'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Buffy comes back from the dead…again (Season 6, Episode 1)
For longtime fans of Joss Whedon's landmark show, it was agonizing to watch Buffy Summers throw herself into an interdimensional portal and get the life sucked out of her. But let's face it — it was, in a way, a good ending for the slayer, complete with pathos, valiant sacrifice and the perfect epitaph. ("She saved the world. A lot.") Naturally, we were glad to see her rise from the grave in the very first moments of Season Six, but Buffy never quite found its footing again. Though the final two seasons had their moments, it started to be less of a tragicomic coming-of-age allegory and more of a supernatural soap opera. That umpteenth resurrection moment was the final nail in the show's coffin — though to be honest, we'd put up with any number of gratuitous rise-from-the-grave moments if it meant we still "Once More, With Feeling," the sixth series' sublime musical episode. JS