60 minutes

After the traumatizing ordeal in the movie with the same name, Buffy Summers and her mother move to Sunnydale, only to discover that L.A. was just a walk in the park...
by Sdemane
Oct 19, 2015 9:29PM EDT

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This show is truly a classic, and required watching for TV enthusiasts. Considering the glut of teen dark fantasy series we've seen in recent years, it's easy to brush off Buffy as just the start of a trend, like Harry Potter was for YA school fantasy books. This is a mistake. The characters are often difficult, and the story at times can verge on the high-school-drama inane. But there's a purity of tale that is really special among TV shows -- after you watch a season arc, and let it set in, the result is something memorable. I find myself coming back to this show years later to show a friend an episode that portrays some archetype, or perfectly explains some mood I'm in. Buffy somehow manages to preserve the individuality of the episode format, while still leveraging the power of the season arc. I'm not sure if the demands of network TV could accommodate another show like this now, almost 20 years later. But we still have Buffy.


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