A young woman, 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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Joss Whedon
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Ford ...  Anya 85 episodes, 1998-2003
Michelle Trachtenberg ...  Dawn Summers 66 episodes, 2000-2003
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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

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Divided by destiny. Bound by love. See more »


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Giles car is a mid 70's era Citroen DS. See more »

Goofs

Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers (or young people) themselves someone they can look up to. See more »

Quotes

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

Alternate Versions

In the UK, the BBC managed to get 16:9 widescreen versions of Buffy episodes from season 4 on. These are broadcast in anamorphic widescreen on all digital TV platforms and 14:9 on analogue. The UK DVDs are also presented 16:9 widescreen. In the original US airings and on the US DVDs, the aspect ratio is 4:3 for all episodes except "Once More With Feeling," which is 16:9 everywhere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Andi Mack: 13 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Defies Expectations
4 October 2016 | by indigotipSee all my reviews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has an odd name. It looks like it has cheese. Unfortunately, some people are even put off because it was produced in the 90s. Please don't let any of these things get in the way of watching this show (like me :C). The humor is on point and self-aware, the heroine is awesome, and even though I'm only starting the second season, I can say with confidence that this show is GOOD. Plus, Giles is the best. If you don't know what I mean by "Giles is the best," it's obviously time that you watch the show, learn why, and then agree with me wholeheartedly.

Sure, there's some cheese, but it's good cheese... like in pizza! Everyone loves pizza. For me, it only makes the show more entertaining. Sure, some of the production values are a little... but don't let that stop you from loving the show just like you'd love Doctor Who (dare I say the first couple seasons of Smallville?) or some of the other low-budget shows with terrible special effects!

But wait! There's more! This show itself is a commentary on high school life (and life in general). The villains and conflicts that the heroine encounters are all representative of problems that someone might encounter in real life. There's a depth to the content that just isn't there in many other shows out there. If you watch the show, you'll see what I mean. It's terribly subtle, the way I'm hinting at you to watch the show, isn't it?


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Release Date:

1 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(144 episodes)

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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