Buffy The Vampire Slayer is my all time favorite TV show. When I was asked to rank the seasons it took a lot of time and thought. I had to figure out what I loved about each season, and what I didn’t.
I noticed that a lot of the rankings hindered on characters that were introduced in each season. Viewers began their journey with Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and Angel. They ended their journey with Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander, Dawn, Spike, Andrew, Anya, and Faith.
The Big Bads of each season also swayed a lot of my vote. Classic villains such as The Master and The First gave the show it’s epic horror feel, where as The Gentlemen still haunt viewer’s dreams. Between the sarcasm, humor, love, and heartache this show was one for the ages.
I give you the Buffy The Vampire Slayer seasons’ rankings:
#7 Season 5: This season ranked the lowest because of its general lack of focus. Although Glory was hilarious and Joyce’s passing was sad, this season had too many sub-plots. Between Dracula, Spike’s undying love, Joyce’s illness, and the Glory/Ben weirdness, the audience couldn’t keep track of what was going on.
#6 Season 4: Let me preface by saying The Gentleman were perfect. With that being said, this season needed to pick up the pace! Making your villain a cyborg/demon/man named Adam was just too much, and then you had the military and the general Riley-ness of it all.
#5 Season 6: Let’s be honest—the first half of this season was a montage of Buffy and Spike getting it on. The second half of the season centers on Willow going dark, which we all loved, but ultimately we knew Buffy would never kill her.
#4 Season 7: The seventh season did a great job bringing back the elements we loved from the first three seasons. When Joss Whedon brought back Faith and put Dawn in Sunnydale High, they hit the reset button and came full circle.
I now present the top 3:
#3 Season 3: There are two reasons this season made it to the top: The introduction of Faith and the Sunnydale High School graduation. The audience got to indulge on what would of happened to Buffy if she chose the wrong path, via Faith. We also bid farewell to Sunnydale High.
#2 Season 1: This was a hard one to rank. It was the first season and the reason viewers fell in love with the show and held the perfect balance between horror, comedy, and drama. The high school shenanigans of three students began a fandom that is still here today!
#1 Season 2: Season two took the number one spot for two reasons: Angelus vs. Buffy is possibly the most heart-breaking fight of the series, and the addition of Spike and Drusilla made the show shockingly more insane and interesting.
There you have it my Buffy friends! Which season is #1 on your list?