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Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

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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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Cast

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
David Boreanaz ...  Angel / ... 59 episodes, 1997-2003
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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

BtVS See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(144 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buffy's full name is "Buffy Anne Summers". This was explained in season three, episode one, "Anne", where Buffy said Anne is her middle name. See more »

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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 »

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Buffy Summers: Cordelia. Your mouth is open, sound is coming from it. This is never good.
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Alternate Versions

Since being shown on BBC2 in the UK, this show has had two time slots, one for an edited version with hardly any excessive violance and bad language, and one late at night, uncut. See more »

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

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
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A 90's show that will always be worth watching
24 April 2017 | by smetinSee all my reviews

As a kid, I remember Friday nights being "Buffy" night on sky 1. I didn't really understand the show back then, but I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was pretty and I was a young boy...don't judge me! Anyway, with Buffy coming to celebrate its 20 year anniversary I decided to re-watch this series from beginning to end and boy was I in for a treat.

This show is one of the few that will remain timeless. The only time when it feels dated is when it utilises CGI beyond "dusting" vamps, and possibly with some of the larger costumed monsters. Outside of those exceptions, this show hinges on a solid cast and excellent story telling. The characters are so diverse and shine in their own right despite the title being "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Over the course of the 7 seasons, each character is tested and has their own sub-plot, which generates an incredible development. Some stories will make you laugh, others will make you cry. Regardless, you truly develop a connection with each character and this is something that I feel is lacking in many TV shows today. The other obvious feature is the cast is very female-heavy. However, unlike some of the recent attempts (Ghostbusters...), it doesn't do it for the sake of it. The female cast is strong without trying to be feminist and that is a prominent reason as to why this show was so successful.

What I also loved about this show is the sheer variety of the episodes. Some were very serious and dedicated to the plot. However, the next episode could have a completely different stand-alone premise that could be hilarious, cringey or even scary. It was great, and even the "worst" episodes (by their IMDb ratings anyway) were entertaining to me. I appreciated the variety and found it made it even easier to binge watch.

Taken together, this TV show is one for the ages. It features a strong cast that portray a team of fighters that are (just) trying to save the world. Although the stories are very much fiction, the themes of friendship, teamwork and love are relatable. If you have not seen this show already, please do.


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