Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 20 years old. Yup you heard me TWENTY. I still remember watching the show in my teen years, going through that witchy phase (don’t lie you did it too, I’d like to thank Buffy & the Craft for that one!) and watching gleefully as a tiny blonde girl became the heroine we all needed.
Aside from the terrible 90’s fashion choices – there is a twitter dedicated to the iconic shows insane wardrobe picks, rejoice in 90’s fashion & get some wardrobe tips whilst your at it, the show gave us life tips by the bucketload. It taught a generation of women that we didn’t have to follow the rules, that we didn’t have to be everything all at once and that we could in fact, be anything we wanted.
It’s no wonder that the TV show left a lasting mark on all of us, including the cast. Sarah Michelle Geller gave this heartfelt thank you note.
20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your tv screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there. First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could. While we knew the potential, I don’t think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have. As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one. Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Thank you to Joss Whedon, for trusting me to give life to one of the greatest female characters ever created. Thank you to David, for always being my Angel. Thank you to James for understanding that while Buffy and Spike may have been love/hate, I have nothing but love for you. Alyson, as any woman knows, you are nothing without the love and support of great female friends, so thank you for being that. Michelle, you will always hold a key to my heart. Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of amazing performances. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life. And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans. We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years. You are everything. And always remember…"if the apocalypse comes, beep me" #buffyslays20
"And always remember…if the apocalypse comes, beep me"
Well with that in mind we have picked our favorite life lessons from the show, they seem even more appropriate now than they did 20 year’s ago.
A gang is essential
Having a support network is essential whether you are trying to save the world or just get through the week. You need people that you can count on to stick by your side and to keep you sane. Not only are they your cheerleaders you get to cultivate your own family, you get to be their cheerleaders too.
Challenge the norm
Don’t accept what society thinks you should be, follow your dreams, you may be the chosen one but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to prom! Want to be a witch? Follow those dreams! We are lucky to live in a time when people are creating their own dream jobs, if you want to be a full time surfer then go for it, want to teach? Then do that!
Believe in yourself
Self assurance isn’t easy, we will all question ourselves and that’s where your cheerleaders come in, they’ll pick you up when you are down, or when you turn to the darkside a la willow.
You don’t only get one shot at happiness
We all fuck up, I repeat WE ALL FUCK UP, but it’s not the end of the world, even if you are the slayer, second chances are always there you just have to find them, so pick yourself up, dust off that dead vampire dust & keep going.
With that we will leave you with the timeless intro and the song that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day – your welcome!