Anyone who’s seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer will appreciate how peculiar it is. The show is a mad cocktail of genres ranging from horror to comedy. And whilst every season has a couple of duds, the show excels for the most part due to the stellar writing.
The finales are no exception. Each season rounded off the Scooby Gang’s adventures with a first-class episode. There isn’t a single finale which is disappointing. But this makes ranking them from worst to best all the more difficult.
With the exception of season 4, all the finales involve taking down the respective season’s primary villain – the Big Bad. Yet there’s always more to Buffy than the action sequences. The dialogue and the characters elevate the show to a remarkably high standard, and though all the finales deserve credit, some are certainly more emotive than others.
Indeed, when the characters are this good, it’s hard not to shed a tear or two during several of these final episodes. And though it's been seventeen years since the show finished, several of these finales are still ranked amongst the best episodes of television ever made...