9   +   5   =  

I want to begin by stating the obvious: what more can really be said about Buffy that hasn’t already been done so? Crikey, even Buffy Studies has been an academic discipline since long before the show even ended. The Internet loves itself some Buffy, you don’t need to look far to find retrospectives, forums and whatnot still dedicated to the show. Every fan has their own set of episode favourites, though obviously there are a number of standout episodes that fans continue to fawn over (myself included). Ideally, anyone wanting to know what the hoo-hah for this show was all about should watch every single episode…except for Season Four’s Beer Bad, for the sake of Buffy love – let’s not go there…

I still remember throwing a tantrum as a Primary School kid after my Mum hid the Season 2 VHS (geez the 90’s eh?) box set after walking in on me, terrified, watching Killed by Death (Der Kindestod!! I mean, what the…with the teeth and eyes, what kind of monster wears a bowler hat!). I managed to weasel my way into getting back those hidden episodes simply by gushing about how amazing/brilliant/bursting with Whedon-genius the show was. Let’s see if I can evoke that same sentiment here that the 9 year old me seemed to have in spades.

Special mention has got to go to Season 4’s (I know, I know, again) Restless, which narrowly missed the top 10. Do you have any additions or substitutes? Should attention have been duly paid to Angel?

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