The BEST Episodes of Roswell

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Network: The WB

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.


#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 8.40
63 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Ronald D. Moore
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 8.38
57 votes
Directors: William Sadler
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
Tess, Lies and Videotape

#3 - 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 8.24
82 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Richard Whitley, Toni Graphia

#4 - 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 8.23
89 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Toni Graphia
Max to the Max

#5 - 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 8.21
86 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Toni Graphia

#6 - 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 8.16
50 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: David Simkins
The White Room

#7 - 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 8.14
90 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Jason Katims, Thania St. John
Independence Day

#8 - 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 8.13
87 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Toni Graphia
Sexual Healing

#9 - 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 8.11
90 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jan Oxenberg
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 8.10
61 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
Four Square

#11 - 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
87 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Thania St. John
A Roswell Christmas Carol

#12 - 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 8.09
68 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
The Convention

#13 - 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 8.08
100 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Jason Katims, Emily Whitesell

#14 - 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 8.07
55 votes
Directors: Rodney Charters
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
Blind Date

#15 - Blind Date

Season 1 - Episode 14

Maria enters Liz in a blind date contest; Max and Kyle commiserate about their shared feelings for Liz; Michael and Isabel send a signal to the fourth alien.

star 8.06
95 votes
Directors: Keith Samples
Writers: Thania St. John
Heat Wave

#16 - Heat Wave

Season 1 - Episode 9

A freak December heat wave hits the town and sparks romance as Michael's relationship with Maria heats up and Liz's infatuation with Max intensifies; meanwhile Isabel enters into one of Alex's dreams only to discover her likeness already there and dancing with Alex.

star 8.06
103 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Jason Katims
How the Other Half Lives

#17 - 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 8.05
63 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Ronald D. Moore
285 South

#18 - 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 8.05
124 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: William Sind, Thania St. John

#19 - 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 8.05
87 votes
Writers: Thania St. John
Cry Your Name

#20 - Cry Your Name

Season 2 - Episode 17

The sudden death of a close friend shocks the group.

star 8.03
67 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
River Dog

#21 - River Dog

Season 1 - Episode 7

Liz and Max journey to an American Indian reservation where they glean information from an elderly tribesman about the alien who vanished in 1959.

star 8.02
111 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Cheryl Cain
Skin and Bones

#22 - Skin and Bones

Season 2 - Episode 1

Max and the others must rescue Michael after he is arrested for murder; Liz takes a job with a congresswoman who has a hidden agenda.

star 8.02
78 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
The End of the World

#23 - The End of the World

Season 2 - Episode 5

An older Max travels from the future (2014 to be exact) to tell Liz that their relationship will imperil his planet and together they devise a plan to change the future: by making present Max fall out of love with Liz. Not an easy task until Liz tricks Max into believing she slept with Kyle.

star 8.01
75 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Jason Katims

#24 - 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 8.00
69 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Fred Golan
Into the Woods

#25 - Into the Woods

Season 1 - Episode 12

A new UFO sighting sends suspicion and fear through the town and leads Max and Isabel to investigate the incident during a school camping trip.

star 8.00
96 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Thania St. John