10 Things We Wouldn’t Have Without Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the little show that could. Based on a relatively unsuccessful movie and airing on a minor network (The WB), it was a big hit in the late ‘90s and early 2000s with teens and critics. It put The WB on the map and the writing was so good that older viewers loved the show as well. It was also highly innovative and influential on pop culture – so here are 10 things we probably wouldn’t have today if it weren’t for seven seasons of this game-changing series.
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 (and 9)
Wait a second, you might be saying. There were only seven seasons of Buffy. And you’d be absolutely right. But in 2007, creator Joss Whedon produced the comic book series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, which essentially served as a storyline for what could have been the next season of the show. It takes place a year after the events of the series’ final episode, with Buffy leading a massive team of slayers worldwide. Like in every season, this one has a “big bad,” a masked evil-doer named, surely not coincidentally, Twilight. You’ll find all your favourite “Scoobies” (the series’ main gang of good guys and gals) the same witty dialogue, and the same kinds of exhilarating plot twists you enjoyed on the TV show. And many of the comics are written by either Whedon himself or some of the series’ best writers. It was followed by a comic series of the ninth season as well.
9. Musical Episodes of TV Shows
Buffy wasn’t the first show to feature a musical episode – Ally McBeal, for example, did it the year before – but they did it so well that it opened the floodgates for a number of other shows. The season sixth episode, “Once More, with Feeling,” brilliantly worked the musical concept into the episode’s plot and the series’ supernatural theme. A demon forces the gang to occasionally burst into song and reveal hidden truths about themselves to their friends and lovers. And all the song and dance numbers retain the wit, humor and sincerity fans expect from the show. Since “Once More, with Feeling” aired, other shows have had a go at a musical episode, to various degrees of success including How I Met Your Mother, Community, Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy and, particularly poorly by most accounts, 7th Heaven.