ROSWELL (1999-2002) was a series with a dedicated cult following that blended romance with science fiction in a way that allowed it to examine themes of contemporary relevance, such as identity issues and race relations, as well as deliver stories that appealed to its young-adult audience. Three teenagers living in Roswell, New Mexico are actually human/ alien hybrids attempting to live normal lives while simultaneously working to discover who they really are and how to get home. In the show's pilot, Max imperils himself, his alien sister Isabel, and their friend Michael when he risks discovery by saving Liz from a fatal gunshot wound. Thus begins a series characterized by romance, mystery, and adventure, as love blooms while the authorities begin closing in, having been alerted of an alien presence in their midst. With a charismatic cast and storylines that are subtle, humorous, and touching, ROSWELL was that affecting and exciting gem of network television that is all too rarely seen.
The second season saw the plot amped up a bit as writers tried to appeal to a wider audience. Liz is forced to make Max fall out of love with her when she receives a visit from the future warning her against their romance, and the group battles various enemies such as the Skins and the alien parasite queen. A new alien, Tess, joins the cast, and the episodes become somewhat darker and fantastical.