The Best Episodes of Roswell

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019

In Roswell, New Mexico, a group of teenage alien/human hybrids attempt 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 intertwines romance and science fiction that always kept you guessing.

Graduation

#1 - Graduation

Season 3 - Episode 18

As their high school graduation approaches, the gang must come to terms with their expectations for the future, while joining together to thwart the FBI when they discover that several members of the group are under surveillance. Meanwhile, Liz begins exhibiting even more alien-like powers, that cause her to see visions of their future - including their deaths.

star 8.46
54 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Ronald D. Moore
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Four Aliens and A Baby

#2 - Four Aliens and A Baby

Season 3 - Episode 17

Max's quest to find his son ends with the return of Tess and the baby, and the gang find themselves in danger again while trying to protect the child. Meanwhile, Jesse encourages Isabel to reveal her true origins to her parents, and the elder Evanses provide a way to ensure their grandchild's safety.

star 8.42
48 votes
Directors: William Sadler
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
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Wipeout!

#3 - Wipeout!

Season 2 - Episode 7

The Skins make all the humans in Roswell, New Mexico disappear turning it into a ghost town. Their assault ends with the death of one of the aliens: Courtney the helpful Skin. Fortunately Tess uses her mindblowing powers and destroys all the other Skins or so it seems until Max and Tess spy a boy resembling Nicholas on a scooter at the end of the episode.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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The White Room

#4 - The White Room

Season 1 - Episode 21

Max finds himself in a white room with no windows or doors, facing questions by Agent Pierce. Isabel telepathically contacts Max, who leaves her clues to his location. Michael, Isabel and Tess then set out on a rescue mission.

star 8.30
80 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Thania St. John
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Destiny

#5 - Destiny

Season 1 - Episode 22

After escaping from Pierce, the aliens save Nasedo. Michael accidentally kills Pierce. Nasedo, as the aliens' guardian takes Pierce's place to help the aliens. The aliens figure out how to use the devices and release a message from Max and Isabel's real mother. She says Max is their leader and Tess, his fiance and that Michael is Second in command and he is Isabel's fiance. After hearing all this Liz runs out.

star 8.26
80 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Toni Graphia
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Tess, Lies and Videotape

#6 - Tess, Lies and Videotape

Season 1 - Episode 18

Max develops an uncontrollable attraction to Tess that includes intense sexual daydreams, and Sheriff Valenti learns that Topolsky was killed in a suspicious fire. Meanwhile, someone has secretly placed a video camera inside Michael's apartment.

star 8.25
72 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Richard Whitley, Toni Graphia
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Viva Las Vegas

#7 - Viva Las Vegas

Season 2 - Episode 15

When the gang makes a spur-of-the-moment trip to Las Vegas, in order to spend the DuPree money, the event-filled excursion ends in a faceoff between Max and Michael over leadership; Tess and Liz can't pass for over-21-year-olds; Maria recruits Alex to help her audition for a role that ends up to be for a stripper; Isabel meets a man.

star 8.25
61 votes
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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Max to the Max

#8 - Max to the Max

Season 1 - Episode 20

Tess's book suggests that she and Max are predetermined mates, as are Michael and Isabel, who thinks she might be pregnant -- with Michael's baby. Meanwhile, Nasedo disguises himself as Max and kidnaps Liz as part of a plan to trap FBI agent Pierce.

star 8.24
75 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Crash

#9 - Crash

Season 3 - Episode 16

Michael witnesses a fatal crash between a fighter jet and an alien vessel, and embarks on his own investigation leading to the recovery of an artifact. Meanwhile, Isabel spends the day with her mother, who's harboring a secret agenda and is working with her husband to discover Max & Isabel's secret, which leads to a shocking revelation.

star 8.21
43 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: David Simkins
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The Departure

#10 - The Departure

Season 2 - Episode 21

Max, Isabel, Michael and Tess struggle with goodbyes on what they believe to be their last night on Earth before they travel back to their home planet. In the final hours, Max frantically searches for the killer that is still out there and threatens the lives of everyone they love.

star 8.21
53 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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Sexual Healing

#11 - Sexual Healing

Season 1 - Episode 16

Liz is unnerved by her strong desire for Max and the visions that come when they kiss - visions that lead to a glowing orb in the desert.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jan Oxenberg
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Surprise

#12 - Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 3

Isabel is deeply moved when Max throws her a surprise birthday party, but she grows troubled after seeing visions of a bound and gagged Tess. Alex does an interesting cop striptease for Isabel. Congresswoman Whitaker is revealed as Nasedo's killer and as a Skin.

star 8.20
6 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Samuel Rising

#13 - Samuel Rising

Season 3 - Episode 9

When Max is fascinated by an intriguing autistic child he wonders if his own lost child is attempting to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Michael plays Santa to Maria and Liz's elves at a charity event. Isabel and Jesse share their first holiday together as husband and wife.

star 8.14
49 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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How the Other Half Lives

#14 - How the Other Half Lives

Season 2 - Episode 14

Max tries to stop Alex and Kyle from being buried alive in a cave filled with glowing blue crystals; Isabel is kidnapped by Grant Sorenson possessed by the alien parasite queen; Michael is shot while trying to protect Laurie.

star 8.14
58 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Ronald D. Moore
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285 South

#15 - 285 South

Season 1 - Episode 6

Micahel's monomaniacal urge to find the geodesic dome that's been stalking his dreams leads him to hijack Maria's car to Texas.

star 8.13
111 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: William Sind, Thania St. John
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A Roswell Christmas Carol

#16 - A Roswell Christmas Carol

Season 2 - Episode 10

Max witnesses a tragedy and is haunted by the ghost of a man he could have saved, leaving him overwhelmed with guilt and questioning his healing abilities. Isabel aka the Christmas Nazi (dubbed by Michael) tries to brighten up the holiday season and Tess tries to became a part of the Valenti family.

star 8.10
60 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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The Morning After

#17 - The Morning After

Season 1 - Episode 2

Liz tries to maintain her relationship with Kyle despite her deep bond with Max; Michael is obsessed with the idea that there was another alien in Roswell in 1959 and tries to decipher the meaning of the flashes only he sees. Meanwhile, Liz suspects the new guidance counselor Ms. Topolsky is hiding something, especially when she sees her with Michael's file.

star 8.10
7 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Jason Katims
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Harvest

#18 - Harvest

Season 2 - Episode 6

After the death of congresswoman Whitaker, Max and the gang visit her hometown, Copper Summit, Arizona, where they find themselves trapped in enemy territory when they learn the whole town population are Skins.

star 8.10
63 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Fred Golan
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Behind the Music

#19 - Behind the Music

Season 3 - Episode 8

When an old love visits Maria her passion for music resurfaces, which jeopardizes her relationship with Michael. Meanwhile, while Max's father is still trying to put together all the pieces of his investigation, Isabel joins Max in the quest to stop him.

star 8.09
43 votes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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Four Square

#20 - Four Square

Season 1 - Episode 19

Harding finds the video camera hidden in his house and gives it to Valenti. The lawman then tells Max that his safety depends upon his willingness to share information. Meanwhile, Tess reveals a personal secret to Isabel.

star 8.09
78 votes
Writers: Thania St. John
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Cry Your Name

#21 - Cry Your Name

Season 2 - Episode 17

The sudden death of a close friend shocks the group.

star 8.09
57 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Panacea

#22 - Panacea

Season 3 - Episode 13

Michael uncovers a conspiracy at Metachem, when a guard is killed on duty. Michael enlists the aid of Max and Isabel when the investigation takes an alien turn. Meanwhile, Liz has entered boarding school in Vermont and tries to start a new life, and Maria disillusioned by New York goes to visit Liz in Vermont.

star 8.09
46 votes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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Independence Day

#23 - Independence Day

Season 1 - Episode 15

After Michael has a violent showdown with his father, Max and Isabel's father helps Michael set up his emancipation; the fourth alien emerges as a shapeshifter who watches over Max, Michael and Isabel.

star 8.08
78 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Crazy

#24 - Crazy

Season 1 - Episode 17

FBI agent Topolsky returns to warn Liz that a covert alien hunter inside the Bureau is pursuing Max and his friends -- and that he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Meanwhile, Isabel befriends Tess, a new female student who immediately arouses Max and Michael's suspicions.

star 8.08
78 votes
Writers: Thania St. John
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The Convention

#25 - The Convention

Season 1 - Episode 13

Max plays host to actor Jonathan Frakes at the annual UFO Convention while trying to avoid the meddlesome couple who witnessed Max's life-saving abilities on Liz at the Crashdown Cafe.

star 8.07
88 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Jason Katims, Emily Whitesell
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