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Joss Whedon is the creator and executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel television series. In addition to writing and directing, Whedon has had a couple of cameos in both shows, as well as wrote and produced a number of licensed comics.


Years after having his script for the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer filmed, Whedon revived the concept as a television show of the same name. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer series went on to become a critical and cult hit, with the episode "Hush" (written by Whedon) receiving an Emmy Award nomination for outstanding writing in a drama series in 2000. Whedon wrote and directed the musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which also received an Emmy Award nomination.

Angel was a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, featuring Buffy’s vampire-with-a-soul ex-boyfriend Angel as the title character. It was created by Whedon in conjunction with David Greenwalt. Tim Minear also contributed at essential key junctures. Joss Whedon made a cameo appearance as the character Numfar of the Deathwok Clan near the middle of its run.

Whedon has written and co-written several movies including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Alien: Resurrection, and Titan A.E.. He also wrote uncredited drafts or rewrites of Speed, Waterworld, Twister, and X-Men; although, with the exception of Speed, little of Whedon’s work remained in the final drafts of any of these screenplays. He wrote and directed Serenity, based on his television series Firefly. He wrote and directed the Marvel film Avengers in 2012, and its sequel Age of Ultron in 2015, and was commissioned to create a television series based on the Marvel properties. He has also guest directed for other TV series such as The Office (U.S.).

Whedon debuted as a comic writer in Dark Horse Comics series Fray, which takes place in the far future of the Buffyverse. He also wrote an Angel short story and the miniseries Long Night's Journey with Brett Matthews, three stories in the anthology Tales of the Slayers, the bridging story and a short story for Tales of the Vampires miniseries, as well as several arcs for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. After the comic issue Freefall, Part One, he returned as a co-writer to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics with the miniseries Giles: Girl Blue with Erika Alexander, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve with Christos Gage, despite never leaving as the executive producer of all seasons. Whedon is also known for writing the comic titles Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, Serenity, Sugarshock!, among others.

Whedon also wrote and co-produced the undeveloped animated television show Buffy the Animated Series.


As of February 2021, former Buffy and Angel cast members decried Whedon's abuse on the set of both productions. Charisma Carpenter stated that Whedon "abused his power on numerous occasions," including that he called her "fat" and asked her "if [she] was going to keep it" upon learning of her pregnancy, mocked her religious faith, and repeatedly threatened to fire her.[1] In a separate but following statement, Michelle Trachtenberg claimed: "With his not appropriate behavior... There was a rule. Saying. He's not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again."[2]

Since the claims were made, Amber Benson stated: "Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top."[3]Sarah Michelle Gellar declared her support and distanced herself from Whedon.[4]Buffy and Angel alumni Jonathan M. Woodward,[5]Jeff Mariotte,[6]Clare Kramer,[7]Eliza Dushku,[8]James C. Leary,[9]J. August Richards,[10]James Marsters,[11] and Danny Strong[12] also expressed their solidarity for Carpenter.

Episodes written and directed

As creator/co-creator and executive producer of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Whedon was essentially involved in all episodes of both shows, often contributing concepts or lines of dialogue to episodes without specific credit. However, he is credited as being immediately involved in the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5


Comics written

Due to the amount of his involvement with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and following seasons in the process of plotting their stories, Whedon is considered executive producer of these comics. With the Angel comic series After the Fall, he explained his vision of where he wanted to take the television series had it continued, but then left it in the hands of the other writers. Although, his specific credits as writer include:


Angel (Dark Horse series)


Season Eight

Season Nine

Giles: Girl Blue

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve

Roles and cameos


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