14 Things you never knew about Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the original vampire show. Joss Whedon with nothing more than a young director and no one had never heard of Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s been off the air for almost thirteen years but has still has such an effect on pop culture today…

Named one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Buffy was named number three on Entertainment Weekly’s greatest characters of all time and the show was ranked #10 on the magazines Greatest TV shows of all time.

Joss Whedon wrote Buffy as a response to the damsel in distress figures taking over the horror genre

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The part of Buffy was originally offered to Katie Holmes but she turned it down because she wanted to finish high school

It was decided that the bodies of vampires would simply turn into dust after being staked in order to keep the fantasy element too the show. And because logistically this would mean that Buffy would spend a lot of her time sweeping up bodies after fighting the undead. However the dust computer effects did cost $5000 every time a vampire got stabbed.

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Alyson Hannigan was not in the original Buffy pilot instead the role was played by Riff Regan which is still out there somewhere on the internet. Riff Regan retired from acting in 2003 and as of 2005 she was the Director of Operations, Accounting and Human Resources for a non-profit HIV/AIDS organisation in Washington, DC.

Alyson Hannigan would then go onto marry fellow Buffy/Angel Universe actor Alexis Denisof and then the two of them would go into to star in How I Met Your Mother.

There are several How I met your Mother/ Buffy crossovers including Harry Groener who play Clint of HIMYM and Major Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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The role of Xander was initially offered to Ryan Reynolds and we can kind of see it. The reluctance to cast Nicholas Brandon for the part might have been because he had very little acting experience and had previously worked as a plumber and a waiter before he was cast.

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Nathan Fillion who would go onto to star in Firefly originally auditioned for Angel in 1996. David Boreanaz however didn’t seek out the audition and was instead referred too by the casting director’s friend who saw him walking his dog one day.

 Buffy’s birthday around January 19 every year (on an episode around that date), . The first time her records appear Buffy was born on October 24, 1980. Buffy is a sophomore. Later she will be born on May 6, 1979 and be a senior.

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Buffy was never nominated for an Emmy in what can only be described as a massive oversight. Joss Whedon went onto win an Emmy for Doctor Horrible

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Bianca Lawson, who might actually be a vampire because she hasn’t aged a day, was originally offered the role of Cordelia but turned it down, the role went to a twenty six year old Charisma Carpenter. At the time she was one of the oldest people to play a teenage until Bianca Lawson was cast as Maya on Pretty Little Liars.

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Charisma Carpenter did originally audition for the role of Buffy and was reluctant to play the role of Cordelia because of the previous roles she’d played.

James Marsters (Spike) originally auditioned for the role of the vampire bad-boy with a Texas- Southern drawl. But this was quickly exchanged for the British London accent. Anthony Head would then go onto be Marsters on-set dialect coach.

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