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

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
161 ( 21)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2003   2002   2001   2000   1999   1998   … See all »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 52 wins & 128 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 8/10 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
Charmed (1998–2006)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three sisters discover their destiny - to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
Dollhouse (2009–2010)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A futuristic laboratory assigns different tasks to its various residents, who then have their memories erased upon the completion of their assignments.

Stars: Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    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
Roswell (1999–2002)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
Dark Angel (2000–2002)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn
Heroes II (2006–2010)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.

Stars: Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia
Veronica Mars (2004–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring
Smallville (2001–2011)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
Alias (2001–2006)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly
Tru Calling (2003–2005)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A university graduate working in the city morgue is able to repeat the same day over again to prevent murders or other disasters.

Stars: Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis
True Blood (2008–2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
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

Taglines:

Fight evil, bring Buffy home. See more »


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

16-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. See more »

Goofs

In nearly every episode presented in widescreen, there is crew/equipment visible and/or revealing mistakes. This is because the series was originally shot for 4:3 frame and these issues would not have been visible as the show was originally intended to be presented. As such, one should take much of the goofs reported on episodes as being conditional on applying only to the widescreen alternate version. See more »

Quotes

Billy 'Ford' Fordham: I thought you were slaying a vampire.
Buffy Summers: I was whatting a what?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Season 4 final credits include this disclaimer: "UC Sunnydale" is a fictitious university. Any similarity to an actual university is purely coincidental. No representations, warranties, or characterizations of any type regarding any actual university including any named "UC Sunnydale" or "University of California at Sunnydale" are intended and none should be inferred. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Romance Resonance (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Overview of BtVS
13 May 2001 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

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!


92 of 157 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rewatching.... budmandon
Season 4 Big Bad austin-pearce
Lie to Me austin-pearce
Buffy Episodes Elimination Game BuffyAngelCharmed3
Tara resurrection austin-pearce
What does this line mean? pdadday88
Discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page