Roswell, New Mexico: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Roswell, New Mexico

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Roswell, New Mexico admirably adds modern political context to its premise, but this reboot hews too closely to its predecessor to transcend the pitfalls of a redundant retread.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 291

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

In the premiere, Liz Ortecho reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, N.M., and 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 Sgt. Jesse Manes spearheads a long-standing government conspiracy--unbeknownst to his son, Alex Manes.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2019

The anniversary of Rosa's death reignites tensions as the town takes aim at Liz and her father, Auturo, for what happened on that fateful day 10 years ago. Meanwhile, Max confronts Michael and Isobel, who are concerned that his feelings for Liz will expose their secret. Elsewhere, Master Sergeant Manes' attempt to convince Kyle of the alien conspiracy in Roswell takes an unexpected turn. Finally, Liz and Kyle make a shocking revelation about Rosa's death.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2019

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

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Air date: Feb 5, 2019

Max is conflicted when a town-wide power outage leaves hospital patients in need of help. Meanwhile, Liz turns to Kyle after learning details about the night Rosa died.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2019

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. Meanwhile, Kyle and Alex uncover a secret that Kyle's father had been keeping from everyone.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2019

In a series of flashbacks to 2008, secrets are uncovered about Rosa's final day, Isobel's mysterious blackouts, and Alex and Michael's relationship in high school.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2019

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.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2019

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.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2019

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 Sargant Manes may be hiding.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2019

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.

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The daughter of undocumented immigrants returns to her New Mexico hometown, where she is shocked to discover the truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer.

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Critic Reviews for Roswell, New Mexico Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

If you don't like CW shows but you like The X-Files and other alien shows and you're wondering if this will be up your alley, it probably won't be. But if you like a good CW sci-fi drama, this is a good bet to add to your list.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…
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Roswell, New Mexico has a few surprising twists on the formula, yet never completely finds a worthwhile voice of its own. It's not bad. It's flimsy and resistant to its own strengths.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Even for the now-twentysomethings Max Evans (Nathan Parsons, an Originals alum) and Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason, the season-five winner of So You Think You Can Dance), that's a tall order, one that the series as a whole struggles to deliver.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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As a reboot, the series creates a unique space for itself. And as a representation of Latinx on the CW it's unparalleled.

May 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Sometimes the aliens-as-immigrants rhetoric is a little too on the nose...but as remakes go, this iteration of Roswell seems like it will appeal to the current CW audience.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Aliens of all kinds in worthy update of '90s cult fave.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

the chemistry between the actors on Roswell, New Mexico is intense and exceptional, and it elevates the pilot from great to excellent.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This grown-up Roswell has its moments but mostly reminds us how hard it is to recapture the magic of an original.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

"She can never know what happened to Rosa," Max says ominously at the end of the first episode, but the new Roswell is so boring I doubt you'll care.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 5.9/10 | Full Review…

Besides just the general problem with this kind of love story, Max's obsession with Liz just isn't as cute at nearly-30-years-old as it is in teen form.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The strong choices generally work for me, and I can see a certain fear over their "controversial" nature, but I worry that Roswell is still too close to the original.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Until we see further episodes that stray from the original, or maybe hue closer to the Roswell High book series, it's really hard to figure out if this is worthwhile or not.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roswell, New Mexico: Season 1

  • Aug 17, 2020
    The show is good, but all the negative political puns do nothing but bring the show down. Constantly making remarks against the current administration, the B.S. about no need for a background check for a handgun, no where in this country can you walk right in and walk right out with a gun, especially a handgun. I hear enough political stunt b.s. every where else. would be nice if i could enjoy a tv show with out.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    It is a poor knockoff of the original that seems to replay the former's storylines.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    I really enjoy sci-fi. But the subversive political shots this show takes is putird and tiresome. Would be nice if the writers could just write an entertaining and captivating storyline. Smh...terrible.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Pilot episode is the basis of the show, Liz getting hurt leads to mysteries and lies being revealed and it makes her question who she can trust. This show is brilliant. I accidentally binge-watched it in one go all through the night, not realising the time. It is about family and friendship and who you are. I didn't think the pilot was that great the first time I watched it (because I've since rewatched the show) but I gave it a chance and oh my, I've found a new favourite. I wish Roswell, New Mexico a long and amazing life, because from the looks of season 1 it is going to have many seasons. It is worth the watch.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    Absolute garbage. I can watch literally anything no matter how terrible it is because I hate not knowing how something ends. This was my second exception, first was The Hills Have Eyes (disgusting movie). The propaganda is forcefully spoon-fed to you like every 5 minutes it's painful to get through. I finished the first season because I liked the bones of the show, the plot is decent and I love aliens. BUT WHO WROTE THIS GARBAGE?! Can I watch a show without all the bullshit political nonsense? Do those even exist anymore? What the f*** Netflix? I'm so disappointed. I was powering through it until Izzy did a little self induced abortion. When she first found out she was pregnant I thought it was going to be a way for her to look forward to a future with her daughter, someone to genuinely love her and inspire her but NOPE. The pregnancy was literally only included by the writers to make a political statement about abortions. Fantastic. You went too far, not everyone has the same values as you. Get a f***ing grip. Carina Adly McKenzie, you disgust me. Goodbye Roswell, you will not be missed.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    This show has it all! It's a charming drama with an inclusive cast and so much heart.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Fun characters and fun story. Not great, but a well done show. Cant wait for season 2.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Absolutely terrible in every way from story lines to acting to political correctness gone mad, then add in gay men 😝 just because. After finished puking with this crap another terrible remake of original great series, who thing just cring worthy.
  • Jun 19, 2020
    This show is very boring. You'd expect cool action and sci-fi things happening, but it seems to just be a drama show. The plot is very meh.
  • May 21, 2020
    I enjoyed the original show and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this reboot. I have tried to watch some of the others they have tried, like Charmed and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina but couldn't get into them, that's not to say they aren't good but to me they don't hold a candle to the originals. That could be because I was more invested in the shows they are based on than I had been in the first Roswell, but it's my opinion that out of the ones I have seen in this genre, Roswell New Mexico did the best job bringing the original concept into a new era. A feat it managed to do without loosing what made the show interesting in the first place and while nicely maintaining the original premise. Furthermore it actually manages to stand on its own as an enjoyable entertaining show in its own right. It doesn't need to be held up by the success of its predecessor, which might have helped it start out but I am confident it can succeed on its own. I'm actually surprised to say I enjoy it more than the original, which is rarely the case in my experience. I'm looking forward to future seasons, of which I hope there will be many.

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