On the 10 of March 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on television screens for the first time. The show was such a success it went on to produce seven seasons and 145 episodes. In celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s 20th anniversary, we have put together a list of 10 similar television shows you should binge if you need to quench your nostalgia thirst.
Why: If misfits and Buffy collided you would have Crazyhead. The series has some serious Buffy undertones but is sexually risqué. The show follows buffy-ish women Amy and Raquel who attempt to navigate their early twenties while simultaneously kicking gnarly demon ass. Crazyhead is penned by Misfits’ Howard Overman.
In The Flesh, 2013
Why: In the Flesh is a story of young adulthood, coming to terms with your differences, and dealing with a town of people who just want to tear you down. While there is no bad-ass Vampire slaying and less outright humour, In the Flesh has a certain quality that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lovers, or just about anyone, will love. But don’t get too attached, the BAFTA award-winning show was never renewed for a third season. In the Flesh takes place for years after the rising of the dead. The government starts to rehabilitate the Undead for reentry into society, including teenage zombie (rotter) Kieren Walker, who returns to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception, as well as his own demons.
Why: iZombie got its inspiration from Buffy and Veronica Mars. In an interview with io9, iZombie creator Rob Thomas said that the show was more Buffy than Veronica Mars was.
“…I think iZombie is more like Buffy than Veronica Mars was like Buffy. Veronica was very real world. There were no monsters in it. There was not a lot of action or violence in it. iZombie will have a bit more of that,” said Thomas.
“Veronica Mars, we were really serious about trying to write great mysteries and spending a lot of our beats and story points on that. I think on iZombie, we’re going to spend a little more time trying to get to fun zombie moments.”
iZombie follows medical resident Liv Moore who wakes up as a (you guessed it) zombie. She discovers that being a zombie has its perks, and uses her habit of eating human brains to help her assist the police.
Dollhouse is another television series with a bad-ass female lead. The show follows an organisation that employs mind-wiped humans known as ‘Dolls’ who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions. The show was written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, need I say more.
The Magicians, 2015
Why: The Magicians can be described as a modern long-lost, fowl mouthed, sibling of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially in its second season. The show follows a group of young adults friends as they deal with not only magic, spells and demons, but also the responsibilities of being in their early twenties.
Why: Firefly is another creation by the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon. The television series has become a cult classic of sorts, and much like Buffy, the show has a huge fanbase. The show is set five hundred years in the future and follows a crew aboard a small spaceship who try to survive travelling into unknown parts of the galaxy.
Why: True Blood owes a lot to its vampy predecessor. Much like Buffy, True Blood has ‘The Big Bad’, The love triangle and of course the gang behind the female lead. We aren’t the only ones that think so, in an interview with ScifiNow True Blood actress Kristin Bauer van Straten revealed that she had never seen Buffy.
“so I’m going back and I’m watching that now,” said Kristin Bauer van Straten
“I can’t help but see the parallels and think that without Buffy, I’m not sure there would have been True Blood.”
Why: Much like Buffy, Eureka a strange small town, has appearances from a bunch of badass women, and of course, is bathed in clever comedy. The show follows the best minds in the US, who build elaborated futuristic inventions for the government in a tucked away remote town.
Why: Teen Wolf follows a bunch of teens trying to find themselves, whilst being bombarded with new supernatural hurdles, and creepy ‘the big bad’ villains. Much like Buffy, the humorous show explores friendship, romance, and includes some bad-ass women. You might see some similarities to Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s Buffy in the Teen Wolf characters Allison Argent and Lydia Martin. If you decide to watch this show for the first time, you might have to bare with the first two seasons.
Why: Supernatural is about the demon crime fighting duo, brothers Sam and Dean. The show includes a copious amount of demon fighting badassery, blood splatter, and gruesome demon deaths.