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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is undoubtedly one of the great television shows.

The project that fired Joss Whedon to greatness had everything – humour, drama, tragedy, likeable and relatable (and downright attractive) characters and a hell of a lot of action.

One thing the show wasn’t afraid to do was tackle serious social issues. Some of the most difficult topics imaginable were dealt with head-on, which garnered respect from all corners of the globe, both critically and from a viewer perspective, due to the brilliant way in which those issues were handled.

Of course, with the inclusion of these issues came controversy and criticism, but that’s to be expected.

With that in mind, here are five serious social issues that Buffy the Vampire Slayer tackled head-on (with some key examples)…

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This article was first posted on August 7, 2013