I have never, ever, ever been even remotely a fan of Buffy. I would rather gouge out my own eyes than watch it. Anyway, I have a couple of online friends who are Browncoats and they talk about it all the time so when I saw it at EzyDVD for $30 I bought it and watched it. And I fell in love.
I couldn't watch Buffy until after I loved Firefly. Now I can tolerate what I couldn't take seriously before and embrace it. Angel is a great series that has some "Mal-ish" moments. I'd never count them out.