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.


Charles Martin Smith, Joss Whedon (uncredited)


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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)


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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Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was an Unaired Pilot of the show which was shot in 1996 it follows mostly the same plot except Willow was played by Riff Regan and Principal Flutie was played Stephen Tobolowsky. See more »


When Xander is talking to the girl at the Bronze his hand is on the pole and off the pole throughout. 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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Features Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997) See more »


Performed by Sprung Monkey
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Great Intro Episode!
29 September 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The intro episode to the hit show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a good one. It's full of action and it has some good comedy. I like these kind of shows about the undead and for one, I'm glad it's not campy of gooey. I want to see people killing vampires, not falling in love. (looking at you, Twilight). Anyway, this is a great first episode and I'm looking forward to more.

The first episode, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" introduces us to Buffy and her new school at Sunnydale. We meet her potential friends to be and her wacky librarian who says vampire hunting is her destiny. When she heads to a party, she realizes vampires are about to take over and it's off to kick some butt.

Overall, this is a fine, entertaining episode. I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar's witty one-liners. It helps that she blends her comedy with her vampire-kicking action. I rate this episode 9/10.

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