For several years--despite the advent of shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story--a 1996 episode of The X-Files, called "Home," has been the single most disturbing thing I have ever seen on television.

It was about a family in Pennsylvania being investigated for several murders in and around a nearby small town.

The upshot? This family, consisting of a mother and her three adult sons, was a product of generations of in-breeding. Even the episode's attempts at humor--the local sheriff's name was Andy Taylor and his deputy was named Barney--did nothing to soften the blow of what series creator Chris Carter had given American television that October 11th.

And I watched it in a pitch black house during a thunderstorm. It was the perfect setting for something perfectly horrifying.

Plus, if memory serves, it was the first program of any kind to earn TV's "MA" rating. It was richly deserved.

 

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Now, why on Earth does this have ANYthing to do with my "treat" of the day, you might ask? I know I would.

Well, this episode was part of The X-Files' extraordinary fourth season--its best, in my opinion. And it's the collection I'd most like to own of any of them. So, there you go--my "treat" of the day on this Wednesday is The X-Files' Fourth Season on DVD. If you know it and I call you and you've registered HERE, you'll win tickets to Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World! Good luck!

And leave the lights on.