Roswell, New Mexico is an American television science fiction drama series, developed by Carina Adly MacKenzie for The CW. It is the second television adaptation of the Roswell High book series after The WB/UPN drama series Roswell (1999–2002).

The pilot was ordered in January 2018, and The CW ordered the show to series on May 11, 2018. The series premiered as a mid-season entry on January 15, 2019.

The show was renewed for a second season on April 24, 2019.[1]


Season 1: After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers her teenage crush is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect, but when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him.

Season 2 official synopsis:[2] (click to view, description contains major season 1 spoilers)
Once again, an Ortecho sister with a sharp tongue and a chip on her shoulder is back in Roswell after ten years gone… and she’s about to discover she’s been serving mint chip milkshakes to intergalactic aliens all her life. In the final moments of season one, Max Evans used his alien powers to resurrect Rosa a decade after her murder… not realizing that he was sacrificing his own life in the process. In season two, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019. In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defense, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk. Finally, our heroes must make a deal with Jesse Manes for information after a friend seems to vanish into thin air… and the apparent “alien abduction” brings new small-town secrets to light.

Cast and characters


  • Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho, a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants.
  • Nathan Dean Parsons as Max Evans, a natural born leader and dedicated Roswell police officer who has kept his true identity a secret for years.
  • Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans, an alien who keeps her true identity a secret by living her life with grace and enthusiasm.
  • Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, a troubled but brilliant alien who survived a traumatic childhood and is trying to find a way to escape Earth.
  • Tyler Blackburn as Sgt. Alex Manes, a military veteran with his fair share of physical and psychological trauma. Alex prepares to abandon his dream and the possibility of a future with the man he loves to succumb to his father's expectations.
  • Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti, the son of the town sherriff, who learns about horrible things that have happened in his family's past.
  • Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, Liz's former best friend, who is a socialite and oblivious to the existence of aliens.
  • Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes, Alex's father and a man with a secret to hide.
  • Karan Oberoi as Noah Bracken, Isobel's charming, devoted husband who senses a secret in his wife.

Recurring guest stars:


Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 January 15, 2019 April 23, 2019
2 tbd 2020 2020
# Title Air Date Director Writer
1 Pilot Jan 15, 2019 Julie Plec Carina Adly MacKenzie
2 So Much for the Afterglow Jan 22, 2019 Tim Andrew Eva McKenna &
Carina Adly MacKenzie
3 Tearin' Up My Heart Jan 29, 2019 Geoff Shotz Rick Montano & Vincent Ingrao
4 Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? Feb 5, 2019 Lance Anderson Christopher Hollier & Sabir Pirzada
5 Don't Speak Feb 12, 2019 Jeffrey Hunt Adam Lash & Cori Uchida
6 Smells Like Teen Spirit Feb 26, 2019 Tim Andrew Eva McKenna &
Carina Adly MacKenzie
7 I Saw the Sign Mar 5, 2019 Paul Wesley Miguel Nolla & Christopher Hollier
8 Barely Breathing Mar 12, 2019 Rubba Nada Kamran Pasha &
Glenn Farrington
9 Songs About Texas Mar 19, 2019 Shiri Appleby Sabir Pirzada &
Carina Adly MacKenzie
10 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing Mar 26, 2019 Lance Anderson Rick Montano & Vincent Ingrao
11 Champagne Supernova Apr 9, 2019 Edward Ornelas Adam Lash & Cori Uchida
12 Creep Apr 16, 2019 Dawn Wilkinson Christopher Hollier &
Steve Stringer
13 Recovering the Satellites Apr 23, 2019 Julie Plec Carina Adly MacKenzie



In January 2018, The CW ordered the show to pilot, with Julie Plec set to direct. Production companies involved with the pilot include Amblin Entertainment, Bender Brown Productions, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television. The CW ordered the show to series on May 11, 2018.


On February 16, 2018, Jeanine Mason was cast in the lead role of Liz Ortecho. In early March, the rest of the cast was filled out, with Nathan Parsons, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens and Michael Trevino joining as Max, Isobel, Alex Manes, Maria and Kyle Valenti, respectively, with Karan Oberoi being cast in the final series regular role of Noah Bracken on March 27, 2018. Trevor St. John was cast in a recurring role as Alex's father on March 12, 2018.


Filming for the pilot took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Production on the pilot begin on March 14, 2018, and ended on March 30, 2018.

The rest of the episodes began filming on August 13, 2018 and took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Reception has been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a critic approval rating of 53% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6.22/10; the audience gives a higher approval rating of 67%. The website's critic consensus reads: "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."[3] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 58 out of 100 based on 13 critics.[4] IMDB has an average rating of 6.0/10.[5]

The audience approval ratings have steadily improved by episode, with the lowest rated episode on IMDB being the Pilot with 6.8/10, the second episode being 7.7/10, and the following episodes all being 8.1/10 or higher. The final two episodes of the first season are both 8.8/10.[6]



Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Gallery


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External links

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  1. The Hollywood Reporter: 'All American,' 'The 100,' 'Roswell,' 'In the Dark' Renewed as CW Avoids Any Cancellations. April 24, 2019.
  2. KSite TV: Roswell New Mexico: Season 2 Description With New Spoilers
  3. Rotten Tomates: Roswell, New Mexico: Season 1. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  4. Metacritic: Roswell, New Mexico. Retrieved March 19, 2019, and again May 17, 2019 (no changes).
  5. IMDB: Roswell, New Mexico. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  6. IMDB: Roswell, New Mexico Episode List. Retrieved May 17, 2019.