Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Drama | Fantasy
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 81,147 users  
Reviews: 636 user | 94 critic

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

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

 

See all 3 watching options

 
DVD/Blu
 
Fri Jul. 25
X

Airing soon on TV

Dead Man's Party (S3, Ep2)

Fri Jul. 25, 7:00 AM FX (111)

Faith, Hope & Trick (S3, Ep3)

Sat Jul. 26, 7:00 AM FX (111)

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 27 Aug 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 25 May 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 06 Jun 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

User Polls

Season:

7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 41 wins & 100 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Angel (1999–2004)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hercules, aided by his best friend Iolaus, goes on many adventures helping people and slaying mythical monsters using his half-god strength.

Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith
Game of Thrones (TV Series 2011)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Stars: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke
Robin Hood (1984–1986)
Action | Fantasy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A forest mystical being appoints two men in succession as the legendary outlaw defender of the oppressed.

Stars: Peter Llewellyn Williams, Ray Winstone, Mark Ryan
Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim
Immortals (2011)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt
Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : ... See full summary »

Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen
Legend of the Seeker (2008–2010)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the mysterious murder of his father, a son's search for answers begins a momentous fight against tyranny.

Stars: Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence
True Blood (TV Series 2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi
Early Edition (1996–2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis-Williams, Fisher Stevens
Thor (2011)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Directors: Kenneth Branagh, Joss Whedon
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Buffy Summers / ... (145 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Xander Harris (145 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Willow Rosenberg (144 episodes, 1997-2003)
...
 Rupert Giles (123 episodes, 1996-2003)
...
 Spike (97 episodes, 1997-2003)
...
 Anya (85 episodes, 1998-2003)
...
 Dawn Summers (66 episodes, 2000-2003)
...
 Angel / ... (59 episodes, 1997-2003)
Edit

Storyline

"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. Written by m_starling

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

demon | friend | vampire | apocalypse | destiny | See more »

Taglines:

In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone shall stand against the vampires, demons, and forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

BtVS  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(144 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

With the exception of the unaired pilot. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan were the only two to appear in all 144 episodes. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Faith: Five by five.
See more »

Crazy Credits

For the three first season 6 (the first UPN season) episodes (Bargaining parts 1 and 2, and Afterlife), the ending credits had almost 3/4 parts of the screen occupied by the Buffy logo (as seen on the opening with the moon behind), and the credits appearing under it. This was later returned to the normal black screen with the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hung: Money on the Floor (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Brilliance of Buffy
13 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


630 of 1,068 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Willow's Answer.... theSexecutionersSong
Is this show good? arya_fan
Angel + Buffy being a great couple wiccawhitewitchcharmedfan
Favourite character of the main scoobies? AstralWeeksHatfulOfHollow
Faith reads Buffy's death date on the credit card!!! payj3
Favourite Beatle Song? InsufferableAss
Discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page