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The 25 greatest BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER episodes

By Sarah Kuhn     July 28, 2003

With the end of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER's phenomenal seven-year run in May, CINESCAPE would like to take this opportunity to look back at some of the Slayer's most memorable hours. Here are our top 25 episodes of all time. Some may be obvious, others obscure, but whatever you think of the Joss Whedon created vampire show, there's no doubt it will go down alongside THE X-FILES as one of the '90s most defining and influential genre hours on television.



1. Becoming



This epic two-parter captures everything that makes BUFFY such a classic, resonant series. The show's genre-bending trademarks high-stakes drama, romantic angst, unlikely humor, supernatural plot twists are all used to glorious effect. And when Buffy makes her sacrifice, her heart at war with her duty, it's a timeless TV moment that captures the essence of this heroic character.

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