OK, so you have to admit that this show can be really weird (especially later seasons), is sometimes stupid (harsh but true), and the visual effects of many of the 'monsters' are laughable. However, I do understand the draw; the great overall concept of the show and of course Sarah Michelle Geller make for one addictive series! However, I did feel like the first four seasons were of a higher standard and just more viewer friendly (plot-wise)!
Buffy was not only a ground breaking show that helped to bring vampires, werewolves and a whole array of mythical creatures alike back into the mainstream but it also had such originality. The cast chemistry along with the great story-lines makes this show one that you can re-watch time and time again. I personally have been trying to find a show as good an addictive since Buffy ended with no luck. I really do believe that this show (and its counterpart, Angel) is one in a million show!
The word iconic tends to jump out whenever this show is mentioned, and with good reason. Joss Whedon brought vampires, werewolves etc, back to the masses and made it cool. Combining mild horror with Joss's unique humour was a masterstroke, geniuinely affecting peoples lives. It started off innocently enough, with the typical freak of the week episodes, but quickly changed into something completely different. Heavily scripted with smart, fresh, quirky dialogue and storylines. The show also has truly amazing characters, from the main cast to the secondary cast, who were just perfect in every way.
Buffy literally opened the flood gates for other vamp shows, but they will never (even though some of them are pretty darn good themselves) reach the pinnacle that Buffy did.
I write this review confident in the knowledge that I have watched every episode numerous times, not just the odd one, which some people find is sufficient to review a show as a whole, well it isn't. The later seasons are every bit as good as the earlier ones, in fact the show probably peaked season 4-6, with season 6 widely considered the best. My personal faves are 4 and 5, but the rest are still brilliant. Heck, the show deserves 10/10 for the musical episode alone. Bottom line, this show is a top 10 most iconic show of the last 20 years...Fact!
I remeber watching BTVS back in the day and it scared me lol. Then once I got older I gave it a go and I loved it. Buffy is so badass, this show has lots of action, she's always kicking ass I love a show where the woman is strong and independent and fierce. This show has some scary episodes but it really is amazing. It's a classic. I didn't care for season 7 though :/ I didn't like how they added in Dawn and then the whole Buffy and Spike lustful relationship... I really wanted it to get back to how it was... just Willow,Buffy,Xander,Giles and sometimes Cordelia... but other than that great show
I guess the reason Buffy is my fave television show of all time, and always will be, is because it was the first show I ever watched religiously. I can't exactly remember what age I started watching it, but it would have had to be about the age of nine or ten. I know that's young to start watching such an adult show, but as I've grown and continued to watch Buffy, every now and then I get a joke or something from the episode(s) that I didn't get before. Although I knew of Buffy's presence, because I was young I didn't get a chance to start watching it on T.V before season five (although I had seen season one on tape). From then until the end I watched it, and in the meantime I collected all the other seasons on DVD. Words can't express how much I like this show, and I will probably continue to watch it so many times over until I am very old.
First, the rant. There's been a lot of talk about how the Emmys are a joke. To me, this argument can be won simply by uttering "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I know this show had some stiff dramatic competition during its run (West Wing, Sopranos). But, the fact that "Buffy" garnered only technical nominations (and not even wins for those) during its seven year brilliance...proof the Emmys and its nominating posse suck. Putzes.
Now the rave, Joss is the man and I'm glad "The Avengers" is once again proving that. He turned a corny "Buffy" movie into an intelligent, darkly humorous masterpiece of a show.
He aced top-notch dialogue but, he knew how to really mold characters. Think about it, mid-way through its run, he shipped off two of the show's more popular faces - Angel and Cordelia - to "Angel", and lost the beloved Zen-like Oz - and he still was able to keep this show sailing and bringing in the praises.
I'll admit, I think overall, season 4 suffered a little compared to the prior epic seasons (and is anything ever going to compare to Becoming 1&2?). But, I think seasons 5-7 are right up there with the caliber of seasons 1-3. And I think the main reason - Spike. He became one of the deepest, most complex, richly developed characters on this show. Through gem James Marsters, Spike could be evil but vulnerable at the same time. His journey from soul-less vampire who couldn't handle his limitations with Buffy, to a vampire with a soul who stood by her even after he gave up hope of being with her - amazing. The whole season 7 relationship of Buffy and Spike was hauntingly beautiful and so well done. I think that's why season 7 actually gets top ranking from me.
It's a good show, but I watched it about 5 years ago because my then fiance insisted I watch. It was fun to watch and enjoyable. But once is enough. If you get a chance to watch this from start to end without a cost to you then do it. But I wouldn't actively search it out. And no, we didn't get married. Seems like I just wasn't brooding and depressing enough.
What is the lasting appeal of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Why do fans keep quoting and discussing episodes five years old? Was it the fine cast of actors and actresses? Yes, the acting was all you could hope for in a TV show, usually better. Was it the great production and direction of each episode? Yes, each consecutive episode and season raised the bar for what you came to expect from television as a visual medium. These things made for a good television show but what made BtVS great was the superb writing, the attention to character development on a week to week basis. Episodic television had never seen anything like this. A show that could be accurately described as a fantasy-comedy-drama. The subject matter was engaging enough. Buffy, with her close friends and allies Willow, Giles, and Xander, would battle the forces of evil across the town of Sunnydale CA. Vampires, demons, werewolves, and monsters of all shapes and sizes would be stopped week-in and week-out. An interesting premise alone isnt gonna keep people comming back every week. The jokes helped. Pop culture was laughed at and with each week. Buffy's writers were as good with a subtle one liner as they were with elaborate visual gags. Thats what you hear most people discussing when the subject of BtVS is brought up. How funny and how witty this show was. They are correct of course the show was laugh out loud funny and sly, with a knowing wink, kinda funny all at the same time. Of course there was the dramatic element as well. The ability to tell an interesting story and to have it filled with monsters and fighting, yet at the center of that story have very human content was at times breathtaking. Now we come to it. Why I wrote this review. Why I think BtVS is such a great show. The writers, though putting the characters in fantastic situations, never let the action dictate the characters responses. The characters became so well devolped because it was as if they were making their own realistic decisions when facing a problem. The show to me was about choices. Not the kind we were accustomed to seeing in most television, choices without the fear of consequenses. No, these problems the characters faced and how they solved them could have unforseen consequenses that stretched for the rest of an episode or season, even for many seasons. With each new episode the characters grew as a direct result of previous decisions. They made good choices, and best of all, they made bad choices. They were human, or nearly so. The writers allowed the characters to live, not to be contained by formula, even when Buffy saved the world for the third time or another of her close friends switched teams and became evil. That is why Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to surprise and impress after all these years. The characters of BtVS, though fictional, were still the sum of all their past experiences and choices. Just as you the reader have been shaped and influenced by the countless choices you have made in your life.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the kinda show that makes you want to defend television even after its near death at the hands of "reality" programming. Well thats it, my first posted review here at tv.com. I'm sorry if i didnt spend enough time on the cast and crew, or the debt BtVS probably owes to other shows like Twin Peaks or the X-Files but those are subjects that can be considered on their own in the future.
Despite being a spin-off from a rather sub-standard movie, this TV series was definitely one of my all-time favourites. Not only was the acting always top quality, but the humour in the writing made it addictive.
Some of the lines that were written for the scooby gang were simply hilarious, with the best often coming from Giles, but if you lost concentration for a moment you'd miss them.
Sarah Michelle Gellar really did a great job giving the Buffy character some real depth; it would be easy for this to just have been a two dimensional charactiture (as per the movie)
Great series with a spin-off that was pretty good too.
Love this show, goes to show how good it is that even 5,6,7 are good when they have shitty characterslike dawn, riley and tara in them. Those are probably the only bad things you can say about the whole 7 series
Buffy is THE coolest slayer I've ever encountered. For a young actress, she plays her role VERY VERY well. Better yet, she is a good role model for young women around the world when she goes head to head with vampires. She is fearless, a sweetheart, a great martial artist, and compassionate. What more can you ask more in a hero?
I've always been a die-hard fan of Charmed and one day when I turned on the tv i saw that Buffy was on. I started to watch and I found it quite enjoyable. But for some reason (can't remeber what) I stopped watching after a few episodes. Later that year I decided to give the show another go, this time from the very beginning. So I strarted to watch and the show just grew in my eyes. I can't imagine my life without this series.
The thing that makes Buffy so great is that it has everything. It has humour, excitement, emotion, and most importantly, great acting and writing. Joss is a genius, we all knew that, but he also has a talent for hiring the best actors and writers out there. There is no episode I don't like, and that's mainly because of the greatness of Joss. What's also so astonishing is the wonderfulness of the characters. Admittedly, there are some characters that go on my nerves, but over-all, the characters are great, and it's almost impossible to say who's the best.
If you've never watched Buffy, I suggest you start now, because you won't regret it.
probably one of the most painful moments in my life was when this show ended, im a guy, and i remember being very teary eyed. It was painful to watch such a fantastic show end, but i guess "all good things.." and all that...
this show was groundbreaking, it decided to flip the, genre based series on its head, give it the finger, and say, we can do whatever we want BITCA! :P
it was a comedy, a drama, a farce, a horror, a mystery, a sci fi, and at times a musical piece of silent film! this show did it all, and did it all in spectacular fashion. very rarely did they lay an egg, and even the not so good episodes had their moments.
shows like smallville, charmed, alias, dawsons creek, felicity, roswell, dark angel and many many many more owe their popularity to this show. all i can say is, if you havent watched it. go out, and PURCHASE the dvds TODAY. you wont be sorry.
Never before has any other show ever been so flawless this t.v. show is literally the best to date. The characters are fantastically written you can love them next minute and then hate them the next, the casting has been brillaint, especially from the likes of Michelle Tratchentberg, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, James Marsters and David Boreanaz.
Each season of Buffy just got better and the finale episode was fantastic, however i am filled with a great loss and in great hope of Joss Whedon returning to write another Season of Buffy or even a spin-off to the hit show.
Seeing as Whedon has failed to have success with other shows such as Dollhouse and Firefly maybe it is a brillaint idea for him to stick to what he knows and what people want.Not saying that they were both rubbish as I was a great fan of Dollhouse. God What I'd do to see Buffy or any of the characters back to life on the telly again. The other bad thing I could say about this show is that it's ended ! Bring it Back !!!!
The greatest TV show ever made, leagues ahead of everything else in it's own time. Can make you laugh one moment and cry the next, you feel everything the characters went through and there isn't always a happy ending.
Yeah sure, there were bad episodes, over 7 season that was inevitable, but the lows were few and far between. The highs, wow, the highs would leave you soaring. The characters develop so well over the seasons and not one of them survive the series untouched by the events that happen.
From the laughs of Doppelgangland, to the tears of Passion, the emotions range through other standout episodes, Innocence, Becoming, Helpless. Watch and feel as people fall in love and then have their hearts ripped out as they lose the ones they love and understand the things they do to cope with it.
Watch, without the distraction of sound the fabulous episode Hush, and sing along with Once More with Feeling.
Along with providing strong female role models, look slightly deeper and find the serious issues dealt with, or just watch for some vampire dusting action. Either way you will enjoy this serious.
Back in the time when syndicates were more interested in good storytelling then reality tv, the greatest tv show ever was created. It was called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I admire Buffy so much. I love the direction in realistic themes. Its explored vividly and realistic. I love how I can connect to this show then any other. I just adore the characters and their development. Every character development grew with time, realistic themes to show understanding of the responsibilities of true life.This show is so inspirational to me. The light moments are great, but the show can be considerably dark at times but that's why I admire it for because life is not a walk in a park.
Top 3 fav seasons are 5,6,7. 10+/10 Buffy as a character is so relatable throught out the seasons. Buffy to me is my top fav character. Champion of the people. And if you are wondering I think Buffys better then Angel. :)
This show is fantastic. Joss Whedon is a genius. I've watched all his shows (though I must say I like Buffy the best). The characters are hard to dislike, they are just so loveable. The actors are awesome and sooo talented. Sarah Michelle Gellar really brings it. She can be funny, sexy, dramatic, romantic, etc. I love how Joss uses many of the same actors from his other shows that have ended and puts them on his new shows. It's great to see them again as different characters (example: NF from firefly then on Buffy season 7). I would recommend this show to everyone!
The greatest show on TV! With great fight scenes, Great characters, a great theme, a great creator, and everything is just, well... GREAT!!!! The show is way better than the movie that proceeded it. as proof of how awesome it is, it has its own spin of series, novels, comic books, Seven wonderfully awesome seasons, a comic book continuation, video games, a board game, and action figures. This all proves that it is by far the greatest show on television. Every Single season that it has had has been filled with sheer epicness. Watch just one episode of it and you will be hooked
I really loved the show from whem I was young, but strangely just the season that I saw back then which are 1 to 3. The rest are okey but really the Dawn seasons weren't as good as the first seasons, or maybe it's just because I did not like that Buffy was saving the world on a daily basis but she flunked out of college, why? The last seasons are sometimes not very good, but I really enjoyed the last few episodes of the finale season, espicialy the potential slayers they were so cool and a nice touch for Buffy fans in a way that says hey girls you can be your own Buffy, the power is in you already you just have to wake it!
Hands down the best show in the history of television. My personal favorite. I can't ever get enough of this show. If I was stuck on an island and could only bring one tv show it would have to be Buffy. I can watch every episode over and over. This show starts out good and gets better and better. Joss Whedon is one of the greatest writers working today. The way he mixes the horror and comedy with drama in with the show is masterful. Buffy will and always be one of the best shows in tv history. Love Love Love it!
After hearing all the great things about the show, I decided to purchase season 1 on DVD. I don't know what I'm missing, but man was I disappointed! I watched the first six episodes before giving up. The plots are ridiculous, the acting is amateurish with being forced and unnatural expressions. And one of worst things about the show is that the plots are all the same. Every episode has the same lame redundant ending. Every show has Buffy defeating some sort of evil vampire or villain with her fake looking stunts. She almost never runs into any sort of difficulties.
The dialog is bland and the acting jobs subpar. The cast members have great deal of difficulty expressing emotion and getting their audiences to feel for them - particularly with respect to Xander. Another thing that bothers me is that with all the principals, teachers, and students getting killed, you'd think there would be some kind of social unrest at school. But apparently it's a regular day at Sunnydale as usual. Truly, you have to be a kid to enjoy this show.
I watch a few episodes of'''Buffy - The Vampire Slayer''' when it was still going on FOX, and kept my opinion the series is really well nag and spend much time with a silly novels and dramas that do not lead anywhere and Buffy - The Vampire Slayer makes Style Teen Movie and also because I do not even like some of these series of Vampire Lovers in addition to being very sick, I hate that style, and themes of the Supernatural Series I do not like and still have silly novels and dramas that ruin the series even more and become Buffy - The Vampire Slayer: in one of the worst series of all, I would not recommend to anyone
PS: Note 1 goes to Sarah Michelle Gellar that besides being a great actress she plays very well to Buffy, who wasted talent in this series boring, and besides being Sarah's a hottie, which must have helped the series bringing many fans men for the series, and also because it has a mark of 0.
the show is about buffy who learn she is a slayer.she comes from a long line of mystic warriors who have been chosen to destory vampires,demons and anything that threatens the world.
with buffy superstrength she can take on demons have her size and strength.she also as superhuman reflexes so she can react faster than a human so she can avoide getting hit with whatever her enemy may have such as a gun.this power also gives slayers the ability to run real fast and fight for hours without getting tired.she also a accelerated healing so when she is hurt she can heal and get back out there and keep the world safe(from what ive seen slayers only heal fast when they get to sleep).slayers have this thing call sensing where bascially they can find demons where abouts.if tehy focus they can find a demon in a crowded room.they also can sense attacks or if they become unable to see b/c their enemy blinds them this power helps them fight without seeing.she also as profecy dreams and its basically informs slayers of what they are and it also tells them what big threat is coming.with buffy slayer powers she is a big threat to the demon world.she always unfolds demons plans..
the show has characters that have depth and have alot personlity.the differnce between this show and angel is more characters on buffy the vampire slayer i like the characters more.
each season joss whedon keep the show fresh by bringing in a big bad who seems more powerful than buffy.this helps buffy b/c it helps her to a better slayer.each big bad as a good reason for being in sunnydale(the town buffys in) and this big bads always want something different.and it always caused buffy to try stop this big bads.she usely falls and gets back up and destory everything that stand sin her way.i love how joss makes buffy human but a superheroe at the same time.
sarah michelle gellar portarys buffy very well in the action scenes.sarah is trained in martial arts so she is very good with stunts but when the show got to season 2 the fights became very long.so sarah couldnt always do them her stunt woman had to do them.i will say sarah when she did do the fights she was perfect.she is very known for her kicks she do on the show which she seem to always do.and when she wasnt doing the fights she can sale a fight.
sarah acting ability grows over the course of the show 7 year run.when it first started her acting was good but as the show goes on she becomes a very good actress.by the end she is perfect.
i also love the show not just b/c of sarah and the action but i love how joss(creaotr) always make his shows very balanced with horror,comedy,and drama he is good at that.
the monsters in this show look so real.
this is probbley the only show that is very high on my list.i would have given it a 10 but i dont like how the show sometimes goes off this good fights scenes and then to a talking scene that got very annoying.it also bother me how the first slayer was made buts thats not a real big issue,for me.
the show is very good with good action,good scary monsters,good acting,and i love seeing how every season buffy learns that saving the world is bigger than anything and she always have to draw that line to stop evil or what not but her friends couldnt really see that b/c they werent not a slayer,they saw it as she was cutting herself off.buffy only stops things that are evil.she learns just b/c something looks bad doesnt mean it is.buffy learns and accpets she as to be a leader and she is the thing thats standing in front of the world from being destoryed by demons.i love buffy struggle as a slayer..
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the Greatest Cult Classics of All Time. This is certainly one of my favorite shows that I still watch at least once a year the whole way through. No other show has ever compared except for maybe Angel a spinoff series.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a Perfect show because it blended everyday issues that we all face with an incredible mythology. The writers of this show were brilliant because they followed the Classic Hero's quest pattern found in most Ancient Mythologies. There were larger than life characters, dramatic circumstances, great word play and punning! I watched the show faitfully since middle school when it first came out. This show has the ability to get into the minds of its viewers and really become a part of them. This review hardly does the show the justice and consideration it deserves. I am so glad this show had the run it did. All to often great shows get cut short and don't end properly. This series had a Classic Begining paying homage to the original movie, while the series ending really wrapped every thing up quite perfectly in a Grand and Spectacular kind of way. Buffy is one of the greatest hero's of all time, and one of the baddest kickass broads ever to fight for Good.
I didn't watch this show all that much and had only heard of it as a little kid and didn't take to the story line.. I like vampire stories like Salems Lot but I don't care for this one all that much. i'm just voicing my opinion so i'm not going to get all huffy at anyone who does and say stuff like"Why would anyone watch this stupid show it sucks!' and stuff like that. If I was a HUGE vampire fan then maybe I would like it more. My sister's friend used to want to play it with us all the time. I didn't mind but she was ALWAYS Buffy.
This show could have been so much better ,however it is still enjoyable and fast paced action that any guy could love.I say guy because even though the main character is female and is portrayed in a strong and dominant manner,its quite clear to me she was dressed to send mien wild.It has somthing for everyone love,violence and vampires sucking blood from helpless humans and who cant enough of that.I loved this show alot more when i was younger but then i grew up and lerned what greatness is.I dont mean this show is so far under par i just mean i lacks the depth that could have made it a greta show untill then i will be average