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There are so many good episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Once More, With Feeling" the best, or is "Hush" your favorite episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are, let's rank every Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode from best to worst.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a critically-acclaimed, popular supernatural drama that aired for seven seasons on the fledging WB network from March 10, 1997 to May 20, 2003. Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer centers on Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a teenager in Sunnydale, California, who one day discovers she is the Chosen One, a Slayer with powers to fight the forces of darkness, in particular vampires. Though her journey is solo, she gets help from her "Scooby Gang" of friends. Joining Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer also starred Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, and James Marsters, along with David Boreanaz as Angel and Seth Green as Oz.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Once More, With Feeling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 6 Episode 7: A demon named Sweet descends upon Sunnydale in search of Dawn, his arrival causing everyone to burst into song and dance - and eventually into flame.

2
13 2
Passion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 17: Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends.

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13 2
Doppelgangland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 16: While casting a magic spell to help Anya regain her powers, Willow and Anya inadvertently summon Willow's evil twin, a vampire, from an alternate universe.

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13 2
Hush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 4 Episode 10: From out of a fairy tale comes a group of murderous creatures known as The Gentlemen: first they steal everyone's voices, then they begin to collect human hearts.

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11 2
Fool For Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 5 Episode 7: After being impaled by a vampire, Buffy turns to Spike, who claims to have killed two Slayers, in an attempt to learn how other Slayers met their end.

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11 2
The Body is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 5 Episode 16: Buffy, Dawn and their friends find themselves dealing with the painful events surrounding Joyce's sudden and unexpected death.

7
12 3
The Gift is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 5 Episode 22: Refusing to believe that killing Dawn is the only way to save the universe, Buffy prepares to do battle against Glory - and finally realizes the true meaning of "her gift."

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10 2
Tabula Rasa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 6 Episode 8: Confident that he has taught Buffy everything she needs to know, Giles prepares to go back to England just as Willow casts a spell which causes everyone to forget who they are.

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10 2
Something Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 4 Episode 9: When Willow casts a spell in hopes of getting over the pain of losing Oz, the exact wording she uses causes mayhem among her friends.

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9 2
The Wish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 9: After Cordelia tells her new friend Anya that she wishes Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, she suddenly finds herself in a reality where vampires control the town.

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9 2
Graduation Day, Part One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 21: To distract Buffy and keep her from interfering with the Mayor's Ascension, Faith shoots Angel with an arrow whose poison can only be cured by the blood of a Slayer.

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10 3
Prophecy Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 1 Episode 12: Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.

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10 3
Becoming - II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 22: Spike strikes an alliance with Buffy.

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10 3
Earshot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 18: After slaying a telepathic demon, Buffy is bombarded with the thoughts of everyone around her - including one student who appears to be planning mass murder.

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12 5
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 6: Buffy and her friends turn into whatever Halloween costumes they wear.

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8 2
Grave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 6 Episode 22: Giles returns from England in an attempt to stop Willow, but in the end it is her oldest friend who reaches through her pain and stops her from destroying the world.

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8 2
Band Candy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 6: Sunnydale's adult population begins acting like immature teenagers after eating candy bars being sold to finance new high school band uniforms.

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10 4
Chosen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 7 Episode 22: In a desperate gamble Buffy and the Potential Slayers decide that instead of waiting to be attacked they will open the Seal of Danthalzar and take the battle directly to The First.

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7 2
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewilder... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 16: A witch puts a love spell on Cordelia.

20
7 2
I Only Have Eyes for You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 19: Sunnydale High School is haunted.

21
7 2
Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 5 Episode 6: Tara inadvertently puts everyone in danger when she secretly casts a spell on her friends after her family arrives in Sunnydale to celebrate her birthday.

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7 2
New Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 4 Episode 19: Oz's surprise return to Sunnydale causes complications in Willow's current love life and leads to his transformation into a werewolf and subsequent capture by Riley.

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7 2
Helpless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 3 Episode 12: As Buffy's eighteenth birthday approaches she loses her Slayer powers just as she must go up against a crazed vampire who has kidnapped her mother.

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7 2
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 7 Episode 5: When Anya's latest vengeance spell kills a fraternity house full of boys, Buffy realizes there's only one way to stop Anya before she strikes again.

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8 3
School Hard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 2 Episode 3: Spike arrives and launches an attack against the Slayer.