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  • Starring: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
  • Summary: Roswell is about teenage alien/human hybrids living in Roswell, New Mexico who attempted to survive as humans and hide their alien sides, while trying to learn more about their alien powers, as well as figuring out how to get home. Roswell intertwined romance and science fiction that always kept you guessing. BOOK SERIES:
    The television show was based on the "Roswell High" series of books written by Melinda Metz. The books now carry on with stories after the TV series ended.

    THEME SONG:
    The theme song was Here With Me, performed by Dido.

    FILMING LOCATION:
    The series was filmed on location in West Covina, California, USA. Fans purchased the original location of the "Crashdown Cafe" and converted it into a real restaurant, later named "Citrus Grill".

    BROADCASTING:
    The series first aired on the WB and then was moved to UPN for its final season.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    Under the guise of fantasy, Roswell manages to be insightful, profound, romantic, eerie, mysterious and funny. It artfully uses the alien characters as engaging stand-ins for countless teenagers who, rebelling against pressures to conform, feel like beings from another planet. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 5, 2014
    90
    Sweet and intelligent...A genre-bender if ever there was one, Roswell takes the "Romeo and Juliet" love story, dresses it in "Rebel Without a Cause" Americana, and then gives the whole thing an "X-Files" twist. The show is a long, long way from "My Favorite Martian" and "Mork & Mindy." [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Joyce Millman
    Feb 6, 2014
    90
    What grabs you about Roswell is its lyrical depiction of being 16 and in love and feeling like everything you thought you knew about yourself has become alien to you. [4 Oct 1999]
  4. Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Feb 5, 2014
    80
    Like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which also has mined adolescent alienation for ratings gold, Roswell promises to be wise, witty and watchable beyond its ostensible years. [6 Oct 1999, p.91]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Feb 5, 2014
    75
    With wit and intelligence, they transform what might have been little more than high concept hokum into a clever, evocative mix of sci-fi, suspense and raging teenybopera hormones. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Feb 6, 2014
    70
    [Its] sharp writing elevates it above its strained concept.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 6, 2014
    40
    In an ideal world, Katims and Nutter would have taken the best elements from their previous series: the keen insight into teen behavior of "My So-Called Life" and the inventive storytelling of "The X-Files." Unfortunately, Roswell gets it backwards, using both the self-importance of the former and the paper-thin characterization of the latter. [6 Oct 1999, p.73]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    7
    One of the better supernatural teen shows of this era - the romantic leads are handicapped by the fact that the aliens can't meld with the humans in any ordinary way, but that also brings some heat to the proceedings. Sadler is great in his typical supporting role. Expand

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