The BEST Episodes of Roswell, New Mexico

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Network: The CW

After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

Recovering the Satellites

#1 - Recovering the Satellites

Season 1 - Episode 13

Max and Michael find themselves at an impasse over how to deal with the 4th alien. Liz has a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor. Kyle spirals after uncovering a dark secret about his father’s death. And Michael is forced to make a difficult decision about his future.

star 8.10
356 votes
Directors: Julie Plec
Writers: Carina Adly Mackenzie, Eva McKenna
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

#2 - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Season 1 - Episode 10

Frustrated by her inability to remember what happened the night Rosa died, Isobel turns to Liz for help regaining her memories. Elsewhere, Max and Cameron investigate a series of strange deaths in the town, while Sheriff Valenti reveals information to Kyle about his father.

star 7.93
362 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Rick Montano, Vincent Ingrao
Champagne Supernova

#3 - Champagne Supernova

Season 1 - Episode 11

As the town prepares for the UFO Emporium Re-opening Gala, Liz and the team find themselves on a collision course with an unlikely enemy.

star 7.89
349 votes
Directors: Edward Ornelas
Writers: Adam Lash, Cori Uchida
Creep

#4 - Creep

Season 1 - Episode 12

When a major revelation comes to light, Max, Michael and Isobel clash over how to deal with the fallout. Elsewhere, Alex uncovers a secret about Project Shepard and enlists Kyle and Michael’s help looking into it.

star 7.89
351 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Steve Stringer
Songs About Texas

#5 - Songs About Texas

Season 1 - Episode 9

Max and Michael travel to Texas to visit a faith healer, who may be able to shed some light on the alien symbol Max has been researching. Meanwhile, Maria and Liz pay a visit to the same faith healer in hopes of finding a cure for Maria’s ailing mother. Elsewhere, Alex and Kyle look into what Sergeant Manes may be hiding.

star 7.87
358 votes
Directors: Shiri Appleby
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Sabir Pirzada
Don't Speak

#6 - Don't Speak

Season 1 - Episode 5

Max and Michael begin to worry about Isobel after a series of mysterious blackouts cause her to spiral. Liz turns to Grant Green for help when she learns that he may have witnessed something strange on the night Rosa died. Kyle and Alex uncover a secret that Kyle’s father had been keeping from everyone.

star 7.82
407 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Adam Lash, Cori Uchida
Smells Like Teen Spirit

#7 - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 6

Secrets are uncovered about Rosa’s final day, Isobel’s mysterious blackouts and Alex and Michael’s relationship in high school.

star 7.80
384 votes
Directors: Tim Andrew
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Eva McKenna
Barely Breathing

#8 - Barely Breathing

Season 1 - Episode 8

With Isobel’s life hanging in the balance, Liz and Michael frantically search for a way to help her. Max turns to his mom Ann about the origins of the alien symbol. Finally, Alex turns the tables on Sergeant Manes.

star 7.78
370 votes
Directors: Ruba Nadda
Writers: Glenn Farrington, Kamran Pasha
I Saw the Sign

#9 - I Saw the Sign

Season 1 - Episode 7

After uncovering a devastating secret about Rosa’s death, Liz takes matters into her own hands to protect herself and those around her. However, her plans are sidelined after a day with Mimi, Maria and Alex leads to a new revelation about Rosa. Elsewhere, Max takes aim at Wyatt, while Cameron decides whether she’s going to help Sergeant Manes.

star 7.73
373 votes
Directors: Paul Wesley
Writers: Miguel Nolla, Chris Hollier
Tearin' Up My Heart

#10 - Tearin' Up My Heart

Season 1 - Episode 3

After uncovering some unsettling information about Max, Liz runs a series of tests to see what his powers may be capable of. Michael and Isobel take matters into their own hands after learning that Liz may be getting too close to Max. Liz enlists Maria’s help as she goes on a scavenger hunt across Roswell to uncover more about Rosa’s final days.

star 7.62
475 votes
Directors: Geoff Shotz
Writers: Rick Montano, Vincent Ingrao
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

#11 - Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

Season 1 - Episode 4

Fearing that his identity will be uncovered, Max is conflicted when a town-wide power outage leaves patients at the hospital in need of help. Liz turns to Kyle after learning details about the night Rosa died. Isobel and Michael come up with a plan to deal with Liz. Manes seeks help from an unlikely source.

star 7.61
447 votes
Directors: Lance Anderson
Writers: Christopher Hollier, Sabir Pirzada
So Much for the Afterglow

#12 - So Much for the Afterglow

Season 1 - Episode 2

The 10th anniversary of Rosa’s death reignites tensions as the town takes aim at Liz and her father. Max confronts Michael and Isobel, who are concerned that his feelings for Liz will expose their secret. Master Sergeant Manes’ attempt to convince Kyle of the alien conspiracy in Roswell takes an unexpected turn. Liz and Kyle make a shocking revelation about Rosa’s death.

star 7.39
515 votes
Directors: Tim Andrew
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie, Eva McKenna
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

When Liz Ortecho reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, she reconnects with Max Evans, her teenage crush, who is now a Roswell police officer. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly sister, Isobel, and their friend Michael. Elsewhere, Master Sergeant Jesse Manes spearheads a long-standing government conspiracy — unbeknownst to his son, Alex Manes, who has recently returned from service overseas with emotional and physical injuries. The politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell threaten to expose Max and his family and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz…as well as their lives.

star 7.26
599 votes
Directors: Julie Plec
Writers: Carina Adly Mackenzie