Buffy and her friends pushed many boundaries on network television and gathered a huge following. The show had a seven season stint, making it one of the longer running drama series on the WB network. Here are some fun facts about the show that you probably didn't know.

Movie Sequel
Movie Sequel
Many fans don't realize that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" isn't the first incarnation of the beloved character. Kristie Swanson played Buffy in a "B" Movie of the same name in 1992. Joss Whedon wrote the story and did not like the direction that the movie wound up going, so he started the TV series and the rest is history.
Weeping Willow
Weeping Willow
Riff Regan, the original actress signed for the role, just didn't have the sweet and nerdy quality for which Willow would become known. The producers discovered Alyson Hannigan, and the rest is history. Hannigan used her exposure in "Buffy" to become quite the leading lady with roles in the "American Pie" movies and the popular series "How I Met Your Mother."
Katie Holmes: Vampire Slayer?
Katie Holmes: Vampire Slayer?
Katie Holmes actually auditioned for the role of Buffy and Ryan Reynolds auditioned as Xander. Holmes was cast as Joey in "Dawson's Creek" instead and Reynolds decided that he didn't want to play a High School character and turned down the show.
Role Reversal
Role Reversal
Whedon, wanting to separate the show from movie, at first did not want a blonde to play the titular role. Charisma Carpenter came in for an audition, but it was Sarah Michelle Geller that caught their eyes. She originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia that wound up going to Charisma Carpenter.
Beauty Before Age
Beauty Before Age
Carpenter had been kicking around the Hollywood scene for years before she became another in the grand tradition of older actors playing teenagers. At the age of 27, she was the oldest actress playing the roll of a teenager on the show. She charmed us as reformed stuck-up student Cordelia who goes on to be a crucial member of the cast.
Rebar Scars
Rebar Scars
At the age of 5, Carpenter was involved in a very dangerous accident when she fell onto an exposed piece of rebar near a pool. In the third season of the show, writers wrote a similar instance into the show where Cordelia falls and is impaled on a piece of rebar. She was able to use her real scar on the show afterwards.
Theme Song
Theme Song
No one was satisfied with the original theme song introduction to the series. Whedon decided to hold a contest involving local indie bands to redo the introduction music. A band called Nerf Herder won, and was even featured on the show during the final season.
Popular School
Popular School
Torrance High School, the building used for most of the exterior shots of Sunnydale High School, is no stranger to movies and television. It has been featured in many productions such as "She's All That", "Beverly Hills: 901210", and it's spin-off "90210."
Backstage
Backstage
When the show began, it had a pretty small budget. Initially, it didn't have the money for a soundstage, so it was mostly shot inside and outside a giant warehouse. It only had one school hallway that was used for EVERY school scene, just shot from different angles. The exterior of the warehouse was used as the entrance to nightclub "The Bronze."
Quiet in the Library
Quiet in the Library
The Library was often used for long scenes of exposition and therefore the cast and crew spent a majority of their time there. Both the cast and the crew came to dread those long scenes in the room.
Two Xanders?
Two Xanders?
The character of Xander was split in two in the episode 'The Replacement.' Rather than use CGI, the producers brought in Brendon's twin brother Kelly Donovan to play Xander's doppelgänger.
Stutter
Stutter
Brendon was born with a stuttering problem. He learned to control it very well as an actor and became an advocate for individuals with stutters, using his fame to gain awareness.
Not Nerdy Enough
Not Nerdy Enough
Brendon was once told that he needed to stop working out, so that his character of Xander would appear nerdier. This didn't stop women from swooning over the young hunk.
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton was technically an executive producer of the show through the production company that she was a part of. She is not the most likely person to have connections to the show, but I am sure she enjoyed the financial return from its success!
Zip Code
Zip Code
The zip code used for Sunnydale on the show is the actually zip code for Morgan Hill, California.
Real Weatherman
Real Weatherman
When the show needed a weatherman for a few episodes, they chose to Mark Kriski to stand in. Kriski has been with KTLA in Los Angeles since 1991. Who better to play a weatherman than an actual weatherman right? He has played newscasters in movies and other shows including WB sister show "7th Heaven."
Tough Storylines
Tough Storylines
The third season of the show had some powerful story lines that included a school shooter and an explosion that destroyed the school. The producers felt the material in the show seemed a bit to close to the harsh reality of the Columbine School shooting that occurred in April of that same year. As such, the second half of the two-part finale episode was delayed for two months, airing in July rather than in May, which included some script rewrites as well.
Perfect Attendance
Perfect Attendance
The characters of Buffy and Willow are the only two who appeared in every single episode of the show's run. Xander missed only one episode, not fitting into a specific story line well.
Lack of Communication
Lack of Communication
In a March 2003 exclusive interview with "Entertainment Weekly" magazine, Gellar talked about her plans for leaving the show, and it's ultimate demise. Some cast and crew learned of the news that their show was ending from this article...whoops!
Anthony WAS Giles
Anthony WAS Giles
Anthony Stewart Head was the first actor cast, and was cast on the first day of casting. Casting directors just knew that he was the right person for the job, and he didn't disappoint.
David Boreanaz
David Boreanaz
Though an actor prior to "Buffy," he had very few credited roles. He was discovered the day before filming began by a friend of the casting director. Whedon was not initially sold, but the women in the room out-voted him, and we have them to thank!
Vampire Appearance
Vampire Appearance
The vampires were given a distinct appearance for the show. Whedon wanted them to appear mysterious and look like regular people to build suspense. However, when it came to stabbing the undead, he didn't want it appear as if Buffy was stabbing "normal" looking people, so they added the facial transformation.

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