10 Best 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Episodes of All Time

From musical numbers to silent killers, romantic swooning to the most grief-stricken hour of TV ever, it's the slayer's greatest hits

9. 'The Wish' (Season 3, Episode 9)

The prevalence of magic in the Buffyverse allows the show to examine its lead character's powers from multiple angles: One episode turns her into a powerless Southern belle via a magical Halloween costume; another has her temporarily losing her powers, requiring those around her to step up and help. In “The Wish," Buffy's enemy-turned-friend Cordelia, reeling from a breakup with fellow Scooby Xander, wishes the slayer had never come to Sunnydale. Lucky for her, she' s just met a new girl in school, Anya – who would figure in the show more prominently later – and voila! The alternate universe depicted is something of an It's a Wonderful Life moment for our heroine, with the town overrun by vampires who are completing a “factory" where blood is systematically sucked from humans. (It's then poured directly into wine glasses for easy on-tap consumption.) Willow and Xander are now vamps and Angel is imprisoned until a much darker version of Buffy rides into town to save the day. Lots of fun scenery-chewing ensues before we're whisked back to the comparatively sunny “real" version of Sunnydale.

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