My guide to watching Buffy and Angel post-TV

This week the fabulous, genius-man Joss Whedon is coming to Melbourne. He’s appearing at the opening night of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and Gwhedeeks (think Gleeks, but Whedon-Geeks) like me are very excited. Despite visiting Melbourne a few times, Joss has never partaken in a public event like he’ll be doing this Friday evening. Consequently, the event sold out very soon after tickets went on sale and come Friday the Melbourne Town Hall will be full of thousands of Gwhedeeks.

There will be plenty of Whedon projects to talk about on the night including Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, Firefly, Dollhouse, The Avengers, the Whedon-directed episode of Glee and, of course, Buffy the slayer of the vampyres.

Speaking of which, it’s been a long time Buffy first aired. And the spin-off show Angel with its many complementary storylines and cross-over episodes, really needs to be watched in harmony with Buffy for the full Buffyverse effect. Unlike giving someone five seasons of The Wire and saying ‘Watch this from start to finish,’ watching Buffy/Angel from start to finish isn’t such a straightforward exercise.

And so, I present my complete listing of Buffy and Angel episodes and the best order in which to view them. Of course, there are many ways you could watch both shows, including watching the shows one at a time. But this way you get to enjoy the story arcs than span both shows and follow characters as they crossover between worlds. Plus you get to watch the show pretty much as it aired. The way the creator originally intended!

The Complete and Most Fulfilling Buffy & Angel Episode Sequence

BUFFY SEASON 1

BUFFY SEASON 2

BUFFY SEASON 3

and then

BUFFY SEASON 4 & ANGEL SEASON 1

• Buffy ‘The Freshman’ (S04E01)
• Angel ‘City Of…’ (S01E01)
• Buffy ‘Living Conditions’ (S04E02)
• Angel ‘Lonely Hearts’ (S01E02)
• Buffy ‘The Harsh Light of Day’ (S04E03)
• Angel ‘In The Dark’ (S01E03)
• Buffy ‘Fear Itself’ (S04E04)
• Angel ‘I Fall to Pieces’ (S01E04)
• Buffy ‘Beer Bad’ (S04E05)
• Angel ‘A Room With A View’ (S01E05)
• Buffy ‘Wild at Heart’ (S04E06)
• Angel ‘Sense and Sensitivity’ (S01E06)
• Buffy ‘The Initiative’ (S04E07)
• Angel ‘The Bachelor Party’ (S01E07)
• Buffy ‘Pangs’ (S04E08)
• Angel ‘I Will Remember You’ (S01E08)
• Buffy ‘Something Blue’ (S04E09)
• Angel ‘Hero’ (S01E09)
• Buffy ‘Hush’ (S04E10)
• Angel ‘Parting Gifts’ (S01E10)
• Buffy ‘Doomed’ (S04E11)
• Angel ‘Somnambulist’ (S01E11)
• Buffy ‘A New Man’ (S04E12)
• Angel ‘Expecting’ (S01E12)
• Buffy ‘The I in Team’ (S04E13)
• Angel ‘She’ (S01E13)
• Buffy ‘Goodbye Iowa’ (S04E14)
• Angel ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ (S01E14)
• Buffy ‘This Year’s Girl’ (S04E15)
• Angel ‘The Prodigal’ (S01E15)
• Buffy ‘Who Am I?’ (S04E16)
• Angel ‘The Ring’ (S01E16)
• Buffy ‘Superstar’ (S04E17)
• Angel ‘Eternity’ (S01E17)
• Buffy ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (S04E18)
• Angel ‘Five By Five’ (S01E18)
• Buffy ‘New Moon Rising’ (S04E19)
• Angel ‘Sanctuary’ (S01E19)
• Buffy ‘The Yoko Factor’ (S04E20)
• Angel ‘War Zone’ (S01E20)
• Buffy ‘Primeval’ (S04E21)
• Angel ‘Blind Date’ (S01E21)
• Buffy ‘Restless’ (S04E22)
• Angel ‘To Shanshu in L.A.’ (S01E22)

BUFFY SEASON 5 & ANGEL SEASON 2

• Buffy ‘Buffy Vs Dracula’ (S05E01)
• Angel ‘Judgment’ (S02E01)
• Buffy ‘Real Me’ (S05E02)
• Angel ‘Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been’ (S02E02)
• Buffy ‘The Replacement’ (S05E03)
• Angel ‘First Impressions’ (S02E03)
• Buffy ‘Out of My Mind’ (S05E04)
• Angel ‘Untouched’ (S02E04)
• Buffy ‘No Place Like Home’ (S05E05)
• Angel ‘Dear Boy’ (S02E05)
• Buffy ‘Family’ (S05E06)
• Angel ‘Guise Will Be Guise’ (S02E06)
• Buffy ‘Fool For Love’ (S05E07)
• Angel ‘Darla’ (S02E07)
• Buffy ‘Shadow’ (S05E08)
• Angel ‘The Shroud of Rahmon’ (S02E08)
• Buffy ‘Listening to Fear’ (S05E09)
• Angel ‘The Trial’ (S02E09)
• Buffy ‘Into the Woods’ (S05E10)
• Angel ‘Reunion’ (S02E10)
• Buffy ‘Triangle’ (S05E11)
• Angel ‘Redefinition’ (S02E11)
• Buffy ‘Checkpoint’ (S05E12)
• Angel ‘Blood Money’ (S02E12)
• Buffy ‘Blood Ties’ (S05E13)
• Angel ‘Happy Anniversary’ (S02E13)
• Buffy ‘Crush’ (S05E14)
• Angel ‘The Thin Dead Line’ (S02E14)
• Buffy ‘I Was Made To Love You’ (S05E15)
• Angel ‘Reprise’ (S02E15)
• Buffy ‘The Body’ (S05E16)
• Angel ‘Epiphany’ (S02E16)
• Buffy ‘Forever’ (S05E17)
• Angel ‘Disharmony’ (S02E17)
• Buffy ‘Intervention’ (S05E18)
• Angel ‘Dead End’ (S02E18)
• Buffy ‘Tough Love’ (S05E19)
• Angel ‘Belonging’ (S02E19)
• Buffy ‘Spiral’ (S05E20)
• Angel ‘Over the Rainbow’ (S02E20)
• Buffy ‘The Weight of the World’ (S05E21)
• Angel ‘Through the Looking Glass’ (S02E21)
• Buffy ‘The Gift’ (S05E22)
• Angel ‘There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb’ (S02E22)

BUFFY SEASON 6 & ANGEL SEASON 3

• Angel ‘Heartthrob’ (S03E01)
• Angel ‘That Vision Thing’ (S03E02)
• Angel ‘That Old Gang of Mine’ (S03E03)
• Buffy ‘Bargaining Part One’ (S06E01)
• Buffy ‘Bargaining Part Two’ (S03E02)
• Buffy ‘After Life’ (S06E03)
• Angel ‘Carpe Noctem’ (S03E04)
• Buffy ‘Flooded’ (S06E04)
• Buffy ‘Life Serial’ (S06E05)
• Angel ‘Fredless’ (S03E05)
• Buffy ‘All The Way’ (S06E06)
• Angel ‘Billy’ (S03E06)
• Buffy ‘Once More With Feeling’ (S06E07)
• Angel ‘Offspring’ (S03E07)
• Buffy ‘Tabula Rasa’ (S06E08)
• Angel ‘Quickening’ (S03E08)
• Buffy ‘Smashed’ (S06E09)
• Angel ‘Lullaby’ (S03E09)
• Buffy ‘Wrecked’ (S06E10)
• Angel ‘Dad’ (S03E10)
• Buffy ‘Gone’ (S06E11)
• Angel ‘Birthday’ (S03E11)
• Buffy ‘Doublemeat Palace’ (S06E12)
• Angel ‘Provider’ (S03E12)
• Buffy ‘Dead Things’ (S06E13)
• Angel ‘Waiting In the Wings’ (S03E13)
• Buffy ‘Older and Far Away’ (S03E14)
• Angel ‘Couplet’ (S03E14)
• Buffy ‘As You Were’ (S06E15)
• Angel ‘Loyalty’ (S03E15)
• Buffy ‘Hell’s Bells’ (S06E16)
• Angel ‘Sleep Tight’ (S03E16)
• Buffy ‘Normal Again’ (S06E17)
• Angel ‘Forgiving’ (S03E17)
• Buffy ‘Entropy’ (S06E18)
• Angel ‘Double or Nothing’ (S03E18)
• Buffy ‘Seeing Red’ (S06E19)
• Angel ‘The Price’ (S03E19)
• Buffy ‘Villains’ (S06E20)
• Angel ‘A New World’ (S03E20)
• Buffy ‘Two To Go’ (S06E21)
• Angel ‘Benediction’ (S03E21)
• Buffy ‘Grave’ (S06E22)
• Angel ‘Tomorrow’ (S03E22)

BUFFY SEASON 7 & ANGEL SEASON 4

• Buffy ‘Lessons’ (S07E01)
• Buffy ‘Beneath You’ (S07E02)
• Angel ‘Deep Down’ (S04E01)
• Buffy ‘Same Time, Same Place’ (S07E03)
• Angel ‘Ground State’ (S04E02)
• Buffy ‘Help’ (S07E04)
• Angel ‘The House Always Wins’ (S04E03)
• Buffy ‘Selfless’ (S07E05)
• Angel ‘Slouching Toward Bethlehem’ (S04E04)
• Buffy ‘Him’ (S07E06)
• Angel ‘Supersymmetry’ (S04E05)
• Buffy ‘Conversations With Dead People’ (S07E07)
• Angel ‘Spin the Bottle’ (S04E06)
• Buffy ‘Sleeper’ (S07E08)
• Angel ‘Apocalypse, Nowish’ (S04E07)
• Buffy ‘Never Leave Me’ (S07E09)
• Angel ‘Habeas Corpses’ (S04E08)
• Buffy ‘Bring On the Night’ (S07E10)
• Angel ‘Long Day’s Journey’ (S04E09)
• Buffy ‘Showtime’ (S07E11)
• Angel ‘Awakening’ (S04E10)
• Buffy ‘Potential’ (S04E12)
• Angel ‘Souless’ (S04E11)
• Buffy ‘The Killer in Me’ (S07E13)
• Angel ‘Calvary’ (S04E12)
• Buffy ‘First Date’ (S07E14)
• Buffy ‘Get It Done’ (S07E15)
• Angel ‘Salvage’ (S04E13)
• Buffy ‘Storyteller’ (S07E16)
• Angel ‘Release’ (S04E14)
• Buffy ‘Lies My Parents Told Me’ (S07E17)
• Angel ‘Orpheus’ (S04E15)
• Buffy ‘Dirty Girls’ (S07E18)
• Angel ‘Players’ (S04E16)
• Angel ‘Inside Out’ (S04E17)
• Buffy ‘Empty Places’ (S07E19)
• Angel ‘Shiny Happy People’ (S04E18)
• Angel ‘The Magic Bullet’ (S04E19)
• Buffy ‘Touched’ (S07E20)
• Angel ‘Sacrifice’ (S04E20)
• Angel ‘Peace Out’ (S04E21)
• Angel ‘Home’ (S04E22)
• Buffy ‘End of Days’ (S07E21)
• Buffy ‘Chosen’ (S07E22)

and then the final (and most wonderful) season of Angel…

ANGEL SEASON 5

Happy viewing. Or re-viewing! NB: I have updated the beginning of Buffy S06/Angel S03 after some good corrections came through from ‘Morda’ in the comments section (where there are spoilers, so beware!)

Oh and if you’ve never seen it before, check out this video of Joss performing one of his songs from the musical DVD commentary to Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog during a live episode of This American Life. Great stuff.


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