Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Welcome to the Hellmouth 

When teen vampire slayer Buffy tries to start a new life at Sunnydale High, she discovers that the school sits atop a demonic dimensional portal.

Directors:

Charles Martin Smith, Joss Whedon (uncredited)

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mark Metcalf ... The Master
Brian Thompson ... Luke
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Ken Lerner ... Principal Bob Flutie
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Julie Benz ... Darla
J. Patrick Lawlor ... Thomas
Eric Balfour ... Jesse
Natalie Strauss ... Teacher
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Boy (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Spader is mentioned by Cordelia. Joss Whedon later cast him in his movie Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). See more »

Goofs

When Xander is talking to the girl at the Bronze his hand is on the pole and off the pole throughout. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Believe
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Performed by Sprung Monkey
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The One That Started It All...
22 April 2014 | by alekseifeikSee all my reviews

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is fantastic. No doubt about it. But when people say it's there favourite show, their usually talking about the later seasons. The pilot of this gem is never given much credit, but in my opinion its one of the best pilots around. It introduces the characters very well and manages to give us an idea of what their personalities are like. Its funny. The pilot of BTVS comes very close to being a comedy. Its exciting. It is very fast paced and the fight scenes are extremely cool, and overall, its just downright fun!

I love BTVS, and I think this episode does a very good job at hooking peoples attention and luring them into the wonder of the buffyverse!


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