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Buffy the Vampire Slayer features a dark and magical world filled with dangerous vampires and werewolves. Magical creatures abound and wreak havoc on normal citizens. People die from unexplainable causes. Buffy Summers, the show's main character, is forced by fate to take on the role of the world's only vampire slayer. With her super-strength and advanced fighting skills, she is the only one capable of stopping the forces of evil.

When the series begins, Buffy Summers is a reluctant slayer who wants nothing more than the normal life of a teenage girl. Throughout the show, she constantly struggles to maintain normalcy while living in an area with a high vampire population. Her town, Sunnydale, attracts a variety of mythological and usually evil creatures. Through it all, she is assisted by her dearest and closest friends. Originally, her team consists of the bright Willow Rosenberg and the amusing Xander Harris. Her mentor, Rupert Giles, serves as a guide to her dangerous job. Throughout the show, other characters join the team, including the friendly werewolf Oz, the obnoxious schoolmate Cordelia, and a brooding vampire named Angel.

Each episode usually features a dangerous mystery or villain stalking the citizens of the town. Most episodes tie into an overall story arc for each individual season, ultimately leading to a major conflict in the season finale. The show is aimed at teenagers and young adults, so each episode in the early seasons also highlights every day issues high school students face. This theme continues when Buffy and her friends begin going to college. The show also provides a lot of humor, never taking itself too seriously. The fictional Dracula even makes an appearance on the show to poke fun at the show's vampire mythology. Romance also plays a big role in the series and is a driving force in many episodes.

The show aired from 1997 to 2003 and was the product of a failed movie. It originally aired on the American channel called The WB Television Network, but ended its run on the rival network UPN. The show's main character was played by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who previously had been known for her role on All My Children. After Buffy, Gellar continued to act in other productions such as Ringer and The Air I Breathe. Joss Whedon, the show's creator and producer, has moved on to other projects including recently directing The Avengers.

FOX
8 Seasons, 163 Episodes - Canceled
March 10, 1997
Drama, Vampire, Science Fiction
8.2/10
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  • Xander and Dawn lead an army of wood creatures into battle against Warren and Amy's minions. And, with a potentially cataclysmic temporal rift about to open, Buffy must escape from Dark Willow and defeat Fray in order to return to the present and save the world.

  • While Willow seeks otherworldly help in bringing Buffy back from the future, Xander and Dawn flee deep into the woods, where they encounter a strange race of tree-like forest souls. Elsewhere, in the future, after taking on a horde of vampires, Fray strikes a deal with Dark Willow.

  • Having been transported into the future, Buffy joins forces with Melaka Fray, a fellow-slayer whose twin brother, Harth, is a vampire contemplating an evil plan. Meanwhile, back in the present, Xander and Dawn struggle to defend the castle.

  • As Buffy and Willow head to New York on a cryptic mission involving Buffy's scythe, Twilight, Warren, and Amy launch a deadly attack on the slayers' castle. Meanwhile, Xander attempts to comfort Dawn, who has now been transformed into a centaur. Finally, Buffy herself is attacked by an unknown assailant.

  • After the shocking death of one of their own, Buffy and her team take on Toro's army of vampires. And, while Dawn slugs it out with her own mechanized doppelganger, Dracula and Willow team up to stop Toro and his diabolical spell. Finally, as Xander pays his last respects to a lost loved one, Buffy and Satsu share a warm goodbye.

  • After a gruesome welcome to Tokyo, Buffy and Willow capture one of the Japanese vampires and learn of a sinister plan to revert all slayers into ordinary humans. Then, while Dawn goes "Godzilla" all over the streets of Tokyo, Buffy's team stumbles into Toro's trap.

  • Realizing that the Japanese vampires have stolen his secrets, Dracula agrees to help Xander stop them. And, as Buffy's crew prepares to go to war, a Japanese slayer named Aiko tracks the vampires, with disastrous results.

  • Buffy and Satsu's amorous encounter is rudely interrupted when a gang of transmogrifying Japanese vampires storms the castle and steals Buffy's scythe. Later, Xander seeks the help of an old friend.

  • While the rest of the girls party, Buffy and Xander discuss the matter of a rogue slayer. Later, Buffy and Satsu discuss affairs of the heart as they take on a nest of vampires. And, when Twilight attacks, an epic brawl leaves Buffy reeling and questioning her own moral certainty.

  • After a flight of fantasy, Buffy and Willow enter the demonic lair of Sephrilian, a dangerous realm of unstable reality where the friends' darkest secrets, both past and future, are revealed. Elsewhere, Dawn reveals an embarrassing secret of her own to Xander.

  • As Faith and Genevieve battle to the death, Buffy confronts Giles about Faith's assignment. Giles goes to Faith's aid, and once Faith's mission is completed, the two agree to continue their tentative alliance. Elsewhere, a dark rendezvous heralds the onset of Twilight.

  • As Giles tries hopelessly to contact Faith, Lady Genevieve explains her rationale for wanting to assassinate Buffy. Buffy is unwittingly teleported to Genevieve's estate, where the two slayers engage in deadly combat, until the internally-conflicted Faith intervenes.

  • Posing as a viscount's daughter, Faith infiltrates Lady Genevieve's gala and is attacked by Roden's gargoyle security team. Elsewhere, Willow offers to Dawn with her plus-sized problem and is called upon to upgrade the castle's defense system. Finally, after bonding with Faith, Genevieve reveals her evil plan.

  • Faith is approached by Giles with a dangerous assignment--to pose as a British aristocrat in order to assassinate a wealthy, rogue slayer under the tutelage of an Irish warlock. Meanwhile, Buffy frets about the coming of Twilight and the meaning of an ominous dream.

  • One of Buffy's decoy doubles recalls how she was called upon and trained to be a slayer. The heroic young woman's undercover assignment takes her deep underground, where she leads a stand against Yamanh and his demonic horde.

  • With Buffy still under a mystical sleeping spell, Ethan Rayne, a chaos-worshiping wannabe sorcerer, visits her dreamspace and helps her to navigate the bizarre terrain. Meanwhile, outside, Willow and Amy face off in a magical duel, where Willow gets an assist in capturing Amy. As Amy is being held captive, Buffy is awakened by a kiss from her true love. Elsewhere, Giles, still investigating the mysterious symbol, seeks information from an unlikely source. And, back at headquarters, Buffy and Willow play catch-up. Finally, Amy springs a trap and makes a dramatic escape, taking Willow with her and leaving Buffy fuming.

  • As Giles, Buffy, and Andrew continue to train neophyte slayers in various locations, teamwork gets encouraged, and Lando Calrissian's fashion sense gets slammed. Meanwhile, Xander posits an interesting theory about Dawn's giant size. Elsewhere, harboring a dark secret, General Voll moves forward with his plan and dispatches Amy Madison to destroy Buffy. Amy places Buffy under a sleeping spell, and only the kiss of true love will wake her. Meanwhile, Buffy, lingering in a nightmarish dreamspace, is visited by a mysterious stranger. Finally, as Amy's legions of undead lay siege to the slayers' Scottish stronghold, a familiar face appears to take them on.

  • Proving once and for all that you can't keep a good Slayer down, Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight picks up where the smash hit TV show left off! Based on the award winning Dark Horse comic book series, these eye-popping motion comic adventures breathe new life into the Buffyverse for long-time fans and new "watchers" alike. The Hellmouth may have been destroyed, but the world still needs saving and Buffy Summers is back at her butt-kicking, demon-slaying best to do the job. She's relocated her base of operations to a castle in Scotland to lead the Scooby Gang, including hundreds of newly activated Slayers scattered around the world to battle the supernatural forces of evil. But in the wake of Sunnydale's destruction, the U.S. government thinks Buffy and her legions of followers have grown too powerful and are now terrorist threats. Meanwhile, a seemingly unstoppable group of Japanese vampires hatch a nefarious plot, while the biggest, baddest Big Bad of them all, Twilight, is on a mission to destroy every Slayer on Earth!

  • Buffy rejoins the group, as Giles and Willow do some research on her newfound weapon. Meanwhile, it seems that everyone else is prepared for the end, as they can feel something bad coming. Finally, Buffy faces off against Caleb with the help of an old friend, who pays her one final visit.

  • With Buffy no longer in charge, Faith leads the potentials into the sewers in search of weapons, but they are attacked by an army of vampires and discover a ticking bomb. Meanwhile, after Spike lifts Buffy's spirts, she goes to the Vinyard to face Caleb, and discovers a new weapon- a mystical scythe which will help her in her impending battle.

  • Faith returns to Sunnydale and joins forces with the growing Scooby gang just as The First empowers a dangerous new threat, the malevolent cleric Caleb. When Buffy decides to face Caleb head-on and test the wannabes, his power and viciousness stun her and the gang.

  • Giles, believing Spike has become a liability, teams up with Principal Wood, who also has animosity toward Spike. The two conspire to kill Spike behind Buffy's back. Buffy finds out about their plans and manages to save Spike, but loses all respect for Giles and decides to end her relationship with him. Meanwhile, Spike is flooded with memories of his mother and how he turned her into a vampire.

  • In this light-hearted episode, Andrew shoots a documentary, chronicling a day in the life of the scoobies and the potentials. Meanwhile, the Sunnydale High school is also experiencing problems when the Hellmouth is activated.

  • The Summers home, densely packed with Slayer wannabes, suffers a surprising, grievous loss which ratchets up the gang's attempt to rout the growing forces of evil. Meanwhile, Buffy makes a treacherous journey to try to obtain knowledge that will help in the battle against The First.

  • Buffy goes on a date with Principal Wood, while Xander goes on date with an enigmatic woman he happens to work with.

  • When Willow starts to give in to romantic feelings for Kennedy, her guilty conscience causes her to turn into Warren, Tara's killer. Also, the gang gets clues that lead them to believe Giles may be The First, and Buffy helps Spike with what seems to be his malfunctioning chip, ultimately leaving Buffy with a hard decision to make.

  • Buffy struggles to protect potential Slayers from assassination by the Ubervamp while Giles and Anya petition a creature for information about the First.

  • As Buffy and the gang search for a way to annihilate an extremely powerful Ubervamp, Giles arrives in Sunnydale with three would-be slayers in tow.

  • After giving Spike a brutal third degree about his recent malevolent deeds, Buffy and the gang then kidnap and grill Andrew in a desperate effort to learn more about the growing evil forces that surround them all. At the same time, Buffy urgently contacts the Watcher's Council to try to locate Giles in hopes that he may have some answers about the deadly, ever-encroaching evil.

  • Fearful that Spike may be killing again, the gang's investigation into his mysterious behavior climaxes in a formidable confrontation between him and Buffy. Meanwhile, Giles makes what may be a cataclysmic discovery that could affect everyone's future.

  • Joyce visits Dawn from the beyond, Buffy has a revealing chat with a vampire, and Willow receives a ghostly visitor whom she believes may well be Tara, all of which portend an imminent, unpleasant future. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Andrew return to Sunnydale for some inevitably unpleasant mischief.

  • When Anya grants a particularly gruesome vengeance wish, Buffy, Xander and the gang are forced to confront her choice to become a demon again. Meanwhile, in an attempt to return to some semblance of a normal life, Willow moves back in with Buffy and re-enrolls in college.

  • Buffy's role as a guidance counselor is severely tested when she tries to help a student who claims she is able to foretell her own, imminent death. Meanwhile, Anya struggles with being a vengeance demon, which takes an unexpected turn as she finds herself dispensing advice instead of curses.

  • Willow's Sunnydale homecoming is more difficult than she or anyone else expected, causing the gang some concern that she hasn't fully recovered from her evil ways. Meanwhile, Dawn officially joins the hallowed ranks of the Scooby Gang as they hunt down a demon with baffling powers.

  • After her first day as Sunnydale's new guidance counselor, Buffy and her friends get right into investigating a subterranean monster, that is wreaking havoc on Sunnydale. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she says her good-byes to Giles and leaves England to return to Sunnydale.

  • Buffy takes Dawn to her first day at the newly restored Sunnydale High, only to discover that the school still hides the deep, menacing secrets of years past. Meanwhile, a remorseful Willow recoups in England and turns to Giles and the coven to learn to control her magic.

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