• Network: WB , The WB
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 10, 1997
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52

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  1. Aug 11, 2013
    7
    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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  2. Mar 17, 2013
    7
    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
  3. Jun 30, 2013
    7
    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
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 26, 2013
    83
    All in all, this looks like one of the brightest new shows of the season.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Feb 25, 2013
    90
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 25, 2013
    90
    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]