- Starring: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
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 alwaysRoswell 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.
The theme song was Here With Me, performed by Dido.
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".
The series first aired on the WB and then was moved to UPN for its final season. … Expand
- Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
- Season 1 premiere date: Oct 6, 1999
- Episode Length: 60
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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]
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]
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]
The most thought-provoking new series of the year on TV. [6 Oct 1999, p.B39]
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]
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]
Apr 25, 2015There 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.… Expand
Feb 6, 2014One 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.… Expand
Mar 4, 2017I bought this first season of "Roswell" as a gift for my 15-year old sister, thinking that her and I could watch it together. After the firstI bought this first season of "Roswell" as a gift for my 15-year old sister, thinking that her and I could watch it together. After the first two discs, I was done with the teen drama and sluggish dialogue/plots. She finished the entire season in the span of a weekend.
For a basic plot summary, "Roswell" is set up by a shooting in a cafe outside Roswell, New Mexico. Teenage waitress Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) is hit by a stray bullet by then miraculous healed by fellow high school student Max Evans (Jason Behr). What Liz quickly discovers is that Max, along with sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and friend Michael (Brendan Fehr), is an alien with special powers of healing and insight.
I had a hunch that this show would appeal to the teen set, and I was completely right on that front. It's simple plotlines, love triangles, and cast of beautiful people easily hooked in my sister. She can't get enough of it!
For me, though, I thought that the "alien/conspiracy" aspect (being a big fan of X-Files-type fare) would be more interesting. However, it is just too slow-moving and badly acted (at least in the early goings) for me to stick with it.
I rarely review something like this until I "finish the experience", but after about eight episodes I had had enough. Maybe the show gets better in the later episodes (from the little bits of caught of my sister watching that seems to be at least somewhat the case) and I "jumped ship" too early. Regardless, this is a show almost completely marketed to and created for teens, so if you can't stomach that sort of drama then I wouldn't bother with it.… Expand