“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” – Joss Whedon
I honestly can’t believe it has been 20 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the face of television as we knew it. Those who are unaware of the show’s brilliance balk at the notion that this show really did change the television landscape but anyone who has taken the time to get invested in the world created by Joss Whedon knows that Buffy set a new standard for genre television and pave the way for other shows that may not have seen the light of day had Buffy not been successful (The Vampire Diaries, which probably owes a big debt to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ends its 8 season run on the same day that Buffy celebrates its 20th anniversary).
I don’t totally blame anyone who may be a naysayer of the show and its concept. On paper, it sounds a bit silly and the beginnings of the franchise were rocky enough success didn’t really look like it was in the cards for the show when it premiered on March 10, 1997. Ignoring the fact that it was starting on new and fledging network (The WB), there was also the stigma of being based on film that didn’t receive the best notices from critics.
Joss Whedon first introduced us to Buffy in his 1992