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The first season of Angel originally aired on The WB from October 5, 1999 to May 23, 2000, concurrently with the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Angel, the dashing demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, embarks on his own supernatural adventures in Los Angeles. City of Angels. City of Broken Dreams. Between pervasive evil and countless temptations lurking beneath the city’s glittery facade, L.A. is the ideal address for a fallen vampire looking to save a few lost souls and, in turn, perhaps redeem his own.[1]


Angel, who has just moved to Los Angeles, is visited by Doyle, a half-human, half-Brachen demon. Doyle explains to Angel that he experiences visions from the Powers That Be of people who are in danger or in trouble, and he is a messenger sent on their behalf so that Angel can investigate these visions. While on his first investigation, Angel bumps into Cordelia, who has also moved to Los Angeles from Sunnydale to be an actress. When Angel rescues her from a vampire, Cordelia comes up with the idea that she, Angel, and Doyle should start up a detective agency "to help the helpless — but charge a fee."[2]

During an Angel Investigations mission, Doyle dies, sacrificing himself to save a group of mixed-race demons being hunted down by an army of "pure-blooded" demons.[3] Just before his death, he passes on his dangerous visions to Cordelia in a kiss. Like Doyle, she finds the visions to be extremely painful.[4]

Wesley appears in Los Angeles as an inept "rogue demon hunter," but he gradually becomes a vital part of the team.[4] Angel also meets Gunn, a street-smart young man who leads a gang of vampire-hunters. Initially determined to kill Angel, Gunn comes to accept him and join his cause.[5]

Wesley finds and translates the ancient Shanshu Prophecy. It states that after a final battle, the vampire with a soul will live — that is, become human. Meanwhile, Wolfram & Hart attempt to raise a powerful creature from the dead: Darla.[6]





No. Image Title Air date
01 City of Angel Doyle 03 "City Of" October 5, 1999
Writers: Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt Director: Joss Whedon
Angel is a centuries-old vampire cursed with a conscience who has left the small California town of Sunnydale and the only woman he ever loved to take up residence in the City of Angels. Sunnydale escapee Cordelia Chase has also come to Los Angeles with high hopes of living the glamorous Hollywood dream but the two soon discover that they could use each other's help. They are joined by Doyle, a disreputable spiritual mentor who has been sent by "The Powers That Be," a mysterious and powerful force trying to make things right.
02 Lonely Heart Kate 01 "Lonely Heart" October 12, 1999
Writer: David Fury Director: James A. Contner
Angel brushes up his pick-up lines while tracking a monstrous serial killer that is hunting at a happening Los Angeles singles bar. Meanwhile, Doyle is developing a serious crush on Cordelia and asks Angel to put in a good word for him.
03 In the Dark Angel Spike 02 "In the Dark" October 19, 1999
Writer: Douglas Petrie Director: Bruce Seth Green
Angel receives an unexpected visit from Oz who delivers a gift from Buffy, a mystical relic that renders the owner unkillable — not by stakes, not fire, not even sunlight. But Oz is followed by Angel's arch nemesis, Spike, who is determined to fight Angel to the death for this awesome power.
04 A1x04 I Fall to Pieces "I Fall to Pieces" October 26, 1999
Writers: David Greenwalt, Joss Whedon Director: Vern Gillum
Angel is called into action when Doyle's visions lead them to a young woman who is being stalked by a demonic neurosurgeon who uses his bizarre ability to manipulate the human body to terrorize others. Back at the office, gal Friday Cordelia goes undercover to help Angel research his prey.
05 A1x05 Rm wa Vu "Rm w/a Vu" November 2, 1999
Writers: Jane Espenson, David Greenwalt Director: Scott McGinnis
When Cordelia flees her roach-infested apartment and lands on Angel's doorstep, the close quarters force Angel to make a deal with Doyle neither can refuse. Meanwhile, Cordelia's riches-to-rags life may be taking a turn for the better when Doyle finds her the perfect apartment — until she discovers that the bargain rent comes with a price — the apartment is haunted by a former tenant.
06 Sense & Sensitivity Kate Angel 01 "Sense & Sensitivity" November 9, 1999
Writer: Tim Minear Director: James A. Contner
Angel fears that Kate's life is in danger after she nabs a dangerous murder suspect, but she becomes distracted when seemingly innocuous sensitivity training turns the entire police precinct into one big open wound. Meanwhile, Cordelia is miffed at Angel's lack of niceties around the office and frustrated that the middle-of-the-night hours are eating into her social life.
07 Doyle brachem "The Bachelor Party" November 16, 1999
Writer: Tracey Stern Director: David Straiton
Angel sees his new friend Doyle tortured when his estranged wife comes to town asking for a divorce so she can marry another man. With the wedding just a few days off, Angel agrees to follow her seemingly affable fiance to learn more about this man before Doyle gives his blessing to their union.
08 I Will Remember You Angel Buffy 02 "I Will Remember You" November 23, 1999
Writers: David Greenwalt, Jeannine Renshaw Director: David Grossman
After learning that Angel was in Sunnydale but stayed out of sight, Buffy comes to Los Angeles to confront him about his unannounced stalking, but a bloody battle with a medieval demon leaves Angel with awesome new powers and Buffy with a chance for true happiness with her beloved.
09 A1x09 Hero "Hero" November 30, 1999
Writers: Tim Minear, Howard Gordon Director: Tucker Gates
Angel joins Doyle's crusade to save a group of helpless demons from The Scourge — a storm trooper-esque army of pure blood demons that persecute mixed blood demons. Meanwhile, Doyle reveals the reason he was sent to Angel, confesses his true identity to Cordelia and makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friends.
10 A1x10 Barney Cordelia "Parting Gifts" December 14, 1999
Writers: David Fury, Jeannine Renshaw Director: James A. Contner
Angel and Cordelia, still reeling from the loss of their friend Doyle, join forces with an old acquaintance in the pursuit of a demonic bounty hunter. Meanwhile, without the guidance of Doyle's visions from The Powers That Be, Angel finds himself fighting blind.
11 Angel111 131 "Somnambulist" January 18, 2000
Writer: Tim Minear Director: Winrich Kolbe
When a serial killer stalks the Los Angeles streets, Wesley recognizes the chillingly familiar religious markings from Angelus' killing spree in the 1700s, and Angel must face the possibility that he is committing the murders in his sleep.
12 1x12 expecting cordelia "Expecting" January 25, 2000
Writer: Howard Gordon Director: David Semel
After what Cordelia thought was a dream date, she wakes up to find herself in the middle of a nightmare — extremely pregnant with something extremely unnatural. Meanwhile, Cordelia's condition leads Angel and Wesley down a path of protection for their friend and colleague.
13 She Angel Jhiera 02 "She" February 8, 2000
Writers: Marti Noxon, David Greenwalt Director: David Greenwalt
Angel joins forces with a warrior princess to save the enslaved women of her homeland from a dangerous patriarchal society of fierce warriors.
14 IGYUMS Ryan Angel 01 "I've Got You Under My Skin" February 15, 2000
Writer: Jeannine Renshaw Director: R.D. Price
Cordelia's visions of a boy in trouble lead Angel and Wesley into battle with their first exorcism, but everything is not as it seems with the child who is possessed by a 10,000-year-old demon.
15 Darla Angel 01 "The Prodigal" February 22, 2000
Writer: Tim Minear Director: Bruce Seth Green
Angel is haunted by images of his past as a young man in 1753 Ireland, his overbearing father, his vampire birth by his past lover, Darla, and his family's murder by his own hand. Meanwhile, when Angel spots Kate's father at a crime scene, his investigations may change Kate's life forever.
16 1x16 thering trepkosvsangel "The Ring" February 29, 2000
Writer: Howard Gordon Director: Nick Marck
In pursuit of a missing man, Angel becomes enslaved by a seedy underground gladiator-like boxing ring. Meanwhile, Cordelia and Wesley discover what Angel is up against and try to make their way into the secret operation in order to save him.
17 1x17 eternity druggedchampagne "Eternity" April 4, 2000
Writer: Tracey Stern Director: Regis Kimble
Angel rescues a popular young actress from a stalker, but when he finds himself taken with her and confesses his true identity, she goes to drastic measures to secure eternal youth and beauty.
18 Five by Five Faith "Five by Five" April 25, 2000
Writer: Jim Kouf Director: James A. Contner
Angel's life is on the line when the attorneys at Wolfram & Hart hire Los Angeles visitor Faith to put him out of business — permanently. In the meantime, Wesley, who still feels responsibility to Faith from being her former Watcher, declares he will stop her from bringing harm until he, and Angel, determine she needs more than a just swift kick to snap out of her evil ways.
19 Sanctuary Buffy Angel Faith 02 "Sanctuary" May 2, 2000
Writers: Tim Minear, Joss Whedon Director: Michael Lange
Buffy comes to Los Angeles seeking vengeance under the guise of protecting Angel from Faith's violent nature, but Buffy is shocked and hurt to discover her former love siding with her nemesis. Meanwhile, Wesley is faced with a crisis of loyalties when the Watcher's Council offers a chance at reinstatement if he gives up Faith.
20 WarZoneGunn "War Zone" May 9, 2000
Writer: Garry Campbell Director: David Straiton
Angel tracks down a millionaire's blackmailer, but gets caught in the middle of a gang war between street kids and vampires and meets the leader of the vampire hunters, Charles Gunn.
21 Angel 1x21 main "Blind Date" May 16, 2000
Writer: Jeannine Renshaw Director: Thomas J. Wright
Angel agrees to help Lindsey McDonald crack the secret files of Wolfram & Hart to save a group of children from a demonic assassin. Ultimately, Lindsay isn't quite sure if he can stick by his decision to betray the firm and sabotage the deadly mission.
22 Angel hanshu "To Shanshu in L.A." May 23, 2000
Writer: David Greenwalt Director: David Greenwalt
Angel faces a wild demon who is summoned by Wolfram & Hart to wreak havoc and raise a powerful force to strike down Angel and destroy those close to him.

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