I'd heard of Buffy in a general way before I went to college in 1998. Clearly, based on the title, it involved vampires, which were something I wanted nothing to do with. Anything involving the horror genre whatsoever was just not my cup of tea. I assumed the show was scary, probably involved black magic and other un-Christian things, and there was no way I would ever watch it.
|David Boreanaz and Sarah Michele Gellar|
Sophomore year, I shared an on-campus apartment with Pebbles, Z, and my dear friend ED (Bon-Bon didn't continue at our college, though she did stop by for a visit now and then). And one fateful Tuesday night, I had a cold and didn't attend the evening Self Defense course I was taking for PE. It happened to be the night of the season 4 premiere of Buffy and the series premiere of Angel. Pebbles and Z persuaded me to watch with them since I was too sick to do homework, so I huddled in our living room, wrapped in a blanket, and grudgingly watched the shows.
|David Boreanaz as Angel|
|James Marsters as Spike|
Yes, there are things about Buffy I don't agree with. But it's one of the few modern shows that says actions have consequences. If you disobey your parents, you will get in trouble. If you have premarital sex, there can be unpleasant repercussions. If you kill someone, you will pay for your actions. In the morals-are-irrelevant morass that is much of today's programming, Buffy and Angel take a stand against evil, whether it's the evil of a demon out to destroy the world or the evil of lying to your parents.