Flashback Friday- Late 90’s/Early 00’s Fantasy Television-Roswell (1999-2002) & Charmed (1998-2006)

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, television was flush with programs that revolved around the fantasy/science fiction genre.

In this post, I’m going two television programs that fell within the genre.

The first program is Roswell (1999-2002). To make a long story short, Roswell is a hybrid of Romeo and Juliet and the story that aliens crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Max Evans (Jason Behr), his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and their friend Michael Guerin (Brendan Fehr) are not the average teenagers. They are human/alien hybrids, survivors of a war that destroyed their civilization.

Their true identities are secret until Max heals Liz Parker (Shiri Appelby). Liz works after school as a waitress and is shot in the stomach after two patrons get into a fight. Together with Liz and her best friend Maria (Majandra  Delfino), Max, Isabel and Michael must keep their secret safe from those who would destroy them.

I liked this program. It combined the angst of being a teenager with the heightened reality of the fantasy/science fiction genre.

The second program is Charmed (1998-2006). Sisters Prue Halliwell (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) have just lost their grandmother. Their father is out of the picture and their mother died years ago. Just after their grandmother’s passing, they find out that they are witches. Now they must use their powers to keep the dark powers that would destroy them at bay.

In the same vein as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed revolved around three strong women who discover that they were gifted with extraordinary abilities.

I recommend both.

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