10 Best Episodes of Roswell

Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where UFOs were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high-school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst-filled classmates, the two form a bond that threatens the survival of a secret universe involving superhuman powers, a yen for hot sauce and an alien gene pool.

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#1 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.54 from 52 votes.

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#2 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.49 from 59 votes.

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#3 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 45 votes.

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#4 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 87 votes.

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#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.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 89 votes.

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#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.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 83 votes.

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#7 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 53 votes.

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#8 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 91 votes.

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#9 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 91 votes.

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#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.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 58 votes.

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    #11 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.11 from 90 votes.

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    #12 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.08 from 97 votes.

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    #13 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.08 from 91 votes.

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    #14 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.07 from 56 votes.

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    #15 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.07 from 88 votes.

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    #16 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.07 from 103 votes.

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    #17 - I Married An Alien (Season 3 - Episode 11)

    When a journalist friend of Jesse's comes to Roswell, Isabel discovers he's investigating her, Max and Michael, after he witnesses Michael using his powers. Meanwhile, Isabel fantasizes about what her life would be like if Jesse knew her alien secret through the device of a 1960s sitcom a la "Bewitched."

    The episode was rated 8.06 from 47 votes.

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    #18 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.04 from 74 votes.

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    #19 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.03 from 126 votes.

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    #20 - 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.

    The episode was rated 8.03 from 105 votes.


    Last updated: dec 24, 2022

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