RoswellNetwork: The WB, UPN
Episodes: 61 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: October 6, 1999 — May 14, 2002
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fehr, Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler, William Sadler, Colin Hanks, Emilie de Ravin, Mary Ellen Trainor, John Doe, Garrett M. Brown, Adam Rodriguez, Jason Peck, Diane Farr, Devon Gummersall, Julie Benz, Desmond Askew, Jim Ortlieb, Steve Hytner, Michael Chieffo, Sara Downing, Jo Anderson, and Nicole Brunner.

roswell past TV show

TV show description:
This show is set at the site of the 1947 UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico. The US Army finds the alien pods and takes them to a base for study. Four incubation pods are saved by an Air Force pilot who stashes them in a new ship hidden in a nearby rock formation. Some 40 years later, three aliens emerge and appear to be six-year-old humans with little memory of where they came from.

Two are found and adopted by a couple of lawyers named Evans. The aliens lead essentially normal lives as Max and Isabel Evans (Jason Behr and Katherine Heigl). The third young alien is found, placed in a home with an abusive foster father, and raised as Michael Guerin (Brendan Fehr). The three remain close and share secrets as their alien abilities begin to appear.

High school students Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby), Maria DeLuca (Majandra Delfino), and Alex Whitman (Colin Hanks), live in the small town of Roswell. Liz’s parents own the Crashdown Cafe, an alien-themed diner. At one point, Liz is accidentally shot while waitressing there. Max runs over and places his hands on her and heals her. A silver handprint where he touched her is visible for a time afterward. This event begins to raise the suspicions of some, particularly Sheriff Valenti (William Sadler).

In Biology class the next day, Liz gets a sample of Max’s saliva and finds his cells don’t look human. She confronts him and he admits the truth about the three being aliens. Soonafter a romance begins to form between Max and Liz, much to the chagrin of the Sheriff’s son, Kyle (Nick Wechsler).

Despite the fact that Max has sworn her to secrecy, Liz tells Maria, and eventually Alex is let in on the secret as well. They all work together to prevent the Sheriff from finding out the truth and alerting the FBI. Michael and Maria develop a romantic relationship, as do Isabel and geeky Alex.

As the series progresses, the friends discover the fourth alien from the pods, Tess Harding (Emile de Ravin). They also begin to discover the aliens’ destiny as Government and alien forces begin to close in.

Developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims, this sci-fi show is based on the Roswell High book series for young adults. Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns, the writer and editor of the book series, are staff writers for the television series.

Series Finale:     
Episode 61 — Graduation
First aired: May 14, 2002.


What happened next?   
There hasn’t been any news of plans to revive the show.


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  1. Stark says

    I found this show on Netflix a decade after it was rudely dumped from production. The last episode had me thinking it would have been a great start for a fourth season. Indeed, after reviewing much of the last six episodes, it looks like the writers were changing Micheal’s charactor to want to help other, giving Liz a great way to get them involved in other people’s problems and setting Max out on that very mission that would have become a series like The Incredible Hulk, Starman, Highway to Heaven or that other show Micheal Landon did the pilot for before he died: namely, people with extraordinary powers helping humanity. With the six characters, and maybe some assistance from a wealthy lawyer in Boston, they could have done anything. I would have loved the fourth season.

    Sadly, some dolt pulled the plug and it would seem a bit late to regain that youthful wonder of traveling the country helping people with those actors today. I am as devastated as those of you who have wished this could continue. But I believe, short of a made for TV movie, this reunion is not really going to happen.

    In my mind, I have gone into some ideas of how some of this could play out. They could pretend to be painters if they didn’t have any charcoal to turn into diamonds to pawn off. Kyle could fix any cars they needed. Isabel could communicate with Jesse through his dreams so no one could tap their calls. How fun it would be to travel with them across America.

  2. MCR says

    2014*should bring the serious back, to Tv wondering what happen to Max son and his parent after they all left Rockwell and Isabella husband?

  3. Ana says

    I,m long time fan the tv series roswell ,like to many other roswell fan, we will love to see, the roswell movie…. PLEASE do the roswell movie.

  4. glok says

    I thinke the networks are really missing the boat if they have no plans of bringing the Roswell series back. With all the 2012 end of the world hype, you would think they would be frothing at the mouth to get on the band wagon if only for commercial purposes. The series in itself was great and kept your interest, and now it would probably have twice the viewership with deluge of UFO sightings around the globe and the “BUZZ” being generated from various conspiracy theories and government coverups. “BRING ROSWELL BACK”

  5. theresa humphreysq says

    please oh please bring rosewell back who ever didnt want it back on should be ashamed of them selves. i so much enjoyed the show i wanted to know what happen after they all left after leaving rosewell. max and liz what happens to them and mike and maria and isabelle and even kyle. i mean come on you cant just leave your tv viewers hanging like that. that is so wrong so please bring it back. i would love to see a reunion of the family to see if isabelle and jesse get to get back together and the parents of max and isabelle and even how the baby is doing. so please bring it back i would buy the entire set if you would was to put out a new show of them that would be awesome what i loved about it was everything who ever did this movie made me feel like i was there and should futher continue in doing more of rosewell. it was so so so awesome please bring it back please and thank you so much

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