episode Info

Mulder and Scully investigate the brutal animal attack on a little boy in Connecticut, while suspecting darker forces are at play.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
Alex Carter
as Chief Strong
Erin Chambers
as Anna Strong
Jason Gray-Stanford
as Officer Eggers
Roger R. Cross
as Officer Wentworth
Ken Godmere
as Melvin Peter
Sharon Taylor
as Diana Eggers
Sean Campbell
as Officer Sean
Emma Oliver
as Emily Strong
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Critic Reviews for Familiar

In a perfect world there might be at least one or two more episodes like "Familiar" in the mix. But as always with The X-Files, we take what we get, and are more often than not grateful we're getting it at all.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Other than Mulder telling Scully he backed her up because she's his "homie" (which I just know hardcore 'shippers will be up in arms about), there was no banter.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Blends the freshly peculiar with the staunchly, yes, familiar.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Actively, this is short-sighted, spotty-ass writing, beholden to high-concept ideas without the intelligence or imagination to give them weight, to anchor all the weirdness in anything but grim, typically grotesque bloodshed.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 5.3/10 | Full Review…

OK so it wasn't the cleanest path to the truth, but it was at times a gripping, if not campy, journey to get there. The episode did have some genuinely scary and disturbing moments.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Familiar" works in a way no other "serious" episodes have lately. There's no incoherent William drama, no awkward struggle to incorporate fan-service cameos.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

There's something refreshing about how standalone this episode is - after so many episodes that doubled as commentary on The X-Files, here this season relaxes into the sort of unselfconscious story that made up the bulk of the show.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I kind of liked it? I mean, there's more to criticize, and we'll get to that, but up until the last five minutes or so, I enjoyed "Familiar," in no small part thanks to the predictable but deeply creepy set-pieces.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Familiar" is a well-directed and performed X-Files episode, but it ultimately falls into a few too many screenwriting traps to ignore.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…