Mar. 10, 1997
60 min.
UPN TV Network

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy Summers. For five years Buffy slayed vampires on the WB, then for her last two seasons she went to UPN.

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Kristine Sutherland's first love was theater. She went to an audition in high school as moral support ...

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Joyce Summers (seasons 1-5, appears in one episode of season 6 and two of season 7): Buffy's mother is an anchor of normality in the Scoobies' lives, even after she learns of Buffy's role in the supernatural world ("Becoming, Part Two"). In "Lovers Walk", she lends a sympathetic ear to Spike's heartbreak, a gesture that he never forgot. In season 5, she dies of an aneurysm after a tumor is removed from her brain in "I Was Made to Love You". (In the first episode of season 4, Buffy jokes "Can't wait till mom gets the bill for these books, I hope it's a funny aneurysm.") Joyce is one of the few Buffyverse deaths from non-magical causes.

In the episode "Band Candy" we learn that Joyce was rebellious as a teenager, and tended to follow the "cool" crowd. This is somewhat at odds with her having told Buffy she got popular only after working with a school yearbook earlier. In Los Angeles, as Joyce experiences marital discord with her husband, Hank, their daughter, Buffy, informs them that she has been chosen as the Slayer, and that her destiny is to fight demons. Joyce and Hank, concerned about their daughter's mental health, place Buffy in a psych ward.[1] Buffy is soon released, and the matter is never revisited. Joyce's marital problems, however, continue, and Buffy later notes that she believes that her father was unfaithful.[2] Buffy begins to get into more trouble, culminating in an event where Buffy burns down the Hemery High School gymnasium.[3] Buffy is expelled from school, and Joyce moves with her to Sunnydale for a fresh start after she and Hank divorce.

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05x09 - Listening to Fear
Season 5, Episode 09
02x09 - What's My Line? (Part 1)
Season 2, Episode 09
05x22 - The Gift
Season 5, Episode 22
01x05 - Never Kill a Boy on the First Date
Season 1, Episode 05
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