I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was growing up. I wanted to be Buffy so badly when I saw this show; she killed demons, dated the bad boys and dressed like a vixen (in later seasons, let’s not discuss the outfit vomit she wore in Season 1). Here are some reasons why everyone needs to binge watch the show immediately…
ICONIC MAIN CHARACTER
Before Joss Whedon created the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a film. I have seen the film, but I think the TV show is a lot easier to get into and believe. I also really think that Sarah Michelle Gellar was born for this role. She slotted in so well and made Buffy who she is in my opinion.
Buffy is a Vampire Slayer who fights vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness in order to protect the world. After burning down her old school gym, Buffy relocates to Sunnydale with her mum in order to begin again, however she soon finds that she can’t leave her past behind her.
Buffy starts a new school and finds a new group of friends. However, she also finds that her high school sits on a Hellmouth…
What’s interesting about Buffy is that, yeah she’s badass who fights evil, but she’s also just a girl who is growing up. When you’re growing up you feel so different and isolated, Buffy really became a crutch for me in that way – I found who I was when watching Buffy.
VAMPIRES BEFORE VAMPIRES WERE COOL
Before Twilight and The Vampire Diaries was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampires didn’t twinkle and they killed brutally. They also had hideous faces (which actually really scared me when I was younger). Angel was the original bad boy, so if you want the romantic aspect of vampires, you need to see the first 2 seasons of this show.
THE ORIGINAL LOVE TRIANGLE
“Angel or Spike?”
The only question that mattered when I was in school. Of course, the answer is always Angel… But I digress. Buffy has a few love interests throughout the show, but none stick out like Angel and Spike. Season 7 is pretty huge for the love triangle that exists between Spike, Buffy and Angel, but I won’t spoil it for you…
FIRST LGBT ON-SCREEN KISS
One of the biggest things this show ever did was to portray the first prime-time TV LGBT kiss. Joss Whedon actually threatened to walk out if the network didn’t allow the kiss, and it worked for the better – as the kiss was allowed and “The Body” become one of the most iconic Buffy episodes to date.
Thanks to Miss Calendar (&Willow in later seasons) technopaganism became a big thing in the early noughties. Obviously, this wasn’t all Buffy’s doing, shows like Charmed and films such as The Craft made this term mainstream as well. Technopaganism is a term defined by neo-paganism. In other words, new age witchcraft. There’s plenty of this in the show, and it wouldn’t be same without it.
One thing I’ll always remember from the Buffy TV show is the music. “The Bronze” is a prominent destination for the cast of characters, and the place always had amazing music on in the background of scenes. Four CDs came out whilst the show was running, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score.