May 20, 2003 was a solemn day in the science fiction and fantasy world of television. After seven seasons, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” ended and so did a television series luminary. “Buffy Quits” was the exclusive cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine on the March 7, 2003 issue. Sarah Michelle Gellar who breathed life into the character of Buffy Anne Summers walked out of Sunnydale for good. No other television series of its genre has risen to the occasion of taking the cult classic’s place.
The reality is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is irreplaceable and unforgettable to hardcore fans. Thanks to television syndication and DVD season collections, The Scooby Gang continues to kick evil’s butt again and again. Though almost impossible to narrow down, here are at least 10 of the finest episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Ten of the finest episodes of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
- Season 5; Episode 22: “The Gift” – Buffy Anne Summers dies.
- Season 6; Episode 3: “After Life” – Buffy tells why she is unhappy after returning from the grave.
- Season 5; Episode 16: “The Body” – Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland), Buffy’s mother dies.
- Season 6; Episode 17: “Normal Again” – Buffy wakes up in a mental institution. She must choose between our reality of normalcy or the super fantastical world of Sunnydale.
- Season 6; Episode 20: “Villains” – Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) gets angry.
- Season 1; Episode 1: “Welcome to the Hellmouth” - Buffy Anne Summers comes to Sunnydale.
- Season 2; Episode 6: “Halloween” – Imagine donning a costume and becoming someone else for a day.
- Season 6; Episodes 1 and 2: “Bargaining” – Buffy Anne Summers returns to Sunnydale, from the grave.
- Season 3; Episode 9: “The Wish” – The Scooby Gang are in an alternate world where they are leather-clad vampires.
- Season 2; Episode 16: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) becomes the essence of swagger.
(Honorable Mention) Season 4; Episode 17: “Superstar” – Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) as 007.
Due to the expansiveness of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” there were too many noteworthy episodes to list. So to “Buffy” fans, apologies.
Hey Joss, isn’t it about time for a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reunion movie?
Author’s Bio: C. C. J. Vann is a writer. She writes about the speculative genre in television, film and literature. Her work has been featured on numerous websites. Her blog is at ccjvann.com. Follow her on Twitter @ccjvann.