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The Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes

The best Buffy episodes, as ranked by you, Buffy fans. All Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes are listed below and your votes affect the order of the list, which will provide the best ranking of Buffy episodes. With your votes, the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes will rise to the top. So have at it, Buffy fans. Which episode was the funniest, the saddest, the most exciting?

This list of Buffy episodes has nothing to do with ratings. It's all about which episodes of Joss Whedon's influential series were the best, ranked by fans. Is it "Hush," "The Body," "The Zeppo," or even "Once More With Feeling?" We know you've seen them all, so it's time to rank the best of them. The Buffy episodes are featured below with photos and even episode synopses (if you click on the name of the episode) when available. What are the best Buffy episodes? Take a look here and you'll get that answer.


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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Dec 14 1999 "Hush" is the tenth episode in the fourth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon and

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    Feb 27 2001 After finding Joyce unconscious on the couch, a terrified slayer calls 911. Unfortunately, it's too late to do anything. The paramedics tell Buffy that her mom had been dead for a while already. We

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    Nov 06 2001 A mysterious force causes everyone in Sunnydale to reveal all of their innermost thoughts and feelings in song. Buffy tells the gang the truth about where she was when she was dead and they are

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    May 22 2001 Another imminent apocalypse is at hand in Sunnydale. Buffy must square off against a true God when Glory prepares to use Dawn to break down the walls between the dimensions and unleash all Hell on

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    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

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    Feb 24 1998 "Passion" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of the fantasy-horror television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The episode was written by Ty King and directed by Michael

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    Dec 08 1998 "The Wish" is the ninth episode of season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Nov 14 2000 "Fool for Love" is episode 7 of season 5 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is a companion to the Angel episode "Darla", which first aired later the same night on

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    Jan 20 1998 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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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

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    Nov 13 2001 "Tabula Rasa" is the eighth episode of season 6 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It explores the characters not as they are, but as they could be, after they lose their

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    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

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    Sep 29 1997 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

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    Nov 12 2002 Five seperate stories in this episode has the gang encountering a paranormal force which spells future doom. While out on patrol, Buffy squares off with a former classmate and current vampire, who

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    ranked low on reranks
    May 20 2003 "Chosen" is the series finale of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the 22nd episode of season 7 and the 144th episode of the series. It was written and directed by series

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    May 23 2000 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

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    Oct 27 1997 "Halloween" is episode six of season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written by freelance writer Carl Ellsworth and directed by Bruce Seth Green. The narrative follows Ethan Rayne, a

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    May 07 2002 Willow and Tara are well on the road to recovery but love lives are not as good for Xander and Anya or Buffy and Spike. The Troika move full swing into their biggest plan ever: stealing a pair of

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    Jan 19 1999 "Helpless" is the twelfth episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    ranked low on reranks
    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

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    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

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    May 11 1999 "The Prom" is episode 20 in season three of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Mar 23 1999 "Earshot" is the 18th episode of season three of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Jan 19 1998 On Buffy's 17th birthday, Drusilla prepares to awaken a powerful demon named The Judge who was brought forth a thousand years ago to rid the Earth of the plague of humanity. His body was dismembered

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    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

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    Oct 22 2002 "Selfless" is the fifth episode of the seventh and final season of television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Apr 28 1998 "I Only Have Eyes for You" is episode 19 of season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A ghost possesses high school boys while his school teacher-lover possesses high school girls. The episode

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    Nov 10 1998 Mr Trick enlists Giles' old buddy Ethan Rayne to manufacture and distribute boxes of candy which turn the adult population into uninhibited, irresponsible teenagers to keep them out of the way while

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    May 14 2002 While the paramedics work on Buffy in the yard, in her bedroom Willow deperately calls on Osiris to bring Tara back to life the same way as she did for Buffy. She is told that the spell will not work

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    May 21 2002 "Two to Go" is the 21st episode of season 6 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The name of the episode is a reference to the previous one, which ends with Willow saying

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nov 03 1997 "Lie to Me" is the seventh episode of the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It originally aired on November 3, 1997.

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    Mar 12 2002 After being poisoned by a demon, Buffy comes to believe that she is confined to a mental hospital, her mother is alive and her parents are still together and that her life as a Slayer was all an

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    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

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    Oct 02 2001 "Bargaining" is the two-part season premiere of the sixth season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, consisting of the first and second episodes. They are also the 101st and

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mar 16 1999 Faith's new alliance with the Mayor goes as far as them conspiring to rob Angel of his soul. Faith tries to seduce him but he is thinking Buffy Summers in a big, one-track way. When the old-fashioned

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    Apr 24 2001 Buffy and Giles leave for the desert on a self-discovery/guidance quest led by the First Slayer. While they are gone, Spike decides to have a little fun with his BuffyBot but the gang mistakes it for

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    Oct 09 2001 "After Life" is the third episode of season 6 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    May 21 2002 Giles's new-found power brings Willow down momentarily and Giles magically binds her and leaves to catch up with Buffy. Willow telepathically controls Anya and gets her to break the binding spell.

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    Feb 22 2000 "This Year's Girl" is the 15th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Written by Doug Petrie and directed by Michael Gershman, it originally aired on February

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    Nov 23 1999 "Pangs" is the eighth episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On Thanksgiving, Buffy encounters the restless and vengeful spirit of a member of the aboriginal

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    Feb 25 2003 Andrew creates "Buffy, Slayer of the Vampyres," a documentary describing the current situation in Sunnydale to show to future generations. Many emotions are captured during its filming, from

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    Nov 17 1997 After getting in a fight with the mysterious woman, Kendra, Buffy learns that her temporary death in the hands of the Master had activated the choice for the next Slayer, and she is fighting her.

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    May 01 2001 "Tough Love" is the 19th episode of season 5 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy withdraws from school in order to better look after Dawn, who has been skipping school

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    Jan 26 1999 "The Zeppo" is episode 13 of season 3 on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup in a Series. Feeling left out by the gang, Xander ends up

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    Feb 10 1998 Xander tries to use Valentines Day to further his relationship with Cordelia but she succumbs to peer pressure and breaks up with him. With the help of Amy (who is exploring her mother's witch

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    often listed
    Nov 17 1998 "Revelations" is the seventh episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Oct 26 1999 To help Buffy get over the pain of having been used by Parker, the gang head to a fraternity Halloween party expecting a few cheap scares and a bit of harmless fun. Unfortunately, some accidental

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    May 16 2000 Adam tells Riley that he has a behavior modification chip wired to his central nervous system behind his heart. Through the chip Adam has control over Riley. When Buffy find Spike in Adam's cave she

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    Apr 15 2003 "Dirty Girls" is the 18th episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    Jun 02 1997 With the help of Angel, Giles discovers an ancient prophecy which foresees that Buffy will die if she fights The Master. Upon hearing of her doom, Buffy is met with the biggest decision of her young

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