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Buffy the Vampire Slayer [TV Series]

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A wildly influential cult hit that escaped the shadow of an unsuccessful film incarnation, helped establish the teen-centric {@WB} network, and spawned a long-running spin-off, {#Buffy the Vampire Slayer} ran for 144 episodes between March 1997 and May 2003. Approached by {@Fox} television executives about the possibility of a series, {$Joss Whedon}, screenwriter of the original 1992 film, saw the chance to revisit a concept he thought had been mishandled. Refashioning the jokey film back into a mixture of {drama}, {comedy}, { omance}, {action}, and {horror}, {$Whedon} and his {@Mutant Enemy} production company found a home for their show at the nascent {@WB}. Originally airing Monday nights and then moving, with much fanfare, to Tuesdays during its second season, {#Buffy the Vampire Slayer} quickly became a hit -- at least by the standards of its demographically targeted network. Ratings peaked in the second and third seasons, but {#Buffy} maintained its status as critics' darling throughout its run. By the time the show moved to the {@UPN} network for its final two seasons, it was selling like hotcakes on DVD and airing in syndicated two-hour blocks on the {@FX} cable channel. Plot-wise, {#Buffy} centered on the exploits of its titular vampire slayer, a mystical "Chosen One" who found herself living in Sunnydale, CA, an idyllic small town situated atop the mouth to hell. Plucked from a vapid life of cheerleading and parties and forced by her mystic destiny to slay vampires and vanquish demons, {%Buffy} initially viewed her superpowers as an imposition. By the end of the series, however, she had embraced her role as steely general in a never-ending war against the forces of darkness. Joined by an ever-changing array of allies known collectively as the "Scooby gang," she spent three years learning that high school is literally hell before navigating college and grown-up responsibilities in the later seasons. As the show's tangled mythology grew, {%Buffy}'s friends began to acquire magical abilities of their own -- all the better to fight each season's "Big Bad" villain. {Science fiction} and {horror} fans loved the show for its tight continuity and sustained world-building. As numerous fans and critics have pointed out, however, the supernatural trappings functioned on a deeper, metaphorical level: they mirrored the complexities of growing up, going out into the world, and accepting one's destiny. {$Sarah Michelle Gellar}, a former {#All My Children} star with a daytime Emmy to her name, became a postfeminist icon on the basis of her work as {%Buffy Summers} and her appearances in such teen {horror} flicks as {#Scream 2} and {#I Know What You Did Last Summer}. It was {$Gellar}'s decision not to renew her contract after the seventh season that proved to be the stake in the show's heart. Thanks to {#Buffy} and the {#American Pie} films, co-star {$Alyson Hannigan}, too, became a breakout star. Both actresses remained with the series for its entire run, unlike {$Seth Green}, who served less than three seasons before movie stardom -- most notably the {#Austin Powers} franchise -- lured him away. As for the rest of the large and ever-changing cast, few became household names despite their wealth of TV, film, and stage experience. But {$David Boreanaz}, who portrayed {%Buffy}'s vampiric love interest in the first three seasons, soon found himself helming the spin-off {#Angel} with co-star {$Charisma Carpenter} along for the ride. {#Angel} never captured the zeitgeist in the same way that its parent show had, but it did maintain a devoted cult following through five seasons on the {@WB} before facing cancellation a year after {#Buffy} ended. Before the final episode of {#Angel} even aired, rumors circulated on the Internet about future spin-offs, TV movies, and the possible launch of an animated {%Buffy} series. Only time will tell whether the "Buffyverse" achieves the same longevity as, say, {#Star Trek}, but the ongoing wealth of spin-off novels, comic books, and other merchandise make it seem like a pretty good bet. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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Directed By: Songwriter: Nerf Herder
Show Creator: Joss Whedon
Makeup Special Effects: Optic Nerve



Release Date: 05 Jun 1997

Run Time: 60

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV17787529

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