It is almost hard to believe that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary. It was at 8PM on this very day two decades ago that the-then WB network aired the first episode of this landmark comedy-horror-drama that would change the television landscape forever. In a post-Buffy world we take female-led shows for granted, both in and out of genre, but it was a rarity at the time, and commensurately very special.
But even stronger than its abnormally strong heroine was the show’s writing. With creator Whedon at the helm, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer writers room became a force to be reckoned with, its members celebrities in their own right who engaged with fans at The Bronze, the show’s official message board, and even put sly references to the fandom into their episodes.
Here, we celebrate the legacy of these cunning wordsmiths with the Top 13 Best Buffy the Vampire Slayer Writers—despite this particular piece of wisdom:
A writer is supposed to have anonymity.
— Joss Whedon, TIME Magazine, Feb 14, 2009