Being the greatest show ever to air, it influenced genre television to come and made Joss Whedon a household name. Counting down the top ten episodes of Buffy might raise a point of contention for many, so the ground rules are I’m writing this, so I set the rules and these have had the most impact on me year after year when I embark on my annual seven season marathon.
10-Buffy vs Dracula
The Dracula in this episode was not that impressive, but Xander stole the show when he became the Renfield.
Be careful what you wish for Cordelia it might leas to a vampire ruled dystopian future with an evil vampire Willow and Xander.
When turned into a princess by her cursed costume Buffy faints in the face of evil and suggests they wait for a man to save them. We also get a hint at Giles’ dark past.
The horror and the hope in this episode is all put on the shoulders of Anya & Xander nervous about their big day, until Xander gets a look into the future and realizes the most loving thing to do is walk away.
I know most of you like when Angel and Buffy dance, to me the most touching moment as when she gets the class protector award, it makes me almost cry every time.
The surreal episode would have been number one if this was just any other show…even Angel, but the competition is pretty rough. The dream sequences capture the shifting landscapes of their haunted subconscious perfectly and foreshadows the next season.
4- The Body
Once again most Whedonites will want to argue this is the best episode and though the writing is some oft the shows strongest and most emotional, their are plenty of other shows with gripping death episodes.
Andrew documents Buffy with a video camera. The scenes that are shot from his imagination are some of the shows funniest. I think this was a really innovative way of shooting the episode way before found footage movies became a thing or Supernatural spoofed a similar approach.
After the show was praised for its dialogue, Joss made an episode with only 17 minutes out of the shows 44 minute running time. The Gentlemen are the creepiest big bads, and this is one of the scariest episodes.
1-Once More With Feeling
Sure other shows have had musical episodes after this one, not only did the pull it off but the music is great and this episode I have watched in the double digits, though triple digits if I count when my daughter was two and watched it every day for close to six months. This goes to show this episode goes above and beyond what television had been up to that point and resonates in a more universal manner. If you watch the making of its even more amazing.