The story of a teenage girl destined to repeatedly save the world from monsters, witches, demons, and (obviously) vampires is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary today.
Created by Joss Whedon (who later wrote and directed the Avengers movies) Buffy the Vampire Slayer used monsters as metaphors for real life issues facing kids growing up in America. He mixed genres to create a show that was by turns, scary, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often all within the same episode. He created characters that defied expectations and stereotypes. He invented a formula that is still influencing television twenty years later. And according to an article at io9.com, he turned the word Google into a verb.
All seven seasons of Buffy are available on DVD at Eisenhower and they’re all worth your time.