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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

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


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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)


"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

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Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA)  »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)

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(144 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Mutant Enemy", Joss Whedon's production company, was the name he gave to his first typewriter when he was 15. The logo was created in 20 minutes when he was told he had to have one. See more »


On numerous occasions throughout the series, the main characters stand by a fresh grave after dark waiting to ambush a newly-risen vampire. Each of them is aware that vampires are vulnerable to sunlight, so why do they wait until after dark instead of digging the vampires up in the middle of the day? See more »


[repeated line]
Faith: Five by five.
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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 »


Spin-off Angel (1999) See more »

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One of the best TV shows of all time. Period.
8 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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