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Name: Roswell
Abbreviation(s): ROS
Creator: Jason Katims
Date(s): October 6, 1999 – May 14, 2002
Medium: television
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: wikipedia, IMDB entry
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Roswell is a science fiction series that ran for three seasons on the WB (and later the UPN) based on the book series Roswell High by Melinda Metz.


The series revolved around a group of teenage alien-human hybrids like semi-clones of members of the royal family who had been killed in a power struggle on their home planet -- who had been sent to Earth for their safety. Their ship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in the 40s (yup that one!), their pods laid dormant until the 80s when where they were hatched and later found in the desert, and were raised there as humans. The show focused on their friends, romantic interests, allies, and enemies, and on the alien teens' struggle to understand their background and possibly find a way back home while evading detection by Earth authorities.

During its first season the show had a strong arc around the developing romance between alien Max and human Liz. TPTB brought in Ronald D. Moore as showrunner for the second and third season; subsequently the focus headed towards various alien plots and danger-of-exposure of the week episodes.


Main characters:

Reoccurring Characters:


Ship Wars & Kerfuffles

Various ship wars and kerfuffles happened within the Roswell fandom. They were more active when Roswell was on air, however some of the reasons behind the them are still there and is the reason why there was so much character or ship bashing in fanfiction, various arguments/discussions and open letters.

Renew/Movie Campaign

Due to Veronica Mars fans success story of raising and achieving a movie, Roswell fans also have the same hope in gaining a film despite the fifteen year difference. It's not just the fans either that support the idea, but also several actors including Shiri Appleby (Liz), Majandra Delfino (Maria), Colin Hanks (Alex), William Sadler (Sherriff Valenti), Diane Farr (Maria's mother, Amy), Melinda Metz (author), and Laura J. Burns (staff writer) have shown interest either be retweeting about it or in interviews or actually signing the campaign.

Since with the help of Netflix had with Arrested Development, Full House (the spin-off Fuller House) and Gilmore Girls (a miniseries), some fans were hoping maybe a miniseries or a revived series for the show might have more potential with the company.


Conventional Couples

Conventional Couples, or "CC", in the Roswell fandom dealt with canon pairings and only included the ones below:

Max/Liz Michael/Maria Alex/Isabel
Amy/Jim Kyle/Tess Isabel/Jesse

Unconventional Couples

Unconventional couples, or "UC", in the Roswell fandom dealt with any pairing that were not in the above category, whether it was het, slash or femslash and no matter that it was a canon (or near-canon) pairing or not. Any threesomes would of course be included as well.

Liz/Michael Michael/Isabel Kyle/Liz Kyle/Isabel Tess/Isabel
Max/Tess Isabel/Maria Rath/Liz Zan/Liz Kyle/Ava
Max/Maria Max/Michael Kyle/Tess Alex/Maria Tess/Michael

Pairing Names

Roswell fandom is (in-)famous for its unusual pairing name conventions. Most ships, both het and slash, and the fans of these ships are referred to by obscure nicknames in Roswell fandom. Some are very common, e.g. Dreamers for Max/Liz fans, others quite obscure, e.g. "Suncatchers" for Isabel/Alex/Kyle threesome fans. Often these nicknames were derived from each other, e.g. the canonical ship Michael/Maria is called "Candy" (because of its "M&M" initials), the slash ship Max/Michael then "Peanut M&M", the threesome Max/Michael/Maria "Peanut Butter M&M", the Michael/Maria/Kyle "BBQ M&M"... They also reflect the view of the pairing in fandom (like "Dreamers"), and thus sometimes names vary depending whether fans like or dislike the ship, e.g. Max/Tess and Michael/Isabel may be called POD or "Protector of Destiny" by someone if they want the Pod Squad together, but "Shipwreckers" and "Intruders" respectively if they oppose these ships. Some ships have multiple names, e.g. Kyle/Tess fans can be Lamp Trimmers, Rebounders, or Space Cowgirls.[1][2]

See List of Roswell Pairing Names for more.


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • A Father's Duty by Watcher Tara, What happened to the people left behind once the kids left Roswell during graduation? Did the FBI leave them alone, or did they have a more chilling agenda? This is Jeff Parker's search for the truth as his world falls apart unexpectedly following Liz's disappearance. (Jeff/Nancy, Post-Graduation, PG)




Fannish Links

See individual Character or Relationship pages for more.


See more at Category:Roswell Websites.

Forums & Message Boards



See more at Category:Roswell Archives.

LJ Communities

Pairing Comms:


Most of Roswell mailing lists were originally egroups which later became Yahoo! Groups after Yahoo bought them:



  1. 'shipper Names (Accessed 17 January 2009)
  2. See also list of ship names at Crack Van fandom overview. (Accessed 8 May 2011)