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    A Beginner's Guide To "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

    The show aired a long time ago, but with Joss Whedon blowing up superheroes all over the place, a whole new generation of viewers are set up to discover it. Here's what you need to know.

    This is Buffy Summers.

    She's one of the most legendary female characters on TV. Ever.

    She fights vampires. And demons. And other Big Bads.

    Her group of friends go by the nickname "The Scoobies."

    They live in Sunnydale, CA.

    The show was based on a movie no one talks about.

    The show has some of the most ambitious and interesting episodes in TV history.

    It practically invented the musical episode.

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    Once again, not exaggerating. Ever wonder where the trend of non-musical shows taking one episode out to prance around musically started? Right here. Joss Whedon noticed that certain members of the cast were musically talented, then wrote them an episode to show it off. It works within the conceit of the show, too: Why couldn't a world with magic and vampires and witches include a spell that makes the populace of a town burst into choreographed musical numbers? It happens.

    People die.

    In fact, things get pretty hard for every character at one point or another.

    But the show will make you laugh, too.

    It also features the first lesbian relationship on network television.

    The show lasted 7 seasons, from 1997 to 2003.

    So go forth, and watch Buffy!

    Don't ask who Dawn is.

    The Cheese Man means nothing.

    And always carry a stake. Always.