3. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
High school as a hellmouth...you can't beat that metaphor! Like so much of the best horror filmmaking, Joss Whedon's starmaking series used the creepy conventions of the genre to access universal, relatable truths, all while mashing it up with the power-and-responsibility themes of the superhero stories he loved and would soon begin making himself. On matters of love, sex, death, and the surrogate family that a circle of friends can become, Buffy took teenage life seriously — when it wasn't busy kicking demons in the face, of course.