Jane Asher
Mar 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am

Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired its final episode almost 15 years ago, but the show and its kick-ass female protagonist have certainly left a lasting mark on pop culture. And loyal fans are still as obsessed with the show today as they were when it was still on the air.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the first episode, the cast and the show's creator, Joss Whedon, reunited for a cover spread in Entertainment Weekly, and we couldn't be more excited to pick up a copy of the issue.

As "the chosen one," Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) arrives at Sunnydale High to well, slay vampires and save the world from an apocalypse pretty much every other episode. Buffy and the Scooby Gang navigate the treacherous waters of high school while taking out supernatural beings and taking names. "It's the ultimate metaphor: horrors of adolescence manifesting through these actual monsters," Sarah Michelle Gellar told EW. "It’s the hardest time of life."

Most major Buffy players came out for this sort of "high school reunion," as described by Whedon in the video above. Among them: David Boreanaz, who played brooding vampire-with-a-soul Angel, Alyson Hannigan, who portrayed Buffy's BFF Willow Rosenberg, Seth Green, who guest starred for a few seasons as werewolf-musician Oz, and Emma Caulfield, who played demon-turned-human-turned-demon again Anya.

“I’m so incredibly proud of what we all created," said Gellar of the show. "Sometimes you need distance to really understand the gravitas of that. I appreciate everything about that job. As an actor, all you ever want to do is leave your mark—you want to do something that affects people." Given I'm a basket case every time I watch the Season 5 finale (don't worry, no spoilers), I'd say she succeeded in that mission.

20th Century Fox Film Corp./Courtesy of The Everett Collection

"The most important thing to me is that I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader," added Whedon. "People getting strength from my own little terrors is … there is no better legacy than that."

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You may have heard that all seven seasons of Buffy will be leaving Netflix on April 1 (and with it, my childhood), but never fear, you can still get your slayer fix on Hulu. Sit down for a binge watch this weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the best '90s tv show ever, and pick up a copy of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, out this Friday.

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