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      Season 1 – Roswell

      1999 Drama Sci-Fi Fantasy List
      87% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 91% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where UFOs were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high-school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst-filled classmates, the two form a bond that threatens the survival of a secret universe involving superhuman powers, a yen for hot sauce and an alien gene pool. Read More Read Less

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      Surprisingly smart and just the right amount of weird, Roswell has a strong sense of self that sets it apart in a crowded genre.

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      Episode 1 Aired Oct 6, 1999 Pilot Alien orphans passing as Earth teenagers in Roswell, N.M., must learn to trust a human who learns their secret. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 13, 1999 The Morning After Liz and Max adjust to the bond developing between them; a suspicious substitute teacher has everyone on edge. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 20, 1999 Monsters The aliens' vulnerability becomes apparent to Maria; Max takes a job that may help him discover his past. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 27, 1999 Leaving Normal Liz begs Max to help revive her comatose grandmother, but after Max is thrashed by Kyle's friends, he realizes that he must stay away. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 3, 1999 Missing Liz panics when she discovers that someone has taken her diary; in art class, Michael comes closer to solving the mystery of the fourth alien. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 10, 1999 285 South A haunting vision causes Michael to hit the highway in Maria's stolen car; a class assignment brings together unlikely pairs. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 17, 1999 River Dog Liz and Max journey to an American Indian reservation where they glean information from an elderly tribesman about the alien who vanished in 1959. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 24, 1999 Blood Brother Max is injured in a car accident, and Liz pressures Alex to help protect him from medical procedures that could expose his identity. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 1, 1999 Heat Wave Michael and Maria's relationship heats up during a December heat wave; Isabel and Alex share a dance; Max and Liz share their first kiss. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 15, 1999 The Balance While at the reservation, Michael ends up in an alarming hallucinatory state, and the others must band together to save his life. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 19, 2000 The Toy House When Max rescues his mother from a kitchen fire, she faces her suspicions about his extraordinary abilities; Liz reaches out to Kyle in friendship. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 26, 2000 Into the Woods A UFO sighting on the edge of town ignites long-buried fears, while Max, Liz and the others spend a weekend together in the woods. Details Episode 13 Aired Feb 2, 2000 The Convention Max plays host to Jonathan Frakes at the annual UFO convention while trying to avoid the meddlesome couple who witnessed Max's life-saving powers. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 9, 2000 Blind Date Maria enters Liz in a blind-date contest; Max and Kyle commiserate about their shared feelings for Liz; Michael and Isabel send a signal to a fourth alien. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 16, 2000 Independence Day After Michael has a violent showdown with his father, the fourth alien emerges as a shape-shifter who watches over Max, Isabel and Michael. Details Episode 16 Aired Mar 1, 2000 Sexual Healing Liz is unnerved both by her strong desire for Max and the visions that come when they kiss -- visions that lead to a glowing orb in the desert. Details Episode 17 Aired Apr 10, 2000 Crazy Agent Topolsky returns and warns the aliens that they are in great danger; Maria wants more romance in her relationship with Michael. Details Episode 18 Aired Apr 17, 2000 Tess, Lies and Videotape Max is drawn irresistibly to Tess; Sheriff Valenti discloses the shocking truth about Topolsky's fate; a hidden surveillance camera reveals a fifth alien. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 24, 2000 Four-Square An angry Max confronts Tess in the desert; Isabel and Michael are disconcerted by the dreams they are suddenly having about each other. Details Episode 20 Aired May 1, 2000 Max to the Max Shape-shifter Nasedo masquerades as Max and kidnaps Liz in an attempt to trick Pierce into revealing himself. Details Episode 21 Aired May 8, 2000 The White Room FBI agent Pierce tortures Max to make him reveal his identity; the friends ask Sheriff Valenti for help. Details Episode 22 Aired May 15, 2000 Destiny Sheriff Valenti realizes the aliens' true identities; Max and Isabel receive a message from their real mother. Details

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      Gail Pennington St. Louis Post-Dispatch A contemporary Beauty and the Beast; although Max is certainly no beast... Or maybe it's simply a well-executed allegory of the teenage years, when everyone feels like an alien once in a while. In any case, Roswell is involving, enjoyable TV. Oct 11, 2022 Full Review Kinney Littlefield Orange County Register In all, Roswell's executive producers David Nutter, Jonathan Frakes and Jason Katims have cooked a cool genre-bender. There's plenty of ironic humor and an appealing innocence to Max and Liz's hesitant romance. Rated: B Oct 11, 2022 Full Review Eric Deggans Tampa Bay Times The pilot seems silly and contrived, but with appealing Behr and spooky William Sadler as a town sheriff who suspects the truth, anything can happen. Mar 30, 2021 Full Review Terry Kelleher People Magazine Though it seems a product of calculation more than inspiration, Roswell has appeal. There's a sweetness to the two-different-worlds romance of Liz and Max, and you'll appreciate the plight of Michael. Apr 18, 2018 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher Situations and plotlines get increasingly absurd, over the course of these 22 episodes, with no concurrent increase in charm or sense of humor. Apr 17, 2018 Full Review David Zurawik Baltimore Sun Things do get really weird in "Roswell." But, in this case, weird is good, very good Nov 20, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike P This plays like a poor man's Smallville; even though Roswell came out first. (And even the titles are similar). Another show about a very handsome young man with supernatural powers; (who looks alot like Tom Welling); who's an alien; who's a reluctant hero; who makes all the girls swoon; blah blah blah... I think the problem here is that this is so similar to Smallville; and whereas Smallville was excellent; this is just ok. It sort of pales by comparison. Also Smallville had the bonus of being a DC spinoff show; so they could do all that cool stunt casting with Christopher Reeves, and Lynda Carter; etc. Infact most of Smallville was built on Mehta stuff like the thrill of walking through a modern take on Superman growing up...Whereas Roswell had none of that. And it really suffered by comparison...It felt like PB and J without the Jelly...It was just missing something. And honestly, though I watched it a few times; it failed to reel me in. (Whereas Smallville did like immediately). I think all that that's why it got cancelled so quickly, unfortunately... Overall: thumbs down 👎 nothing special here to recommend it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/24 Full Review Lydia M Those was one of my favorite shows growing up, and it's still watchable today. The character development in this first season is fantastic and the sci-fi elements of the show a lot of the time come second to that and are blended well into the story. I would definitely recommend watching this first season for sure. I couldn't watch the remake. I tried and couldn't take it so I watched the original instead. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review phil h Too many overt references to immigration and immigration policy. You're writing a story about space aliens and you can't figure out how to create an allegory? Additionally, the characters are all over the place. It would be difficult, as an actor, to stay in character since that seems to change by the minute. We watched 5 episodes and that was enough. There are lots of really good choices available in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, this isn't one of them. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Overall it's a fun show. Kinda like Veronica Mars - teenagers being adventurous and absurdly smart. The lead, the girl is an idiot. She's so indecisive and always be like "Oh I'm just a delicate flower I don't know what to do". Snap out of it dumb b. The main character's best friend is what really saves the show. She makes it humorous and quirky otherwise this whole thing would've been a sh*t show. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Sure, it's been twenty years but this Roswell will never get old. It's a twist on a classic love story and is compelling as each character discovers who he or she is and tries to find his or her place in the world. I still watch these episodes today. I was sooooo excited for the reboot of Roswell (the new series that started last year) but I soon found out that's it's a long cry away from what this one was and I was highly disappointed!! The character names are the same but they completely missed the heart of who each character was. I'm definitely in need of more Roswell but please give me more Shiri, Jason, Majandra, Brendan, Katie, Nick And Bill! Please!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A very fun and heart-warming take on the aliens-live-among-us story :) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      David Nutter, James Whitmore Jr., Jonathan Frakes, David Semel, Patrick R. Norris, Paul Shapiro, Chris Long, Arvin Brown, Nick Marck
      Executive Producer
      Jason Katims, David Nutter, Kevin Kelly Brown, Jonathan Frakes, Lisa J. Olin
      Jason Katims, Thania St. John, Toni Graphia, Jon Harmon Feldman, William Sind, Emily Whitesell
      The WB
      TV-PG (V)
      Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Oct 6, 1999