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Based on the less-than-memorable film of the same name, this US tv offshoot went down a storm with home audiences, and picked up a healthy fan base on its initial showing in the UK, on satellite channel Sky One. When it finally reached network channel BBC2, at the very end of 1998, there were hopes that the same would happen there.

Buffy is a teenage high-school student with an unusual - and some would say undesirable - gift for being able to hunt down vampires. As she is the chosen Slayer of her generation, she doesn't have much choice in the matter, and all sorts of evil seems to be attracted to her. So when a large group of vampires appear at her school, she has to sort them out, all the time making it quite clear she is doing this reluctantly.

Helping her are her teenage pals Willow and Xander, and Giles, an eccentric English librarian and Buffy's mentor. Buffy is played by Emmy Award-winning actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, also to be seen around the same time in the feature film Scream 2.Giles was instantly recognisable to British audiences as Anthony Head, recently from the failed VR5, but far more memorably from the long-running Gold Blend adverts. She is also aided by a young man named Angel, someone who simply appears to pass on some helpful advice and then vanishes into the night. His motives are unknown, at least to start with. The series began with tongue-in-cheek comedy alongside a healthy dose of adventure and mystery, and a likeable rock music title. The cast was almost entirely fresh-faced and young, and the series aimed (initially, at least) for the same formula of knockabout humour that had been established by Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess. Dates following each episode are those of their US transmissions. Episode titles were not shown on screen.



Buffy Summers (the Slayer) Sarah Michelle Gellar
Alexander ‘Xander’ Harris Nicholas Brendon
Willow Rosenberg
Alyson Hannigan
Cordelia Chase Charisma Carpenter (Seasons 1-3)
Rupert Giles
Anthony Stewart Head (Regular Seasons 1-5)
Angel David Boreanaz (Seasons 2-3)
Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Seth Green (Seasons 3-4)
James Marsters (Regular from Season 4 Ep 6)
Riley Finn Marc Blucas (Season 4 Ep 11 - Season 5 Ep 10)
Emma Caulfield (Regular from Season 5)
Dawn Summers
Michelle Trachtenberg (Regular from Season 5 Ep 2)


Creator: Joss Whedon
Co-Producer: David Soloman
Producer: Gareth Davies
Executive Producers: Sandy Gallin and 
  Gail Berman, Fran Rubel Kuzui
  Kaz Kuzui,
with Joss Whedon
Co-Executive Producers: David Greenwalt
and Marti Noxon
Music: Nerfherder
Incidental Music: Walter Murphy

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