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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1: Episode 12 -- As the Spring Fling dance approaches, Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling the Slayer's death at the hands of The Master.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1: Episode 11 -- An invisible force terrorizes Sunnydale's most popular students.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1: Episode 10 -- Buffy and her friends find themselves in a realm where their worst nightmares become reality.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1: Episode 9 -- Buffy suspects that a ventriloquist's dummy may be harvesting organs from classmates performing in a school talent show.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1: Episode 8 -- Willow unwittingly unleashes a powerful demon named Moloch onto the internet.


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10 March 1997 (USA) See more »
I'm the Slayer with a bunch of non-slayers. See more »
A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. Full summary »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 44 wins & 103 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 154)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers / ... (145 episodes, 1996-2003)

Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris (145 episodes, 1996-2003)

Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg (144 episodes, 1997-2003)

Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (123 episodes, 1996-2003)

James Marsters ... Spike (97 episodes, 1997-2003)

Emma Caulfield ... Anya (85 episodes, 1998-2003)

Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers (66 episodes, 2000-2003)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"BtVS" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
"Buffy" - USA (short title)
"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: The Series" - USA (long title)
"Nightfall" - Japan (English title)
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44 min (144 episodes)
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Australia:M | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Israel:PG | Italy:T | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) (season 6) (season 7) | Singapore:PG (season 1 to 5) | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-14 (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG (some episodes)

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42 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Now is a good time to start watching Buffy., 7 October 2009
Author: dynamicgg from United States

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BTVS) is a wonderful crossover between the realms of science fiction, horror, adventure, and whodunit. The main cast meet together to solve mysteries and, obviously, vanquish the undead--this earns them the reputation of being Buffy and her Scoobie Gang.

What makes the character Buffy prominent is that she is the exact opposite of the hero these type of television programs and movies popularized previous to this show. Being a slayer gives a girl increased speed, dexterity, stamina, strength, and acuity / alertness of nearby vampires. For the show to explore this unlikely avenue is what gives it the distinction of being completely different from anything before it. Although some might not be willing to suspend disbelief to see Buffy as a heroine, she stands for progressiveness in everyone. Buffy's story has a huge arch that many can relate to, from chosen one to leader.

The show itself is timeless, although some of the early episodes coincide with the advent of the internet and at times you will be watching and yell at the screen "Use your bleeping cell phone!" (cell phones weren't used mainstream by teens until after 2000). This show was slightly ahead of its time in some regards, where you may think some plot lines were lifted from something like The Matrix in episodes that were actually released a good year before it hit theaters.

The stories are quite good, and what I enjoyed most about this show is that the writers actually throw a lot of curve balls at you when you might decide what the outcome will likely be. The characters are witty, thankfully, which keeps the dialogue fresh and the plot developing. Although many episodes start with slaying in the graveyard, everything is kept really fresh.

Yes, there are a few episodes that get a lot of recognition but it's the overall storyline and main characters in the show that makes it worth watching. It has won 3 out of 11 nominated Emmys and 9 out of 29 Saturn Awards, with Sarah Michelle Gellar being nominated for a Saturn every season of the show, winning once. You can see at least the first two seasons of this show free on (and elsewhere) at this point, although just a month ago they had the first three. It can be picked up for $15 a season at Walmart, or in some cases in double packs from $20-30 at Walmart/Target.

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