Anthony Stewart Head as Giles, Allyson Hannigan as Willow, Nicholas Brendon as Xander, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy

20 Reasons ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is Timeless

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There will never be another show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Today, the series celebrates its 20th anniversary, and its popularity hasn’t weakened a bit.

The cult favorite is just as relevant, entertaining, and important today as it was twenty years ago. Our writers took some time to gather just a few of the reasons Buffy the Vampire Slayer is timeless:

1. Complex Mythology

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer offers a story with complex mythology that makes the show that much more enjoyable to watch again and again. It’s a fantasy world you can lose yourself in, and it’s filled with symbolism. — Ashley

2. It’s About Making Choices for Yourself

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is timeless because it proved that you can have a life and save the day at the same time. You don’t have to be constrained to one way of living or let anyone defines those lines for you. You make those lines and choices for yourself. — Lyra

3. It’s Funny

The use of humor and especially witty dialogue balances out some of the more serious stuff the show deals with. While some of the references and such might be a bit aged, in general the show remains incredibly funny. — Milka

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4. It’s Feel-Good Television

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That sounds strange when we’re talking fighting demons and Hellmouths and all, but it’s true. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a feel-good element to it, from the parts that make you laugh to the parts that are just inspiring. It’s a show you can watch over and over. — Ashley

5. Everyone Can Be a Hero

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer taught us all that we have the power inside of us to be extraordinary heroes. Sure, we’re not all slayers, or witches, or soul-filled vampires — but there was more to Buffy than that. We learned that even the most ordinary of us can overflow with compassion, love, emotional strength, and courage.

Those latter traits may seem minute in comparison with the former, but when it came time to save the power world, and save his best friends, ordinary Xander Harris showed the us all how extraordinary he truly was, and in the process taught a generation what it really takes to save the world. A lot. — Christine

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