In honor of the show turning 20 this year and the reboot being well on its way, here is a list of every Buffy the Vampire Slayer season ranked from worst to best.
Although it wrapped things up well enough, the series could have really done without this season. It introduced a bunch of characters that we really had no investment in and then violated the whole principle of the show in that the slayer is the ‘chosen ONE’. Not only is this season bad, they should never have made it.
We liked season 5, it had its good moments. Glory was a great villain and watching Spike fall in love with Buffy was a lot of fun. A lot of the focus of the season ended up being on Dawn though and we still can’t really get our heads around her sudden appearance in the show.
If you’re a fan of ‘Spuffy’, season 6 is probably your favorite season. Things really heat up for the couple, especially in that scene and ‘Once More With Feeling’ is quite possibly the best episode of the entire series. Willow’s battle with addiction is an interesting subplot, especially as she has been a goody-two-shoes since season one. We just didn’t see the need for the writers to kill off Tara.
Season 1 is surprisingly good considering it takes most shows a couple of seasons to hit their stride. We fell in love with the characters instantly and the Master is a great villain.
Watching Buffy and Willow go off to college added a whole new flavor to the way the show parallels the struggles of growing up. The whole concept of Spike’s chip was great but some of the episodes were a little weak, ‘Bad Beer’ being one of them.
Season 2 is the season we meet Spike and Drusilla and the show gets a lot more fun. It also introduces us to Oz as and Kendra and delves deeper into the Angel and Buffy love story. It’s definitely one of the best seasons of the series.
We believe the series peaked at season 3. Faith might not be the most interesting anti-hero in terms of writing but Eliza Dushku makes a badass slayer. The Mayor is also a great villain, his random outbursts, and fear of germs adding a comical layer to his evilness. The season finale when the school burns down was climactic enough to end the series but it didn’t. The show continued to develop and teach us the value of friendship, responsibility and staying true to yourself in a world that makes no sense at all.