Brace yourselves, 90’s kids — it’s been 20 years since the premiere of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’! Now that you feel really old, check out how Sarah Michelle Gellar and more stars are celebrating.
On March 10, 1997, the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired and captivated audiences all over the world. Loosely based off of the early 90’s movie of the same name, Joss Whedon created supernatural universe and a love story (er, stories) that would go down in television history. Now, exactly twenty years later, the cast and crew are reminiscing about the good ‘ol days and expressing their sheer gratitude to fans for being so dedicated after all this time.
First, it was Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who penned a heartfelt message about the role, show and her co-stars on Instagram. Not only does she shout out David Boreanaz for always being her “Angel” (swoon), but she ends it with a quote from the show we will never, ever forget.
20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your tv screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there. First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could. While we knew the potential, I don’t think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have. As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one. Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Thank you to Joss Whedon, for trusting me to give life to one of the greatest female characters ever created. Thank you to David, for always being my Angel. Thank you to James for understanding that while Buffy and Spike may have been love/hate, I have nothing but love for you. Alyson, as any woman knows, you are nothing without the love and support of great female friends, so thank you for being that. Michelle, you will always hold a key to my heart. Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of amazing performances. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life. And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans. We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years. You are everything. And always remember…"if the apocalypse comes, beep me" #buffyslays20
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Next up was Alyson Hannigan, the actress behind our beloved Willow, who sent major praise to Joss on Twitter. Check out her tweet below:
— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) March 10, 2017
The best part? Joss replied… and with heart emojis!
Next we have Anthony Head, aka Rupert Giles, who thanked fans for their commitment to the series. He also gave a shout out to Joss, but you know you’re a real fan of the show if you get the “grr, argh” at the end:
— Anthony Stewart Head (@AnthonySHead) March 10, 2017
Drusilla herself, Juliet Landau, also thanked Joss and called her role on Buffy the “best job ever.” Duh!
— Juliet Landau (@julietlandau) March 10, 2017
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What’s YOUR favorite moment from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Who was your fave couple to ship? Comment below, let us know!