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'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Turns 20; Know Why It Was Revolutionary In the 90s

Update Date: Mar 11, 2017 06:42 AM EST

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" debuted on television in 1997, with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, the heroine who comes from a long line of women who are called upon to fight vampires. Get to know more about the iconic 90s show.

The show was set in the fictional town of Sunnydale, California, which is actually on top of a gateway to the demonic realm called Hellmouth. The show created by Joss Wheadon first aired in the now-defunct WB network and consequently moved to UPN, where it drew the curtains in 2003.

How "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Changed Television

According to The Week, the "Buffy" series is considered influential in promoting long storylines in a series where the story unfolded during the run of the season. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" was also a pioneer in the 90s for stories with strong and complex female characters, which led to the rise of programs with such themes.

The popularity of the series was also used to tackle teenage problems, as represented by the antagonists in each episode. The show was also praised for its witty dialogue and popular culture references.

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer": What Are The Stars Up To Now?

The popularity of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" was also instrumental in kicking off careers of the cast involved in the series. Sarah Michelle Gellar now runs a mail-order baking company, as she has now taken a break from acting (via BBC).

Alyson Hannigan continues to do well in television and film with iconic roles in the "American Pie" franchise and "How I Met Your Mother." Nicholas Brendon contributes material for the "Buffy" comics spinoff and has appeared in several seasons of" Criminal Minds."

David Boreanaz had a spinoff series in "Angel" and starred in 12 seasons of "Bones." The affable character Giles, played by Anthony Stewart Head, did well in television series and also released an album in 2014. Eliza Dushku, the second slayer, went on to star in her own series "Tru Calling" and appeared in several films as well.

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