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Original Title :
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Genre :
TV Series / Action / Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Cast :
Sarah Michelle Gellar,Nicholas Brendon,Alyson Hannigan
Budget :
$2,300,000
Type :
TV Series
Time :
44min
Rating :
8.2/10

A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Vampiiritapja Buffy online

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American supernatural drama television series based on the 1992 film of the same name. It was created by Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions, with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon.

Eesti: "Vampiiritapja Buffy" (originaalpealkiri "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") on aastatel 1997–2003 toodetud USA draamasari, mille looja on Joss Whedon. Euskara: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Estatu Batuetako telebista programa izan zen, bertan vampiro-hiltzaile baten bizitza kontatzen da. Dena Sunnydale herrian gertatzen da, Kalifornian. Simple English: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series. It is about a girl who fought vampires and other monsters. It was written by Joss Whedon. He based it on the script that he wrote for a movie with the same title. Svenska: Buffy och vampyrerna (originaltitel Buffy the Vampire Slayer) är en amerikansk tv-serie som producerades från 1997 till 2003. ทย: มือใหม่ปราบผี (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) เป็นละครชุดทางโทรทัศน์ ออกอากาศทางช่อง วอร์เนอร์ บราเดอร์.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness  . Buffy Summers is The Chosen One, the one girl in all the world with the strength and skill to fight the vampires. With the help of her close friends, Willow, Xander, and her Watcher Giles she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships.

We want Buffy the Vampire Slayer properly remastered for Blu-ray  .

On the original series, one episode a biological agent was released that turned people who had contact, in to what looked like a pile of sloppy joes, manwich, hamber/helper, would like to see that one again, anyone know if that was copied in this new series, it's one I have not started yet, if I do, 9 seasons will take awhile. With the help of her close friends, Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), and her Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships.

Buffy Summers, a high school sophomore, transfers to Sunnydale High. There she meets her new "Watcher" and learns she cannot escape her true destiny. Buffy Summers, a high school sophomore, transfers to Sunnydale High. A series of grave robbings leads to a science club member who is trying to create a girlfriend for his brother, whom he has just brought back from the dead. EPISODE 15. Season 2, Episode 3, School Hard. Buffy's mother gets trapped inside Sunnydale High School when a vampire named Spike arrives in town and launches an attack against the Slayer.

"In every generation there is a chosen one... she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer." Buffy Summers knows this tale by heart, and no matter how hard she tries to be just a "normal girl", she can not escape from her destiny... Thankfully, she is not alone in her quest to save the world, as she has the help of her friends, the hilarious (and surprisingly quite effective) evil-fighting team called "The Scooby Gang". Together, Buffy & co. will slay their demons, survive one apocalypse after another, attend high school and college... and above all, understand that growing up can truly be Hell sometimes... literally.
Complete series cast summary:
Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers / - 145 episodes, 1997-2003
Nicholas Brendon Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris 145 episodes, 1997-2003
Alyson Hannigan Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg 144 episodes, 1997-2003
Anthony Head Anthony Head - Rupert Giles 123 episodes, 1997-2003
James Marsters James Marsters - Spike 97 episodes, 1997-2003
Emma Caulfield Ford Emma Caulfield Ford - Anya 85 episodes, 1998-2003
Michelle Trachtenberg Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers 66 episodes, 2000-2003
David Boreanaz David Boreanaz - Angel / - 59 episodes, 1997-2003

Spike's trademark coat cost two thousand dollars from a top fashion store. It was then run over repeatedly by a truck to give it that distressed look.

This show was one of the first to feature the words "Google it" in an episode. At which point Willow does so.

Entertainment Weekly magazine named Buffy the number three character of all time, coming behind Homer Simpson and Harry Potter. (issue #1105/1106, June 4/11, 2010).

Charisma Carpenter is about the same age, only a few weeks younger than Robia Scott, who portrays Cordelia's teacher Jenny Calendar.

Series Creator Joss Whedon has said that the idea for Buffy came from all the horror movies he had seen featuring a helpless young blonde who would almost always be the first to die. He felt she needed a better image.

It cost five thousand dollars to "dust" a vamp using computer graphics.

Joss Whedon supplies the voice of the Mutant Enemy mascot which says "Grrr...Arrgh" heard at the end of almost every episode.

In April 2002, TV Guide named "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as one of "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time".

Although she was not credited by name, one of the Executive Producers of Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997) was Dolly Parton, who had a production partnership (called Sandollar Entertainment) with Sandy Gallin, who had managed Parton's career.

According to Alyson Hannigan, Joss Whedon asked who of the three who wanted to be red since Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, and Sarah Michelle Gellar were all dark-haired by the time the series started. She then went for it.

Kali Rocha, who showed up in the sixth season as vengeance demon Halfreck, first appeared in a flashback episode in the fifth season as Cecily, the woman who spurned William (James Marsters), causing him to become the vampire known as Spike. Having already cast Rocha as Halfreck, the writers knew the loyal fans would immediately recognize her, so as an inside joke between them, when Halfreck first saw Spike, she said, "William?" It is debated whether they are the same character.

Anthony Head tutored James Marsters in his London accent for Spike. In reality, Head's accent is more like Spike's than the clipped English tones that he sports in the show.

Series creator Joss Whedon wanted to do a musical episode as early as the first season, but the network wouldn't allow him to. When the show switched networks after the fifth season, he was finally able to get his wish, resulting in the episode Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Once More, with Feeling (2001).

The title theme was chosen after Alyson Hannigan made Joss Whedon listen to it.

"Mutant Enemy", Joss Whedon's production company, was the name he gave to his first typewriter when he was fifteen. The logo was created in twenty minutes when he was told he had to have one.

Ranked #10 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "100 Greatest Shows of All Time."

Although Joss Whedon had intended to end the series after season seven, UPN were willing to renew the series for an eighth year. But Sarah Michelle Gellar said she would not return for a new season as did Whedon.

Because of the feud with UPN and the WB over Buffy jumping networks, crossovers between Buffy (which was on UPN), and Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999) (which remained on the WB) were prohibited during season six (season three of Angel).

Originally another actress had been cast as Anya, but backed out after finding out it was only for two guest spots. The role wound up going to Emma Caulfield Ford, and, starting toward the end of the third season, Anya became a regular character throughout the rest of the show's run.

Joss Whedon based the character of Cordelia Chase on a girl, with whom his wife attended high school, and Xander Harris on himself. According to Nicholas Brendon, this is why Xander "gets all the good lines".

Nicholas Brendon was told by producers to stop working out, because they didn't want Xander "looking too buffed."

Sarah Michelle Gellar recommended Michelle Trachtenberg for the role of Dawn, as she knew her from their work on All My Children (1970).

Before he was turned into a vampire, Spike's name was William. Angel's real name was Liam.

During the first through fourth seasons, the main stuntwoman for Sarah Michelle Gellar was Sophia Crawford, and the show's Stunt Coordinator was Crawford's husband, Jeff Pruitt. Pruitt and Crawford left at the end of season four, and Pruitt posted on a Buffy fans' Internet message board a lengthy diatribe titled "The Parable of the Knight," in which he aired his disagreements with the show's producers and star in the form of an allegorical fairy tale (Pruitt himself was "the knight" in his story). Showrunner Joss Whedon then responded on the same message boards, saying (in part): "this isn't a fairy tale. Or a thinly veiled 'parable.' It's a hard, gruelingly hard job, ten months a year, thirteen hours a day, with fifty or more people straining, working, getting in each other's face, stepping on each other's toes, driving each other crazy... There are conflicts, raging egos--and even occasional backstabbing, I'm sorry to say. There are very few 'plots,' and as far as I can tell, no jousting of any kind. People just wear on each other and eventually sometimes you have to make a change. No one's to blame--or everyone is. But either people get into a groove of working as part of the whole or they don't. And seeing yourself as a noble knight being plotted against by evil courtiers really doesn't help."

The library is stocked with all real books.

There are forty-three churches in the town of Sunnydale (something to do with it being located on the Hellmouth).

Sarah Michelle Gellar initially auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase, and Charisma Carpenter, who plays Cordelia, auditioned for the role of Buffy. Others who auditioned for Buffy, and got other roles include Julie Benz (Darla), Elizabeth Anne Allen (Amy Madison), Julia Lee (Anne), and Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall). Bianca Lawson, who played Kendra the Vampire Slayer in season two, originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia.

Ryan Reynolds was originally offered the role of Xander. He passed on it because of his own awful high school experiences. "I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon," Reynolds told 'The Toronto Star' in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school." (Quoted in: Dibdin, Emma. "27 things you never knew about Buffy the Vampire Slayer," published in 'Digital Spy' Online, August 18 2014.)

Nathan Fillion (Caleb) originally auditioned for the role of Angel when the show was first being cast in late 1996.

The entire first season was filmed before the first episode went to air, giving them the opportunity to go back and re-shoot various scenes. The scene in the library where Buffy states "it's my first day..." was actually filmed on the last day of shooting, after they decided her original performance was too forceful and aggressive. Another scene added to the pilot (to fill in time, as it was shorter than expected) was the infamous "you have something in your eye" scene, where The Master blinds a vampire who had failed him.

Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) was originally intended to have the power to speak to the dead. She was also supposed to be able to move objects with her mind. These powers were later dropped.

David Fury said in some DVD commentaries that Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn't like to act laughing because she found herself too fake. To tease her, Fury wrote scenes where Buffy laughed whenever he could.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was the only one to appear in all one hundred forty-five episodes (including the unaired pilot). Alyson Hannigan appeared in all one hundred forty-four of the regular episodes. Nicholas Brendon was only absent in season seven, episode seven.

James Marsters originally auditioned for Spike with a Texan accent. This was quickly jettisoned in favor of a London accent instead.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was the only cast member who knew about Dawn.

Alyson Hannigan is very good friends with singer Pink whose daughter is named Willow. After her birth, Hannigan praised her name choice on Twitter.

Seth Green and Chi Muoi Lo are the only actors to appear in both Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992) and this show. However, Green's movie role was cut down to that of an extra.

Seth Green played Oz, the boyfriend of Alyson Hannigan. He also played her boyfriend in Meine Stiefmutter ist ein Alien (1988).

There are just seven episodes in which no vampire appears. They are Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Witch (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Pack (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Puppet Show (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Inca Mummy Girl (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Living Conditions (1999), and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Fear Itself (1999). In the other ones, even when there are no vampire foes, there's always Angel, or Spike. Or both.

Interviewer Will Harris asked why actors from the cancelled series Firefly: Der Aufbruch der Serenity (2002) became characters in the last few seasons of Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997) and Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999), referring to Nathan Fillion as Caleb in "Buffy" and to Gina Torres as Jasmine and Adam Baldwin as Marcus Hamilton in "Angel" (as well as Alan Tudyk in Dollhouse (2009)), and whether Whedon had promised them "work if their show tanked." Whedon replied, "No, you know, I was against it at first. I thought, it'll seem incestuous and weird. But then, they're, like, Joss, nobody saw Firefly (2002). No one will know. You know these actors are great, you know you love working with them, you know you need somebody bigger than life for the role, and, so, get over it. And I did. Rather dramatically." in "Joss for a minute: A brief chat with Joss Whedon," (11/29/2005).

Filmed in Torrance High School, the same school used in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Eine wie keine (1999), and Verflucht (2005).

According to Joss Whedon, Clare Kramer and Charlie Weber didn't know from the beginning the truth about the Glory and Ben link. They learned it when it was necessary for them to know.

While Sarah Michelle Gellar is a big supporter of the Buffy and Angel relationship, Joss Whedon has revealed that he is a Buffy and Spike shipper.

Oz's (Seth Green's) full name is Daniel Osborne, as briefly mentioned by Willow (Alyson Hannigan), when she was speaking to Professor Walsh (Lindsay Crouse) mid-season four.

The even numbered seasons (two, four, and six) each feature a Halloween episode Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Halloween (1997), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Fear Itself (1999), and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: All the Way (2001), while the odd numbered seasons did not.

Creator Joss Whedon is the only crew member who directed or wrote episodes in every season.

Ranked #3 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).

Amber Benson went to portray a vampire in the similarly themed Supernatural - Zur Hölle mit dem Bösen (2005), where Felicia Day played a hunter, strongly similar to her role of Slayer on "Buffy".

The only episodes which titles are shown on-screen are Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Once More, with Feeling (2001) and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Conversations with Dead People (2002).

Sarah Michelle Gellar's favorite episodes were Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Prom (1999), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Hush (1999), and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Body (2001).

Sarah Michelle Gellar disliked season six, because of the dark tone of the storylines. She also wasn't a fan of the extensive preparation that had to be done for Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Once More, with Feeling (2001).

Alyson Hannigan's favorite episodes were Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Hush (1999), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Body (2001), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Ted (1997), and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Doppelgangland (1999).

Joss stated he based The Gentlemen on a nightmare he had.

Originally, Joss Whedon didn't want either of Buffy's parents to appear as characters on the show. Accepting that that could get complicated, he settled on just having her mother, Joyce, appear in a nearly regular role, while Buffy's father Hank appeared in very few episodes.

Oz (Seth Green) was originally supposed to wear thick rimmed glasses, much like the lead singer of Weezer. This was dropped at the last minute, as Joss Whedon felt that it looked tacky.

Ranked #2 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).

Sunnydale's ZIP code would place the town in Morgan Hill, California.

Nicholas Brendon's favorite episodes were Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Hush (1999), Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Body (2001), and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Once More, with Feeling (2001).

The series is not based on the feature film Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992), but Joss Whedon's original screenplay, which had been heavily re-written to be more comedic. The Buffy comic book series adapted the screenplay, bringing the events of the movie in-line with the television show's continuity.

Anthony Head's favorite episode was Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Passion (1998).

Several actors and actresses from this series and Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999) also appear in the similarly themed Supernatural - Zur Hölle mit dem Bösen (2005), including Amber Benson, Felicia Day, Mercedes McNab, Julie Benz, Jeff Kober, Amy Acker, and many others. Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters guest starred in an episode together as a couple. Creator Eric Kripke is reportedly a fan of this show.

U.S. ratings for the series over the seven year run: Season One - 3.7 million viewers; Season Two - 5.2 million viewers; Season Three - 5.3 million viewers; Season Four - 5.1 million viewers; Season Five - 4.5 million viewers; Season Six - 4.6 million; viewers Season Seven - 4.1 million.

In the unaired pilot, the role of Willow was played by Riff Regan, but when the episode was re-shot, Alyson Hannigan was chosen for the role instead.

Sixteen-year-old Mercedes McNab (Harmony) was the only young cast member, among the main or recurring, to be an actual teenager by the time filming started in 1996.

Joss Whedon gave Riley (Marc Blucas) the last name of "Finn", after hearing Executive Producer Marti Noxon talking about taking her dog, Finn, to the vet.

James Marsters has performed with his band, "Ghost of the Robot", opening concerts for "Nerf Herder", the composers of the series' title theme.

Priyanka Chopra, Matthew Lewis, Will Smith, and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly huge fans of this series. Singer Ed Sheeran has also mentioned his "obsession" for it in interviews, and some of his concerts and sampled the song "Remembering Jenny" from the Christophe Beck score in his song "Afire Love".

Many of Andrew Wells' (Tom Lenk's) lines include references to the online fan community (the male slayer discussion, his inability to understand Dawn and Buffy's link).

The prologue ("In every generation there is a chosen one....") is not used consistently. Two of the first twelve episodes don't use it. During the second season, use of the prologue becomes even more spotty. Rupert (Anthony Head) intones it only during the second season.

A total of 18 actors played the same character in both Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997) and Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999): Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), David Boreanaz (Angel), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), James Marsters (Spike), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce), Seth Green (Oz), Eliza Dushku (Faith Lehane), Julie Benz (Darla), Juliet Landau (Drusilla), Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), Mark Metcalf (The Master), Julia Lee (Anne Steele), Zitto Kazann (Kalderash Elder), Alastair Duncan (Collins), Jeff Ricketts (Weatherby), Kevin Owers (Smith) and Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells). All of the relevant characters appeared in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997) before appearing in Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999). As such, no character created for Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999) ever appeared in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997).

Seth Green disliked being underutilized in season three, as he hated having to show up for work, when he'd only have one or two lines the whole time. This is why Oz is absent midway through season four.

Buffy's unusual name is a shortened pet name for Elizabeth; a buffy coat is also a component of blood, something very appropriate for a vampire series.

In the Sunnydale cemetery, there is a frequently seen mausoleum with the family name Alpert. Alpert is the last name of one of the show's producers, Marc David Alpert.

The character Jenny Calendar (Robia Scott) was originally to have been called Nicki. This was changed to Jenny to avoid confusion on the set, Nicholas Brendon being generally called Nicky by his co-stars. However, in season seven, the character Nikki Wood (K.D. Aubert) was added, and appears in several episodes.

In Bravo's 2004 "100 Greatest TV Characters" list, Buffy came in at number 13.

In Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992), Buffy says that her only life goals are to "graduate, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die." Although Joss Whedon has repeatedly stressed that the movie should not be considered "canon" for the television show, by the end of it, Buffy actually accomplishes three of these goals, graduate, go to Europe, and die, although, not in that order.

Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Body (2001) ranked #20 out of 100 in Entertainment Weekly's "The 100 Greatest: Best of the Decade" (issue #1079/1080, December 11, 2009).

Tom Lenk, who plays Andrew Wells, originally appeared in the fifth season's Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Real Me (2000) as Harmony's minion, Cyrus.

The Master was originally supposed to have a beard and long hair, before Mark Metcalf suggested the bald look as an homage to Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922).

Laura Vandervoort is a huge fan of this series, and Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992) in her youth. She wrote a letter to Joss Whedon as a kid, which Whedon remembered, when she auditioned for a role for him years later.

Throughout the series, there are numerous references to reference books, or spells, being written in Sumerian. Sumerian writing is the oldest example of writing on Earth. Although hieroglyphs were first used, symbols were later made to represent syllables. In fact, a large body of hundreds of thousands of texts in the Sumerian language have survived, such as personal or business letters, receipts, lexical lists, laws, hymns, prayers, stories, daily records, and even libraries full of clay tablets. Monumental inscriptions and texts on different objects like statues or bricks are also very common. Many texts survive in multiple copies, because they were repeatedly transcribed by scribes-in-training.

The first vampire make-up test was done on Julie Benz, and caused her to have an allergic reaction towards the prosthetic. She also reportedly felt uncomfortable removing the six layers of make-up, and the vampire lenses frequently.

The names of buildings and places at the fictional U.C. Sunnydale, are actual locations and buildings at the real-life U.C. Santa Cruz.

Drusilla's (Juliet Landau's) appearance was inspired by Kate Moss and mid-1990s heroin chic aesthetic.

The cast hated the library scenes, since they were full of exposition, and they all celebrated on graduation day, when it blew up.

Buffy's mother was played by Kristine Sutherland, who took her stage name as an indirect homage to Donald Sutherland. Donald Sutherland played Merrick the Watcher, in Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992).

Producer and Writer Marti Noxon, who was hired during the second season, reportedly thought the series would be a failed television show after a "failed movie", but was hooked after watching Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Angel (1997) (particularly the scene in which Buffy offers her neck to Angel).

Danny Strong (Jonathan) originally auditioned for the role of Xander.

In a May 6, 2003 interview by Fred Topel, Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof jokingly talked about the show's death of cast members as the series progressed toward its end. Hannigan said, "Nobody dies on our shows." Denisov said, "Death is insignificant." Hannigan added, "Death is just really a plot twist." This has long since become a joke among fans, but here it is articulated by two cast members, who knew what would happen in the months between the last season of Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997), and the fourth season of Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999).

According to Visual Effects Supervisor Loni Peristere, an average episode has eighteen to fifty visual effects shots, about ten percent of the total number of shots. The two most common are vampires morphing into game-face, and vampires being dusted. For those, the effects team uses Maya V.4.5 with Stroika, a collection of plug-ins and software, which lets the artists take image maps, or photographs, and emit particles of the same color and lighting.

Ranked #10 out of 100 in Entertainment Weekly's "The New Classics: Television" (issue #1000, July 4, 2008).

The headstones in Sunnydale Cemetery are actually made out of Styrofoam.

Most of the cast came to hate the library scenes, because they would take forever to film.

The cast, including Series Creator Joss whedon, reunited for the front cover of April 2017 Entertainment Weekly, for the Twentieth Anniversary of the show.

Other actresses considered for the lead role as Buffy also included Katie Holmes and Selma Blair.

Before she was cast as Violet, Felicia Day auditioned for the role of Fred, which went to Amy Acker in Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999). The character was originally supposed to be Asian.

There were a group of six regular extras, that appeared in several seasons of the show. One of those extras, was Director Jerome Elston Scott.

During the fourth season intros, one of the flashing scenes at the end, shows a Bringer, which doesn't appear until season seven as a regular character. However, the first appearance of the Bringers, and the First Evil, is in season three's episode "Amends", hence the appearance of the Bringers in the credits pre-season seven.

The only actor under the age of 30 who was the appropriate age for his/her character was Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers). The rest were either a few years older or 100+ years younger than their characters.

Every main character listed in the main credits has wrecked an automobile, except Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg), and Anya (Emma Caulfield). Both of whom did not possess a Driver's License, and yet operated a vehicle.

"Buffy" was originally the name of Yoda in the Star Wars saga. Sarah Michelle Gellar would join the franchise as the voice of the Seventh Sister in Star Wars: Rebels (2014).

James Marsters first television series to have a comic book continuation, followed by Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999), and Smallville (2001).

The literal translation of Hellmouth, in Dutch, would be Helmond. However, this is the name of an actual town in the Netherlands, so the writers of the subtitles on the Buffy DVDs decided to translate it to Hellemond, which roughly translates to Hell's Mouth.

Comic book writer Gail Simone (known for her titles "Birds of Prey", "Wonder Woman", and "Red Sonja") was invited to write a season for the series, but was under exclusive contract with DC Comics, and declined. Gail wrote Wonder Woman (2009), while Joss Whedon wrote a script for a live-action film for the character, which fell into development hell (See Wonder Woman (2017)).

The three most occurring female characters (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and Emma Caulfield Ford) are all relatively short, standing 163, 164 and 161centimeters (5'4",5'4.5" and 5'3.5") respectively.

Joss Whedon's favorite episode was Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Surprise (1998).

A HD remastered version, which originally aired on the American television network Pivot, was heavily criticized by fans for its sloppy remastering. The most noticeable change is that the series was converted to 16:9 instead of keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio. Because of that, many elements that weren't supposed to be in a shot became briefly visible, such as camera crews, technical equipment and even actors that were supposed to be out of frame. Also, many scenes were cropped to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio, which hides many details that were given in the 4:3 format, and some scenes were arranged in the wrong order. Series creator Joss Whedon disapproves of this version, stating "Buffy was shot 4x3 [because] TVs were shaped that way. Widescreen Buffy is nonsense." Apart from that, many effects (such as visual effects and color filters) were either altered to fit the HD standard, or not added at all. These shortcomings caused fans to start a petition to give the series a proper remastered HD release, especially in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.

When asked about her favourite moment on working on Buffy, Charisma Carpenter responded with working with great friend Nicholas Brendon, who she calls Nicky, fans even speculated that they were even dating considering their close relationship on and off screen. When asked about her making out with Xander in seasons 2 and 3 she said it was really awkward considering they were close to best friends and responded with the while she loves Nicky, it's just not in "that" way.

James Marsters had originally declined the role of Spike and only after seeing the last episode of the first season (due to his agent telling him how it was different then the movie version) did he want to audition.

The Summers' Sunnydale address is 1630 Revello Drive.

In several scenes involving the club "The Bronze", copies of books from The Destroyer series by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir can be seen on book racks in the background.

Joss Whedon worked on the short-lived Firefly: Der Aufbruch der Serenity (2002) between this show's sixth and seventh seasons.

Kristoffer Polaha auditioned for the role of Riley. For his thrill, he would later star alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer (2011), and Emma Caulfield Ford in Life Unexpected (2010).

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicholas Brendon's birthdays are just two days apart, Sarah's on April 14, and Nicholas' on April 12.

There are posters for the band Widespread Panic on walls and noticeboards throughout the series.

The police crest, belonging to the local police department, is the same one designed for, and used in, the Police Academy movies and television shows.

Its official comic book continuation "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" spawned comic continuations to other The WB shows from its period, the others being Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999), Charmed - Zauberhafte Hexen (1998) and Smallville (2001).

Though they were credited as executive producers during the entire run of the series, the only involvement in the show on the parts of Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui came from funding and producing Buffy, der Vampirkiller (1992).

Buffy's full name is "Buffy Anne Summers". This was explained in season three, episode one, "Anne", where Buffy said Anne is her middle name.

Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy in the 1992 film, was not offered to return for the television series.

Although Emma Caulfield Ford didn't appear on the show until the third season, she was the first person out of the show to be on the set. As it was used as the Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) set, in which she appeared during 1995-96. This show did not start until 1997.

Katie Holmes was offered the role of Buffy Summers along with Ryan Reynolds offered for Xander Harris, but they both turn down the offers stated that the roles didn't feel right for them.

The title theme is strongly similar to a section of a German pop song, "Codo" by Deutsch-Österreichisches Feingefühl (DÖF). Nerf Herder, the composers of the theme, have stated that the similarity is coincidental.

Natasha Lyonne reportedly turned down an unspecified role.

The first volume of the original VHS release included free tattoos.

During an interview on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Joss Whedon told interviewer David Bianculli that during the first few years Buffy was on the air, he used to frequent internet message boards about the show. On one such board, there was a discussion of what the posters perceived as sexual tension between the characters Buffy and Faith. Whedon posted that he disagreed, that he thought some viewers saw "lesbian subtext behind every corner" and that they just wanted "to see girls kiss." One poster asked Whedon to look at her website, where she had analyzed multiple Faith episodes and systematically laid out the subtext between the two slayers; after that, Whedon returned to the original posting board and apologized, saying that the original posters were absolutely correct about the lesbian subtext between Faith and Buffy.

Joss Whedon is known to plan his season storylines years in advance. Clues to Dawn's arrival can be found as early as the third season, but she doesn't actually show up until the fifth.

Joss Whedon toyed with the idea of making Xander (Nicholas Brendon) gay instead of Willow (Alyson Hannigan).

Angel (David Boreanaz) was supposed to stay dead after the season finale of the second season, but the WB network came to Joss Whedon with the desire for a spin-off series, so Angel was brought back during the third season to set up his spin-off series Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999).

Shooting season three, Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers) told Joss Whedon she was planning to leave the series. Whedon agreed partially, making her appear only in five episodes on season four, but also said he'd need her on season five, because her character was going to be killed.

Buffy, Xander, and Willow each have at least one episode where their character is doubled. There are two Willows (regular Willow and Vamp Willow) in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Doppelgangland (1999). Buffy appears alongside the Buffy-Bot in several episodes, and Xander is split into two Xanders in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Replacement (2000). In the case of Buffy and Willow, this was accomplished with doubles and optical effects. For Xander's doubling, Nicholas Brendon's identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, played the Xander double.

The characters of Spike, Oz, Faith, Wesley, and Drusilla were all supposed to be killed off, but have ended up living long past their initial storylines. Also, the characters of Jenny and Joyce were supposed to be killed off sooner than they were.

After the series ended, Eliza Dushku was offered her own spin-off series as the character Faith. But then she turned it down to do Tru Calling: Schicksal reloaded! (2003). She would work with Joss Whedon again on Dollhouse (2009).

Angel and Willow are the only "good" characters to become the main villains in the show, respectively in the second and sixth seasons.

Although the television show ended with the season seven finale, the storyline was continued in a forty-issue series of comic books that tell the story of the continued "season eight" The series is published by Dark Horse Comics, and produced by Joss Whedon. Many individual issues have been written by Whedon, or other writers who had worked on the show, including Jane Espenson, Drew Goddard, Drew Z. Greenberg, Steven S. DeKnight, and Doug Petrie. The first issue was released in March 2007 and (as of mid-2009) issues continue to be released. The season eight storyline has Buffy and her friends in charge of a quasi-military worldwide network of Slayers (the "potential" Slayers who were turned into actual Slayers toward the end of the show), with bases in Scotland (run by Xander), England (Giles), Italy (Andrew Wells), and Cleveland, Ohio (Robin Wood). The storyline for all surviving characters continues, with Willow, Xander, and Buffy all dating Slayers for varying lengths of time.

Originally, the third member of the sixth season's nerdly Trio was to be Tucker, villain of Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Prom (1999). Plans fell through with that, so the writers replaced him with Andrew, Tucker's younger brother.

Apart from the last season, there is always a "Buffy's birthday" episode, always with bad events: Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Nightmares (1997) in the first one, Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Surprise (1998) in the second one, Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Helpless (1999) in the third, Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: A New Man (2000) in the fourth, Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Blood Ties (2001) in the fifth and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Older and Far Away (2002) in the sixth one. In this last episode, Spike suggests Buffy to not celebrate her birthday anymore, and in next season, there's not a Buffy's birthday episode.

According to Nicholas Brendon, he and Sarah Michelle Gellar proposed a storyline for season seven, where Xander and Buffy get together romantically. Their idea was shot down, and they continued with the Buffy and Spike relationship.

Epilogue to some of the characters is given in Angel: Jäger der Finsternis: The Girl in Question (2004). In that show, it is said that Buffy and Dawn are living in Rome, and Dawn is going to school there in order to learn Italian. This is an in-joke based on Kristine Sutherland, who played Joyce Summers on Buffy. She was largely absent from season four, because she was house-sitting in Italy, partly in order to allow her daughter to go to school there, and learn Italian. Now her character's daughters do the same.

For season seven, between Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Bring on the Night (2002), when it appears that Giles was killed by a Bringer, and Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Killer in Me (2003) when the gang suspects Giles of being The First, and finding out that he isn't, Giles does not touch anyone, leading the viewer to also suspect that he might be The First.

The Oz and Veruca (Paige Moss) storyline in season four was supposed to last longer, but had to be cut short, when Seth Green left the series.

The character played by Julia Lee, who first appeared in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Lie to Me (1997) as the self-named "Chanterelle," reappeared under several different names over the runs of Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen (1997) and Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999). At the start of her next appearance on this show (Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Anne (1998)), she had changed her name to Lily. During that episode, she relates to Buffy one instance about her past, where she had joined a cult that renamed her "Sister Sunshine", and at the end of the episode, Buffy gives her both a job, and her newest sobriquet, "Anne" (Buffy's real middle name). By the time the character first appears on Angel (1999), she has kept "Anne" as her first name, and added the last name "Steele" to it. Although it is never mentioned on-screen, the original teleplay for "Lie to Me", indicated that her original name was Joan (which is also the name that Buffy chooses for herself when she can't remember any autobiographical details in "Tabula Rasa").

Of the core four - Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles - Xander is the only one not to have taken a human life. Buffy killed Gwendolyn Post via severing her arm, which in turn caused a bolt of lightning to destroy her, Willow skinned, and then incinerated Warren Mars in revenge for his killing Willow's girlfriend Tara McClay, and Giles killed Ben, who was the human prison for the Goddess Glory, by suffocating him.

Almost all of the main characters have been demons at one point in the show: Buffy was a vampire in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Nightmares (1997), Xander was a vampire in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: The Wish (1998), along with Willow, whose vampire self also appeared in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Doppelgangland (1999). Angel and Spike have always been vampires. Cordelia becomes a demon in Angel (1999). Oz is a werewolf. Anya was a demon when she first appeared on the show, and Giles turned into a demon in season four. Riley, Tara, and Dawn are the only main characters who were never demons, although Dawn used to be some sort of mystical Key-thingy, up until season five, and Tara's family had her convinced she was one until Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Family (2000).

Many actors and actresses were able to reappear on the show, despite the fact that their characters were killed off. Among those who reprised their roles, once their characters were killed or murdered, were Mark Metcalf as The Master, Robia Scott who appeared several times after the character of Jenny was killed, Azura Skye, Danny Strong, Lindsay Crouse, and Kristine Sutherland. Darla (Julie Benz) was killed during the first season, yet not only did the character appear in flashbacks, but she was also later resurrected from death, on Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999).

The first appearance of the First Evil (big bad at the end of season seven) is actually in Buffy: Im Bann der Dämonen: Amends (1998).

Throughout the series, every character that owns the "Magic Box" shop, ended up brutally murdered, usually by a vampire. An unnamed clerk in the second season, a female unnamed clerk in the third one, Mr. Bogarty in season five, Anya Jenkins in the final season (slashed by one of the Bringers, minions of the First Evil), and at last, Giles (killed by a possessed Angel) in the season eight comic book.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who strongly believes Buffy and Angel are meant to be together, would sometimes get emotional on-set in their characters "farewell" screen moments, before David Boreanaz would star on Angel: Jäger der Finsternis (1999). She also reportedly believes Joss Whedon's original intention was to have Buffy in love with Xander instead.

All of the main trio (Buffy, Xander, and Willow) had relationships with other Vampire Slayers throughout the series. Willow started dating Kennedy (Iyari Limon) in the seventh season, Xander lost his virginity to Faith (Eliza Dushku) in season three, and dated a Slayer named Renee in the season eight comics, where Buffy had a sexual encounter with Satsu, a Japanese Slayer.

It is a widespread misconception among viewers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or Angel that the character of Angel can't have sex without losing his soul. In fact, this was never stated on either show. Although he did lose his soul after having sex with Buffy for the first time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence ), the curse that caused that stated only that he would lose his soul when he experienced "a moment of perfect happiness," something that not every sexual encounter affords him. For example, he kept his soul after having sex with Darla in season two of "Angel", because the encounter did not make him feel happy. On the spin-off, Angel went on to have sexual relationships with other women (Nina and Eve) without losing his soul after either encounter.

The expiration date on Joyce's credit card, which is May 2001 in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Who Are You (2000), foreshadowed Buffy's death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift (2001), which was broadcast on May 22, 2001.

Wesley and Cordelia both work for Angel in his show.


User reviews

lolike

lolike

Very often, when you find a particularly negative review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you find someone whose glancing opinion bounces off the surface "appearance" of the show and does not delve into the actual substance therein. Frequently, they are people who haven't really seen enough episodes to form a well thought-out opinion on the series, the content, and the characters as a whole--especially, people who have only seen a few eps from season one. Season one is the most shallow end of the series. It really gives you no clue as to what the series ends up being. Believe me, it gets more intense and complicated and dark as it goes on. If you decide to give it a try, I suggest checking out a handful of episodes from season three on before passing judgment. Some good examples are S3--The Wish, Helpless, Doppelgangland, S4--Something Blue, Hush and Restless, S5--Fool for Love, Triangle, Weight of the World, The Gift (I'd also say The Body but that one gives too much away) S6--Bargaining, Tabula Rasa, Older and Far Away, S7--Beneath You, Selfless, Conversations With Dead People, The Killer In Me, Get It Done (I'd say Chosen but it's the series finale which also would give too much away).

About the show itself--Buffy is the antithesis of the "pretty-blond-victim" who runs from the "psycho ax-murderer" in horror films past--the girl who always twisted her ankle and fell in her attempt to get away. How many times did we see that scene and feel just a little bit disgusted with the victim for not even trying to fight back? How many times did we see that scene and feel disgusted with the directors for typing female victims in this way over and over again? Buffy, herself, isn't the "traditional" feminist TV icon. Many of those are women who have forfeited the ultra-feminine symbols of their gender--love, compassion and vulnerability in order to maintain equal footing with men. Buffy doesn't do this. Buffy embraces those symbols in one hand and hones and wields them to fight evil in the other.

The show appears as a bubble-gum program, aimed at teens and while it's fan-base is largely younger viewers (teens-twenties), it's major themes profoundly confront the more mature ideas of good vs. evil, life and death, friendship, religion, the soul and the true meanings of power and love in such a way that is rarely addressed in current entertainment. It challenges the traditional ideas of religion as being an "institution" and asserts that it is something to be lived, that real love requires self-sacrifice, that true friendship requires far-reaching forgiveness, that true power is rooted in love and compassion and that good and evil, while in shades of gray can still be defined.
one life

one life

If I'm having a bad day I can always count on Buffy to cheer me up (or, even if it's one of those cases were I just need a good cry I can always count on Buffy for that as well). It's the perfect blend of so many different qualities...it's humour, action, romance and just incredibly well written, believably flawed characters. I'm not exactly sure where all the haters came from, it's honestly seems to me that this is a case of judging a show by it's title.

There's little I can say about Buffy that won't become redundant, there is not much to find fault with. Sure it's got it's bad episodes, bad story arcs just like any show. But what kept me coming back with the razor sharp wit and characters that became like a family to me.

This is a beautifully written show and if you can make it past the goofy title, fantastic premise and (for many people) the campy first season (You'll grow to love the camp upon re-visiting it) you'll discover one of the best show's in recent memory.
BlackBerry

BlackBerry

Into every generation, a TV series is born: one show in all the world, an awesome one. It alone will give us the strength and skill to fight medically inaccurate medical dramas, police procedurals which ALWAYS follow the same procedure and 90210. To stop the spread of this evil and diminish their ratings. That show is Buffy.

In the 90's, Joss Whedon created a cultural icon. Miniature Buffy's can now be bought on Ebay. Bookshops now sell the comic book continuation of the series. Academics reference Buffy in university lectures. There is now a such thing as 'Buffy Studies'.(We will ignore the excruciating 86 minutes of Kirsty Swanson's "acting", it was tantamount to Waterboarding)Sounds familiar, you say? The same thing can be said for Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. Except, there is one important difference; Buffy is teenage girl. This quote, from Spike, in the episode Touched, says a lot about the kind of hero Buffy is.

"You listen to me. I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I'd prefer you didn't. Don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. I've made a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you ... Here, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say "I love you", it's not because I want you, or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are. What you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand, with perfect clarity, exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the One, Buffy."

If you have written Buffy off to be a load of feminist crap with a ludicrous title, well, you'd only be right. Minus the crap part. The show also offers violent, dramatic and well choreographed fight sequences, witty dialogue and popular cultural references, some diverse and beloved character, subtext (both subtle and obvious) and well- thought out story arches with a BIG finale. Most importantly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer gives us ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, people who don't give up trying until literally the end of the world. In Buffyverse,to quote Abraham Lincoln, we have faith that right makes might.

Having watched Buffy religiously in my childhood, I revisited it this year and realised just how much of the shows deeper meaning and metaphor I missed in my innocence. Now when I watch my box set not only am I visited by a deep and aching nostalgia but I have a new appreciation for the humour and innuendo I could not understand as a child. The show really is a something you should not be deprived of due to misconceptions or stubbornness. However, if you are looking for a series overview, this one feels the most fitting.

Buffy Anne Summers

1997-2003

She saved the world a lot.
Vudozilkree

Vudozilkree

Buffy is one of, if not THE, best dramatic series ever made. People that have never seen the show, or have only seen one episode of it, would probably laugh at that statement. But having seen all 7 seasons of this brilliant series, I feel quite confident in my opinion.

No other show touches on the major issues of humanity this show does: immortality and it's pros and cons, the power of love and friendship, the inner strength we all have within us, and the ability to appreciate life and learn to laugh at the things that get you down. There are moments of happiness, drama, tears, and moments that make you rediscover who you are, and Buffy deals with all of them. Every episode is layered with meanings and insights into humanity, all in some show about a girl who slays vampires.

Seeing these characters change and grow over the course of the episodes is a gift. Unlike other shows, the characters on Buffy are never the same from season to season. The events of the show change them and mold them into new people all the time, that's how good the writing is.

No episode is boring, in all 144 hours of the series there is something worth watching. Some episodes are truly brilliant pieces of television, especially the gems directed by series creator Joss Whedon such as Becoming, The Wish, Hush, The Body, and The Gift. These are some of the best hours of television ever produced.

The writing is spectacular, perfectly capable of balancing comedy, drama, and horror in every episode.

This is so much more than a show about a girl who slays vampires. It can change the way you react to events in your life and the way you view things. It's that good.
Kahavor

Kahavor

It is so hard to believe it's been so long since this wonderful program first graced our television sets. Even harder to believe that I didn't get hooked until the fifth season.

I knew of it's existence, of course, but I thought what a lot of people did. "Buffy? C'mon... Buffy?!? The...VAMPIRE slayer??". So I discounted it until I was flipping around many, many channels of garbage and stopped on either Spike (the channel) or FX and paused because it was the most interesting thing on.

The episode was Listening to Fear, and although I thought it was a bit hokey, I was intrigued and began to watch regularly. The series was still airing new episodes at the time and even though I wanted to watch those, I wanted to have the entire experience before the finale. As I moved through season five, they aired the final episode and it took all my will not to watch.

Cable television did what cable television does, so at the end of the fifth season, they wrapped and began airing from episode one. I was hooked. No... that's not quite right. You get hooked on "things". Buffy was not... is not "a thing". This "mere" television show and it's wondrous cast of constantly developing characters were real. Honest. They were family, as many have said before.

I miss them all terribly, even though I still see or hear them it's not the same. I watched Repo: The Genetic Opera and I saw Giles. I watched Scooby Doo and saw Buffy. How I Met Your Mother? Willow.

Honestly, this wasn't just a good or even great show. It was an important show. The genius flowed down from Joss and permeated the beings of everyone who worked on the program. As much as I would love to see them all in character once more, I hope it never happens, because magic only happens once and even Joss could not top what he's already gifted the world with.

All I can say is, to Joss all the way down to "Best Boy" or the catering service, thank you for the best years television has ever seen. You should all be proud.
Doomredeemer

Doomredeemer

I have no idea why people are hating on this brilliant TV show. I watched the entire series on DVD and was completely caught up in it my the end of season one. This show stands up over time and does not become outdated. I watched this show thinking it would be an entertaining hour and was shocked to find the show compelling, hilarious, and full of real emotion. The writers and especially Joss Whedon have come up with some of the funniest TV out there, and easily keep your attention for the entire seven seasons. Each season seems to get funnier, and all the characters continue to develop. Anyone who gives this show a real chance will be captured by the Buffy Universe. If you can ignore some of the more low budget demons and instead focus on the characters and emotion of the story you will not be disappointed. BTVH will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters. 10/10.
Agarus

Agarus

I only started to watch Buffy recently, 20 years after the first episode was aired, got to say I am very impressed. Now remember this is 2017, people are used to 1080p streaming, Blu-ray / 4K video, and HDMA sound quality, 480i, 2 channel sound and 1.33:1 screen ratio are simply not going to cut it anymore. However, in this case, despite the huge technical disadvantages, Buffy still stands out as a serious and entertaining show, one of the best of its kind. The screen-play are well written, characters well developed, dialogues are actually interesting and thought provoking, plus great acting all around. Joss Whedon is a real genius.

Due to the age of the show, I don't know if they will ever release a Blu-ray set, but I can only imagine what a tremendous joy it'd be to watch it on Blu-ray (again). Buffy really sets the standard and example for today's Hollywood, if there is show you can relate to 20 years later, then you know it is not the picture quality or special effects, but the story and acting that speak to you. Comparing this to some of modern day shows, it is clear to me that technical advances don't always improve the quality of a show.
Drelalak

Drelalak

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BTVS) is a wonderful crossover between the realms of science fiction, horror, adventure, and whodunit. The main cast meet together to solve mysteries and, obviously, vanquish the undead--this earns them the reputation of being Buffy and her Scoobie Gang.

What makes the character Buffy prominent is that she is the exact opposite of the hero these type of television programs and movies popularized previous to this show. Being a slayer gives a girl increased speed, dexterity, stamina, strength, and acuity / alertness of nearby vampires. For the show to explore this unlikely avenue is what gives it the distinction of being completely different from anything before it. Although some might not be willing to suspend disbelief to see Buffy as a heroine, she stands for progressiveness in everyone. Buffy's story has a huge arch that many can relate to, from chosen one to leader.

The show itself is timeless, although some of the early episodes coincide with the advent of the internet and at times you will be watching and yell at the screen "Use your bleeping cell phone!" (cell phones weren't used mainstream by teens until after 2000). This show was slightly ahead of its time in some regards, where you may think some plot lines were lifted from something like The Matrix in episodes that were actually released a good year before it hit theaters.

The stories are quite good, and what I enjoyed most about this show is that the writers actually throw a lot of curve balls at you when you might decide what the outcome will likely be. The characters are witty, thankfully, which keeps the dialogue fresh and the plot developing. Although many episodes start with slaying in the graveyard, everything is kept really fresh.

Yes, there are a few episodes that get a lot of recognition but it's the overall storyline and main characters in the show that makes it worth watching. It has won 3 out of 11 nominated Emmys and 9 out of 29 Saturn Awards, with Sarah Michelle Gellar being nominated for a Saturn every season of the show, winning once. You can see at least the first two seasons of this show free on IMDb.com (and elsewhere) at this point, although just a month ago they had the first three. It can be picked up for $15 a season at Walmart, or in some cases in double packs from $20-30 at Walmart/Target.
Jozrone

Jozrone

Being the intellectual TV snob that I am, I always maintained that any show with the name Buffy, the Vampire Slayer must be total crap, not worthy of anyone's time and certainly far below me. Then one New Year's Day it was starting over from the first episode on FX and I decided to tune in just to see what it was like. By the end of the first episode I was hopelessly hooked and have been a huge fan every since. I have long since repented my snobby mistake.

Buffy had some of the most original and witty plot lines ever seen on TV and a cast that never let you down. The writers were extremely educated people who made use of all sorts of different mythologies and literary references are rife throughout the series. I even made up a tape of literary allusions from my taped video copies to show to my students to demonstrate the concept. I also shows Innocence to my seniors studying Dracula to contrast and compare vampires in modern day literature.

It may not have had the highest ratings, it may be gone for the last seven years and maybe some people think Buffy had an annoying voice, but I always thought it was true to the idea of teenage angst and early adulthood and I adored Sarah Michelle in her role. Nothing on TV now even comes close to the intelligence of this show.
Justie

Justie

buffy the vampire slayer, great fun to watch if you've never seen it and you have an hour to spare, full of action and kick ass lines.

but all changes if you've been watching obsessively, the kick ass action and the cheesy lines give way to something far more important, the extreme symbolism, when i watch it im still shocked at how well joss has used the whole show to sum up the teenage girls struggle through life, all the characters merge together showing characteristics of a whole person, the demons show all bad people in life and how they concure them and the relationships show how hard it is at that age and how teenagers feel alone.

when watching even after the amount I've watched it through i still find new bits that amaze me, and so people who say buffy is a load of rubbish, obviously don't get its deeper side and just see a girl fighting off demons while tryng to date.

plus there's a musical episode :P what more could you want lol
Kage

Kage

Definitely the best of its genre. I watch a lot of TV, collect a lot of dvds and LOVE a lot of shows. To me nothing was more loved than Buffy and although i have current shows i love(Lost,etc) Buffy stands out as the best. After the first few seasons you really knew and cared about all of the characters. And to all those people who say SMG can't act...pleaseeeee, she was fantastic in her part and she became a great role model. This show had its serious side, but also left room for some innocent humour and some real love stories. Some of the characters like Spike for example, will always pop up into my head when thinking of TVs greatest villains.

After over 10 years since it first aired, Buffy is still a must have TV show and Buffy and Angel will always be one of TVs best couples.
VariesWent

VariesWent

I have to say this is my favourite TV series its got everything. i cant get enough i've got every single episode on DVD and watched them all more than 5 time. the actors and actresses are outstanding and just believable. Sarah geller is a good role model for children as i am only 18 i grow up watching this program and love it. It made me stronger watching it. shes an amazing actresses and so are all the rest they worked brilliant together and felt they all connected and made the show come alive. though out there had always been a strange storyline and all something happening. I don't know how people can dislike this show as there is nothing bad about it. I give this 10/10. best show
Mori

Mori

As a kid, I remember Friday nights being "Buffy" night on sky 1. I didn't really understand the show back then, but I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was pretty and I was a young boy...don't judge me! Anyway, with Buffy coming to celebrate its 20 year anniversary I decided to re-watch this series from beginning to end and boy was I in for a treat.

This show is one of the few that will remain timeless. The only time when it feels dated is when it utilises CGI beyond "dusting" vamps, and possibly with some of the larger costumed monsters. Outside of those exceptions, this show hinges on a solid cast and excellent story telling. The characters are so diverse and shine in their own right despite the title being "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Over the course of the 7 seasons, each character is tested and has their own sub-plot, which generates an incredible development. Some stories will make you laugh, others will make you cry. Regardless, you truly develop a connection with each character and this is something that I feel is lacking in many TV shows today. The other obvious feature is the cast is very female-heavy. However, unlike some of the recent attempts (Ghostbusters...), it doesn't do it for the sake of it. The female cast is strong without trying to be feminist and that is a prominent reason as to why this show was so successful.

What I also loved about this show is the sheer variety of the episodes. Some were very serious and dedicated to the plot. However, the next episode could have a completely different stand-alone premise that could be hilarious, cringey or even scary. It was great, and even the "worst" episodes (by their IMDb ratings anyway) were entertaining to me. I appreciated the variety and found it made it even easier to binge watch.

Taken together, this TV show is one for the ages. It features a strong cast that portray a team of fighters that are (just) trying to save the world. Although the stories are very much fiction, the themes of friendship, teamwork and love are relatable. If you have not seen this show already, please do.
Faell

Faell

Buffy The Vampire slayer is without a doubt one of the greatest and most addictive shows that i have ever seen in my life. It has everything that a great story needs including horror, romance, action, comedy, fantasy and drama. This is one of the first amazing vampire shows and probably one of the best. The show tells the story of a young high school student that is destined to be a destroyer of demons, vampires and just about any other monster that you can think of. Buffy Summers is a high school student who when faced with insurmountable odds comes out on top every time. Make no mistake though, this series is about more than just a teen-aged blonde chick fighting evil spooky creatures. It is an incredibly moving plot about friendship, love, and the dangers of adolescence. The show is loaded with tear-jerking moments and unforgettable characters. I believe that Buffy has something for everyone.

Season 1- Great opening season. The Scooby gang form an unbreakable bond from the moment you witness them on screen together. Xander and Giles are great and the character of Willow is absolutely adorable.The episode when every student's nightmares came true is a particular favorite of mine. The Master was an amazing villain.

Season 2- An Absolute nightmare in the greatest sense of the word. This season showcased some of the best of what this series has to offer. This season made Buffy one of the most iconic and legendary heroes ever!

Season 3- Absolutely loved the character Faith and the Rivalry between the two slayers was impeccable. The mayor was great. One of the nicest and the most comical bad guys ever. The episodes "The Prom" and "Graduation" will make you shed tears for Buffy Summers.

Season 4: Spike is My Favorite character in the series and I just love that he becomes a regular cast member in this season. The episode Hush is one of the greatest achievements in recent memory. I also though that the season finale was absolutely fascinating.

Season 5: Perhaps one of the greatest tests for our Beloved Heroine."The Body" was absolutely brilliant. "The Gift" is probably the best episode of the entire series in my opinion.

Season 6: Wonderful. I loved that The Buffy and Spike relationship took a lot of surprising and unexpected turns. Fans who trash this season do so at their own peril. The trio were not the Big bad of the season. Willow was clearly the big bad and the best in the entire series IMO. The scene when willow breaks down and curls in Xander's arms at the end of the season was just heart breaking.

Season 7: Criminally underrated and totally on par with the rest of the series. Buffy was not boring for a single moment of this season. Her speech in which she exclaims "If they want and Apocalypse then we'll give them one." is one of the most empowering and inspiring lines of dialog that I have ever heard.It made me want to cheer and tackle all of my inner demons. The season Finale was the definition of Badass.

I began this series during the summer and I just finished it a few months ago. I fell horrible for waiting so long to watch this fantastic show. Joss Whedon needs to find a way to release this series on Blu Ray or something in order to give this series more exposure. This show is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was created. It's the greatest coming of age story ever told! oh and I agree with the fans that rebooting the series without Whedon is an horrendous idea. It would break my heart to see such a classic series disrespected in such a way. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is my favorite Television series of all time!
NiceOne

NiceOne

I just read a review that compared Buffy with "Charmed". Where do I begin? I've watched Buffy from start to finish and back again. I've also caught a couple episodes of Charmed and to compare the two is ridiculous. Both have supernatural themes and that is where the comparison ends. Charmed is one of the most pathetic and cheaply made shows I've ever seen. Everyone I know or have spoken to agrees. Buffy, on the other hand, is one of the most intriguing, exciting, and moving shows I have ever experienced. It stands the test of time with its character development, story arch, and realism. As you can tell, I'm a Buffy fan to the end and I don't want to knock on anyone else's shows, but to compare Buffy with Charmed? COME ON!!!
Bladebringer

Bladebringer

I've watched all the episodes I don't know how many times. My all time favorite series. I wish they'd bring it back with the original cast. Great stories and it never got lame. I judge my girlfriends by their TV choices and I don't think I could date a girl that doesn't love Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
Keth

Keth

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, its misguided title put aside, is what I consider, and millions of other devoted fans believe to be a genuine and purely astonishing work of achievement in television history. With creative and daring story lines and terrific character development, the show that began its run on the WB as a mid-season replacement, became a dazzling cult hit resulting in a secure fan base and merchandising for as far as the eye can see.

The show follows a young girl endowed with the ancient powers of the slayer, one girl who fights the forces of darkness, battling alone, relieving the world of vampires and demons. In Buffy Summers' case, after moving to Sunnydale with her single mother, she befriends two loving, but out of place peers, Willow and Xander, who bravely march along side of her. Together, along with her watcher, Giles, they encounter creatures of darkness and strange mystical occurrences, which as a result, draw them closer together and occasionally, set them apart.

On occasion, Buffy is mistaken as a foolish, sci-fi television show which should probably be aired during the depressing Saturday afternoon time slot. But actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. A surprising element to Buffy is that the monsters and demons are a relatively small part of what the show actually stands for. From first love, life, death, sexual experimentation, and self identity crises – Buffy chronicles what it is like to be young person growing up in an overly mature world – with monsters! Between a slayer, a lesbian witch, a carpenter, and a werewolf – anything is possible and welcomed in the Buffy world. With the imaginative and extremely innovative writing of the show's creator Joss Whedon, along with the most intelligent and skillful writing staff that the biz has ever encountered, they were able to produce many groundbreaking episodes including "Hush", "The Body", "The Gift", "Becoming part 2", "Seeing Red", "Conversations with Dead People", "Grave", and "Chosen" – sadly I cannot continue this list for there is not enough space.

Without further ado, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is and will always be an incredible show. If you haven't had the privilege of watching this show, check your local listings for reruns or rent or even buy the entire series on DVD. Without a doubt, you will fall in love with the characters and stories, and by the time you finish the first season you will have welcomed a new family into your lives – sweet and sometimes muddled Buffy, clever and endearing Willow, faithful Xander, perceptive and paternal Giles. This show will linger in our hearts for eternity, and will go on to influence generations of intellectual and audacious writing in television.
Usaxma

Usaxma

**this review is based on the entire series**

An odd show called "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" brought a lot of changes to television. Featuring a unique story arc each season blurred the line between procedural and serial TV, with each episode functioning as a stand-alone episode, while contributing to the overall season-length story arcs, which on their own right created a series long arc. People who hadn't watched Buffy before could jump right back in, and if they didn't like the current season-long story arc, they could just come back next season or enjoy the stand-alone episodes.

These changes are not always noticed, but were successfully employed later on such shows as "Desperate Housewives", though Buffy was never as serialized as the aforementioned show. But "Buffy" no doubt reached levels of quality the other shows on the now-defunct WB could only dream of.

What made "Buffy" successful was that it was never really about vampires. Vampires and monsters provided humor and in some cases very emotionally engaging drama, such as the turning of the re-souled Angel into the soulless vampire Angelus, who orchestrated one of the most shocking death scenes ever featured on the show.

"Buffy" was always about the characters, their growth and their lives. The characters in turn were always about themes, expressing abstract ideas and ideals through people who seemed very real, despite the fantasy setting of the series. Slayers aren't real - but people who do not fit in high school and stay sane with the help of their friends is very real and something people could relate to.

These were "Buffy's" strong suites. Did it have any weaknesses? Naturally. The first season of the show feature some of the sillier story lines of the entire series making the show almost unwatchable but the famous witty dialog was there from the beginning. And after the initial hick-ups, season two began showing "Buffy's" ambitions.

On occasion, even Buffy created dull characters, but the writers quickly disposed of such characters (unless you are Agent Riley) and went with what worked, surprised and engaged the audience.
Mr_Mix

Mr_Mix

I don't even know where to start on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this is one of my favorite shows of all time. It was the first show where I had watched it every week, never fell back on an episode and was obsessed with it. I was 12 when it first started, never had I ever been so captivated by a show in my life. This show broke boundaries and had some of the best writers working on it. This was also Joss Whedon's baby, he took a film that was pretty funny but tanked at the box office and turned it into a fantastic show that held a very strong fan base that continues to grow today.

Buffy is a 16 year old girl who is the chosen one to defeat all the vampires, demons and the evil of the world. She's beautiful, smart, strong and has a heart of gold. Her watcher Giles, the school's British librarian, trains her well, but her stubbornness to accept her "gift" frustrates him but it actually helps her along the way. He develops a sincere love for her as a father. Willow is her best friend, a nerd at first but later on becomes a powerful witch. She is one of the most helpful of the group and uses her powers to defend Buffy from the stronger demons. Xander, who has a huge crush on Buffy, but is turned down when her eyes stray to another man. He still helps out and stays strong for Buffy, Giles and Willow. Angel, the 200 year old vampire with a soul who Buffy falls in love with. He and Buffy have sex which gives him a moment of true happiness, he turns evil, she has to kill him, but he comes back and they discover they can never have the love they deserve so he leaves. Cordelia, the popular mean girl cheerleader who the gang helps out several times as she does back when she realizes how good they are.

The villains, The Master, the first vampire. He wishes to raise the hellmouth from under the school, he bites Buffy, she faints as he pushes her into a puddle, killing her. Xander brings her back and she kills The Master. Second season: Spike and Drusilla. Drusilla is an insane vampire. Spike is a bad boy vampire who stirs things up big time, he will do anything to destroy Buffy but always fails. However, he comes to her side and eventually falls in love with her because of the good he sees in her. Third season, The Mayor who is over 100 years old and wishes to destroy Sunnydale. He and rival slayer, Faith, try to destroy Buffy, but she puts Faith in a coma after stabbing her and destroys The Mayor. Fourth season, a government experiment gone wrong with the perfect demon Adam who is like Frankenstein and wishes to create chaos by unleashing all demons into the world. Willow conjures a spirit to help Buffy destroy him. Fifth season, Glory, a God, who is after a key who is sent in the form of Buffy's younger sister named Dawn. Dawn doesn't know till later and they found out all the memories were built by the monks who wanted Buffy to protect her. For once though, Buffy may have met her match, when Dawn's blood is spilled and the evil dimension opens up Buffy sacrifices herself to save the world. What was meant as the original end of the series was only the beginning.

Sixth season, Buffy is brought back by Willow, Xander, and their girlfriends Tara and Anya. However, life is not so easy when 3 nerds gang up to take over Sunnydale. You would never think that they could be threatening since they act like total nerds at first, but then one of them takes a turn for the worst when he's pushed too far, he shoots Buffy but when he shoots the gun again he accidentally hits Tara, killing her almost instantly. Willow looses control of the magic and becomes an evil witch who destroys the killer and tries to destroy the world but Xander comes through telling her that he loves her. Seventh season, the first, the big bad, the evil that can take any form and devour you. Killing off any potential future slayers, Buffy is in for one hell of a ride.

Some stand out episodes include Passion with evil Angel. Third season Helpless where Buffy finds out what it might be like not to be the slayer. The Wish, where we find out what would've happened if Buffy never came to Sunnydale. Bad Girls, where we find out how far you could go as a slayer. Fourth Season This Year's Girl where Faith comes back for revenge and she finds out that she does need love in her life. Fifth season: The Body, very possibly the hardest episode to watch but the best written in the series and if you seriously don't cry during this episode there is something physically wrong with you. The Gift, still the strongest season finally and a powerful ending that will make you cry. Sixth season, Once More With Feeling, the first musical TV episode that spawned a bunch of wanna-be's, but what a great episode. Villains/Two to Go/Grave, a great combination of evil Willow and the fight for her life. Seventh season: Lies my Parents Told me where we discover Spike's past. Conversations with Dead People where Buffy confesses she thinks she's better than her friends.

What a great show to sum it up. The first season was a little Power Rangers with the one liners, second season got more serious, third season was about finding yourself, fourth was about separation and coming back. Fifth was about staying strong and fighting. Sixth was about being done, now what? Seventh was the final chapter to this wonderful series. I miss it so much.
Goltizuru

Goltizuru

Anyone who will honestly sit down and watch a couple seasons of this show will find it incredibly hard to not like it. A lot of people here the name of the show and automatically dismiss it as cult fan garbage. That is simply not the case. This show is as well written, directed and acted as any show on TV. I think it's better it most respects. One of the things it does well is character development. There are a lot of changes even from season to season. It refreshing to see that, you care about them more because they go through things that you went through. A show like CSI you'll have virtually no character evolution. Grissom is basically the same guy he was in the first season. Oh no, wait, I guess he's got a beard now. Yeah, that's completely different. In Buffy you get to see her go from high school student to college student to burger flipper to mom all while saving the world. That's what I'm talking about. Give this show a chance. The first season maybe a little rocky because their establishing a lot of things but the second season onward really rocks.
Rude

Rude

Buffy the Vampire Slayer! One of the most influential shows I ever saw growing up; it had a cult following and got some favourable reviews, including being named by James Poniewozik of Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time. Recently I bought the first two seasons on DVD on-line, but it was only after they were delivered that I realized I wasn't a teenager anymore and might not get as big of a kick out of it as I used to. What would I think of Buffy a decade after it debuted?

It's obvious why a teenager would love this, it is about teenagers and it empowers them- they save the world, with plenty of action and humour. It also empowered women (though I am male and so was its creator)- a blonde, pretty 16-year-old, formerly something of a valley girl, saves the day. But Buffy towards the second half of its second season evolves into something a little deeper, and provides for some of the best moments in television. Set in California, Buffy is a high school student leading a secret double life, by night battling and killing vampires and other demons, who just happen to live in Buffy's town in large numbers because it's located at the mouth of hell. She has a few friends who know she's a slayer, a "Watcher," a man who guides her, posing as the school librarian, and divorced parents who don't know her secrets. She also meets a mysterious young (-looking) man named Angel who appears to fight vampires, and is then revealed to be a vampire himself... sort of. Vampires are demons possessing human corpses, but due to a Gypsy curse intended to make Angel suffer, his human soul was returned to his body, giving him a conscience. Together, they face the Master, the incredibly old ruler of the vampires who is trapped in an invisible prison, foretold to kill Buffy. Which he does, by drowning her. But in a clever twist, she's revived by CPR and in a second round she slays him at the end of season 1. So how do you top killing the ruler of the vampires who had killed Buffy herself? Season 2 finds a way by making Buffy's struggle infinitely more personal. There, Buffy and Angel, slayer and vampire, develop a paradoxical romance while Buffy battles a hip British vampire called Spike. But when the Gypsy curse is lifted and Angel loses his soul, the demon is in charge again. He becomes a monstrous villain and Buffy will have to fight the man she once loved.

Generally I liked season 1, although some fans think of the beginning as weak. Some of the episodes indeed were, when they dealt with ridiculous monsters irrelevant to the show's larger plot. Season 2 had some of the same problems. These included a giant praying mantis disguised as a high school teacher (yes, really), a group of students possessed by hyenas at a zoo, a demon-slaying living dummy, killer eggs, and a school swim team turned into giant fish monsters. Then there were killer robots disguised as people, in the episode Ted which had been far more interesting when its villain was thought to be human (Buffy had psychological issues with him dating her mother and then had to feel the guilt of having unintentionally killed him). Poniewozik defended the monsters by saying they were allegories of real teen struggles, but really, how many times do we need to hear that (insert a given evil here) turns people into (insert monster of the week here)? Monster of the week episodes were not only silly, the quality was often lower; in Some Assembly Required, the teens who raise the dead aren't convincing actors. Compare to the vampire episode Lie to Me- both Buffy and her human opponent, in discussing why he wants to become a vampire, deliver believable performances with a more smoothly-written script. There are a few other flaws (these kids live in the library where they talk about their monster-fighting; why are there never any other students in there?) But when the show was building its storyline (with episodes like Never Kill a Boy on the First Date and Angel), it was interesting. Part of that was because Buffy, from the start, understood that horror and comedy go together like chocolate and peanut butter. The vampires in the first two episodes could be freaky, but the show always had an adequate sense of humour.

It was season 2 that delivered the first knockout episodes- starting with When She Was Bad which developed Buffy as a character while providing some memorable laughs. It was written by creator Joss Whedon, who proves to be a standout writer again in Lie to Me where he plays with a tragic human villain who wants to become a vampire. Tragic villains, reflecting how the real world isn't really black and white, show up again in episodes like Inca Mummy Girl with a mummy in love, I Only Have Eyes For You with a ghost of a teenage killer, and in all of the episodes dealing with a fallen Angel. In When She Was Bad, Halloween and The Dark Age, it's shown that the good guys Buffy and Giles aren't black and white either.

Episodes like Innocence, Passion and I Only Have Eyes For You mess with the heads of our heroes as Angel torments them. By the two-part season finale, it turns nasty as the group argues amongst itself; in the later half of the second season, Buffy even has to slap Giles. I don't know what the later seasons or the spin-off Angel series were like, but the show Buffy started out as was effective drama.
Hellblade

Hellblade

Buffy is series that was not only consistently good, but a series that grew better over time. The first season is good, but not fantastic. It was shorter because the WB was not sure if they would have a viewing base and only had 12 episodes. The second season developed the characters and you began to see the magic of the show. As the series progresses, I am astounded by the writing, directing, and acting. Joss Whedon is a genius of the camera and master of the pen, and anyone who argues with me is fooling themselves. The cast, as well as the characters, matures over time and become living, breathing people that you believe.

In short, if you are considering watching this show, I highly recommend you watch all of the first and second season before making any judgements. Frankly, this is my favorite story of all time. It transcends the TV, and beats out most books, movies, and other TV shows. This show is beautiful.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a great show! I didn't watch it at first and avoided it because I remembered watching the movie and I didn't really like the movie very much, even though Donald Sutherland was in it and I love Donald Sutherland. The show was such a great surprise for me though when I finally did see it! It did not take itself too seriously and was just a lot of fun, but not so ridiculous as the movie was, it had great serious parts in it too. The acting was top notch particularly by Buffy, the new watcher (Anthony Stewart Head taking over Donald Sutherland's role was still awesome), Xander and several others were very good. The show was so much fun and was unlike any other show I remember watching on TV. The spin off Angel was also a very good show but it was a bit more dark.
Folsa

Folsa

Sarah Michelle's performance across the 7 seasons is in my opinion the very best by any actor in any TV show or film, ever. It is intense, emotional, witty and very believable. Technically and artistically you will not see a better character portrayal. The first three seasons were probably the best, but there are highlights in later episodes. How she maintained such perfection for so long is beyond me - it must require great dedication, understanding and skill.

Buffy TVS is many things to many people, but mainly it is about love and friendship. Buffy and Angel's love story is beautifully crafted and realistically played out, against a rather surreal backdrop. I have always considered the various creatures to be largely metaphorical and mythical in the sense that they are physical manifestations of human characteristics and also take many references from classical literature.

There is no doubt that by accident or design, the creators of BTVS turned what may have been a silly kids' show into a meaningful, involving and everlasting tale about humanity. BTVS should be on the school curriculum alongside Shakespeare, for it is at least as well written, and even more relevant to every one of us.

A brilliant supporting cast around a core of Gellar, Brendon, Hannigan and Head, give lifetime best performances. Writers, directors, set designers, lighting technicians ... just everyone on the payroll ... nobody involved in the making of this show gives less than 100%.

Why Buffy The Vampire Slayer did not gain a wider audience, more awards, and a much longer run is perhaps down to the greatest crime committed in the art of making moving pictures - those pulling the purse strings failed to realise the true worth of the treasures they let slip through their greasy hands.

As long as I live I know that every two-bit TV show that comes along with a wannabee Sarah Michelle, and pathetic production-line vampire rip-offs, will just make me cringe and mourn the passing of Buffy, and of Sarah Michelle who with one or two exceptions has never been given a decent feature film role.

I love and admire Buffy and the girl who brought her to life, and pray for the day when she returns to rescue me from the humdrum banality of living in this world.
Winenama

Winenama

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the most inventive and exciting shows on T.V. today. With a wonderful cast of regulars and a weird, scary, and often hilarious cast of monsters, this is the most original product I have seen in a long time.

Sarah Michelle Gellar does wonders with her role as Buffy Summers. She has an amazing range of emotions and she is able to portray each realistically and convincingly. She takes the role with Buffy and runs with it.

Alyson Hannigan is one of the best actresses on the show with her portrayal of Willow Rosenberg. Willow is smart, intelligent, a little awkward, and a great counterpart to Buffy. Her storyline has also been the most intriguing from season 1 to 5. She has grown and developed more than the other characters and the writers have done a supreme job exploring her spirituality, sexuality, and show that it is possible to go from a book worm to a confident woman who can look the world in the face and laugh.

Nick Brendon is a breath of fresh, and comic, air as Xander Harris. Though Xander is a geek by nature, he is always there for his friends and he stands by their side in the face of vampires, wicked mayors, slayers-gone-bad, and Hell Gods.

Anthony Stewart Head had taken the stuffy British character of Giles and turned him into a full, complex, and wonderful character. Giles is not nearly as play-by-the-book as he once was. He's not only Buffy's watcher, but he is also her friend and her confidant.

Among the supporting cast over the years Charisma Carpentar put a spin on the snobby bitch from high school with Cordelia Chase by actually giving "Cordy" a heart. Emma Caulfield is a hilarious delight as 1,000 year old ex-demon Anya, who is trying to find her place in the human world. James Marsters as vampire Spike is always a treat. And his current infatuation with Buffy has made for some great storylines. David Boreanaz gave the show a darker tone with Angel, the vampire with a soul and love of Buffy's life. Eliza Dushku always gives the show a bit a spice with as Faith, a slayer who turned to the dark side. And Kristine Sutherland is wonderful as Buffy's flakey mother who is trying to come to terms with her daughter's destiny.

The shows original concept of a high school student fighting vampires by night has expanded into this amazing portrayal of life and how things rarely go the way you expect. Buffy has to face all the things every teenage girl faces, but she has the extra burden of being the slayer. After 5 seasons the show remains fresh and upbeat. It's impossible to know where creator Joss Whedon will take our favorite slayer and her friends next.

Excellent show! Don't let the title fool you!