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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 10, 1997
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter
  • Summary: 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.
    Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy Summers, The Chosen One, the one girl in all the world with the strength and skill to fight the vampires. With
    the help of her close friends, Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), and her Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships.
    For five years Buffy slayed vampires on the WB; then for her last two seasons she went to UPN.
    Theme music by Nerf Herder.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Feb 25, 2013
    Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Buffy to perfection in this witty, intelligent and thoroughly entertaining series based loosely on the 1992 film, and if she isn't the next closet-door poster queen - or the Internet-shrine equivalent - I'll be stunned. [10 Mar 1997, p.C1]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 25, 2013
    The winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar is a huge improvement over bubblehead Kristy Swanson as the new Buffy, moving with her mom to the "one-Starbucks town" of Sunnydale, Calif. She's cute and pert but nobody's fool. [10 Mar 1997, p.3D]
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Feb 25, 2013
    The performances are generally strong, but the devilishly clever, culturally hyper-attuned dialogue (by executive producer Josh Whedon, who wrote the original and worked on "Speed" and "Toy Story") is what makes this stand out. [10 Mar 1997, p.C8]
  4. Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    Feb 25, 2013
    The only objection to this well-made comedy is overfamiliarity. [10 Mar 1997, p.C10]
  5. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Feb 25, 2013
    For fans of youth shows, occult shows and action shows, this new, weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the right program at the right time. [10 Mar 1997, p.70]
  6. Reviewed by: David Okamoto
    Feb 25, 2013
    Think of it as My So-Called Afterlife or Nancy Drew Blood: Despite some lapses into acute self-awareness, Buffy is a biting, stylish high-school drama masquerading as a vampire-movie spinoff and cleverly combining the dark humor of Heathers, the homeroom angst of Beverly Hills, 90210 and the goofy, mystery-solving camaraderie of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? [10 Mar 1997, p.15A]
  7. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 25, 2013
    The results are mighty ragged in the series opener. The show takes strange shifts in tone, the dialogue isn't campy enough, and the violence grows tiresome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 2, 2014
    Buffy has great episodes, action and characters. Buffy has four fantastic seasons to enjoy.
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    Buffy the vampire slayer has clever characters, slick action and intriguing plots that are entertaining.
    4 seasons of the series were
    excellent, after that the series become redundant and flat. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2013
    The first season of the show isn't quite up to the standard the show would set in the future but it is still very fun. It focuses on a ''high school is hell'' theme and is very much a monster of the week series. However, the great cast, characters,dialogue and humour that would make the show so beloved are all there from the start and the episodes that do form an arc, such as Angel, Nightmares and Prophecy Girl all show the potential that the show had in the future. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2013
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show, and I've watched every episode of every season at least 10 times. So here are my thoughts to Season 1: Season 1 acts as a decent start to the show doing a great job of introducing us to the main cast. The effects, for the most part, were a bit cheap at times but for the first season, and when it came out, this was forgivable. Sarah is highly believable as Buffy and I highly doubt anyone else could have played her as well (even though she looks nothing like Kristy Swanson from the movie that the series followed.) Alyson Hannigan does a great job with Willow, to the point that I actually had a huge crush on the character (not the actress.) She's incredibly sweet, but also has such great potential. Nicholas Brendon was initially perceived as the comic relief, but his character developed some real depth and there was allot more to him. Anthony Head just came across as a bit of a cliche and a little out of place in the first season, but seamed to settle into his role in later episodes. Overall: Not the best season, but a great start none the less. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2013
    The majority of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans would likely tell you that the show’s first season is its weakest and it’s hard to argue with that. Many of the elements that would make Buffy such a fantastic show in later seasons, such as its clever dialogue and ability to take plots in an unexpected directions, can be seen on occasions but this was very much a show still finding its feet. Several of the twelve episodes on offer here are simply ‘Monster of the Week’ focused and none of them could be considered amongst the series very best. To be honest some could even be described as extremely flawed with poor productions values and cheesy (not in a good way) plots that don’t hold up well when viewed today.

    This is still worth a watch to see where it all began but there was much better to come.

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