Josh often likes to make fun of me for wanting to control people’s viewing of my favorite shows. But it’s not that at all. I just know better than everyone else in the entire world. Is that so hard to understand? So while some may take issue with other “Scott Rules” my Buffy/Angel viewing rules are a must follow. This blog is for people who are going to start watching or even re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Spinoff series, Angel. My guess is most people would be doing this on Netflix as that is the premium way of dispensing old TV these days.
Step 1: You start with Seasons 1-3 of Buffy.
I have to let you know that Season 1 of Buffy is a little rough. Their budget was low and they are not up to par. Be patient and it get’s there. Season 2 is the best season of television ever, so it makes up for it. Season 3 is really good and you are so in love with all the characters that you would go anywhere the writers wanted you to go. At the end of Season 3 is when the viewing get tricky.
Step 2: Rotate between Season 4 of Buffy and Season 1 of Angel; continue for 2 years.
There has not been very many awesome super cool things that used the benefits of television. Mostly because networks do not care about making TV fun, they want to sell soap. But back in 1999, the WB network did something really fun. Their Tuesday night schedules were given over to Joss Whedon. So Tuesday’s at 8 PM was Buffy and 9PM was Angel. The writers being very creative used this to their advantage. So they do a couple crossovers a year where the story starts on Buffy and ends on Angel. Some of them are short little clips and some are 4 episode story arcs. So if you don’t follow this rule, the shows will not make sense.
- You watch Season 4 Ep1 of Buffy, Season 1 Ep 1 of Angel.
- Then Season 4 Ep 2 of Buffy, Season 1 Ep 2 of Angel. Continue for 3 Seasons. The pay off will be high.
Remember when I said that networks don’t care about fun? Well of course they messed this up in the final season of Buffy. So you follow the rule that is laid out in step 2 all the way from season 4 of Buffy until the beginning of season 7. Here they played Angel one time twice and messed up the rotation, even though the end of Buffy and the end of that season on Angel are highly intertwined between a major reoccurring character which I will not give away. (No Spoilers, another “Scott Rule”)
- So you start Season 4 of Angel by watching 2 episodes of Angel, then you start Buffy Season 7 and go back to the rotation of Buffy then Angel. Watch Season 4 Ep 1,2 of Angel. Then Season 7 Ep 1 of Buffy, Season 4 Ep 3 of Angel, Season 7 ep 2 of Buffy, Season 4 ep 4 of angel, etc. Then you should be on the path. They key is that you have to finish Angel Season 4 before you watch the Final Buffy.
You might think this sounds like a lot of work. But can you think of another show that ever had this many crossovers and each show informing the other? It is what makes Joss Whedon an entertainer. He was given a creative chance and he took it. I suggest you follow the “Scott Rules” because this will make the Buffy/Angel universe feel very real and you will then understand why people are still in love with this show.
Here is my blog about Season 1 of Buffy
Here is our Podcast on the ENTIRE series of Buffy (Only listen if you have seen the entire show)