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This is an approximate timeline of events that take place in the television series Roswell, New Mexico.




  • October 1948 - At the fair, Nora wins first prize in the pumpkin-chunkin contest. A photograph of her, Roy, and Walt is taken for the paper.
  • October 12, 1948 - The Gazette prints the photograph and the story. Harlan Manes shows the paper to Tripp and they plan an attack.


  • Unknown date, 1987 - Harlan and Jesse talk for the last time at the Crashdown Cafe.




  • June 14, 1997 - At the approximate age of 7, Max, Isobel, and Michael awake from their pods in the Turquoise Mines. They are found walking naked down the road. Deputy Michelle Valenti answers the call.
  • Unknown date - Max and Isobel are adopted by Ann and David Evans. Michael goes into the foster system.

2001 or 2002[]

  • Unknown date - At the age of 11, Michael is moved from Santa Fe to a new foster home in Roswell.[3]


  • Unknown date - Michael is subjected to an exorcism.[4]
  • A week later - Max, Isobel, and Michael go camping for their fourteenth birthday. A drifter attacks Isobel.[4] (Note: If the three use the day they were found as their birthday, then this would be c. June 14, 1997.)



April 2008

  • Unknown date - Liz wipes hot sauce from Max's lips, and he causes a blackout at New Roswell High School.[6]
  • Unknown date - Max and Michael shoot cans at Sanders' Auto with Isobel.[4] (Note that it is unknown if this happened before or after the high school blackout.)

May 2008

  • Unknown date - Michael "borrows" Alex's guitar. Isobel blows off Rosa at the Crashdown.[4]
  • May 17, 2008, Saturday - Prom Night at New Roswell High School.[4]
  • May 18, 2008, Sunday - Isobel wakes up at Sanders' Auto after blacking out with Rosa.[4]

June 2008

  • June 7, 2008 - Kate Long and Jasmine Frederick vandalize Rosa's car. Liz and Max go to the desert. Michael and Alex kiss for the first time, and Jesse damage's Michael's hand. "Isobel" kills Rosa, Kate, and Jasmine. Max and Michael help cover it up as an accident.[4] (The exact date is inconsistent. It's June 1 in the pilot, and June 7 in later episodes, and June 8 in one episode.)
  • A "few days later", Liz leaves town.
  • June 2008, unknown date - Class of 2008 graduates at New Roswell High.
  • June 2008, unknown date - Rosa Ortecho's funeral.

November 2008

  • Unknown date - Jim Valenti nearly loses re-election for Sheriff when Jesse Manes promotes a candidate against him.


  • Unknown date - Jesse Manes brings his son Flint Manes to Caulfield prison.[7]


  • Feb 14, 2014 - Jim Valenti has a CT scan following a bike accident. The scan shows no abnormalities.[3]
  • Unknown date - Jim Valenti encounters Subject N-38 at Caulfield prison.[8]
  • March 1, 2014 - Jim Valenti is diagnosed with brain cancer.[3]


  • May 5, 2018, Saturday - Hank Gibbons is arrested for a drunken disorderly after getting into a fight at the Wild Pony. Carla, a murder victim, was last seen alive there.[3]
  • May 11, 2018, Friday - Carla's body is found.[3]
  • May 2018 - Liz leaves her fiance Diego in Denver.



Note: These dates take June 7 as the day of Rosa's death.

  • May 31, 2018, Thursday - Liz returns to Roswell. (Episode 1.01 Pilot.)
  • June 1, 2018, Friday - Handprint appears. (Episode 1.01 Pilot.)
  • June 2, 2018, Saturday - Max shows Liz the pods. High school reunion. Manes tells Kyle about Project Shepard. (Episode 1.01 Pilot.)
  • June 7, 2018, Thursday - The ten year anniversary of Rosa's death. (Episode 1.02 So Much for the Afterglow.)
  • June 8, 2018, Friday - Liz and Max meet at sunrise. (Episode 1.02 So Much for the Afterglow.)

  • Unknown date - Liz does tests on Max. Max causes a town-wide blackout. (Episode 1.03 Tearin' Up My Heart.)
  • Next day - (Episode 1.04 Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?)
  • Next day - Isobel wakes up in the desert. Wyatt Long attacks Liz and Grant Green, and Max is shot. (Episodes 1.05 Don't Speak.) Max tells Liz about what happened the night Rosa died. (Episode 1.06 Smells Like Teen Spirit.)
  • A week later, Saturday - Liz and Max are questioned about the shooting. Liz spends time with Maria, Alex, and Mimi. (Episode 1.07 I Saw the Sign.)

  • Unknown date - Isobel has Kyle inject her with the serum and she goes back into the alien pod. Jesse Manes leaves town. (Episode 1.08 Barely Breathing.)

  • Six weeks later, Saturday - Isobel is still in the pod. Liz and co go to Texas to see the faith healer Arizona. (Episode 1.09 Songs About Texas)
  • Next day, Sunday - Noah finds the pods and calls off the search for his wife. (Episode 1.09 Songs About Texas)
  • Same day or next day[9] - Isobel comes out of the pod and Liz administers the antidote. There's a shooting at the hospital. (Episode 1.10 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing)
  • Unknown date, within a few days - Grant Green's UFO Emporium Grand Reopening Gala. (Episode 1.11 Champagne Supernova)
  • Three days later[10] - Noah comes out of the pod. Michael, Alex, and Kyle investigate Caulfield prison. (Episode 1.12 Creep) Max and Michael face-off. Max kills Noah. (Episode 1.13 Recovering the Satellites)
  • Next day - Max heals Michael's hand. Isobel and Michael find Noah's pod. Max resurrects Rosa and dies of power overexertion. Isobel exercises new powers. (Episode 1.13 Recovering the Satellites)


Season 2 seems to predominantly take place in 2019, as characters regularly refer to the events of the Pilot episode as being a year earlier.[11]


  1. 1.07 I Saw the Sign
  2. Note that the date of Rosa's birthday varies: January 17 in the pilot episode, February 9 in the second episode, and sometime after February 19 in the fifth episode.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 1.10 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 1.06 Smells Like Teen Spirit
  5. 1.02 So Much for the Afterglow
  6. 1.03 Tearin' Up My Heart
  7. 1.12 Creep, act 3, Flint states: "Dad brought me in five years ago."
  8. 1.12 Creep, act 4.
  9. Note: When Liz brings the antidote to the cave, she's wearing different clothes than what she was wearing when Noah was at the cave, but she might have just changed out of those clothes since she was wearing them on Saturday. Max is in the same clothes. On Saturday, Liz said she needed 36 hours before confirming the antidote could work, and it's been 36 hours, which points to Monday instead of Sunday, but it's unknown how long she had been monitoring them before that comment, so it could still be Sunday.
  10. 1.12 Creep, act 1, Max states that "it's only been three days" since the incident at the Gala.
  11. Episode 2.05 I'll Stand By You, Liz says: "Last year, a bullet tore my heart open and you put it back together. So when your heart needed repair, I believed I could fix it too."