Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become one of the most important shows in TV history, and it's somewhat hard to believe that it was two decades ago that the show first hit the airwaves. Many of the actors who were relatively unknown way back when the series debuted are now bona fide stars, and leading lady Sarah Michelle Gellar has taken the time to honor the show that turned her into a pop culture icon on its 20th anniversary. Take a look:
Given how big Buffy the Vampire Slayer would become, it's easy to forget that it didn't get off to a very glamorous start. The project was kicked off with a Buffy movie directed by Joss Whedon in 1992, but it wouldn't become a TV show until years later. Finally, in March 1997, the Buffy pilot aired on The WB. Nobody could have guessed back then what Buffy would become over the next 20 years. Thanks to her post on Instagram, it's clear that Sarah Michelle Gellar hasn't forgotten their humble beginnings.
It's nice to see that she took the time to remember her cast members as well as Joss Whedon and the crew. Buffy the Vampire Slayer rested on Sarah Michelle Gellar's shoulders, but the show was at its best when she was surrounded by the Scoobies, her legendary love interests, and her little sister. For a show that nobody thought could be a hit, an awful lot of people worked very hard to make it the best that it could possibly be.
All of this said, Sarah Michelle Gellar evidently isn't looking to reprise the role of Buffy any time soon. She's on the record as saying that she believes she's not quite young enough to jump back into Buffy's slaying shoes. Gellar did pitch the idea of Buffy as a little old lady with a wooden walker that could be used to stab vampires, which is at least a pretty killer visual. She also shot down the possibility of a Buffy revival movie, arguing that Buffy was first introduced to audiences in a movie that flopped. Gellar clearly has very fond memories of Buffy the Vampire slayer; she just doesn't intend to make any new ones.
She's not the only former Buffy actor to rule out a reunion. David Boreanaz - who began on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy's love interest Angel, then moved to the Angel spinoff - has said that despite his respect for the audience and the genre, he wants to focus on moving forward rather than going backward in his career.
All things considered, we probably won't be getting a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion, but there are still plenty of other great series worth a watch. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see your options, and don't forget to take a look at our breakdown of what the Buffy cast is up to nowadays.
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