It’s Buffy’s 20th anniversary! To celebrate this momentous occasion, it’s time for part two of our look at the finest episodes of this ground-breaking, much-loved series…
25. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (BTVS – S2E16)
Xander casts a love spell for Cordelia that makes every woman in Sunnydale fall in love with him. A hilarious antidote to the darkness of the rest of the season. Very underrated one, this.
24. Normal Again (BTVS – S6E17)
Buffy hallucinates another life where vampires and Slayers are just delusions – or is this the real world? A brilliantly post-modern episode that presents a chilling alternate explanation for the show.
23. Hero (ANG – S1E09)
Doyle only lasted for nine episodes but he made a big impression and he went out with a big heroic sacrifice in this emotional shocker. Warning: this won’t be the last ‘death episode’ on this list.
22. Halloween (BTVS – S2E06)
Giles’ old enemy Ethan Rayne turns everyone into their Halloween costumes. The first ‘out-of-character’ episode of the show gives us, in my opinion, probably the first truly great Buffy episode.
21. Fool For Love (BTVS – S5E07)
Spike’s backstory is explored in what is perhaps the vampire bad boy’s finest hour as it nails each part of his character; his dark past, his love for Buffy and proof that Spike has more humanity than any other vamp.