I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and picking my ten favorite was harder than I thought it would be since there are so many to love, and for very different reasons. But after careful thought, here they are:
#1 “Once More with Feeling” (Season 6, Episode 7) The musical episode!
Let me go on record to say, this is my favorite episode of any show ever, not just Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You get musical numbers and dancing but it also really moves the plot forward, which is not typical for a musical episode. A demon comes to town (Sweet) and everyone starts breaking out into song, but they aren’t all happy and fun songs, they are as soul-bearing as they are catchy. Like when Buffy tells her friends that she was in Heaven, Anya and Xander show the fractures in their relationship, and the one that leads to a very swoon worthy kiss at the end.
#2 “Hush” (Season 4, Episode 10) The very silent and very terrifying episode!
Holy shiz. The Gentlemen are the scariest monsters in all of the Buffyverse. In this creepy episode, we see the people of Sunnydale lose their voices to these terrifying, floating, silent guys. The only thing that can stop them is a scream. This episode proves that even without the witty banter, this show is gold.
#3 “Fool for Love” (Season 5, Episode 7) Spike’s past becomes the focus.
In this episode, Buffy is injured by a vamp and seeks out Spike to learn how he killed two slayers. Buffy and Spike argue as usual and she crushes him (more than she knew) at the end of the “slayer lesson” when she tells Spike that he is beneath her and walks away. Not only are there some great flashbacks, but they are cut in with the real time Buffy so that while he is killing a slayer on the subway, he is peering up at Buffy in the alley. As a Spike enthusiast, this one stands out because it gives us a glimpse into his past as a poet and a sensitive man before becoming a soulless vampire. These traits show in his vampire life, as evidenced by the end of the episode where Spike goes to kill Buffy but softens when he sees how upset she is. It’s a great Spuffy moment.