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Star-Crossed could easily be described as the CW’s intergalactic version of Romeo and Juliet, but that’s not what it’s all about. When an alien race from planet Atria makes a crash landing on Earth, the government separates them from society — that is, until the year 2024, when a group of teenage Atrians are integrated into a human high school as part of a social experiment. Naturally, one of the Atrians (Roman) falls in love with a human girl (Emery), and things get complicated.

Sure, Aimee Teegarden (Emery) and Matt Lanter (Roman) are nice to look at — in fact, Matt’s face is downright distracting — and they have amazing chemistry that will most likely make you swoon, but the stakes in this teen romance are higher than getting grounded. It’s equal parts romantic and intelligent, and the best part? It’s premiering tonight, February 17 at 8 p.m. on the CW! Here are five reasons you can’t miss this hot new drama.

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1. Roman’s charisma. We’re not quite sure how a teenage Atrian perfected the art of sarcasm, but we’re glad he did! It’s easy to write off Roman as just another pretty (tattooed) face, but this guy really knows how to lay on the charm, which comes in handy when he needs to win over Emery.

2. Political intrigue. OK, so Star-Crossed is no House of Cards, but there are some intriguing politics at play here. Firstly, the Atrian society is locked up in a heavily guarded compound called the Sector, a place where they’re denied many basic civil rights. And of course, when the U.S. government allows a test group of teenage Atrians to enroll in high school, prejudices on both sides keep the integration from moving ahead smoothly. So at its heart, the show is about two teens whom society tells it's wrong to be together — a theme that we sadly struggle with today.

3. The mythology. Clearly, there’s a lot we don’t know about the Atrians, and that becomes painfully clear in the pilot episode when Emery sets off on a mission to the Sector. Emery and her sickly friend Julia search for an Atrian plant that supposedly has healing powers. Hopefully,  the show continues to dive into the Atrian mythology. Is there something the Atrians know that we don’t? More importantly, if they have the power to heal, what else can we learn from them? And, why did they actually pack up and crash-land on Earth all those years ago — was Atria truly unlivable?

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4. The love triangle. We know we said Star-Crossed wasn’t about the romance, but let’s take a minute to appreciate TV’s hottest new love triangle — Emery (Aimee Teegarden), Roman (Matt Lanter), and human outsider Grayson (Grey Damon). You may want to start printing your Team Romery and Team Emerson t-shirts show.  

5. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose. Star-Crossed marks Aimee Teegarden’s return to primetime TV, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Friday Night Light’s Julie Taylor back on our screens. Having seen the pilot, Aimee isn’t giving much to work with in the drama’s premiere (that hour strictly belongs to charismatic lead Matt Lanter), but by the second episode, Emery is a character starting to find her footing.

Catch the series premiere of Star-Crossed on Monday, February 17 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!