Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

USA, 10 March 1997-20 May 2003
7 series, 144 episodes, average 50m
colour, 16:9
Dolby, English

An American comedy horror television series created by Joss Whedon. It is based on Whedon’s 1992 film of the same name.

Premise

Teenager Buffy Summers is the latest in a line of young women known as “Slayers” who defend the world against supernatural forces.

Episodes

Pilot (unaired)

Season One
Welcome to the Hellmouth (10 March 1997)
The Harvest (10 March 1997)
Witch (17 March 1997)
Teacher’s Pet (25 March 1997)
Never Kill a Boy on the First Date (31 March 1997)
The Pack (7 April 1997)
Angel (14 April 1997)
I, Robot… You, Jane (28 April 1997)
The Puppet Show (5 May 1997)
Nightmares (12 May 1997)
Out of Mind, Out of Sight (19 May 1997)
Prophecy Girl (2 June 1997)

Season Two
When She Was Bad (15 September 1997)
Some Assembly Required (22 September 1997)
School Hard (29 September 1997)
Inca Mummy Girl (6 October 1997)
Reptile Boy (13 October 1997)
Halloween (27 October 1997)
Lie to Me (3 November 1997)
The Dark Age (10 November 1997)
What’s My Line? Part I (17 November 1997)
What’s My Line? Part II (24 November 1997)
Ted (8 December 1997)
Bad Eggs (12 January 1998)
Surprise (19 January 1998)
Innocence (20 January 1998)
Phases (27 January 1998)
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (10 February 1998)
Passion (24 February 1998)
Killed by Death (3 March 1998)
I Only Have Eyes for You (28 April 1998)
Go Fish (5 May 1998)
Becoming Part I (12 May 1998)
Becoming Part II (19 May 1998)

Season Three
Anne (29 September 1998)
Dead Man’s Party (6 October 1998)
Faith, Hope & Trick (13 October 1998)
Beauty and the Beasts (20 October 1998)
Homecoming (3 November 1998)
Band Candy (10 November 1998)
Revelations (17 November 1998)
Lovers Walk (24 November 1998)
The Wish (8 December 1998)
Amends (15 December 1998)
Gingerbread (12 January 1999)
Helpless (19 January 1999)
The Zeppo (26 January 1999)
Bad Girls (9 February 1999)
Consequences (16 February 1999)
Doppelgangland (23 February 1999)
Enemies (16 March 1999)
Earshot (14 April 1999)
Choices (4 May 1999)
The Prom (11 May 1999)
Graduation Day Part I (18 May 1999)
Graduation Day Part II (13 July 1999)

Season Four
The Freshman (5 October 1999)
Living Conditions (12 October 1999)
The Harsh Light of Day (19 October 1999)
Fear, Itself (26 October 1999)
Beer Bad (2 November 1999)
Wild at Heart (9 November 1999)
The Initiative (16 November 1999)
Pangs (23 November 1999)
Something Blue (30 November 1999)
Hush (14 December 1999)
Doomed (18 January 2000)
A New Man (25 January 2000)
The I in Team (8 February 2000)
Goodbye Iowa (15 February 2000)
This Year’s Girl (22 February 2000)
Who Are You? (29 February 2000)
Superstar (4 April 2000)
Where the Wild Things Are (25 April 2000)
New Moon Rising (2 May 2000)
The Yoko Factor (9 May 2000)
Primeval (16 May 2000)
Restless (23 May 2000)

Season Five
Buffy vs. Dracula (26 September 2000)
Real Me (3 October 2000)
The Replacement (10 October 2000)
Out of My Mind (17 October 2000)
No Place Like Home (24 October 2000)
Family (7 November 2000)
Fool for Love (14 November 2000)
Shadow (21 November 2000)
Listening to Fear (28 November 2000)
Into the Woods (19 December 2000)
Triangle (9 January 2001)
Checkpoint (23 January 2001)
Blood Ties (6 February 2001)
Crush (13 February 2001)
I Was Made to Love You (20 February 2001)
The Body (27 February 2001)
Forever (17 April 2001)
Intervention (24 April 2001)
Tough Love (1 May 2001)
Spiral (8 May 2001)
The Weight of the World (15 May 2001)
The Gift (22 May 2001)

Season Six
Bargaining (2 October 2001)
After Life (9 October 2001)
Flooded (16 October 2001)
Life Serial (23 October 2001)
All the Way (30 October 2001)
Once More, with Feeling (6 November 2001)
Tabula Rasa (13 November 2001)
Smashed (20 November 2001)
Wrecked (27 November 2001)
Gone (8 January 2002)
Doublemeat Palace (29 January 2002)
Dead Things (5 February 2002)
Older and Far Away (12 February 2002)
As You Were (26 February 2002)
Hell’s Bells (5 March 2002)
Normal Again (12 March 2002)
Entropy (30 April 2002)
Seeing Red (7 May 2002)
Villains (14 May 2002)
Two to Go (21 May 2002)
Grave (21 May 2002)

Season Seven
Lessons (24 September 2002)
Beneath You (1 October 2002)
Same Time, Same Place (8 October 2002)
Help (15 October 2002)
Selfless (22 October 2002)
Him (5 November 2002)
Conversations with Dead People (12 November 2002)
Sleeper (19 November 2002)
Never Leave Me (26 November 2002)
Bring on the Night (17 December 2002)
Showtime (7 January 2003)
Potential (21 January 2003)
The Killer in Me (4 February 2003)
First Date (11 February 2003)
Get It Done (18 February 2003)
Storyteller (25 February 2003)
Lies My Parents Told Me (25 March 2003)
Dirty Girls (15 April 2003)
Empty Places (29 April 2003)
Touched (6 May 2003)
End of Days (13 May 2003)
Chosen (20 May 2003)

Alternative Titles

Bafi, ubica vampira – Serbia
Buffy – Im Bann der Dämonen – Germany
Buffy – Izganjalka vampirjev – Slovenia
Buffy – ubojica vampira – Croatia
Buffy – Vampyrenes skrekk – Norway
Buffy – Vampyrernes skræk – Denmark
Buffy contre les vampires – France
Buffy i vampirofonissa – Greece
Buffy kotellet ha’arpadim – Israeli title
Buffy l’ammazzavampiri – Italy
Buffy och vampyrerna – Sweden
Buffy vampyrdödaren – Sweden
Buffy, a vámpírok réme – Hungary
Buffy, Caçadora de Vampiros – Portugal
Buffy, cazavampiros – Spain
Buffy, la cazavampiros – Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela
Buffy, premozitelka upíru – Czechoslovakia
Buffy, vampyyrintappaja – Finland
Buffy: A Caça-Vampiros – Brazil
Buffy: Postrach wampirów – Poland
Khac Tinh Ma Ca Rong – Vietnam
Nightfall – Japan
Vampiiritapja Buffy – Estonia
Vampir Avcisi Buffy – Turkey
Vampyru zudike – Lithuania

Remake of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Sequels
Angel (1999)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series (2004)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic (2011)

References

Periodicals

  • Interzone no.66 (December 1992) p.28 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Interzone no.165 (March 2001) p.44 – review (by Evelyn Lewes)
  • Interzone no.172( October 2001) p.53 – review (by Evelyn Lewes)
  • Interzone no.182 (September 2002) p.56 – review (by Evelyn Lewes)
  • Interzone no.188 (April 2003) p.33 – review (by Evelyn Lewes)
  • Interzone no.192 (November/December 2003) p.51 – review (by Evelyn Lewes)
  • Interzone no.236 (September/October 2011) p.64 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Starburst no.268 (December 2000) p.48-53; 80-81 – illustrated article (Buffy by Paul Spragg); illustrated review (TV view by Ian Spelling)
  • Sunday Express Magazine 6 September 2020 pp.22-25 – illustrated interview with Sarah Michelle Gellar (Slaying it by Lynne Hyland)

Books

  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.43 – review
  • The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by John Kenneth Muir pp.178-210 – review
  • Introduction to Japanese Horror Film by Colette Balmain p.189
  • Terror Television: American Series, 1970-1999 pp.497-518 – episode guide, credits, note