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Who Had the Best Post-Buffy Career?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer jumped onto the small screen in 1996, to limited fanfare. The show quickly became a hit with viewers and critics along, running for eight seasons until 2003. After the show went off the air, fans followed the careers of their favorite stars, hoping for another hit show. So, out of all the major stars on the show, who had the best post-Buffy career?
Alyson Hannigan has a successful career before Buffy and the most post-show success. She started playing the role of Lily on How I Met Your Mother in 2005, which ironically began at the same time as Brendon’s ill-fated Kitchen Confidential. She also appeared in the movies American Wedding, Farce of the Penguins, Date Movie, and the 2012 release American Pie Reunion. Hannigan has, hands down, the best post-Buffy career of any of her co-stars.
Cast as Buffy’s brooding boyfriend of the night, David Boreanaz experienced his own bout of success with the spin-off Angel. Running for five seasons, the show ran one year after Buffy went off the air. After Angel, he had some bad luck with straight-to-DVD releases, but bounced back with the hit FOX show Bones. Bones also started the same year as Kitchen Confidential and How I Met Your Mother.
Where would a post-Buffy career list be without Seth Green. As the lovable Oz, he broke hearts everywhere when his character walked away from the show. Green made appearances on the show, but also launched his successful show Robot Chicken and starred as Chris Griffin on the hit FOX show Family Guy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar played the iconic Buffy for an astounding 145 episodes, tied with only one other actor. While on the show, she had some experience on the big screen with I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions, and Scooby Doo. Her career after the show painted a different picture. A string of straight-to-DVD released followed, including Suburban Girl and Possession. The Grudge and The Grudge 2 hit the big-screen, but The Return was universally panned. She currently stars on Ringer, a 2011 release on The CW, which she hopes will be as successful as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Nicholas Brendon ties with Gellar as appearing in the most episodes of Buffy, but that might not be a good thing. Since the show, he mainly appeared in forgettable movies and TV shows, including Kitchen Confidential and Turbo Dates. His TV movie appearances include My Neighbor’s Secret, Relative Chaos, and Fire Serpent. He has appeared in 11 episodes of the CBS show Criminal Minds, but nothing that followed the success of Buffy.
Joining David Boreanaz on Angel was Charisma Carpenter, best known as the snarky Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her best post-Buffy role occurred in a small part in The Expendables, playing the ex-girlfriend of Jason Statham. Carpenter was originally slated to join the cast of Celebrity Appearance, but instead opted for a string of straight-to-DVD movies and cancelled TV shows.
Though she only appeared in 17 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Juliet Landau is known for her wicked portrayal of Drusilla. Landau took her character to Angel, but made time for the horror movies Toolbox Murders and Hack! She also turned to voice work, with roles in Ben 10: Alien Force, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Star Wars: The Old Republic video game.
As Buffy’s watcher and father figure Rupert Giles, Anthony Steward Head appeared in every season of the show. He has had a great post-Buffy career with the TV shows Merlin, Free Agent, and The Invisibles. He released his inner rock star in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera and his own CD.
As Buffy’s nemesis Faith, Eliza Dushku ran the gamut of emotions, going from bad girl to a reformed girl that helped save the world. After Buffy ended, she made appearances on its spin-off Angel. She turned down a Buffy spin-off for the TV show Tru Calling. After Tru Calling ended its run, she starred in Dollhouse and had a run on Torchwood: Web of Lies. In 2011, producers announced her role in the future release Ghostbusters 3.
James Marsters portrayed the role of Spike, Buffy’s rival and later lover. He too moved to Angel after Buffy ended its run. He parlayed his work into voicing cartoons, such as Lex Luthor in Superman/Doomesday and on TV shows, including Torchwood, Without a Trace, Supernatural, Hawaii 5-0, and Smallville.
Did you ever wonder what happened to Marc Blucas, Buffy’s one-time love Riley Finn? If so, then switch your channel to USA and watch him on the hit cable program Necessary Roughness. Other than that show, Blucas mainly appeared in one-shot deals on TV shows, including Law and Order: LA, Body of Proof, Lie to Me, and House MD.
As the annoying little sister Dawn, Michelle Trachtenberg confused viewers when she first appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since the show ended, she has had a fairly successful career. She appeared on the TV shows Six Feet Under, Mercy, Robot Chicken, Gossip Girl, Love Bites, and Weeds.