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15 Best Buffy The Vampire Slayer Episodes

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Few shows have such a vast fandom as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Running for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003, Buffy captured the undying attention of audiences worldwide with its brilliant, now iconic characters and often ingenious storylines.

Throughout its run, there were numerous great episodes of the show. The emotional journeys of Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Angel and Spike were staggering achievements in their day, and remain just as compelling and fantastic as they were when the show was still on air. The vampires, ghosts, Big Bads and demons are all just as scary and unsettling as they were, as well.

But Buffy is a show about much more than what goes bump in the night - it's a show about good vs evil, of course, but it's also a show about teenagers tackling high school and confronting life's obstacles. Amongst the death and carnage, themes such as identity, friendship, sacrifice and morality never stray too far, with each big theme tackled head-on with both intelligence and charm.

The following list is dedicated to the 15 best episodes that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has to offer, from the most impressive Monster of the Week episodes to the show's most striking assessments of its biggest recurring themes. Some spoilers follow.