History Series / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

15th Aug '16 2:12:43 PM htuttle
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The show didn't catch fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Season 6 and 7. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]

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The show didn't catch fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Season 6 and 7. The jump was heralded by Buffy's [[RiseFromYourGrave literal death and resurrection, resurrection]], along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]
15th Aug '16 2:08:49 PM htuttle
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Since demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.

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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' '''''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''''' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Since demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical feminist wink wink]] inserted.
14th Aug '16 12:21:16 AM htuttle
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Sice demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.

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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Sice Since demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.
14th Aug '16 12:20:55 AM htuttle
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.

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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that Sice demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.
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12th May '16 6:45:31 PM SpaceDrake
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Nobody can deny or ignore the influence of ''Buffy'' on the TV shows that followed it, both within and outside the genre. (Creator/RussellTDavies had at least one eye on this show when he revived ''Series/DoctorWho''.) This series has become one of the most TropeOverdosed and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d shows in existence -- thousands of references to ''Buffy'' exist across this entire wiki -- partially because TVTropes began with a specific focus on ''Buffy'' (based on a 2004 thread on the fan site BuffistasOrg) before branching out to all of TV and eventually all of everything. However, we no longer consider this show as merely Trope Overdosed -- we now officially classify it as kilo{{Wick}} and one of The Truly Awesome. With over 7,000 wicks and a runtime of 6,056 minutes, this page now has over one wick per minute.

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Nobody can deny or ignore the influence of ''Buffy'' on the TV shows that followed it, both within and outside the genre. (Creator/RussellTDavies had at least one eye on this show when he revived ''Series/DoctorWho''.) This series has become one of the most TropeOverdosed and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d shows in existence -- thousands of references to ''Buffy'' exist across this entire wiki -- partially because TVTropes began with a specific focus on ''Buffy'' (based on a 2004 thread on the fan site BuffistasOrg) before branching out to all of TV and eventually all of everything. However, we no longer consider this show as merely Trope Overdosed -- we now officially classify it as kilo{{Wick}} and one of The Truly Awesome. With over 7,000 wicks and a runtime of 6,056 minutes, this page (well, this ''entry'' and its metapages) now has over one wick per minute.
5th Apr '16 6:49:08 PM DN26
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".
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5th Apr '16 6:47:52 PM DN26
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.

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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.
30th Mar '16 10:32:11 PM CASCHero
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment.disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".
22nd Feb '16 1:12:57 AM KJMackley
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist, the "Slayer" -- the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate -- has the power to make monsters afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist, twist the "Slayer" -- blonde cheerleader is the most recent in "Slayer," a line of powerful warrior women picked by fate -- has the power to make that monsters are afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy, hoping Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle battles hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted.
6th Feb '16 6:52:02 PM bwburke94
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In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'').

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In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason [[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a (in a nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'').


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