The first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally aired on The WB from March 10, 1997 to June 2, 1997. It served as a mid-season replacement for Savannah and only contained 12 episodes.


Principal Cast

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Regular Cast

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Season Summary

The first season began several months after the events of the movie, with Buffy Summers arriving in Sunnydale with her mother, Joyce.

After moving with the hopes of leaving her born slayer duties behind, Buffy inevitably came into contact with her Watcher, the librarian Rupert Giles, and the two friends who would fight demons alongside her through the series. They soon realized that Sunnydale High was located on a Hellmouth, a portal to demon dimensions, which attracted supernatural phenomena to the area.

The first season included mostly standalone episodes, exploring the problems faced by the student population as a result of the centrality of the Hellmouth that it has. Such issues explored include: ignored students turning invisible; witches; demon teachers; and the never-ending supply of vampires.

With the high emphasis on teenage angst and metaphorical nature of the episodes, Buffy's inevitable love interest came in the form of Angel, who frequently turned up with cryptic warnings for Buffy. However, the relationship became complicated when the truth about Angel's past is uncovered. Angel is a vampire with a soul that was restored by gypsies many years prior to the series' beginning.

The overarching plot concerned The Master's attempts to reach the surface. He was an ancient and very powerful vampire who was trapped by an earthquake caused by his attempt to open the Hellmouth decades ago. Buffy and her comrades managed to stop each supernatural threat, typically employing a combination of detective work, frequent physical combat, and extensive research of both ancient mystical texts and computer-accessible records.

Ultimately, The Master recruited a prophesied Anointed One who brought Buffy to her death in The Master's underground prison. He used her blood to escape to the roof of Sunnydale High, but she is quickly revived by Xander, who had tracked her with the help of an unfed Angel. She managed to throw the Master onto a shard of wood, and the Hellmouth is closed.

The main antagonist of this season was The Master.

Season 1 Episodes

  1. "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
  2. "The Harvest"
  3. "Witch"
  4. "Teacher's Pet"
  5. "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date"
  6. "The Pack"
  7. "Angel"
  8. "I, Robot... You, Jane"
  9. "The Puppet Show"
  10. "Nightmares"
  11. "Out of Mind, Out of Sight"
  12. "Prophecy Girl"


  • This is the only season of both shows in which there is no vampire among the main characters.
  • This is the only seasons of both shows in which there are only 12 episodes as opposed to the normal 22.
  • This is the only season of Buffy in which Spike does not appear.
  • This is the only season of Buffy in which no members of The Trio appear.
  • This season features the fewest vampire deaths of the series.
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