Flashback Friday: The 20th anniversary of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

She also tweeted a GIF of “one of [her] favorite moments”: Buffy is awarded a golden umbrella, a class protector award, at prom in season 3. In honor of International Women’s Day that recently passed give yourself a chance to meet Buffy Summers, she may not be a real person, but she has helped me get through some tough times, and maybe she can help you.

We bet some of the questions on this quiz will leave you totally stumped! Running for seven incredible seasons from 1997 to 2003, it’s an irreplaceable slice of barnstorming TV that totally changed the face of the medium for good.

Twenty years later, not every aspect of the show has aged well (the special effects, for one) but its message that anyone can be a hero is timeless. The character is actually 25 years old, and although she won a legion of fans through Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character on television, the Slayer first appeared on film, played by Kristy Swanson, in 1992. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could.

While Buffy was on the air we laughed, cried, and totally fell in love with the Scoobies – including Buffy’s dark and brooding vampire boyfriend, Angel (David Boreanaz), who had us swooning long before Edward Cullen was “sparking” in the sun. Michelle, you will always hold a key to my heart. Touted as the strongest physical enemy Buffy and Sunnydale has ever faced, Willow’s turn as the “big bad” is perhaps one of the shows greatest challenges to convey and yet most satisfying moments, as this episode in essence was 127 episodes in the making.

The oft-maligned sixth season of Buffy is much better than you remember.

One of the things that made me love this show was that, at times, the monsters weren’t fictional creatures or the undead.

“The most formidable years of my life – transition from teenager to adult – were spent filming Buffy”.

“She taught me it wasn’t about being ideal; it was about trying the hardest to be the best you can be”, she added. Buffy herself died twice – once briefly in the first series (causing a new Slayer to be activated) and once at the end of season five, when she sacrificed herself in order to close a portal to hell. “I couldn’t even do a commercial, like a gum commercial without freaking out”. She followed that up by joining the writing room on Gilmore Girls-a show that shared much of the Buffy-style sensibilities (but no vampires)-where she penned ten episodes. I soon learned that Buffy was crying because her mother, Joyce (Kristine Sutherland), had a brain tumor.

Because who could forget Buffy and Spike