Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Premiere March 10, 1997
Finale May 20, 2003
Airs FX (Syndication)
Pivot (Syndication)
Creator Joss Whedon
Network The WB (seasons 1-5)
UPN (seasons 6-7)
Style 60-minute paranormal drama
Company Mutant Enemy, Inc.
Kuzui Enterprises
Sandollar Television
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 7
Episodes 144 (List of episodes)
(List of episodes)
Origin USA
Watch Now Netflix

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a groundbreaking program that, along with 7th Heaven, helped The WB gain prominence and respectability as a network. The critically acclaimed show is well-known for its intricate universe, which spans more than a millennium, and is gradually revealed over the course of its seven seasons, as well as its eventual spinoff, Angel, and expanded universe.

The core of the show centers around Buffy Summers, an ordinary teenage girl who is imbued with powers from a lineage of heroes dubbed the slayer. The slayer lineage is centered around a mythical line of people who are sworn to protect humankind from supernatural villains, most notably the vampire, a reanimated human who has supernatural healing and strength. Joining a slayer in her destiny is her watcher, a person designated by the Watcher's Council as well-versed in demon and slayer lore who trains and guides that particular slayer until her death.

Although much of the show revolves around Buffy's chosen destiny and the history of the slayer lineage, the show also has a strong focus on her group of friends, termed the Scooby Gang, and how they deal with their own lives as they are thrust into the often cataclysmic events that Buffy deals with everyday. The show's supporting characters proved to be so well developed that a spinoff, Angel, was created that further fleshes out the universe's mythology, eventually housing five original Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters in its main cast.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer comprises of seven television seasons, with the first five being on the WB before moving over to UPN for its final two seasons. In late 2006, Joss Whedon announced that a canonical eighth season will transpire through a comic medium, and will take place a year and a half after the events of the series finale, "Chosen." Due in part to the series' renewed popularity, Whedon is also finalizing talks with BBC to broadcast the first posthumous Buffy television production: a 90-minute TV movie following Giles' youth called Ripper.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy Summers * * * * * * *
Nicholas Brendon Xander Harris * * * * * * *
Alyson Hannigan Willow Rosenberg * * * * * * *
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia Chase * * *
Anthony Stewart Head Rupert Giles * * * * * o o
David Boreanaz Angel o * * o o o
Seth Green Daniel "Oz" Osbourne o * *
Marc Blucas Riley Finn * * o
James Marsters Spike o o * * * *
Emma Caulfield "Anya" Jenkins o o * * *
Michelle Trachtenberg Dawn Summers * * *
Amber Benson Tara Maclay o o *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Julie Benz Darla o o o
Mercedes McNab Harmony Kendall o o o o o
Kristine Sutherland Joyce Summers o o o o o o o
Elizabeth Anne Allen Amy Madison o o o o o o
Robia LaMorte Jenny Calendar o o o
Juliet Landau Drusilla o o o
Danny Strong Jonathan Levinson o o o o o
Robin Sachs Ethan Rayne o o o
Eliza Dushku Faith Lehane o o o
Adam Busch Warren Meers o o o
Tom Lenk Andrew Wells o o
D.B. Woodside Principal Robin Wood o
1 2 3 4 5 6 7


Seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have aired on television. The show premiered on The WB, where it ran for five seasons. During the tailend of the fifth season, negotiations between The WB and UPN began for the right to air the sixth season of the show. In the end, UPN won out, and the sixth season's premiere episode, Bargaining, drew the biggest ratings for the entire series. In late 2006, it was announced that Joss Whedon will be penning the first and last arcs of a canonical season eight through a graphic novel medium. Joining him will be fellow former Buffyverse writers, including Drew Goddard and Jane Espenson.

Season Premiere Finale #
Buffy the Vampire Slayer July 31, 1992
Original Pilot Unaired
The WB
Season One March 10, 1997 June 2, 1997 12
Season Two September 15, 1997 May 19, 1998 22
Season Three September 29, 1998 July 13, 1999 22
Season Four October 5, 1999 May 23, 2000 22
Season Five September 26, 2000 May 22, 2001 22
Season Six October 2, 2001 May 21, 2002 22
Season Seven September 24, 2002 May 20, 2003 22
Season Eight March 7, 2007 January 6, 2011 40+3
Season Nine September 15, 2011 4


  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Mythology: Further information about the rich mythology that surrounds the series
  • Terminology: Unique terms that make up the series

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Chosen Collection November 15, 2005 purchase 40
Complete Series - Canada  (Region 1)
The Complete Series October 12, 2010 purchase 40
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season January 15, 2002 purchase 3
The Complete Second Season June 11, 2002 purchase 6
The Complete Third Season January 7, 2003 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season June 10, 2003 purchase 6
The Complete Fifth Season December 9, 2003 purchase 6
The Complete Sixth Season May 25, 2004 purchase 6
The Complete Seventh Season November 16, 2004 purchase 6
'Best Of' Collections  (Region 1)
Spike: Love Is Hell June 25, 2005 purchase 1
Curse of the Hellmouth October 4, 2005 purchase 2

External Sites