The Best Episodes Directed by Joss Whedon

Once More, With Feeling

#1 - Once More, With Feeling

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 - Episode 7

A mysterious force impels the Scooby Gang to burst into song, revealing their true feelings. Buffy admits that she was pulled out of heaven, and she and Spike share a kiss. Musical episode, with the cast doing their own vocals.

star 9.00
1426 votes
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Chosen

#2 - Chosen

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 - Episode 22

Buffy comes up with a plan: The gang makes an attack on the First's army, aided by Willow, who performs a powerful spell to imbue all of the Potentials with Slayer powers. Meanwhile, wearing the amulet that Angel brought, Spike becomes the decisive factor in the victory, and Sunnydale is eradicated. Buffy and the gang look back on what's left of Sunnydale, deciding what to do next...

star 8.88
929 votes
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Act III

#3 - Act III

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Season 1 - Episode 3

Bad Horse has insisted that only a murder will get Doctor Horrible into the Evil League of Evil, and now that Captain Hammer is dating Penny it seems that his death would be the perfect choice. Will our villain pull off his dastardly plan? And what will Penny think of him if he succeeds?

star 8.76
250 votes
Becoming (2)

#4 - Becoming (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 22

After Drusilla's attack on her friends which resulted in the death of Kendra and Giles' abduction, Buffy is arrested for the murder but escapes from the police. She heads to the hospital where she learns that Xander has a broken arm and Willow is left in a coma. They all realize that Giles was taken by Drusilla and Buffy prepares herself to face Angelus. After being stopped by another cop, Spike comes to her aid and convinces her that he wants to be rid of Angelus too and they form an unusual alliance. Buffy is forced to slay a vampire in front of her mother and tells her the truth but she does not want to accept it. When Buffy tries to leave to fight Angelus, Joyce tells her that if she goes she better not bother coming back. After retrieving Kendra's sword from the library she heads toward Angelus' mansion. Meanwhile, Willow wakes up and decides to try the spell again and Xander runs to Buffy's aid.

star 8.56
1150 votes
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The Gift

#5 - The Gift

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 - Episode 22

Buffy must square off against a true god when Glory prepares to use Dawn to break down the walls between the dimensions and unleash Hell on Earth.

star 8.55
978 votes
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Objects in Space

#6 - Objects in Space

Firefly Season 1 - Episode 10

Malcolm Reynolds is a veteran and the captain of Serenity. He and his crew are smuggling goods, but they need to pick up some passengers for extra money. However, not all the passengers are what they seem.

star 8.50
4527 votes
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Graduation Day (2)

#7 - Graduation Day (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 - Episode 22

After their ultimate 'Fight-to-the-Death' Faith escapes from Buffy, albeit in a coma, so Buffy offers her own blood to Angel to rid his body of the poison. When she recovers the gang finally devise a plan to defeat the Mayor, rallying the students and asking for their help in fighting the resulting serpent demon before Buffy leads him into the library which has been rigged with explosives.

star 8.50
1041 votes
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Act II

#8 - Act II

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Season 1 - Episode 2

After accidentally introducing Penny and Captain Hammer in the first place, Dr. Horrible is devastated that they seem pretty close. He concentrates on his freeze ray heist but after another setback, Bad Horse insists on a special demonstration of evil.

star 8.45
278 votes
Act I

#9 - Act I

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Season 1 - Episode 1

Dr. Horrible is a low-rent super-villain whose main goal is to get into the Evil League of Evil. In his online video blog he talks about his arch-nemesis Captain Hammer and Penny, a girl from the laundromat that he admires from a distance.

star 8.36
437 votes
The Body

#10 - The Body

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 - Episode 16

Buffy and the gang are overcome by grief when tragedy strikes and they are robbed of someone they hold dear.

star 8.35
1013 votes
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Serenity

#11 - Serenity

Firefly Season 1 - Episode 11

A Companion-trained friend of Inara's who runs a brothel on a remote planet calls for help from Serenity when a local reveals his intentions to take the baby from a woman he impregnated.

star 8.35
4691 votes
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Who Are You? (2)

#12 - Who Are You? (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 - Episode 16

After Faith switches bodies with Buffy via the device that was left for her by the Mayor, she begins to slip into Buffy's life. When the police try to take away Faith (Buffy in Faith's body) she is kidnapped by a special group from the Watcher's Council. As Buffy tries in vain to convince them that she is not Faith, Faith in Buffy's body is out having a good time. Willow attempts to introduce Tara to Buffy but when Tara senses that something is amiss they perform a spell which uncovers the switch. The man/demon/machine Adam has determined that his purpose is to kill and recruits some vampires to help. The vampires take over a church and both Faith and Buffy arrive to stop them. Using a Katra that Willow and Tara conjured, Buffy gets her own body back and Faith runs and disappears without a trace.

star 8.32
1046 votes
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Hush

#13 - Hush

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 - Episode 10

The entire town of Sunnydale goes silent when a group of fairy tale demons called The Gentlemen appear and steal everyone's voices. Without being vulnerable to the one thing that can kill them (a human scream) they are free to steal the hearts of seven people. Buffy and gang must solve the mystery and overcome the bad guys without being able to discuss anything.

star 8.32
1349 votes
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Graduation Day (1)

#14 - Graduation Day (1)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 - Episode 21

The gang receive some valuable information from old enemy Anya who has actually witnessed an Ascension. She reveals that the Mayor plans to transform himself into pure demon, something that has not been seen for thousands of years. When Angel is poisoned by Faith to distract Buffy, Buffy faces Faith for the final time in order to get the only cure to the poison: Faith's blood.

star 8.28
1008 votes
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Doppelgangland

#15 - Doppelgangland

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 - Episode 16

While unknowingly participating in a spell with the wish-granting demon Anyanka in order for her to get her powers back, Willow accidentally brings forth the vampire Willow from Cordelia's alternate universe. The vampire Willow sets her sights on turning Sunnydale into the vampire-ruled world she knows but when she learns of her counterpart, she decides to make Willow send her back. After trying to seduce Willow and freaking her out a bit, the vampire Willow is captured. The real Willow, dressed in her doppelganger's outfit, attempts to stop the ensuing slaughter at the Bronze and is almost killed by the vampire Willow before Buffy saves her. Giles and Anya successfully send the vampire back to her world but she arrives at the exact same moment she left, right before she is staked by Oz.

star 8.15
1108 votes
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Becoming (1)

#16 - Becoming (1)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 21

Angelus' origins from being vamped by Darla in 1753, vamping Drusilla in 1860, being cursed by the Gypsies in 1898, and meeting a demon named Whistler in New York in 1996 who shows him a better way of life are revealed while Angelus prepares to awaken Acathla, an ancient demon that will suck the Earth into the Demon Dimension. Buffy and Willow find the spell to restore Angel's soul and Willow declares that she knows enough about magic to perform it. The gang almost come to blows when Xander tells Buffy outright that she doesn't care what happened to Ms Calendar, she only cares that she can get her boyfriend back. Kendra returns to Sunnydale because a dark power is rising and comes bearing a sword blessed by the knight who first slew Acathla. Angelus tries to awaken the demon but fails. Needing someone to help him with the ritual, he distracts Buffy while Drusilla goes to collect Giles. Drusilla and her friends attack the rest of the gang but only Kendra is there to defend them.

star 8.15
1055 votes
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Spin the Bottle

#17 - Spin the Bottle

Angel Season 4 - Episode 6

Lorne's spell to restore Cordelia's memory backfires and convinces everyone they're high school students who have been gathered to kill a vampire: Angel.

star 8.14
583 votes
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The Train Job

#18 - The Train Job

Firefly Season 1 - Episode 1

Mal has second thoughts after discovering that two boxes of Alliance goods his crew has been hired to steal are full of badly needed medical supplies headed for the mining town of Paradiso.

star 8.13
6705 votes
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Prophecy Girl

#19 - Prophecy Girl

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 - Episode 12

Buffy's life may hang in the balance as Giles uncovers an ancient book that foretells not only her death, but also the end of the world.

star 8.09
1127 votes
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Innocence (2)

#20 - Innocence (2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 14

Angel is still in the street in pain but suddenly the pain stops and his first act is to kill a human. Angelus has returned as a result of he and Buffy making love. Meanwhile The Judge is returning to full power and Spike is impatient to get on with the killing when Angelus walks in and declares that he is back. The three reunited once again prepare to unleash The Judge on Sunnydale and Angelus persuades them to let him kill Buffy before they begin. Willow discovers Xander and Cordelia kissing and runs from the library only to be met by Angelus. Buffy comes in and fights him off and they ponder what could have happened to turn him evil. Buffy realises that she was the cause and runs off. Angel appears to her in a dream to warn her about Ms Calendar and Buffy confronts Jenny demanding answers. She reveals her heritage and says that the curse can only be lifted if Angel experienced a moment of true human happiness and he is no longer plagued by guilt and remorse.

star 8.06
1131 votes
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School Hard

#21 - School Hard

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 3

When a cool, badass vampire named Spike comes to Sunnydale intent to use the Hellmouth's power to save his lover, Drusilla, he attacks Sunnydale High on Parent-Teacher Night to destroy the Slayer to prove his worth to the Anointed One. With all her friends' and families' lives at stake, Buffy needs to find a way to stop Spike and his vampire gang, while also having to lead her friends and her mom to the path of survival.

star 8.03
1134 votes
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Waiting in the Wings

#22 - Waiting in the Wings

Angel Season 3 - Episode 13

Angel and his friends attend a ballet,where Angel realises he saw the exact same dancers on stage 110 years ago.

star 7.93
574 votes
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Business School

#23 - Business School

The Office (US) Season 3 - Episode 16

Michael accepts an invitation from Ryan to be a guest speaker at his business school. Meanwhile Dwight battles wits with a bat that gets loose in the office while Pam is entered in her first art show.

star 7.88
2684 votes
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Hanged

#24 - Hanged

The Nevers Season 1 - Episode 5

As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia’s plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow.

star 7.88
815 votes
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A Hole in the World

#25 - A Hole in the World

Angel Season 5 - Episode 15

After being breathed on by an ancient sarcophagus, Fred contracts a mystery illness and lies near death while Angel and his friends try to figure out what's wrong with her.

star 7.88
630 votes
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Untouched

#26 - Untouched

Angel Season 2 - Episode 4

Angel attempts to help a girl with telekinetic powers before she falls into the hands of Wolfram and Hart.

star 7.87
697 votes
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The Freshman

#27 - The Freshman

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 - Episode 1

Buffy moves into her dorm and attempts to adjust to college life. Everything around her seems to have changed without the constant interaction with the gang she had in High School. With Giles becoming a 'gentleman of leisure', Willow getting more and more excited about college and Xander still away on his road trip, she again believes that she must fight and survive on her own when she discovers a gang of tough vampires operating on campus.

star 7.85
1060 votes
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Lie to Me

#28 - Lie to Me

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 7

Ford, an old boyfriend of Buffy's comes to Sunnydale and, unknown to her, is part of a secret sect which worships vampires. While the others in the sect are misguided teens who believe that vampires are a higher order of life, Ford has a more sinister reason for his deciet. Because he is going to die soon of cancer, he makes a deal with Spike to hand over Buffy in return for eternal life.

star 7.81
1068 votes
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Family

#29 - Family

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 - Episode 6

Tara’s family makes a surprise visit to Sunnydale for her birthday, threatening to reveal a shocking secret that could endanger all of their lives.

star 7.79
884 votes
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Branch Wars

#30 - Branch Wars

The Office (US) Season 4 - Episode 10

Karen, now the regional manager of the Utica branch, attempts to lure Stanley away from Scranton. When Michael objects, he brings Jim and Dwight into his "war." Meanwhile, the other office workers are disturbed by a "Finer Things Club."

star 7.78
2436 votes
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Pilot

#31 - Pilot

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 - Episode 1

S.H.I.E.L.D. puts together a special team, led by Agent Phil Coulson, to track down a mysterious man with special abilities and the young computer hacker that's encouraging him to reveal himself to the world.

star 7.69
9608 votes
Exposure

#32 - Exposure

The Nevers Season 1 - Episode 2

With the city reeling from Maladie’s opera debut, Mundi takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia launches an investigation of her own. The charitable Lavinia Bidlow seeks to destigmatise the Touched at a society event. Hugo Swann enlists Lavinia’s younger brother to help monetise his illicit enterprise. A deranged doctor conducts a series of experiments.

star 7.69
994 votes
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Happy Anniversary

#33 - Happy Anniversary

Angel Season 2 - Episode 13

Angel and The Host search for a physicist who, with the aid of two Lubber demons, plans to freeze time so he and his girlfriend will live in eternal happiness. Meanwhile, Wesley, Cordelia and Gunn start their first official case.

star 7.67
661 votes
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Anne

#34 - Anne

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 - Episode 1

Willow, Xander and Oz are attempting to keep the Sunnydale vampire population in check during Buffy's absence with only moderate success. As the gang restarts school we learn that Buffy is working as a waitress in L.A. using the name Anne and trying to forget her old life. Buffy runs into Lily (formerly known as Chanterelle) and her boyfriend Rickie who quickly turns up missing. Buffy discovers Rickie dead but mysteriously aged to an old man. Continuing her investigation Buffy tracks down Ken (a social worker) and Lily and all three fall through a portal in the floor. They are in a demonic factory where the humans are slave labor. Back in Sunnydale the gang succeeds in staking a vampire though it's not exactly pretty. Meanwhile Buffy and Lily wake up in a cell and Ken explains they are in an alternate dimension where a hundred years passes before a day on Earth goes by. Buffy overcomes the guards with some help from Lily and leads her and the other slaves back to Earth.

star 7.67
1128 votes
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Judgment

#35 - Judgment

Angel Season 2 - Episode 1

Angel protects a pregnant woman being hunted by demons after he inadvertently slays her guardian.

star 7.67
788 votes
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Pilot

#36 - Pilot

The Nevers Season 1 - Episode 1

London, 1899. Three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equips them with extraordinary abilities, Amalia True and Penance Adair work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie.

star 7.67
1285 votes
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City Of

#37 - City Of

Angel Season 1 - Episode 1

Newly arrived in Los Angeles, Angel is befriended by a half-demon named Doyle whose visions lead him to a powerful vampire whose next victim just may be Cordelia Chase.

star 7.65
1347 votes
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When She Was Bad

#38 - When She Was Bad

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 - Episode 1

Buffy returns from her summer vacation after defeating the Master and is not the same fun-loving slayer she used to be. When Cordelia and Ms. Calendar are kidnapped, it's up to her (yet again) to save the day.

star 7.63
1166 votes
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Amends

#39 - Amends

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3 - Episode 10

While the gang prepares for their Christmas vacation, Angel is haunted by visions of his violent past. A mysterious force called the First Evil takes the form of Jenny Calendar and tries to convince him to lose his soul in Buffy and become evil again. Believing that he isn't strong enough to fight the demon within, Angel waits on the top of a hill for the sun to rise. Buffy finds him and tells him to fight back, that he can do real good in this world, but just as she is giving up it begins to snow, preventing Angel from being killed by the sunlight. Meanwhile, Willow goes to great seductive lengths to win Oz back.

star 7.63
1118 votes
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Vows

#40 - Vows

Dollhouse Season 2 - Episode 1

It has been several months since Alpha's reign of terror and Echo, who is now randomly picking up flashes of past engagements, weds a British businessman who has ties to one of Ballard's open FBI cases. Topher becomes the target of Dr. Saunder's aggression after she finds out that she is actually a doll named Whiskey. Boyd takes on a risky venture and mixes business with pleasure, while DeWitt makes Ballard an irresistable offer.

star 7.61
2130 votes
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Dream On

#41 - Dream On

Glee Season 1 - Episode 19

Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, causes trouble for the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure.

star 7.58
3397 votes
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Conviction

#42 - Conviction

Angel Season 5 - Episode 1

Some old acquaintances come back into Angel's life as he and his friends begin running Wolfram and Hart and try to figure out why they've been selected to do so.

star 7.55
631 votes
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Lessons

#43 - Lessons

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 - Episode 1

Buffy and Dawn fight off vengeful spirits in the newly rebuilt Sunnydale High. Meanwhile, Spike struggles with his sanity, and Giles rehabilitates Willow in England.

star 7.54
937 votes
Ghost

#44 - Ghost

Dollhouse Season 1 - Episode 1

Echo is one of the "Actives" in the elite and illegal Dollhouse. Through different personality downloads, she plays the role of a lovestruck girl on a romantic weekend, and then a ruthlessly efficient kidnapping negotiator. FBI Agent Paul Ballard is struggling with his assignment to uncover information on the Dollhouse.

star 7.42
2759 votes
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I Fall to Pieces

#45 - I Fall to Pieces

Angel Season 1 - Episode 4

A desperate young woman pleads for Angel's help, as her disembodied stalker grows more violent. Meanwhile Doyle goes to work with Melissa.

star 7.32
852 votes
Restless

#46 - Restless

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 - Episode 22

Buffy, Xander, Giles and Willow sit down to watch videos after defeating Adam. They enter a bizarre dream world where they are pursued by a primitive force that they released via their enjoining spell.

star 7.24
1003 votes
Gifted, Episode 2

#47 - Gifted, Episode 2

Astonishing X-Men Motion Comics Season 1 - Episode 2

In this episode, the X-Men confront the deadly Ord, Kitty Pryde faces off with Emma Frost and the mutant "cure" divides the team!

star 7.14
42 votes
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Gifted, Episode 1

#48 - Gifted, Episode 1

Astonishing X-Men Motion Comics Season 1 - Episode 1

It's the series that redefined the X-Men for the 21st century! Now, relive Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Eisner award-winning ASTONISHING X-MEN in an entirely new way! The acclaimed "Gifted" storyline starts right here!

star 7.12
106 votes
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