Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (1997)


Season 1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy slays her way into the pop-culture lexicon in a debut season that lays the groundwork for one of TV's greatest supernatural teen dramas.

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Air date: Mar 10, 1997

Buffy learns more about her role as a vampire slayer when she and her mother move to Sunnydale, Calif., where evil lurks in the community.

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Air date: Mar 10, 1997

While Buffy learns about the awesome powers of the Master, she also must save Sunnydale from an onslaught of vampires.

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Air date: Mar 17, 1997

Cheerleading candidates are being struck down by a variety of catastrophes, so Buffy sets out to unmask the witch she suspects is at fault.

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Air date: Mar 25, 1997

Buffy tries to protect Xander after he falls for a substitute teacher; Angel warns Buffy of a claw-handed vampire.

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Air date: Mar 31, 1997

As Buffy tries to behave like a normal girl on a date, the Master calls on a warrior vampire to destroy her.

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Air date: Apr 7, 1997

Xander and a group of obnoxious students start acting strangely after entering a quarantined hyena exhibit at the zoo.

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Air date: Apr 14, 1997

Buffy can't deny her obsession with Angel, while Xander's frustration over his feelings for Buffy intensifies.

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Air date: Apr 28, 1997

Buffy and Giles face a demon spirit that has been trapped since the Dark Ages; Willow falls for a cyberbeau whom she met online.

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Air date: May 5, 1997

Buffy sets out to catch a thief who steals human organs; the principal forces Giles to run the school talent show.

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Air date: May 12, 1997

People in Sunnydale begin living out their worst fears, including Xander, who comes to school in his underwear, and Giles, who discovers he can't read.

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Cast & Crew

Sarah Michelle Gellar
Buffy Summers

Actor
Nicholas Brendon
Alexander "Xander" Harris

Actor
Alyson Hannigan
Willow Rosenberg

Actor
Charisma Carpenter
Cordelia Chase

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Anthony Head
Rupert Giles

Actor
Mark Metcalf
The Master

Guest Star
Robia Scott
Jenny Calendar

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Brian Thompson
Luke

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Armin Shimerman
Principal Snyder

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David Boreanaz
Angel

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Andrew J. Ferchland
Collin

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Ken Lerner
Principal Bob Flutie

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Jackson Price
Blayne Moll

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Amanda Wilmshurst
Senior Cheerleader

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Kristine Sutherland
Joyce Summers

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Lenora May
Mrs. Jackson

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Julie Benz
Darla

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Jim Doughan
Mr. Pole

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William Monaghan
Dr. Gregory

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Mark Deakins
Moloch

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Joss Whedon
Executive Producer
Gail Berman
Executive Producer
Sandy Gallin
Executive Producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui
Executive Producer
Kaz Kuzui
Executive Producer
David Greenwalt
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1

  • Apr 04, 2022
    amazing, showstopping, brilliant, mind-blowing, iconic
  • Jan 24, 2022
    It's dated in pretty much every way, but it's difficult not to recognise the show's appeal in Season 1 of ‘Buffy'. All the great elements are here, and while there are only a handful of vital episodes to watch, they still hold up all these years later.
  • Jan 02, 2022
    While season 1 of Buffy is integral to the series, overall the first 6 episodes suffers from pilot rot, feeling more silly and tone deaf. After episode 7 Angel the series starts to really pick up, canonically and thematically. For true fans, I guess season 1 is a necessary section, but for those still trying to get into the series the first half is forgettable enough to skip.
  • Dec 06, 2021
    Best TV series of all time (2021)!
  • Apr 10, 2021
    The first three seasons are epic.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    Might seem cringey at first, but give it some time, it grows on you. Overall an epic series, that I loved.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    Whilst it's undeniable that Buffy the Vampire Slayer formed the blueprint for many current vampire shows, it uses a barrage of fight scenes to distract from its one dimensional characters. The protagonist is constantly dealing out a series of quippy one liners, leaving me wanting for more authentic moments. That being said, it deserves respect for its place in vampire tv history.
  • Jun 21, 2020
    A solid first season of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. I can't say I'm overly enjoying it, yet here I am after watching S1 so I must've liked it enough; admittedly I watched practically an episode a day, no way I could sit through a binge-watch to be honest. Sarah Michelle Gellar is probably the reason I stuck with it - she's excellent as Buffy, definitely producing the best acting. Anthony Head (Giles) and Alyson Hannigan (Willow) are decent, too. The special effects haven't aged incredibly, but I've certainly seen worse from around this era of television; looking at you, 'Doctor Who'. The overall acting is alright, while the writing is decent. As of now, I'm still at the meh stage with this show. Hopefully my interest perks up from season two!
  • Jan 06, 2020
    Really great def to watch
  • Dec 22, 2019
    An okay start to a great show, but the show hadn't found its footing yet

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