Well she actually turned 30 this year but March 10th marks the 14th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s television debut!
I remember it was my freshmen year of high school and I couldn’t believe there was a show about vampires! In 97′, prime time tv seemed to be made up of twenty somethings in New York or thirty somethings in New York.
I saw “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and “The Harvest” and was hooked instantly. The show wasn’t just horror, comedy or a drama. It was all of those things, yet at the same time not. It wasn’t just that it was action, it was also relatable in some way.
It was a cast of teens in a small California town dealing with the same problems as any normal teen would. The only difference is that some of their problems could eat you. They dealt with amplified versions of problems normal people faced.
I of course did not recognize this immediately, being only 13 at the time. The metaphor and underlying themes weren’t apparent . I couldn’t explain it but I could sense that it was something unique.
I just recently re watched the series and I can say that it gets better with each screening. In fact, if you have ever been to my house, chances are, I will make you watch an episode if you have never seen it. I have converted many who missed out or were too young at the time to really enjoy the show.
There are people who will flat out not watch. Usually it is for one of two reasons they give.
1 – That is a stupid name, I’m not watching that!
2- That is so fake!
To the first, it’s just a name, get over it.
To the second, duh! Its a show with vampires and demons. There is nothing real on tv unless you are watching national geographic.
If you have never seen BtVS, I highly recommend it. If you have netflix, you can stream it right now.