The BEST Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: UPN

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. Buffy Summers is The Chosen One, the one girl in all the world with the strength and skill to fight the vampires. With the help of her close friends, Willow, Xander, and her Watcher Giles she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships.

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Once More, With Feeling

#1 - Once More, With Feeling

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 2001

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
1,441 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#2 - Chosen

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 2003

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
940 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Becoming (2)

#3 - Becoming (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1998

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
1,163 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
The Gift

#4 - The Gift

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 2001

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
991 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Graduation Day (2)

#5 - Graduation Day (2)

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 13, 1999

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
1,053 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Tabula Rasa

#6 - Tabula Rasa

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2001

Despite Tara's misgivings about her overindulgence in magic, Willow does a spell that goes awry and gives the Scoobies amnesia. This is the last straw for Tara, who breaks up with Willow and moves out.

star 8.49
921 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Rebecca Rand Kirshner

#7 - Passion

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 24, 1998

Angelus continues his obsessive torment of Buffy by visiting her during the night and leaving presents in her bed. Meanwhile Ms Calendar tries to make amends for her deceit of Buffy and Giles by attempting to translate the Gypsy curse to restore Angel's human soul, with dire consequences.

star 8.43
1,101 votes
Writers: Ty King
The Body

#8 - The Body

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 27, 2001

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

star 8.35
1,027 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Who Are You? (2)

#9 - Who Are You? (2)

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 29, 2000

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
1,058 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#10 - Hush

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 1999

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
1,361 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Grave (2)

#11 - Grave (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 21, 2002

Giles faces off with Willow, but she drains him of his powers. This much power causes her to feel all the suffering in the world, so she decides to end it — the world, that is.

star 8.30
843 votes
Writers: David Fury
Graduation Day (1)

#12 - Graduation Day (1)

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 18, 1999

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
1,018 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#13 - Villains

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired May 14, 2002

Tara's sudden death pushes Willow over the edge. After magically saving Buffy from her own wounds, Willow — consumed by anger and dark magic — hunts down Warren and tortures and kills him.

star 8.28
882 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Marti Noxon
Lover's Walk

#14 - Lover's Walk

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 24, 1998

Spike returns to Sunnydale a shadow of his bad-ass vampire self and kidnaps Willow so she can put a love spell on Drusilla. While he is out collecting magic spell ingredients and convincing Buffy why she shouldn't kill him, Willow and Xander lose their inhibitions in the heat of the moment only to be caught in the act by a rescue party in the form of Oz and Cordelia.

star 8.26
1,092 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Dan Vebber
The Wish

#15 - The Wish

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 1998

Wanting to be rid of Xander for good, Cordelia comes to the conclusion that Buffy is the cause of all her problems and makes a wish that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale. A demon grants the wish and Cordelia's world suddenly changes.

star 8.23
1,120 votes
Directors: David Greenwalt
Writers: Marti Noxon
Fool for Love

#16 - Fool for Love

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2000

When Buffy forces Spike to recount how he was able to kill two Slayers, his flashbacks reveal his first meeting with Drusilla.

star 8.22
882 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Douglas Petrie
Bargaining (2)

#17 - Bargaining (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2001

The gang resolves to bring the Slayer back from the dead — and succeeds, despite being hindered by a band of biker demons. Meanwhile, a grieving Giles (unaware of the Scoobies' plan to resurrect Buffy) leaves Sunnydale.

star 8.18
600 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: David Fury
Something Blue

#18 - Something Blue

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 30, 1999

Willow, in her attempt to get over Oz, casts a spell that ends up causing all sorts of chaos for the gang. Giles goes blind, Xander becomes a demon magnet, and Buffy and Spike fall in love and get engaged.

star 8.17
1,102 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Tracey Forbes
Two to Go (1)

#19 - Two to Go (1)

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired May 21, 2002

Buffy and Xander must protect Jonathan and Andrew, who are next on Willow's list. The Slayer is no match for Willow, who has drained Rack of all his powers. Giles arrives to test Willow's conviction that she's unstoppable.

star 8.16
851 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Douglas Petrie

#20 - Doppelgangland

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 23, 1999

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
1,117 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Becoming (1)

#21 - Becoming (1)

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 12, 1998

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
1,065 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Normal Again

#22 - Normal Again

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 12, 2002

A demon's venom causes Buffy to hallucinate, convincing the Slayer that she's a normal girl in a mental ward, that her parents are alive, Dawn never existed, and her Slayer life is a delusion.

star 8.13
815 votes
Directors: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Diego Gutierrez
After Life

#23 - After Life

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2001

As Buffy adjusts to life after resurrection, a shadowy presence menaces her sidekicks — a side effect of the spell cast by Willow to bring the Slayer back.

star 8.11
738 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Jane Espenson

#24 - Halloween

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 1997

On Halloween, Buffy, Willow and Xander are 'volunteered' by Principal Snyder to take groups of kids trick-or-treating. They get their costumes from a new store run by an Englishman, Ethan Rayne. Xander chooses a soldier outfit, Buffy buys an 18th century noblewomans dress to impress Angel; and Willow, despite Buffy's attempts to get her to dress in a sexy skirt and halter, dresses as a ghost. Unfortunately Ethan turns out to be a bad guy and casts a spell to transform everyone into their costumes, and causing Buffy and Xander to have amnesia. When Spike and his vampire gang attacks them, Willow, Giles, Angel and Cordelia team up to save Buffy and the rest from being dinner, while they also need to put a stop on Ethan's curse spell.

star 8.10
1,140 votes
Writers: Carl Ellsworth
Prophecy Girl

#25 - Prophecy Girl

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 2, 1997

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
1,136 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon