A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters are all privy to a huge secret -- that four of them are from another planet -- and must often lie to protect their knowledge. They're hunted by another group of aliens who are devious and violent in their efforts to find the visitors from space.
Violence & Scariness
Some fighting and the occasional explosion, but no graphic violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though there's no onscreen sex or nudity, a good chunk of the series centers on who's dating whom and how far they go.
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Fairly mild: "Bitch," "damn," "hell," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this teen drama centers on a group of high school students who are hiding a huge secret -- from their families, from teachers, from the world. Certainly the stakes are high; if word gets out that actual aliens are living among the unsuspecting residents of Roswell, there could be all kinds of trouble. Still, the series' entire premise supports the idea of teens hiding important things from their parents. The characters also deal with the usual batch of angsty high school issues related to friendship and dating.
Is It Any Good?
Max Evans (Jason Behr), his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl), and their friends Michael Guerin (Brendan Fehr) and Tess Harding (Emilie de Ravin) could probably have stayed comfortably under the radar if not for a freak accident that left fellow student Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) mortally wounded, prompting Max to reveal his powers and save her life. The incident proves a powerful bonding experience between Max and Liz, who -- along with a few close friends -- promises to keep the foursome's secret. But as Max and Liz are falling in love, he learns that he's destined to be with Tess, and much of the show centers on the conflict between Max's desire to be with his human girlfriend and his sense of duty, which requires him to give her up.
The four aliens are being hunted by another group of extraterrestrials living incognito on Earth, the Skins, and many of the episodes center on this conflict. With its battling aliens and superpowers, Roswell is clearly sci-fi, but below the surface lies a more fundamental issue -- who will end up together in the end? -- that makes the show similar to any other teen drama.
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