Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3 (1998 - 1999)


Season 3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Critics Consensus

Season three perfects the show's winning formula to create an addictive and satisfying viewing experience, episode after episode.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 208
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Air date: Sep 29, 1998
Air date: Oct 6, 1998
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Air date: Oct 20, 1998
Air date: Oct 27, 1998
Air date: Nov 10, 1998
Air date: Nov 17, 1998
Air date: Nov 24, 1998
Air date: Dec 8, 1998
Air date: Dec 15, 1998
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Series 3 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
Alexis Denisof
as Wesley Wyndham-Price
Harry Groener
as Mayor Wilkins
Armin Shimerman
as Principal Snyder
K. Todd Freeman
as Mr. Trick
Jack Plotnick
as Allan Finch
Ethan Erickson
as Percy West
Mercedes McNab
as Harmony Kendall
Alex Scuby
as Vincent
Robia La Morte
as Jenny Calendar
Robin Sachs
as Ethan Rayne
Robia LaMorte
as Jenny Calendar
James Lurie
as Teacher
Jeff Kober
as Kralick
Serena Scott Thomas
as Gwendolyn Post
Jordan Baker
as Sheila Rosenberg
Amy Powell
as News Reporter
Harris Yulin
as Quentin Travers
Kate Rodger
as Paramedic
Mark Metcalf
as The Master
Michael Manasseri
as Horned Demon
Brad Kane
as Tucker
Keith Brunsmann
as Vamp Lackey
Gary Bullock
as Shrouded Sorcerer
Paul Morgan Stetler
as Young Doctor
Lindsay Taylor
as Little Girl
Ian Abercrombie
as Germans' boss
Edward Edwards
as Male Ghost
Chris Garnant
as Stoner #1
Mike Kimmel
as Butcher Guy
Peg Stewart
as Ms. Barton
Don Dowe
as Construction Worker
James MacDonald
as Detective Stein
Shawn Pyfrom
as Little Boy
Mark Kriski
as Weatherman
Michael Leopard
as Roughneck
JR Reed
as Vamp Guard
Tom Bailey
as Tree Seller
Wendy Clifford
as Mrs. Taggert
Patricia Place
as Woman in alley
Gary Imhoff
as Teacher
Keram Malicki-Sánchez
as Freddy Iverson
Paulo Andres
as Dr. Powell
Harley Zumbrum
as Demon guard
Hal Robinson
as Professor Lester Worth
Billy Maddox
as Frawley
Michael Schoenfeld
as Security Guard #1
Robert Arce
as Mr. Beach
Seth Coltan
as Security Guard #2
Molly Bryant
as Ms. Murray
Daniel Tamm
as Mooster
John Rosenfeld
as Vamp Lackey #2
Thomas Bellin
as Dr. Gold
Michael Zlabinger
as Student at Mike
Norma Michaels
as Older woman
Jermyn Daube
as Frederick
Alex Toma
as Aaron
Adrian Neil
as Vamp Lackey #1
Damien Eckhardt
as Jack Mayhew
Jay Michael Ferguson
as Another Student
Lee Everett
as Candy Gorch
Dell Yount
as Truck guy
Jennifer Nicole
as Willow's body double
Stephanie Griffin
as Girl in store
Tori McPetrie
as Michelle
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News & Interviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3

Critic Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Get over the silly Buffy name and into the weekly Buffy habit. This series ought to be receiving Emmys, not uninformed indifference.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is targeted at teenage girls. It is also a masterly spoof of contemporary American pop culture that often showcases a positive view of female empowerment. And it's likely to appeal to adults as well.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

After the pain that was caused on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Episode 22, it was nice to see that all was forgiven when Buffy returned.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Season three of Buffy is easily one of the best in the series' run.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

But just like the finales for season one and two, high school-era Buffy had to save the world, which in turn meant putting her personally life in second place.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Slightly more mature, but still with the zippy dialogue and character interaction we loved, this is BTVS being really sure of itself, and it shows.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Buffy's third season was the show at its finest.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Give series creator Joss Whedon credit: No other show balances so many elements as deftly, without a trace of corniness or melodrama...Buffy just slays me.

Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's awfully hard to mix the light with the serious as well as Buffy does in this season. Even when things are at their worst for our heroes, the show is a joy to watch.

Nov 17, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a beloved season, and with good reason...The arc is compelling and well paced, utilizing the senior year theme beautifully.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

I must admit, watching Buffy kick butt each week is one of the thrills of the show. It's not that I'm into the violence. I'm into the strong, young woman not only defending herself, but also embracing and defending a higher code of justice and honor.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

But you can't deny the writing's momentum, carefully built over three seasons, the payoffs of dozens of relationship moments, throwaway lines, and nightly patrols.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3

  • Oct 12, 2019
    Season 3 of Buffy is among the most cohesive of all the seasons and my personal favorite. The addition of Faith in this season really adds depth into Buffy's character and the metaphor Whedon creates with growing up. Faith being a metaphor for Buffy's "path-not-chosen" is genius. Additionally, the Mayor is one of the best villains of the entire series. Furthermore, senior year of high school is such a pivotal time in adolescence, and that proves no exception here. This season of Buffy is about facing the fear of the unknown and allowing the characters to grow as individuals. It ends the tone of the first three seasons and allows for a shift in the series altogether.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    Possibly even better than season 2. With the introduction of Eliza Dushku as Faith. A troubled teen and new Slayer.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    This rating is for the original TV series, not the HD remaster. Try to see the original version if you can, they messed with the artistic integrity of the original by messing up all the color screening in the remaster which makes night time look like day, the actors look like plastic, etc. Buffy the Vampire Slayer started off as a campy and cheesy show comedy show but quickly developed into a show with great drama in it and quickly became one of my favourite shows as I watched it over the seasons. It never takes itself too seriously, sometimes poking fun at itself, yet it delivered a surprising amount of character development and drama for a show that started as a silly premise based on the original movie (the original movie was pretty boring, the show is way better)..
  • Aug 11, 2018
    One of the best TV shows for Sci-Fi! Can’t wait for new show!
  • Oct 28, 2017
    one of the best tv shows of all time
  • Sep 24, 2017
    Amazing season. Great fights, great villains, Great new characters. I enjoyed every episode. My favorite is episode 8.
  • Mar 11, 2017
    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 3, is absolutely the best season of this show until now, mainly because unlike the last seasons it doesn't have so many plot holes and a weak script. Furthermore the cast is charming, the new characters are interesting, the narrative is compelling and original, the episodes are all different, the only point that we can improve here is the impredictability, because in the most part of the episodes we can predict how they will end, but there are other episodes (few) that can really surprise us in the good way.
  • Feb 06, 2016
    Excellent season! The theme of the show really hits home in a poignant season finale!
  • Nov 08, 2015
    The show's first all-out masterpiece. This season has it all. Fascinating storylines, some intense character development, brilliant stand-alone episodes, as well as well-told story arcs. And the show's combination of humor and drama is in its finest form here.
  • May 05, 2015
    The whole show was absolutely amazing. I was hesitant to have to binge watch 7 seasons with approx. 18 episodes a season, but it was soooo well worth it. Joss Whedon loves to bait and switch the viewer, which makes for an awesome ride....The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the first season and a half, I needed to be that all-seeing guy in Thor to be able to know what was going on, because it was so dimly lit....Other than that, this is fantastic.

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