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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (1997)
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For fans of youth shows, occult shows and action shows, this new, weekly "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is the right program at the right time.
But a little Valley-speak goes a long way. The dialogue is riddled with phrases like ''totally dead,'' ''morbid much'' and ''way extracurricular.'' Someone should take a stake to the script.
But damn did it take chances with its storytelling, and more importantly it became the gold standard for how to make a supernatural show so deeply connect with what it means to be human.
Buffy's life is more intense than her predecessors'. She is, after all, struggling to survive on a splinter network in a multichannel world full of restless, remote-clicking viewers.
Nobody is likely to take this oddball camp exercise seriously, though the violence can get decidedly creepy.
It's never easy starting a TV show, let alone when audiences still have a pretty terrible movie of the same name fresh in their minds. Yet Whedon made it look effortless with Welcome to the Hellmouth.
Clever writing and an appealing cast make this cult series eminently watchable.
This fundamental, incontrovertible deferral to feminist ideals is the backbone of every scene, every exchange in "Welcome to the Hellmouth," and it's what sets Buffy the Vampire Slayer apart from nearly every other show of its time.
"Buffy" takes itself just seriously enough to ladle moderate suspense between chuckles. Only younger children are likely to be bothered by the mostly bloodless noshing.
The vampires, presided over by a king bloodsucker who looks like an albino rat in a leather bar, are the only disappointment. Because of his fangs, Metcalf slurps his lines. But, all in all, this looks like one of the brightest new shows of the season.
Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1
Dec 13, 2020Might seem cringey at first, but give it some time, it grows on you. Overall an epic series, that I loved.
Jul 23, 2020Whilst 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, 2020A 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, 2020Really great def to watch
Dec 22, 2019An okay start to a great show, but the show hadn't found its footing yet
Oct 12, 2019Sarah Michelle Gellar starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the best possible casting choice. Gellar's chemistry with fellow castmates Anthony Head, Nicholas Brendon, and Alyson Hannigan allowed this teen drama to thrive. Season 1 is quirky, fun, and dramatically 90s. While this is not the best season of the series, its nostalgic elements keep this season afloat and allow for an enjoyable experience. While this season may be a bit hard to watch for the casual viewer, the payoff in the season finale and the episodes in the following season is worth sticking around.
Oct 11, 2019It was a good introduction and had a lot of great stuff but this season is a bit overrated in my mind, the ending definitely hypes up the score but you can fully appreciate it until the next season.
Oct 03, 2019A good start to one of THE BEST series's out there
Oct 02, 2019A great first season with some of Buffy's best episodes. Even when it's cheesy, Buffy season 1 is very entertaining.
Sep 11, 2019Still to date my favorite show of all time!