Lacey Spaenhower, Staff Writer

Before there was Bella and Edward, there was Buffy and Angel!

“Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers. She is the Slayer.”

These words have been well-known to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans since the show’s premiere on March 10, 1997. The show ran for seven seasons and ended in May 2003.

The show starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, and Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles.  Some reoccurring cast members were James Marsters as Spike and David Boreanaz as Angel.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an amazing series that is still well-known and loved by its fans even today. It gave fans so much more than a love story; it showed just how strange growing up can be.

It also helped to give birth to the spinoff, a really great series called Angel. This show premiered October 5, 1999, and it ran for five seasons, airing its final episode on May 19, 2004.

Angel starred David Boreanaz as Angel, Alexis Densiof as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase, J. August Richards as Charles Gunn, Andy Hallett as Lorne, Amy Acker as Winifred (Fred) Burkle, and James Marsters as Spike.

This show differed from Buffy because it dealt with redemption and dealing with the sins of your past. Both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were very successful because they had strong stories that could stand on their own feet.

Search places like or on DVD to see the first true immortal love, and you’ll fall in love with the entire series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.