Series: Angel

aka: Angel The Series
From left to right: Fred, Wesley, Angel, Cordelia, and Gunn. (Lorne's holding the camera)

"Atonement's a bitch."
Angel, "Disharmony"

Angel, a Spin-Off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ran for five seasons on the WB Network (1999-2004). Part horror, part melodrama, part neo-noir, with a helping of comedy (a given for Whedon), Angel ran for a respectable five years but never quite escaped the shadow of its parent show.

The show stars around the eponymous vampire who had a curse placed on him by Gypsies centuries ago. The curse gave Angel his human soul back — along with two centuries' worth of guilt for all the misery he caused. On Buffy, Angel learned he could make amends for said crimes and left Sunnydale to pursue redemption on his own. He soon cobbled together his own West Coast Team (albeit on the same coast) and formed an Occult Detective agency to help him as he confronted the forces of evil. And their lawyers.

Over the course of its run, the show experimented with Monster of the Week episodes laced with a hard-boiled, Sin City atmosphere, but later jettisoned it for something more akin to Urban Fantasy mixed with Ancient Conspiracy. The overarching plot became a meditation on the nature of good and evil, with Angel serving as an enigma on both sides. Much like Buffy, Angel switched directions on a semi-regular basis; by the fifth season, of the original starring cast of three, only David Boreanaz as the title character remained. That being said, several Buffy alumni wound up migrating to Angel, totaling out at five by series' end (not counting numerous crossovers within the 'verse).

Despite its arc-driven and not-especially-accessible nature, Angel nevertheless gained a devoted following that included numerous high-profile television critics. While the network cancelled the show abruptly during its fifth season, Joss and Mutant Enemy still had enough time to put together a Grand Finale, which ended up topping the Buffy finalé in terms of viewers. Like Buffy, Angel now continues in a canon comic book form that gives fans a chance to see what Joss had planned for future seasons.

Angel has, to one degree or another, greatly influenced Torchwood, which could be considered its British equivalent. Just compare the page images.

This show has a recap page and character sheet. Angel's adventures continued in a comic named "Angel: After The Fall," published by IDW. Dark Horse currently publishes the latest continuation, an ongoing series with Faith called Angel And Faith.

NOTE: You can find tropes relating to the comic series Angel and Faith on the Buffy page, as that series plays an integral role within "Season Nine".

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Like its parent show, Angel contains loads and loads of trope examples:

Angel Investigations, we hope you're helpless!

Alternative Title(s):

Angel The Series