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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Fight evil, bring Buffy home. See more »


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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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Interviewer Will Harris asked why actors from the canceled series Firefly (2002) became characters in the last few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (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. 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] 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 »


Dawn Summers: [as Buffy offers chicken to the Scooby-gang] I think I'll take a drumstick.
Willow Rosenberg: I'm a breast gal myself. But of course, you already knew that.
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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 »


Spin-off Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002) See more »

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One of the Finest Shows I've ever watched
7 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

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