Buffy the Vampire Slayer graced our screens from 1997 to 2003, delivering a total of 144 episodes. While not every episode was perfect, the series has undoubtedly earned its consistent rankings as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Buffy was an incredible supernatural series, but it was the excellent writing, filled with metaphorical insights about growing up, becoming an adult, and loss, that made it truly exceptional. So, let’s dive into the 5 most unforgettable episodes of this iconic series.
1. The Body (Season 5, Episode 16)
“The Body” stands out as a unique episode within a teen-driven, supernatural drama. It revolves around Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) discovering her beloved mother Joyce dead on the living room couch. The episode explores the mysteries of death and grief, offering a blunt and matter-of-fact depiction of death rarely seen on television. It is undoubtedly the greatest episode of Buffy and one of the finest hours of television ever to air.
2. Hush (Season 4, Episode 10)
“Hush” is one of the most unique and inventive episodes of Buffy. Almost entirely devoid of dialogue, the episode sees a group of demons infiltrate Sunnydale and steal everyone’s voices. The filmmaking technique and narrative delivery make this episode truly compelling. It explores how we communicate with one another and how silence and gestures can open us up in ways we may have forgotten.
3. Becoming (Season 2, Episodes 21 & 22)
“Becoming” is a two-part episode that concludes the epic, Greek tragedy-inspired second season of the show. It sees Buffy grappling with the decision to kill her love, Angel. The episode leaves viewers feeling ambiguous about their feelings towards Angel’s destruction, as they had spent two seasons growing to like him, only for him to turn evil midway through season 2. The result is a feeling of vindication, sadness, and awe at the brilliance of this epic episode.
4. Seeing Red (Season 6, Episode 19)
“Seeing Red” is a divisive episode within the Buffy fandom. Some criticize it for its dark content, while others appreciate its willingness to explore life’s darker impulses. The episode features an attempted sexual assault by one of the main characters and the shocking death of Tara. Its starkness and bold ability to explore dark themes make it an unforgettable episode.
5. The Gift (Season 5, Episode 22)
“The Gift” serves as both the season 5 finale and the 100th episode of the series. Like “Becoming,” this epic season finale delivers tense drama, adventure, action, and a jaw-dropping climax that emotionally wipes you out. Buffy sacrifices her own life to save her little sister, showcasing her courage and selfless humanity. When it was announced that the show would return for a 6th season, fans breathed a sigh of relief. Glory