Based on the popular feature film of the same name, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is a one-hour series that continues the adventures of a 16-year-old high school student as she fights to rid her world of supernatural evil. The series combines the humor of modern teenagers with thrills and action as a bold heroine fulfills her destiny to battle the threatening forces of darkness.
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is an attractive new student at Sunnydale High School. Like all teenagers, she just wants to be normal: go on dates; giggle with friends; hang out at the shopping mall. Buffy is not like other girls, however. She is the Chosen One: a slayer of vampires, gifted with the strength to hunt and destroy. This puts a major crimp in the usual Saturday night plans; most purses aren't large enough to conceal a wooden stake, and it is difficult to simultaneously converse with a date and kickbox evil creatures of the night... not to mention that vials of holy water have a tendency to break at the most inopportune moments, and garlic is never the most attractive smell when a boy is leaning in for a kiss.
On her first day at her new school, Buffy meets Xander (Nicolas Brendon), a bright, funny young man who attempts to guide her through the school's Byzantine culture. She also meets Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), the beautiful, cruel, and vapid dictator of the school's most exclusive clique; and Willow (Alyson Hannigan), a shy girl who, like Xander, is a social outcast.
Wandering through the library stacks, Buffy has a disturbing encounter with Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), a middle-aged librarian who seems to have an uncanny knowledge of her slayer abilities. Buffy soon learns that she can't escape her destiny, and that her new school is just teeming with bloodsuckers. With the help of her new friends, and under the auspices of her new mentor Giles, Buffy proudly takes up the mantle of Vampire Slayer once again.