Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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.
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.
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||July 31, 1992||—|
|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
|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|