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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (1997)




Critic Consensus: 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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Series 1 of the sci-fi series where a cheerleader is chosen to battle the forces of evil as she weathers the storms of young adulthood.


Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon
as Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan
as Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head
as Rupert Giles
Charisma Carpenter
as Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz
as Angel/Angelus
Kristine Sutherland
as Joyce Summers
Mark Metcalf
as The Master
Andrew J. Ferchland
as The Anointed One
Ken Lerner
as Principal Flutie
Armin Shimerman
as Mr. Snyder
Robia LaMorte
as Jenny Calendar
Robia La Morte
as Jenny Calendar
Paul-Felix Montez
as Mysterious guy
Jeffrey Steven Smith
as Guy in computer class
Geoff Meed
as Militia Guy
Denise Dowse
as Ms. Miller
Clea DuVall
as Marcie Ross
Robin Riker
as Catherine
Jim Doughan
as Mr. Pole
Dean Butler
as Hank Summers
Edith Fields
as School Nurse
Jeremy Foley
as Billy Palmer
Charles Wesley
as Meanest Vamp
Amanda Wilmshurst
as Senior cheerleader
Damon Sharp
as Male student
James Stephens
as Zookeeper
William Monaghan
as Dr. Gregory
Mark Phelan
as Agent Doyle
Skip Stellrecht
as Agent Manetti
Terry Cain
as Ms. Tishler
David Brisbin
as Mr. Anderson
Scott Harlan
as Aldo Gianfranco
Barbara Whinnery
as Mrs. Anderson
Julie Fulton
as FBI teacher
Gregory White
as Coach Herrold
Amy Chance
as Aphrodesia
Johnny Green
as Way Cool Guy
Persia White
as Girl #3
Patty Ross
as Cool Guy's Mom
Patrese Borem
as Young Woman
Sean Anthony Moran
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

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.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

November 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Clever writing and an appealing cast make this cult series eminently watchable.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1


Could be percieved as quite dated in a viewing amongst a more contemporary, style-aware audience and some of the scenes, dialogue and interweaving plots are cheesy as hell such as a demon inhabiting the school computer system, but the playfully gothic tone blending with a biting social commentary and extremely witty script make for a very good beginning to an influential TV show. The performances are surpisingly good and try not to be over-the-top in their attempts to entertain. The season has its juicy stock of creepy moments too.


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Joss Whedon's cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets off to a rough start in Season 1. The show follows the adventures of seemingly normal high school sophomore Buffy Summers, who lives a double life as the Slayer; the "Chosen One" who has superhuman abilities and battles against the forces of evil that are drawn to the mystical energies that emanate from the small coastal California city of Sunnydale. The tone of the show is rather uneven; which at times is dark and gothic, and at other times is campy and lighthearted. And, the low-budget production values are fairly apparent and detract from the episodes. Still, there's some good storytelling and clever, witty dialog that's typical of Whedon's work. Additionally, Sarah Michelle Gellar proves to be an impressive lead and handles the material extremely well. While it's a little crude, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 is entertaining and fun, and sets the groundwork for what would become a groundbreaking series in genre fiction.


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