Happy 20th Anniversary, Buffy

For a lot of us, this may come as a bit of a shock: twenty years ago today, on March 10, 1997, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer first premiered on TV. I know, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, either.

Buffy was the first TV show I watched with any sort of devotion. Each Tuesday morning, I would check and recheck to make sure that the VCR timer was set, and that the tape was in there, queued to just the right spot. (It all seems so primitive now…) It was the first show that I can remember going out of my way to watch each week, and certainly the first show I ever watched where I saw every episode in order as they aired.

Buffy is also a show that will be with me forever in a very literal sense, because even though he was born years after the show went off the year, my wife and I named our son Xander after the character from the show.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of us GeekDad writers are big fans of the show. Keep an eye out over the next week, as we have several more posts planned to commemorate the anniversary of the show, including the obligatory “favorite episodes” post.

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