Roswell : Season 1

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Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Feb 6, 2014
    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. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Feb 6, 2014
    One of many shows plumbing the "growing-up" experience this season, Roswell is easily one of the best. And producer Jason Katims, who never got a chance to fully examine new love in ABC's "Relativity," should get plenty of time from The WB to use "Roswell" as a captivating way to explore young people's notions of differentness, romance and loyalty. [6 Oct 1999, p.E9]
  3. Salon
    Reviewed by: Joyce Millman
    Feb 6, 2014
    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. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Feb 5, 2014
    Part science-fiction, part teen soap opera, part Shakespearean love story, with a healthy dose of "The Fugitive" thrown in, Roswell has more than enough to make a believer out of me. It might not be as good as "The West Wing" or "Once and Again," but it is my favorite new series of the fall season. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 5, 2014
    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]
  6. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Feb 5, 2014
    The writing is sharp, and the show is surprisingly sweet and innocent. This is one teen show that could appeal even to "The X-Files" fans, thanks, no doubt, to the interesting credits that Roswell's executive producers bring to this unique and promising mix - David Nutter of "The X-Files," Jason Katims of "My So-Called Life" and Jonathan Frakes, star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." [6 Oct 1999, p.H1]
  7. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 6, 2014
    Involving, enjoyable TV. [5 Oct 1999, p.D6]
  8. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Feb 5, 2014
    As science fiction, Roswell is passable entertainment, sort of a less-dark X-Files. It rises above that, however, through the relationship of Liz and Max. Appleby and Behr make their characters crackle with magnetic attraction. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
  9. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Feb 5, 2014
    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]
  10. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Feb 5, 2014
    The most thought-provoking new series of the year on TV. [6 Oct 1999, p.B39]
  11. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 5, 2014
    Roswell works so well because writer Jason Katims (My So-Called Life) has a deft touch. He based the show on a series of books by Melinda Metz. He taps into teen angst without going mushy, he writes humor without turning sophomoric, and he arranges tense situations without reaching. [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]
  12. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Feb 5, 2014
    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]
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    Roswell isn't yet anywhere near [The X-]Files in emotional depth, and its sympathetic but blank-staring actors only make you appreciate the nuances that Duchovny and Anderson bring to poker-faced emoting. But if this season proves The X-Files' last, there's a chance that Roswell can step into the void and supply TV's highest-quality heebie-jeebies.
  14. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Feb 6, 2014
    [Its] sharp writing elevates it above its strained concept.
  15. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Feb 6, 2014
    The series is anything but ordinary, a cosmic blend of high school angst and otherworldly intrigue.
  16. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 6, 2014
    A fun show with broad appeal. [6 Oct 1999, p.D01]
  17. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    Though it seems a product of calculation more than inspiration, Roswell has appeal.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 25, 2015
    There is something magical about this first season. Great acting all around, particularly from (then) newcomer Brendan Fehr. Just rightThere is something magical about this first season. Great acting all around, particularly from (then) newcomer Brendan Fehr. Just right combination of mystery/suspense/romance. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    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 theOne 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. Full Review »