Kristen’s Top 5 TV Shows: #1 – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My #1 favorite show of all time is… BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. I love all things Joss Whedon (I mean, the man knows how to make great TV), but I think Buffy is his greatest work.

What the show is about
Buffy Summers is the Slayer, the Chose One who stands against the vampires and demons. Sunnydale, California is overrun with these forces of darkness since it sits on the Hellmouth, a hotspot for demonic activity. Buffy gets a little help fighting the demons from her friends aka The Scoobies–Xander, Willow, and Watcher/Librarian Giles–as well as vampire with a soul Angel.

My favorite way to describe BtVS is the way Joss Whedon himself describes it on the DVD commentary: He says he created Buffy after noticing that in every horror movie a little blonde girl goes into a dark alley and gets killed. Buffy subverts that cliché because she’s a blonde superhero who kicks ass rather than waiting for someone to save her.

What I like about it
One of my favorite things about BtVS was the way it combined so many different genres–from horror to comedy to action to teenage drama–which kept it fresh and entertaining. I loved the action-packed vampire slayage, the smokin’ hot romance between Buffy and Angel (Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz), the hilariously clever dialogue, and the running metaphor of high school as hell. Whedon perfected the art of having Buffy faceoff against The Big Bad villain in a season long story arc, while still fighting interesting lesser bad guys on a weekly basis.

Not only was the storytelling amazing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer also had the most engaging characters of any show I’ve ever watched. Supporting characters like Spike (the British badass vampire), Anya (vengeance demon/bunny hater), Wesley Wyndam Price (most pompous Watcher ever), and Druscilla (cra-zay!) made the show a blast to watch.

Why you should watch
In my experience, people haven’t watch BtVS because they think the name is weird or that it looks campy and silly. I think if you give it a chance, you’ll find that it’s much more layered, compelling, and engaging than you imagined. Season 1 is a little rough (they were still working out the kinks), so I usually tell people not to give up on it before watching part of season 2 (specifically “Surprise” and “Innocence,” my favorite two episodes ever).

For any BtVS fans out there, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the show lives on in the Buffy Season 8 comic book. Written in collaboration with Joss Whedon, the comic continues where season 7 of the show left off and really captures the voice of each character. Even if you’re not a comic book reader, check out Buffy Season 8 and I bet you’ll instantly be taken back to the days when we still had new episodes of Buffy on the air.

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