Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third season; The last episode aired on May 14, 2002. In the United Kingdom, the show aired as both Roswell High and Roswell.

The series is based on the Roswell High young adult book series, written by Melinda Metz and edited by Laura J. Burns, who became staff writers for the television series. A reboot series was ordered to series for The CW on May 11, 2018.


For the past 10 years, Max Evans, his sister Isabel and his best friend Michael Guerin have been living a somewhat normal existence, with their hybrid biology of human and alien DNA helping them to fit in. Surviving descendants from beings on board the fiery crash of an alien spacecraft that popular legend says plummeted to the desert in 1947, the three teenagers have grown up quietly among the Roswell residents since emerging from incubation. Their peaceful existence was shattered the day Max forged an otherworldly connection with fellow classmate Liz Parker by using his mysterious powers to heal her gunshot wound, putting aside a pact of secrecy and ultimately risking his own life.

With this simple twist of fate, their secret was sacrificed and their identity exposed, forced to trust Liz and her best friends Maria DeLuca and Alex Whitman in order to stay one step ahead of forces from this world and beyond that would do anything to destroy them. They are also aided by Sheriff Valenti, who is driven by a very personal need to learn the truth about what happened on that fateful night in 1947.


The first two seasons aired on The WB Network whilst the final season was sold to (and aired on) The UPN. It was produced by Jason Katims but was based on the Roswell High books written by Melinda Metz and Laura Burns. It centers around the surviving aliens who landed in the Roswell 1947 Crash and now live among humans. As the series progresses, they discovered more about themselves, discover more powers within themselves and even find more aliens. These Four aliens are also the future lives of the rulers of Antar, their home planet.


Shiri Appleby as Liz Parker
Jason Behr as Max Evans
Colin Hanks as Alex Whitman
Majandra Delfino as Maria DeLuca
Katherine Heigl as Isabel Evans
Brendan Fehr as Michael Guerin
Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti
Emilie de Ravin as Tess Harding
William Sadler as Jim Valenti

Recurring cast

Diane Farr as Amy DeLuca
Garrett M. Brown as Philip Evans
Mary Ellen Trainor as Diane Evans


  • The show was aired during the late 90's frenzy of supernatural shows, many of which also aired on the WB or UPN. Other successful shows of this era included Charmed, Angel, and the show crediting with kick-starting the trend, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Although Roswell developed a cult following whose dedication rivaled that of any of its sister shows, the series was ultimately cancelled due to low ratings, first on the WB and then on UPN.
  • The series has a reboot for The CW, the WB's successor network, on Janaury 30, 2018 and ordered straight to series for the reboot on May 11, 2018.