The Best Episodes of Roswell

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018

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
48 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 8.45
42 votes
Directors: William Sadler
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
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Viva Las Vegas

#3 - 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 8.37
55 votes
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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The Departure

#4 - 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 8.30
47 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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How the Other Half Lives

#5 - 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 8.27
52 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Ronald D. Moore
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Crash

#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 8.26
39 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: David Simkins
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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 8.26
74 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Thania St. John
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Tess, Lies and Videotape

#8 - 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
65 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Richard Whitley, Toni Graphia
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Destiny

#9 - 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 8.24
71 votes
Writers: Jason Katims, Toni Graphia
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Max to the Max

#10 - 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
67 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Toni Graphia
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285 South

#11 - 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 8.22
97 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: William Sind, Thania St. John
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Disturbing Behavior

#12 - Disturbing Behavior

Season 2 - Episode 13

Michael and Maria flee from Roswell after helping Laurie DuPree escape from the police, and Max learns that a deadly parasite was released into Earth's atmosphere when their ship crashed 50 years ago.

star 8.21
52 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Cry Your Name

#13 - Cry Your Name

Season 2 - Episode 17

Jim Valenti breaks the news to the aliens and their friends that Alex was killed in a suspicious car accident. Max attempts to revive the already dead Alex, but sadly cannot. The gang must then deal with their overwhelming grief over losing their beloved friend. When the investigation into the car accident leads Valenti and Max to believe that Alex committed suicide by deliberately driving his car into the oncoming path of a truck, Liz blows up and refuses to believe it. Liz begins investigating on her own, finding a photo of Alex and his Swedish girlfriend defaced literally with Alex's head missing. But the weirdest clues are the passage from a Robert Frost poem and the credit card slip that Alex signed just before his death, the strange part: he signed it 11100100100111011001.

star 8.21
52 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Off the Menu

#14 - Off the Menu

Season 2 - Episode 20

Brody Davis, his mind frazzled from an electric shock,holds several members of the gang hostage, when he begins to remember what happened when he was abducted, such as the New York City interstellar summit and the fact that Max is an alien. Max must use his healing abilities to fix Brody's mind so that he doesn't remember the alien mind that inhabits him. Tess must mindwarp Amy DeLuca into not remembering that Brody held them hostage.

star 8.20
46 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
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Samuel Rising

#15 - 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 8.19
43 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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Harvest

#16 - 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 8.18
57 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Fred Golan
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Heat Wave

#17 - 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 8.16
80 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Jason Katims
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Behind the Music

#18 - 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 8.16
38 votes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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A Roswell Christmas Carol

#19 - 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 8.14
56 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Jason Katims
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Panacea

#20 - 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 8.14
42 votes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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It's Too Late, and It's Too Bad

#21 - It's Too Late, and It's Too Bad

Season 2 - Episode 18

A startling breakthrough leads to a renewed connection for two of the gang. Differing reactions to a life shattering event creates tension among the gang, resulting in heartfelt revelations, hidden insecurities and thoughts of leaving Roswell. Meanwhile, Liz enlists Sean in her continuing quest for answers into the death of Alex.

star 8.14
50 votes
Directors: Patrick Norris
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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Michael, The Guys and The Great Snapple Caper

#22 - Michael, The Guys and The Great Snapple Caper

Season 3 - Episode 2

Michael works as a security guard, but when he tries to loosen up his co-workers, he causes more harm than good. Meanwhile, Max and Liz continue to see each other despite her parents' wishes.

star 8.13
47 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Control

#23 - Control

Season 3 - Episode 5

Max, with the help of Kal Langley, undertakes a dangerous journey as he seeks to learn of the fate of Tess and his son. Meanwhile, back in Roswell, Isabel and Jesse must face the negative reactions of their parents and friends to their impending marriage.

star 8.13
45 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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Baby, It's You

#24 - Baby, It's You

Season 2 - Episode 19

Max is hit with a one-two punch after he discovers that not only is Tess pregnant with his son, but that the baby cannot survive unless they return to their home planet. Liz, Maria and Michael work together to unravel the mysterious double life of Alex. Isabel and Kyle explore her powers as they play pranks on Max and Kyle dreamwalks with a Playmate.

star 8.11
51 votes
Writers: Lisa Klink
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Skin and Bones

#25 - 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 8.10
60 votes
Writers: Jason Katims
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