Kristine Sutherland

played Joyce Summers [Season 1-5] in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joyce Summers portrayed by Kristine Sutherland made her debut in the first episode of the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is the overall mother figure on the show and at first has no idea what Buffy is doing in her life. It was not until later in season 2 that Joyce learns of what Buffy's role as a slayer was. At that point Joyce becomes more supportive than she was previously with Buffy's activities. Joyce's role is not pivotal in season 4 but in season 5 is when Joyce played a role that would affect the Summers family.