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.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... The Master
... Luke
... Angel
... Principal Bob Flutie
... Joyce Summers
... Darla
... Thomas
... Jesse
... Teacher
... 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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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James Spader is mentioned by Cordelia. Joss Whedon later cast him in his movie Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). See more »


When Principal Flutie tapes Buffy's transcript back together, he clearly doesn't match any of the edges up correctly. 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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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Performed by Sprung Monkey
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Great Intro Episode!
29 September 2013 | by See 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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