1. Joss Whedon
Best Episode: “Once More with Feeling” (S06E07)
Well, obviously, right? Whedon’s writing is so incredible on this show that a “Top 13 Buffy Episodes Written by Joss” would be both easy and difficult to write, because how to even choose? From “Welcome to the Hellmouth, the episode that kicked off the series, to “Becoming, Part 2” when Buffy must send her one true love to hell to save the world, to “Amends,” when Buffy talks Angel out of suicide-by-sun, to “Doppelgangland,” which brings alternate universe vampire Willow to town, to the largely dialogue-free “Hush,” to the heartbreaking torment of Joyce’s death in “The Body,” the list goes on, and on, and on. Of most particular note has to be “Once More with Feeling,” Buffy‘s musical episode, which is more than the mere gimmick most other shows now use the idea as, being both a wonderful musical and a wonderful episode.
And now, for the hard part, choosing just a few…
WILLOW: Uh, Angel? If I say something you really don’t want to hear, do you promise not to bite me?
— “Lie to Me” (S02E10)
[A demon sarcophagus is brought in]
SPIKE: It’s a big rock. Can’t wait to tell my friends, they all don’t have a rock this big.
— “Becoming, Part 1” (S02E21)
WILLOW: [spots Oz] Ooh, boyfriend! It’s my on campus boyfriend!
BUFFY: Oh no, I forgot to pick mine up, the line’s probably really long now too.
— “The Freshman” (S04E01)
And so many more!
Post-Buffy Highlights: Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods and a little movie called The Avengers and its sequel.