‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ 20th anniversary: Catch up with the cast 20 years later

Buffy the Vampire Slayer” celebrates its 20th anniversary today, March 10. The show was an instant hit for the WB when it debuted on this day in 1997 making stars of its young cast including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz. The show moved to UPN in 2001 for its last two seasons. Then the WB merged with UPN in 2007 four years after “Buffy” hung up her stakes, creating the CW network. But it’s probably no coincidence that the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” in many ways “Buffy’s” direct descendant, ends its run tonight on “Buffy’s” anniversary. Click through our gallery above and learn what your favorite stars have been up to since “Buffy” ended.

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If Joss Whedon, who wrote the original film in 1992, had not been dissatisfied with the campy, over-the-top nature of the film, viewers may never had gotten the series they’ve come to love. Whedon created the series to be darker and more grounded, which proved successful and even laid the groundwork for the tone he would later set in his blockbuster “Avengers” films (2012 & 2015).

It may seem obvious that Whedon is the most successful “Buffy” album, but let’s not forget one of his discoveries, Danny Strong, who has found success behind the camera, winning two Emmys for Best Movie/Miniseries and Best Movie/Miniseries Writing for the HBO political docudrama “Game Change” (2012). And he is also one of the creators and writers of “Empire.”

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“Buffy” was mostly overlooked in top Emmy categories, but it still picked up 14 nominations and two wins: Best Makeup (“Surprise/Innocence,” 1998) and Best Music Composition (“Becoming, Part 1,” 1998). Whedon himself received a much-deserved Emmy nomination for Best Drama Writing for “Hush” (2000), which kept the writers branch of the television academy in high regard among fanboy and fangirl awards prognosticators. Not to be outdone, the Golden Globes nominated Gellar for Best TV Drama Actress (2001).

But where are they now? Scroll through our gallery at the top of this post to see what the Scooby Gang has been up to since “Buffy” signed off in 2003.

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