The cast of the cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer has paid tribute to the show and its fans this week as part of Buffy’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. During its seven season run between 1997 and 2003, Buffy became one of America’s most beloved shows, and inspired a whole generation of young fans.
When creator Joss Whedon was first approached to develop his script for the cult 1992 film ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ into a new television series, he could not have imagined the impact his work would have on popular culture.
With a talented new cast of actors and a fresh take on modern high school life, the revamped version of Buffy became an almost immediate hit with audiences all over the world. Not only did the show breathe new life into the horror genre; it managed to create a brilliant role model for young girls with its title character and gave nerds worldwide a new cult classic to obsess over for years to come.
Buffy is now twenty years old and its almost impossible to imagine a world without it. You could argue that some of the biggest tv shows and movies of the last two decades such as ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Twilight’, ‘True Blood’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ would not have been possible if Buffy had not paved the way for them.
Over the last few days Buffy cast and crew members have been sharing personal tributes in support of the shows 20th anniversary.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers) posted: “As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one.”
Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg) tweeted: “Wow. #20YearsOfBuffy @joss What can I possibly say to thank you? No really, What can I say?!? I need YOU to write it!!”
And Anthony Stewart Head tweeted: “#BuffySlays20 Here’s to all who watched, and all who were part of its creation, most of all here’s to you @joss – grrrr, aargh x”
With all the unwanted sequels, prequels and reboots happening at the moment, we definitely need another Buffy in our lives.