Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Buffy Summers, a high school sophomore, faces her destiny as a slayer of the undead.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Buffy Summers just moved with her mom from L.A. (where she set fire to the school gym) to Sunnydale, which is alas experiencing a plague of vampirism. She meets nerd Willow Rosenberg, soft-cool skateboarder Xander Harris and his mate Jesse McNally, fashionable snooty Cordelia Chase and the somewhat creepy new, British librarian Rupert Giles. When a corpse with bite-marks is found in a locker, she realizes but refuses to acknowledge that her vampire-killing past is catching up with her and keeps Giles, her watcher (trainer), at arms-length, but is stalked by Angel who refers to the hell-mouth. Finally her destiny kicks in... Written by KGF Vissers

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10 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Up until the third season, the school set had only one hallway and the Bronze was actually just an old warehouse. See more »


When Buffy hears about the dead guy from Cordelia, she takes off to go to the library and talk to Giles leaving behind Willow, Xander, Jessie, and Cordelia. After she arrives at the library, and has a long conversation with Giles, Xander comes out from behind the stacks as if he had been there for some time. Since Buffy left to go to the library before him, Xander could not have been there first. See more »


[first lines]
Darla: Are you sure this is a good idea?
Darla's Victim: It's a great idea. Now come on.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Kristy who?
13 June 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Teenage vampire slayer Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) moves to the town of Sunnydale with her mother, having been expelled from her old high-school for burning down the gym while dealing with the undead. On her first day at Sunnydale High, Buffy meets bitchy Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), lovable nerd Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon), computer geek Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and librarian Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head). But no sooner has she started to settle in to her new school than dead bodies begin to turn up drained of all their blood; it seems that Sunnydale is also plagued by vampires…

I'm far from what you would call a Joss Whedon fan-boy: I hated Serenity, I think that Alien Resurrection is easily the worst thing to ever happen to the Alien franchise (yes, even worse than Prometheus), and I wasn't all that impressed by Avengers Assemble. But in the case of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I find that Whedon's writing style works, the self-aware dry humour and snappy dialogue actually befitting of his characters. Of course, my enjoyment of this series also owes a lot to the impossibly perky Gellar as the cute yet tough titular slayer, who kicks major undead butt while wearing very short skirts.

This pilot episode serves primarily as an introduction to the excellent ensemble cast, which also includes David Boreanaz as the mysterious Angel, and Julie Benz and Brian Thompson as nasty vampires Darla and Luke, minions of this season's main bad-guy, The Master (Mark Metcalf).

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