Top Twelve Joss Episodes

Our twelve favorite episodes written and directed by Joss Whedon, inspired by Joss' list of twelve favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes not written by himself, which can be found in the Chosen Collection booklet. Picking the top twelve episodes is hard enough, so these are not ranked, but listed in chronological order; they are all amazing episodes!

Prophecy Girl

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.12 - Prophecy Girl
Premiered June 2, 1997

"I'm sixteen years old. I don't wanna die."

As the Spring Fling dance approaches, Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling the Slayer's death at the hands of The Master.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2.14 - Innocence
Premiered January 20, 1998

"You can't do it. You can't kill me."
"Give me time."

Buffy must battle not only the Judge but also Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

Becoming, Part 2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2.22 - Becoming, Part 2
Premiered May 19, 1998

"No weapons, no friends, no hope. Take all that away, and what's left?"

While Angel tortures Giles for needed information concerning a ritual, Spike strikes an unlikely alliance with Buffy to keep Angel from destroying the world.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3.16 - Doppelgängland
Premiered February 23, 1999

"I'm a blood-sucking fiend! Look at my outfit!"

While casting a magic spell to help Anya regain her powers, Willow and Anya inadvertently summon Willow's evil twin, a vampire, from an alternate universe.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4.10 - Hush
Premiered December 14, 1999

"Can't even shout, can't even cry. The gentlemen are coming by."

From out of a fairy tale comes a group of murderous creatures known as The Gentlemen: first they steal everyone's voices, then they begin to collect human hearts.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4.22 - Restless
Premiered May 23, 2000

"You think you know... what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun."

After battling Adam, an exhausted Buffy, Willow, Xander and Giles all experience dreams in which they encounter a strange, savage woman -- and The Cheese Man.

The Body

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5.16 - The Body
Premiered February 27, 2001

"I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I knew her, and then she's--there's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore."

Buffy, Dawn and their friends find themselves dealing with the painful events surrounding Joyce's sudden and unexpected death.

The Gift

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5.22 - The Gift
Premiered May 22, 2001

"The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live... for me."

Refusing to believe that killing Dawn is the only way to save the universe, Buffy prepares to do battle against Glory -- and finally realizes the true meaning of "her gift."

Once More, With Feeling

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 6.07 - Once More, With Feeling
Premiered November 6, 2001

"Life's not a song... life isn't bliss. Life is just this... it's living."

A demon named Sweet descends upon Sunnydale in search of Dawn, his arrival causing everyone to burst into song and dance - and eventually into flame.

Spin the Bottle

Angel 4.06 - Spin the Bottle
Premiered November 10, 2002

"Perhaps the whole point of this experiment is hair!"

In an attempt to restore Cordelia's memory, Lorne obtains a memory spell that unfortunately backfires, making everyone think they're high school students on a vampire hunt.

Objects in Space

Firefly 1.14 - Objects in Space
Premiered December 13, 2002

"You're wrong about River. River's not on the ship. They didn't want her here, but she couldn't make herself leave. So she melted... Melted away. They didn't know she could do that, but she did."

The crew is caught off-guard when a bounty hunter, eager to claim the enormous reward on River's head, sneaks aboard Serenity and methodically begins taking the crew prisoner one by one.

A Hole in the World

Angel 5.15 - A Hole in the World
Premiered February 24, 2004

"I am not the damsel in distress! I am not some case. I have to work this. I lived in a cave for 5 years in a world where they killed my kind like cattle. I am not going to be cut down by some monster flu. I am better than that!"

After breathing in the air from an ancient sarcophagus, Fred falls deathly ill and the rest of the gang races to find a cure before it's too late.

To see all episodes written and/or directed by Joss Whedon, visit the Joss episode guide.

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