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''Roswell'' (1999-2002) was a [[CutShort short-lived]] ScienceFiction series that debuted on Creator/TheWB network in 1999. It was moved to Creator/{{UPN}} in 2001 in a package deal with ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', and completed a run of three seasons.

The series was a combination of a ScienceFiction[=/=]MonsterOfTheWeek show and a romantic TeenDrama. Many audience members felt that the show never quite got the balance right.

The three main characters, Max, Isabel and Michael, are Antarian survivors of the [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell UFO crash]], and were adopted by human families. Though Max and Isabel were raised in a privileged, loving family, Michael was raised in a trailer with his abusive foster father. Though the three successfully isolate themselves from the rest of their classmates through {{high school}}, their plan is disrupted when Max saves the life of a girl named Liz Parker using his alien superpowers.

Liz's sidekicky friends Maria and Alex add [[PluckyComicRelief the comedy]] to this otherwise broody and dramatic lot.

Based on the YA novel series, ''Literature/RoswellHigh''. Often considered to have set the stage for (and been superior to) ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', which uses a lot of the same themes, but with [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] characters instead of original ones. Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies''.

!!This TV series provides examples of:

* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: In one episode, Nasedo mentions that all of the hybrids' abilities are things that humans could theoretically do, if they were better at unlocking their full brain power.
* AbortedArc: Upon the discovery of their spaceship's hologram message, the group is met with a projection of Max's mother/the queen. She tells them how their planet has been overtaken, their people are now slaves, and she begs them to save them (presumably the reason they were even cloned in the first place). We expect some resolution of this in the end, but the final episode gives us the happily ever after of between Max and Liz, who seem to have forgotten all about the crisis on their home planet - Despite the Skins (the invaders) being repeatedly establish as bad guys.
* AbusiveParents: Michael's foster father.
* AlienAmongUs: The three kids are raised human.
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles:
** The opening of season 2 has Max seeing a therapist his parents appointed to him. After the events of The White Room, one can only imagine what kind of summer Max had... And still can't talk about.
** Jesse sees a therapist after discovering the aliens' secret, telling him that they are in the mob.
** Subverted by Topolsky, who poses as a guidance counselor at Roswell High but is actually a member of the Special Unit.
* AmazingFreakingGrace: Maria sings this at [[spoiler: Alex's]] funeral.
* AnchoredShip: Good God, Max and Liz went through almost every variety of this trope and Michael and Maria toy with it as well.
%%* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther
%%* AppliedPhlebotinum
* BarBrawl: Jesse's bachelor party turns into one.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Michael and Maria ran on this trope
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Liz upon Tess's return, blasts her back with a "Get up, bitch!"
* ButtMonkey: Everybody shits on Kyle. In the third season, even [[GenreSavvy Kyle shits on Kyle.]]
* CloningBlues: The main characters are clones of alien royalty, and there's a spare set running around in New York.
* LesCollaborateurs: Vilandra betrayed her people for her lover, Kivar. Likewise Lonnie and Rath (from the spare set) collaborate with the Skins. Tess is later revealed to have cut a deal with Kivar to be spared if she returned to Antar with Max's child.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: Liz assumes Leanna is not an alien because she's sewing in her room. Her internal logic is that if you have alien powers, then you just wave your hand and fix things instead of taking the time to do it handmade. Because, you know, there's now way an alien might find sewing a compelling hobby, or has any rules about never using your powers for mundane things, reducing the chances of being caught, or any other million possible explanations.
** Liz's actual clue is that Leanne pricked her finger while sewing: It had been previously established that if the Skins' shell was pierced in any way they would disintegrate.
%%* CutShort
* DeflectorShields: Max can do one of these.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Alex's death comes out of nowhere after a ton of CharacterDevelopment.]]
* DrunkWithPower: Michael when he receives Max's [[ItMakesSenseInContext royal tattoo.]]
* TheEmpath: The hybrids, via flashes or connecting with people or things.
* EnterStageWindow: Michael, Max and Liz have all been known to use this trope. It helps that Liz's window leads to a balcony.
* EvilTwin: The "spare set", who got dumped in New York because they were "defective". Though its half of a subversion, with only Rath and Lonnie being actually evil.
* EvolutionaryLevels: The Hybrids are supposedly designed to be at the apex of human evolution.
* ExactEavesdropping: Comically play in Viva Las Vegas, when Maria conveniently hears Kyle and Tess talking about going to Las Vegas, and immediately puts the whole plan together. A bit subverted with Isabel who overhears Michael and Max talking about the same trip, and asks to be clarified. Since these kids talk about important things *all the time* in the halls, one wonders why no one else seems to hear them in any other episode.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Liz dies at the beginning and is revived by Max, setting off the events of the entire series.
* FiveBadBand--> Season 2 - The Skins and their allies
** TheBigBad - Kivar
** TheDragon - Nicholas Crawford
** TheEvilGenius - Congresswoman Vanessa Whitaker
** TheBrute - Rath (Michael's EvilTwin), also Nicholas and Ida Crawford and the rest of "Skins"
** TheDarkChick - Lonnie (Isabel's EvilTwin)
** SixthRangerTraitor - Courntey Banks
* FiveManBand: Season 1
** TheHero - Max Evans
** TheLancer - Isabel Evans (Although Michael Guerin switches roles on occasion depending on the episodes conflict)
** TheSmartGuy - Liz Parker
** TheBigGuy - Michael Guerin (see above)
** TheChick - Maria [=DeLuca=]
** TheSixthRanger - Alex Whitman
--> Season 2
** TheHero - Max Evans
** TheLancer - Micheal Guerin
** TheSmartGuy - Liz Parker (Although Maria also is the "street smart" version of this in some episodes)
** TheBigGuy - Tess Harding (she may be the smallest member in size but she has the personality and powers of a BigGuy
** TheChick - Maria [=DeLuca=]/Isabel Evans
** TheSixthRanger - Kyle Valenti
** TheMentor - Jim Valenti
** TeamPet - Alex Whitman
*** Season 3 is the same as season 2 but with Jesse Ramirez taking Alex's place as team pet
* GiveHimANormalLife: Max [[spoiler: gives up his and Tess' son Zan]] so that he can grow up in safety and relative normality.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Roswell Crash coverup, the Special Unit, and the second crash coverup. All including assassination of witnesses and torture.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The kids are later revealed to be alien hybrids rather than pure-up aliens to address the unlikelihood of HumanAliens.
* HallOfMirrors: Made creepier since both Max and a shapeshifter looking like Max went inside one in Max to the Max, followed by... a lot of people.
* HappilyEverAfter: The last line of the series: "All I know is that I'm Liz Parker, and I'm happy."
%%* HealingHands
* HumanOutsideAlienInside: fairly subtle for the most part, but Michael's reaction to alcohol, where he had electrical lines running through his body and every sense in overdrive, was one of the more obvious cases.
** How Jesse finds out Isabel is an alien.
** Isabel's eyes change when she's "Vilandra" in Interruptus.
%%* IBelieveThatYouBelieveIt
* IdenticalGrandson: The Hybrid Chronicles arc covered this up with Michael finding his human family's donor, who were shocked at how similar Michael was to their father/grandfather. Of course he was the guy's clone.
** One of the book tie-ins has Tess's donor as a character.
%%* IllKillYou
%%* InhumanableAlienRights
* InnocentInnuendo: Michael comes up to Maria while she's working on a shop class project: "You're doing it wrong. You're gripping the wood too tight."
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Everyone who knows to some degree, but especially Valenti, who ends losing his job to protect the kids.
%%* {{Masquerade}}
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: This is interestingly averted in Isabel, who seems to date random guys every other week. She does confess she never lets anyone close, of course, but she's most definitely enjoying her dating life. In contrast, Max has been in love with Liz for years, and Michael doesn't even see the point of it if all he wants is to go "home".
* TheMenInBlack: The FBI Special Unit, focus of the first arc. TheRemnant of the deactivated unit returns in Season 3 for revenge.
* MindRape: Tess, to Alex. It results in his death.
** Nicholas to Courtney and Max.
* MultitaskedConversation: A convoluted instance involving a cell phone.
* MundaneUtility: Isabel especially enjoys using her powers to play [=CDs=], reheat food, do her nails, etc.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: The series ''opens'' with Liz introducing herself and telling us that "five days ago I died".
* NewSuperPower: Michael's fingerprint shapeshifting.
** Max's shield in the beginning of season 2.
** Can also be applied to Tess's sudden ability to wipe out and completely change memories at the end of season 2, though no one seemed to be surprised in the show.
* OfficialCouple: Max and Liz.
* OnThree: Comically used when Max and Kyle are drunk and racing each other to a mailbox.
-->'''MAX:''' Do you see that mailbox? I'll beat you to it. On your mark...
-->'''KYLE:''' mm.
-->'''MAX:''' Go!
-->'''KYLA:''' It's "get..." You said--you skipped "get set!" You bastard!
* OneWorldOrder: Antar's government.
%%* PsychicPowers: All the major ones, and then some.
* RaceLift: Liz was Latina in the original books. On the show, she was played by the very white (or Jewish; close enough) Shiri Appleby, and her last name was changed from Ortecho to Parker.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sheriff Valenti, eventually.
* {{Room 101}}: The White Room
%%* RoswellThatEndsWell: Of course.
* RunningGag: Characters making comments about working at the cheese factory, particularly in the episode "Monsters." There really is a cheese factory in Roswell.
* SecretKeeper: Every single human who learns the truth, except the Special Unit, of course.
* ServantRace: Shapeshifters like Nasedo, Kal Langley, and the two who died at the crash were genetically incapable of refusing an order of their king.
* ShoutOut: Many parodies of ScienceFiction shows in general, including discussions of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and guest appearances by Jonathan Frakes (a producer) playing himself.
** The dishes Liz is serving at the beginning of the Pilot are a [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Sigourney Weaver"]] and a [[Film/MenInBlack "Will Smith"]].
* ShutUpKiss: Michael and Maria's first kiss to "calm her down."
* SpoilerCover: The third season DVD spoils [[spoiler: Alex's death]] on the back of the box, even though it doesn't happen until midway through the season.
%%* StoryArc
* TakeThat: A few shots are taken at Keanu Reeves' acting abilities.
* TakeThatUs: In season three, Isabel calls the jellyfish alien from the season before ridiculous.
* TenPercentOfYourBrain: ''Humans'' have psychic powers, which they've forgotten how to use.
* ThemeTune: Dido's "Here With Me".
%%* TheyWouldCutYouUp
%%* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Get up, bitch!"
* TrashLanding: How Max and Michael get out of Valenti's Office in The Morning After.
* TouchedByVorlons: Every human whom Max brings back to life eventually gains powers similar to the hybrids. It is not clear if they become half-alien themselves or just become as evolved as them. (See Evolutionary Levels above)
%%* TownWithADarkSecret: The town in ''Harvest'', in Season 2, is a SleeperCell completely populated by Skins.
* WhyAreWeWhispering: Season 1 Episode 2, has a rather large whispering exchange between three characters. Max and Liz are spying on someone, when Kyle, Liz's boyfriend, thinks they are actually making out. He approaches them:
-->'''KYLE:''' Liz!
-->'''LIZ:''' Kyle!
-->'''KYLE:''' Hey, Max.
-->'''MAX:''' [''whispers''] Hey, Kyle.
-->'''KYLE:''' What's going on?
-->'''LIZ:''' [''whispers''] Nothing.
-->'''KYLE:''' Why are you whispering?
-->'''LIZ:''' [''whispers''] We’re just, uh, waiting for Michael. We’re gonna go, uh...
-->'''MAX:''' Bowl.
-->'''KYLE:''' Why are you whispering?
-->'''LIZ:''' [''whispers''] We’re going bowling!
-->'''KYLE:''' Liz, what were you doing down there?
-->'''LIZ:''' [''whispers''] Oh, I dropped my ring.
-->'''KYLE:''' Why are you whispering?
*** To be honest, it was obvious he was thinking they were doing a lot more than making out. His point of view definitely seemed to suggest a little bit more than that...
* YouGetMeCoffee: Sheriff Valenti assigns Deputy Fisher/[[spoiler: Agent Pierce]] to wash the coffee pot when he arrives at the sheriff's department.