The Top 7 Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes
Many iconic shows came out of the 1990’s, but none more iconic than Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Creator Joss Whedon decided to turn his failed 1992 movie of the same name into a series because he thought the world needed a good female role model to look up to. After watching a lot of horror movies where the young blond girl is helpless against her attacker, Whedon decided the young blond girls needed to fight back and therefore he created Buffy. The hour-long series ran from 1997-2003 and has lived on in graphic novels since the shows final episode. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the biggest cult television shows ever. The series has had a massive following since it’s inception. Buffy fans are some of the best TV fans out there, and I am one of them.
I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer every morning before school when I was in the fifth grade, and then I got all of the seasons on DVD and my love for the show grew even stronger. I have probably watched the entire series 3 times, and I have seen my favorite episodes too many times to count. Every episode of Buffy was great, and the iconic characters will live on forever in my heart. But if I had to pick my top 7 favorite episodes they would go in this order:
Prophecy Girl was the first season finale and it was a doozy. All season long Buffy had been defeating The Master from rising, but in this episode he finally rises and an altercation ensues. Giles also discovers an ancient book telling of Buffy’s death while facing The Master. Terrified of dying, Buffy tries to flee from all of her problems by quitting being the slayer. Of course she doesn’t stay retired for long because she comes back and defeats The Master, but not before dying and saying some memorable lines like “you have fruit punch mouth.” In the end, Buffy saves the world and everyone lives happily ever after.
In this episode Buffy is forced to kill Angel to save the world. This is the second season finale, and has one of the best Buffy fight scenes in it. Buffy is in trouble with the law and at school, but after she teams up with Spike she learns how to defeat Angel and protect her loved ones from harm. This episode has one of the saddest moments in it. It happens after Buffy and Angel fight, but then he gets his soul back but she still has to kill him because the world will end if she doesn’t. It is one of the most emotional scenes in Buffy history.
5. The Body
The Body really showed how great of an actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) really was. In a show with so much paranormal activity, it was refreshing to see a death of natural causes. In this episode at the end of the fifth season, Buffy’s mother Joyce dies and Buffy and her friends have to cope with the reality that she no longer has a mother. This episode was pure greatness, and it was by far the saddest episode of the entire series.
Chosen was the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I loved it. After defeating the evil priest Caleb, Buffy now has to face the First evil. With her friends and the potential slayers at her side, Buffy is able to defeat the First and save the world from the apocalypse. Chosen is one of the most action packed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and showed that the series could really go out with a bang. After watching this episode for the first time I was in a deep depression because I knew there would be no more new episodes, but when I thought about it there really didn’t need to be anymore episodes. Buffy definitely went out on top, and this episode left me feeling all sorts of happy.
Once More With Feeling is the ever popular musical episode. In the middle of the sixth season, Joss Whedon directed one of the most original episodes in TV history. The musical episode of Buffy was filled with singing, dancing, fighting, and killing. Which is everything you would expect to see out of a Buffy musical. Also this episode proved that the entire cast should have their own albums because they were such great singers.
2. The Prom
One of my personal favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is The Prom. This episode was at the end of the third season and it took place on the day of Buffy and the gang’s senior prom. After being broken up with by Angel and saving her classmates from 3 ferocious hell hounds, Buffy is awarded with the class protector award at prom. The moment when Buffy is applauded for her heroic efforts by her peers is probably my favorite moment in Buffy history.
Hush is the silent episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It occurred during the fourth season after murderous creatures from a fairytale steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale. Buffy has to figure out what these creatures are and defeat them before the entire town goes crazy from not being able to speak. After discovering the box of voices the creatures are keeping, Buffy smashes it and releases a hellacious scream that defeats the creatures. At the end of this episode Buffy reveals that she is the slayer to Riley. This episode is extremely unusual because there was very little dialogue used and the story revolved around the characters actions. Proving that the entire cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was extremely talented.