10 More Overlooked Buffy The Vampire Slayer Episodes That Are Secretly Classics

Yet more spooky shenanigans with everyone's favourite vampire slayer.

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With one-hundred-and-forty-four episodes to its name, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the longest-running fantasy shows to ever grace the small screen. And given its immense, and enduring, popularity, the show has lived on for much longer than anyone involved in it could have ever hoped.

With the show recently hitting streaming services the world over, it has seen a resurgence in popularity that has lead to many new writings and re-appraisals being lavished upon it.

Which just so happens to include the article that this here list is a sequel to.

And yet, with such a wealth of episodes to talk about, many are still given scraps whilst heavy-hitters such as 'The Body' and 'Hush' have their praise dished out on silver platters - much to the chagrin of die-hard Buffy lovers.

So we're here today to give the spotlight to some of The Scooby Gang's lesser-discussed adventures and highlight why they are deserving of the same levels of praise as their more popular siblings.

Naturally, not everyone's favourites are going to be included as there's so many to possibly choose from, but the episodes featured here today are more often than not considered fan-favourites, and there's bound to be something for everyone's taste.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

10. Fear, Itself (Season 4, Episode 4)

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A fan-favourite for all the right reasons, 'Fear, Itself' is one of the show's better Halloween episodes that strides the line perfectly between outright horror and well-earned belly laughs.

It sees Buffy, Xander, Oz, and Willow attend a fraternity's haunted house party, but what was intended to be a good-natured spookfest soon turns sour when the decorative sigils on the walls conjure up all manner of evil forces. The group is then attacked by bats, tarantulas, and very real skeletons, and upon trying to escape, they find that all of the known exits have been sealed up.

Giles and Anya arrive to try and rescue them from the house's confines, but a much greater and more powerful evil is lurking within its walls, one that is waiting to emerge and kill everyone inside.

Perhaps the reason for this episode's lingering popularity is in its goofy humour and well-natured scares, which make it an ideal viewing experience at Halloween time. The subsequent reveal of the episode's major antagonist only being mere inches tall is also the perfect cherry on the cake for what is an immensely enjoyable episode.

Season four certainly has its ups and downs, but 'Fear, Itself' is one of its finest episodes.


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