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Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes

Updated on February 4, 2013

Get to Know Buffy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired from 1997 to 2003 and includes 144 episodes over seven seasons. It tells the story of Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) as she embraces her calling as the Slayer and does battle with vampires, demons and the forces of the night, aided by her watcher, Rupert Giles, and friends Xander and Willow.

This lens is about the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes ever.

The Complete Buffy

Buffy Season 1

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete First Season
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete First Season

Buffy vs. the Master

The short 12-episode season that started it all. Most episodes are self-contained with a few references to the overall story arc of the Master. This season is probably the hardest to get into and really plays on the horror movie genre.

 

Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer Online

Watch seasons 1 & 2 of Buffy in their entirety online at Hulu.com.

Buffy Season 2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - The Complete Second Season (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Second Season (Slim Set)

Buffy & Angel

Things get hot and heavy for Buffy and Angel in season two, which also sees the introduction of Spike as the Big Bad. The show begins to hit its stride this season.

 

The Unaired Buffy Pilot

This unaired version of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot is similar to the original, but has a few major differences, including Riff Regan playing Willow instead of Alyson Hannigan and the half-hour format. More details

Buffy Season 3

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - The Complete Third Season (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Third Season (Slim Set)

Buffy vs. the Mayor!

Buffy's senior year of high school isn't without complications, including a new Slayer and a new Big Bad. This is probably one of the top seasons, both in terms of a strong story arc and strong stand alone episodes.

 

Buffy the Animated Series Promo

A promo for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series that was never created.

Buffy Season 4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - The Complete Fourth Season (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fourth Season (Slim Set)

Buffy vs. the Initiative

Buffy goes to college! The series goes through a major adjustment this season as the characters leave high school behind. Standard characters like Angel and Cordelia leave the show and new ones step in and some old favorites return (ah, Spike). Despite all the turmoil this is perhaps the best season of Buffy.

 

Buffy Season 5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 5 (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Season 5 (Slim Set)

Buffy vs. Glory

Family becomes central for Buffy in a season when she meets her match in the condescending banter of Glory.

 

Buffy Season 6

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - The Complete Sixth Season (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Sixth Season (Slim Set)

Buffy vs. Life

Technically, the evil trio of Warren, Andrew and Jonathan are the Big Bad in this season, but they're not so big and they're not so bad. This season is more about Buffy coping with life. This season features much less of Giles and has the gang on their own. It also features the best episode of Buffy ever, Once More with Feeling, the musical episode.

 

Once More with Feeling Soundtrack

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling

Sing along to the songs from the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Buffy Season 7

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  - The Complete Seventh Season (Slim Set)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seventh Season (Slim Set)

Buffy vs. the First:

In the final season Buffy goes up against the ultimate evil: the First. She also goes back to Sunnydale High where it all began. In many ways this season returns to some of the horror genre mainstays of the first season, but still has a strong central story arc.

 

Buffy the Comic Book: Season 8

The Buffy adventure continues in comic book form!

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