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Buffy The Vampire Slayer 7 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,202) IMDb 8.2/10

After moving to Sunnydale, California, Buffy Anne Summers just wants to be a normal teenager. Back in Los Angeles, her first Watcher had died; she inadvertently burned down the gymnasium at her old high school; and her parents got a divorce. The move to Sunnydale is supposed to give both her and her mother, Joyce, a clean slate. But then she meets the school librarian, Rupert Giles, and quickly learns there is no escaping her destiny. With Giles as her new Watcher, she reluctantly steps back into her role as the Slayer. But this time she is not fighting alone. She now has an inner circle of special friends-- Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and a mysterious young man named Angel-- ready to join the fight and drive in a stake or two if need be.

Starring:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon

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1. Welcome to the Hellmouth

Buffy Summers, a high school sophomore, faces her destiny as a slayer of the undead.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 10, 1997
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2. The Harvest

Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: March 10, 1997
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3. Witch

A witch attempts to eliminate Buffy from a cheerleading competition.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: March 17, 1997
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4. Teacher's Pet

Buffy's biology teacher is killed by a giant praying mantis that assumes the form of a beautiful substitute teacher.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: March 24, 1997
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5. Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

While Buffy awaits the arrival of a warrior vampire, she dates a boy who is attracted to her exciting lifestyle.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 31, 1997
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6. The Pack

Xander and several other students are possessed by the spirit of a demonic breed of hyenas that wreak havoc at the high school.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 7, 1997
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7. Angel

Buffy discovers Angel's horrifying secret.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: April 14, 1997
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8. I, Robot, You, Jane

Willow unwittingly unleashes a powerful demon that takes refuge on the Internet.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 28, 1997
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9. The Puppet Show

Buffy suspects that a ventriloquist's dummy may be harvesting organs from classmates performing in a talent show.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 5, 1997
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10. Nightmares

Buffy and her friends discover that their worst nightmares have become reality.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 12, 1997
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11. Out of Mind? Out of Sight

As the May Queen election approaches, an invisible force attacks Cordelia's closest friends.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 19, 1997
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12. Prophecy Girl

Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: June 2, 1997
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For a first time screenwriter, Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a good effort for a feature film. I thought for sure the series was going to tank. When I started watching halfway through the first season, I quickly found that I was wrong. "Buffy" simply blossoms on television. I've been hooked ever since.
For the first time, Whedon has provided us with all the terrors of high school (remember those?) in a horror genre setting. Not only that, but he provides a confident, cool FEMALE character to trounce the bad guys. Whether you're a fan of the genre or a teenage feminist, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) provides a niche for the unpopular misfits in high school, but looks upon them as heroes. Were you as uncomfortable as Xander (Nicholas Brendon)? As geeky as Willow (Alyson Hannigan)? As quick with an aphorism as Oz (Seth Green)? The series proves that high school is indeed survivable no matter who you are, even if you're cliquish Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter). And in the end, the more unpopular you were - possibly the more important you were to your teenage community.
Mix in your favorite teacher (or librarian) played by Anthony Stewart Head (who should play "Doctor Who" after he's done with "Buffy") to be the requisite horror genre British pseudo-scientist, and Buffy's single mom (Kristine Sutherland) and you're all set to go with the most intelligent sci-fi TV series possibly written for this age group. (The next closest thing being the intelligent, yet non-sf "Freaks & Geeks".)
I'm not kidding. It's amazing how quickly these characters grow in the first season and their responses remain true to life despite the extraordinary situations they're thrown into.
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Finally, the complete first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available on DVD (rather than the boxed set previously available that contained only half of the episodes). While a little uneven in quality compared to later, more polished seasons, the series' trademark wit and pathos are in fine form in this set.
The set begins with the two-part series premiere, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest." These episodes introduce Buffy, a sophomore in high school and the Slayer chosen to fight the forces of darkness; Willow, the shy technology-savvy redhead; Xander, the goofy regular guy who happens to have a serious crush on the Buffster; Cordelia, the shallow queen always ready with an acerbic comment; and Giles, the staid school librarian and Buffy's watcher. Some important secondary characters are also introduced, like Angel, Buffy's future boyfriend, and Darla, Angel's vampiric ex-flame. The storyline involves the plans of the Master, a vampire, to escape his prison and wreak havoc at the same time that Buffy has just transferred to a new school (after being kicked out of her old one for burning down the gym). Naturally, she and her friends avert the catastrophe.
"The Witch" is a great episode, looking at both mother/daughter relationships and being pressured by parents to succeed. When the cheerleading squad meets various mystical "accidents," one-by-one, Buffy has to investigate. The trail apparently leads to Amy Madison, a gawky girl turned second-string cheerleader. She's moving up the ranks as her competitors go down... One of the best episodes in the set.
"Teacher's Pet" features Xander, as he and all the other guys go gaga for a new substitute teacher.
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Surely the legions of fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" television series appreciate the irony that now that the show is in syndication, the First Season (1997) is finally coming out on DVD. This still puts us behind the fans in Europe who can already get last season on video tape, but we will try to be patient, hard as that might be (But it was still a big mistake NOT to include "Prophecy Girl" in the first set of videotapes). Now that "BtVS" is into its Sixth Season and the Slayer is on her third life, this might be a good time to re-evaluate that first season. I therefore offer the following points for contemplation:
(1) The most important factor that gives the television series more depth than the movie is clearly the character of Angel (David Boreanaz), although the creation of the Scooby Gang is huge as well. But even more impressive than the fact that a vampire with a soul is in love with the Slayer is the fact that Joss Whedon holds off on this revelation until the seventh episode ("Angel"). For the first six episodes Angel was Mystery Guy, Stealth Guy, Cryptic Guy, and then in the first truly memorable moment of the series, Buffy learns the truth as Angel's face morphs in her bedroom. Creating these star-crossed lovers is where this television series start an operatic story arc that culminates in "Becoming: Part II," the show's zenith. (2) Related to this is the Master (Mark Metcalf) story arc that defines the first season. Each subsequent season of Buffy has similarly been defined by a pair of story arcs, usually dividing the season in half: Season 2 starts with Spike & Dru and then Angelus takes over in the second half. Of course, this helps set up the thrilling season finales each year as the Master/Angelus/Mayor/Adam/Glory meets their fate.
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