Following last night's explosive new episode of Glee with McKinley high celbrating that time honored tradition of prom many fans are now eagerly awaiting the season two DVD set to release this fall. The episode featured surprisingly good music, shocking twists, and the welcome return of Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James. For those who wish to live in nostalgia of the high school milestone itself, let's look at five great TV episodes about prom that you can find on DVD right now!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Prom" - This sci fi action epic of a series from wunderkind Joss Whedon managed to eloquently parallel the horrors of high school with creatures of the night. A wonderful example is when our hero Buffy (Sarah Michelle Geller) must stop a nefarious nerd from unleashing hell hounds on the school prom by sacrificing her own pictaresque dreams of what the night could entail. The episode is made all the more bittersweet when Buffy finds out what her peers truly thought of her when the prom awards are announced, and when she sees her soon-to-be departing love, Angel (David Boreanaz) at the dance. Truly a night to remember.
Dawson's Creek: "Promicide" - This sudsy flagship series for the dearly departed WB is shockingly daring and heartbreaking in retrospect. The episode foretold the inevitable couplings that would end the series, cemented the concept of soul mates as an actual thing that we should be invested in, and somehow managed the show's tradmark theatrics without becoming too schmaltzy. It's a night that rocked the creek as everyone got swept up in prom fever and contemplating their uncertain futures with graduation looming in the near future. This is also the episode where primetime's first gay teen, Jack McPhee, (a pitch perfect Kerr Smith) risked his heart and the potential derision of the school by taking a boy to the dance long before audiences fell in love with Glee's Kurt and Blaine.
Friends: "The One with the Prom Video" - This season two episode finds our six friends coming across a video of Monica (Courtney Cox) and Rachel (Jennfier Aniston) preparing for the big night. Here we discover that the ladies did not always look as trendy or hip when they were growing up in Massapequa, NY. It is also this episode that the currently bickering Ross and Rachel are forced to remember a sweet aside that has enough comedy and romantic whimsy to be believable and help you root for this complicated pair. Plus, who doesn't love big 80s hair?!
Gossip Girl: "Valley Girls" - On a show that routinely features lavish affairs, these Upper West Side teens do manage to pull out every trick for their prom night. Queen B herself Blair (Leighton Meester) desperately seeks a single goal, Prom Queen, which she will go to any length to achieve. It is only when Chuck (Ed Westwick) shows his true colors that the viewers get to realize just how seemingly mature, but so wistfully young these kids actually are. It's a big episode for fans of the couple, watch to see who is coronated, and the amazing fashions.
How I Met Your Mother: "Prom" - Prom doesn't always have to be attended when its at your high school or even when you are a teenager as we learn in this delightful comedy. Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Robin (Colby Smulders), and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) break into a local NYC high school's prom to see the band, The 88 (playing themselves), who are being considered for the sweet gig of Lily's wedding band. As they listen to the music Lily remembers her own nightmare-ish prom with ex-boyfriend Scooter (Harris' partner Dave Burtka); wondering if she didn't rush into a relationship with her now fiance Marshall (Jason Segel) because of how bad that night so long ago was. This episode features great music, awesome prom fashion, and great Barney hijinks.