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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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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. 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 »


Mayor Richard Wilkins: Man, I'm feeling chipper! Who's up for a root beer?
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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 »


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It IS a show that will stick with you
27 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

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.

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