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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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Tabula Rasa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tabula Rasa 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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Doppelgangland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Doppelgangland 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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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Gift 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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Hush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Hush 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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Earshot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Earshot 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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Passion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Passion Season 2 Episode 17: Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends.

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Once More, With Feeling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Once More, With Feeling 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.

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Becoming - II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming - II Season 2 Episode 22: Spike strikes an alliance with Buffy.

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Fool For Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Fool For Love 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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Innocence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Innocence Season 2 Episode 14: Buffy battles The Judge and Angel.

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Graduation Day, Part One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Graduation Day, Part One 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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Graduation Day, Part Two is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Graduation Day, Part Two Season 3 Episode 22: Buffy, her friends, and all the students of Sunnydale High prepare to face off against the Mayor and his hoard of vampires in a seemingly hopeless battle to save their town.

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The Body is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Body Season 5 Episode 16: Buffy, Dawn and their friends find themselves dealing with the painful events surrounding Joyce's sudden and unexpected death.

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Grave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Grave 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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Chosen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Chosen 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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Prophecy Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Prophecy Girl Season 1 Episode 12: Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.

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Two to Go is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Two to Go Season 6 Episode 21: After a horrific confrontation with Warren, Willow finds herself fighting against Buffy and the rest of the gang who want to prevent her from killing Andrew and Jonathan.

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Bargaining, Part II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bargaining, Part II Season 6 Episode 2: As Giles prepares for his return to England, the gang secretly prepares to resurrect Buffy with a magic spell. Download part 2 now!

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Conversations with Dead People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Conversations with Dead People Season 7 Episode 7: As Andrew and Jonathan return to save Sunnydale from evil, Dawn is confronted by an image of her dead mother and Tara's ghost delivers a warning to Willow.

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Villains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Villains Season 6 Episode 20: Warren, Andrew and Jonathan discover just how strong Willow's magical powers are when the outraged and grief-stricken witch embraces magic's dark side to avenge Tara's death.

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Halloween Season 2 Episode 6: Buffy and her friends turn into whatever Halloween costumes they wear.

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The Wish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Wish 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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Angel Season 1 Episode 7: Buffy discovers Angel's horrifying secret.

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Touched is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Touched Season 7 Episode 20: While Faith attempts to step into the leadership role Buffy heads to the vineyard alone to confront Caleb - and finds a formidable weapon in an underground chamber.

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New Moon Rising is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
New Moon Rising 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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Selfless is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Selfless 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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Dirty Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dirty Girls

Season 7 Episode 18: Although Buffy now has Faith on her side they are still no match for The First who now has a young preacher named Caleb on his side.

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School Hard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
School Hard Season 2 Episode 3: Spike arrives and launches an attack against the Slayer.

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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Seeing Red Season 6 Episode 19: The growing jealousy among Warren, Andrew and Jonathan gives Buffy an opportunity to stop them from robbing an armored car - but Warren returns to exact a deadly revenge.

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Band Candy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Band Candy 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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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Intervention Season 5 Episode 18: While Buffy travels to the desert on a quest to find the Primitive, the gang back home encounters a very realistic Buffybot who seems to be in love with Spike. .

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Lovers Walk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lovers Walk Season 3 Episode 8: Spike returns to Sunnydale and kidnaps Willow so she can create a magic spell that will make Drusilla love him once more.

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Lies My Parents Told Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lies My Parents Told Me Season 7 Episode 17: While Buffy attempts to figure out the secret behind The First's control over Spike, Principal Wood asks Giles to help him destroy Spike for good.

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Something Blue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Something Blue 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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Helpless is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Helpless 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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Who Are You? is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Who Are You? Season 4 Episode 16: After magically switching bodies with Buffy, Faith pays a visit to Riley - leaving Buffy in the hands of the Watcher Council Special Ops unit who've come to take Faith back to England.

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bewilder... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered Season 2 Episode 16: A witch puts a love spell on Cordelia.

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The Zeppo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Zeppo Season 3 Episode 13: While the gang battles creatures from the Hellmouth, Xander has his own adventure when he encounters a group of reanimated corpses out to blow up the high school.

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Blood Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Blood Ties Season 5 Episode 13: After learning that she is the Key in human form, a distraught and disbelieving Dawn makes her way to the hospital's mental ward where she encounters Glory.

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Tough Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tough Love Season 5 Episode 19: Glory angrily leaves Tara in a mindless state after realizing she is not the Key, an act which pits her against all the powerful and dark magic Willow can summon.

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Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Storyteller Season 7 Episode 16: Andrew's videotape recording of the exploits of Buffy and the Potential Slayers suddenly hits a little too close to home after a link between him and the Seal of Danthalzar is discovered.

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A New Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A New Man Season 4 Episode 12: Feeling suddenly old and useless, Giles drowns his sorrows at a pub with old friend and sorcerer Ethan Rayne and winds up with much more than just a simple hangover the next morning.

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Bad Girls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bad Girls Season 3 Episode 14: When Buffy's new Watcher, Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, arrives, Buffy takes off with Faith on a rebellious rampage that ends with the staking of the Deputy Mayor.

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Becoming - I is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Becoming - I Season 2 Episode 21: Angel plots to revive an ancient demon.

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lie to Me Season 2 Episode 7: Buffy is lured into trap by vampire wannabes.

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Restless is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Restless Season 4 Episode 22: After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman - and The Cheese Man.

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The Initiative is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Initiative Season 4 Episode 7: Buffy begins a relationship with Riley Finn unaware that he is part of a military organization tracking down and experimenting on the demons and vampires of Sunnydale.

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Amends is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Amends Season 3 Episode 10: As the Christmas holiday approaches, Angel is tormented by visions of his past victims, including Jenny Calendar, who want him to kill Buffy.

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Normal Again is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Normal Again Season 6 Episode 17: A demon which Jonathan, Andrew and Warren unleash on Buffy causes her to drift between her friends in the real world and an alternate reality where her mother is still alive.

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Family is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Family 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.