Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mel's ultimate Buffy / Angel Viewing Guide!

I have been honing and refining this list for several years.  Now revised as of Summer 2015, I bring you Mel Bastian's Ultimate Buffy / Angel Viewing Guide!  Huzzah.

General warnings before you begin: while Buffy and Angel silly and funny and often downright goofy, they can also be quite violent and difficult, particularly in the later seasons of Buffy.  If you are struggling with being triggered or have suffered a recent trauma, you may want to take some time before embarking on these shows.

Obvs, start by watching Buffy seasons one through three.

BUFFY SEASON FOUR / ANGEL SEASON ONE
Buffy episode 10, Hush, is some of
the best television ever made.
  • Angel, ep 1
  • Buffy, eps 1 and 2
  • Angel, ep 2
  • Continue by alternating Buffy then Angel for episodes 3 through 9 (Buffy 3, Angel 3; Buffy 4, Angel 4; and so on)
  • Buffy, eps 10 and 11
  • Angel, eps 10 and 11
  • Buffy, ep 12
  • Angel, ep 12
  • Buffy, eps 13 and 14
  • Angel, eps 13 and 14
  • Buffy, eps 15 and 16
  • Angel, eps 15 through 17
  • Buffy, eps 17 through 19
  • Angel, eps 18 and 19
  • Buffy, eps 20 through 22
  • Angel, eps 20 through 22

BUFFY SEASON FIVE / ANGEL SEASON TWO
  • Angel, eps 1 and 2
  • Buffy, eps 1 through 3
  • Continue by alternating Buffy then Angel for episodes 3 through 8 (Angel 3, Buffy 4, Angel 4, Buffy 5... and so on)
  • Buffy, ep 9
  • Angel, eps 9 through 11
  • Buffy, eps 10 through 12
  • Angel, ep 12
  • Buffy, ep 13
  • Angel, eps 13 and 14
  • Buffy, eps 14 through 16*
    • *TRIGGER WARNING / SPOILER ALERT: in the end of ep. 15, Buffy discovers that her mother has died.  Ep. 16 deals almost exclusively with the whole gang coping with the death.
  • Angel, eps 15 and 16
  • Buffy, ep 17
  • Angel, ep 17
  • Buffy, ep 18
  • Angel, ep 18
  • Buffy, eps 19 through 22
  • Angel, eps 19 through 22

BUFFY SEASON SIX / ANGEL SEASON THREE
  • Angel, eps 1 and 2
  • Buffy, eps 1 thorugh 3
  • Angel, ep 3 and 4
  • Buffy, ep 4
  • Angel, ep 5
  • Buffy, eps 5 and 6
  • Angel, ep 6
  • Buffy, ep 7 (Do not fear the musical episode - embrace it.  IT MUST BE BUNNIES.)
  • Angel, ep 7
  • Buffy, ep 8
  • Angel, ep 8 and 9
  • Buffy, ep 9 and 10
  • Angel, ep 10
  • Buffy, ep 11
  • Angel, ep 11
  • Buffy, ep 12
  • Angel, ep 12
  • Buffy, ep 13
  • Angel, eps 13 and 14
  • Buffy, eps 14 and 15
  • Angel, eps 15 through 22
  • Buffy, eps 16 through 22**
    • **TRIGGER WARNING / SPOILER ALERT: Ep 19, and really the rest of the season, is SUPER HEAVY.  There is a violent attempted rape scene, and in the end a main character is shot and killed.  The attempted rape is revisited in the "previously on" clips in the next several episodes.  Additionally, the murder is replayed in the beginning of ep 20.  At the end of ep 20, a man is flayed alive.

BUFFY SEASON SEVEN / ANGEL SEASON FOUR
  • Alternate Buffy then Angel for episodes 1 through 6 of each show (Buffy ep 1, Angel ep 1, Buffy ep 2, Angel ep 2... and so on).
  • Buffy, eps 7 and 8
  • Angel, eps 7 and 8
  • Buffy, eps 9 and 10
  • Angel, eps 9 through 12
  • Buffy, eps 11 through 16
  • Angel, ep 13
  • Buffy, ep 17
  • Angel, eps 14 through 22
  • Buffy, eps 18 through 22

That's it!  Enjoy!  I strongly suggest treating your post-Whedon-fest malaise with a showing of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Questions?  Comments?  Holler at me in the comments!

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