Buffy the Vampire Slayer is rightfully a cult classic, but also a 90s Nightmare

Yesterday was the 20 year anniversary of this hit series and its following is still going strong, but is it worthy for newcomers? The answer isn’t simple and is the reason this cult classic falls into the Check It category.



I started watching Buffy about a month ago and I’ve grown to appreciate the monster-fantasy. However, this isn’t a show that I would recommend to everyone and I think that is a given. It’s not like the millions of Twilight fans go around to everyone they know and make sure their friends read the book as well. They know that only certain people will like the book and the same applies for Buffy. After all, it is a cult show for a reason. With that being said I for one do not mind science fiction and vampires and demons. If you have a similar interest give the show a watch.


The main strength of the show is the chemistry between the main characters, especially between Buffy and the “school librarian” Giles. The librarian is actually the vampire slayer’s, “watcher” who is the person that trains and looks over the slayer. Giles is my favorite character and is played by Anthony Stewart Head. He engulfs the classic British librarian any nerd has ever imagined and I was delighted by his performance.They can be a little cliche with the characters and I think Willow (Alyson Hannigan) is the perfect example of that. She is supposed to be a dorky smart girl at the school and the creators of the show really take advantage of that to the point where you are tired of the interactions she is involved in. The demons in the show are the perfect mix between blockbuster makeup and B-movies creatures that every sci-fi fan loves to sink their eyes on.


The biggest criticism I have is that you can definitely see how dated the show has become in only a 20 year span. From the very first episode I got the classic high school drama type of show with the bullies and those that are bullied while Buffy is the underdog. Kids are separated by their social standing and not in a good Breakfast Club type of way. Guaranteed, shows do become dated, but I have never felt it quite like this. The characters often go out to clubs that always have garage bands that scream out-dated alternative and indie rock. It is easy to look past this if you are a fan of the genre, but if you aren’t keep on searching for another show. For vampire fans this is a goldmine and Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is the perfect vampire ass-kicker. Hence the other strength is how Buffy paved the way for female heroes in both film and television. Joss Whedon, the shows creator, who has since come to helm the task of creating The Avengers has no trouble with the action scenes that make every episode interesting. It can be found on Netflix, but may be leaving soon and can also be found on Hulu as well. Check it out if you think you fall into the sci-fi, vampire gloriousness.


Author: Connor Schmiegel

Classic rock fanatic, actor, tv & film buff, and political talker. Currently discovering my way in life.

4 thoughts on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer is rightfully a cult classic, but also a 90s Nightmare”

  1. I LOVED Buffy growing up! I think that officially makes me ‘old’ haha! Do you feature your writing with any other TV sites at all? Great writeup!


    1. I’ve been addicted to it lately. I’m in the heart of it currently. As of right now I just started writing on my blog so I’m not on any other sites. Thanks for the feedback!

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