Once More, With Feeling

by kristendom on November 14, 2012

I have often talked of my love for the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (if not on here, plenty of times in person). I’ve recently been re-watching the series, and I’m just reminded of how great a show it is. Seriously, I cannot recommend it enough. And I have yet to recommend it to someone who hasn’t enjoyed it. It has great plot lines, incredibly strong female characters, and vampires – what more could you want? (And I should clarify, these are not your moody, sparkly vampires – they’re just plain moody, smart-assed vampires).


Long credited with being one of the first – if not the very first – shows to feature story arcs that extended over an entire season, Buffy revolutionized television shows. Do a quick search online, and you’ll find any number of books dedicated to the philosophical and spiritual themes in the show. Granted, some of these are a bit of a reach (you’ll never convince even me that Joss Whedon created an entire spiritual philosophy through the characters in Buffy), but the fact that multiple scholars and authors have found this much material in one pop culture series should tell you something about how people feel about it.

But don’t just take my word for it, take a gander. The entire series is on Netflix streaming now, so spend a few hours and watch the first season. Then come back and tell me how much you loved it.

What shows have captured your heart and mind the way Buffy has captured mine?

  • amy smith

    I often use season 4 in my first year experience classes to talk about college transition. The first two episodes especially. Whedon is my god. ;)

  • Keri

    I’ve got a theory. That it’s a demon. A dancing demon! No, something isn’t right there. I’ve got a theory. Some kiddie’s dreaming. And we’re all stuck inside his wacky broadway nightmare. Oh yeah. I can still sing it opening credits to closing. Boom!

  • April

    I love, love BTVS! I think this show, along with Gilmore Girls and Big Bang Theory, are so funny, witty, and perfect.

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