• Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired in 1997
  • Buffy stars honour show's milestone anniversary
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar and more post about Buffy 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer officially premiered on television 25 years ago! To commemorate this anniversary on Thursday, many of the show's stars paid tribute to Buffy on social mediaincluding Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the titular character.

Buffy star Gellar honours show's devoted fanbase

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was first a movie by the same name in 1992, with Kristy Swanson starring as "Buffy Summers". However, once Gellar took over the role for television, fans couldn't imagine anyone else starring as the slayer from Sunnydale! Gellar reflected on the "uphill battle" of bringing the show to life as well as its dedicated fanbase in an Instagram post. "You are the reason 25 years later we are still celebrating," she wrote. "So today we celebrate you as well."

Gellar also took to social media for a Buffy throwback back in 2020, revealing that she still has her dress from the episode "Prophecy Girl". Her co-star Michelle Trachtenberg, who played "Buffy's" sister Dawn, paid tribute to their on-screen sisterhood and off-screen friendship, while James Marsters, who portrayed "Spike," mentioned an iconic motto from the show. "It's been 25 years of us asking ourselves WWBF: What Would Buffy Do?" he captioned his post.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer's milestone anniversary also saw Charisma Carpenter, who played "Cordelia," and David Boreanaz, who took on the role of "Angel" mention how thankful they are for the fans. Back in 2021, Carpenter called out director Joss Whedon for the abuse she faced on the Buffy set. It's clear though that the show's legacy is still meaningful to its cast today!