I was 13 years old when Buffy the Vampire Slayer started. I became gainfully employed at the age of 15 (I stayed there for 8 years but that’s another story) and one stipulation of my employment was that I did not work the night that Buffy was on. I worked my ass off but I always made time for Buffy. It is the only series that I kept up on while it aired. It is one of my favorite shows, probably only behind The Wire. My boyfriend (you may know him as ANO writer King Scumdogg) had never seen an episode and thanks to Netflix we watched the entire series together over the course of about two months. I told him going in that seasons 5, 6 and 7 were where it’s at. Seasons 1, 2 & 3 are very much “Monster of the Week” with a small underlying story line but a different adventure each week. Season 4 coincided with college. Season 5 is just incredible. Hands down the best season. Season 6 was a dark and sad season and season 7 was not as majestic the second time around as it had been the first. I attribute that to the fact that I used to watch one episode a week. This time around there was a day where we watched 8 episodes in one day. There is so much down time in Season 7. You can tell that there are a lot of filler episodes until the real action starts within the last six or seven episodes of the series. But several of my favorite single episodes are in Season 7.
I’m not going to give a synopsis of each season or a cast of characters because I’m sure that if you’re reading this, you’re a fan looking to see how my list compares to your list and tell me “GAHHHH! How could you leave out this episode from your list, you big fat dummy dumb!” Just a heads up, there could be some spoilers but you probably knew that. Click on the episode name to view on Hulu. Anyway, here are my 5 favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.