A slayer, trying to escape her destiny comes to a new town looking for a fresh start, but finds anything but.
Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers hopes to start anew in the small town of Sunnydale. However, she soon finds that she can't outrun fate, as not only is her new home a fountain of supernatural activity, but her arrival coincides with the arising of a great evil. Now Buffy must embrace her responsibilities to help her new friends.
Following their encounter, Buffy's new friends are now aware of vampires and that she is a Slayer. Before they can get adjusted, Watcher Giles discovers the nature of the Harvest. They must now put a stop to an event that will free the dreaded vampire known as the Master and bring with him a literal Hell on Earth.
In an attempt to lead a normal teenage life, Buffy auditions to be a cheerleader. She soon discovers that someone else wants to make the squad and is casting spells to cut out the competition.
Xander's hormones shift from Buffy to Miss French, a substitute for the deceased biology teacher. While tracking his killer and a dangerous vampire, Buffy begins to figure out that there's more to the new teacher than meets the eye.
Songs: Superfine -- Already Met You, Superfine -- Stoner Love
While trying to maintain a normal dating life, Buffy finds it interrupted by the fulfilment of an ancient prophesy that foretells the rising of a vampire known as the Anointed One, a powerful warrior to the Master.
Songs: Rubber -- Junkie Girl, Kim Richy -- Let the Sun Fall Down, Three Day Wheely -- Rotten Apples, Velvet Chain -- Strong, Velvet Chain -- Treason
Along with four bullies, Xander becomes possessed with a hyena spirit and they begin to roam the school as a pack, taunting and picking on weaker students. However, their behaviour begins to become increasingly animalistic and even dangerous, leaving Buffy, Giles, and Willow to undo the possession before things get worse.
As the Master ramps up his attacks on the Slayer, so does the romantic tension between Buffy and Angel. Ultimately, a moment of weakness between the two leads to the secret that Angel has been holding back since their first encounter.
Songs: Sophie Zelmani -- I'll Remember You
Willow begins an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. Worried about who Malcolm is and his motives, Buffy begins investigating and soon she, Xander, and Giles discover that Willow is actually chatting with Moloch, a demon who draws devoted followers. Originally bound in a book, he is now trapped in cyberspace where his access to knowledge has him becoming more dangerous than he ever was as a flesh-and-blood demon.
The Scoobies go up against their most horrific obstacle yet when the new principal puts Giles in charge of the Sunnydale High School talent show and forces Buffy, Xander, and Willow to participate. In the meantime, something is killing and harvesting body parts. Their prime suspect soon becomes a creepy ventriloquist dummy who may have a life of its own.
Sunnydale finds out that nightmares do come true when everyone's worst fears begin manifesting in reality. The only connection is a young boy seen around each incident who is himself being stalked by a monstrous looking man.
As Cordelia prepares to become May Queen, she is distracted by an assault on those close to her. Discovering the culprit is an invisible girl whose condition came from being ignored by those around her, Buffy and friends must set aside their differences with Cordelia in order to protect her from a revenge plot.
Songs: Jean-Sébastien Bach -- Siciliano
Buffy learns of an ancient prophecy that foretells the rising of the Master and her subsequent death. Horrified to learn this, she struggles to defeat her fate, either by avoiding it or facing it head-on.
Songs: Patsy Cline
-- I Fall to Pieces, Jonatha Brooke -- Inconsolable