| Season Five|
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
|Season Premiere||September 26th, 2000|
|Season Finale||May 22nd, 2001|
|Cast||Sarah Michelle Gellar; Nicholas Brendon; Alyson Hannigan; Marc Blucas; Emma Caulfield; James Marsters; Anthony Stewart Head|
|Notable Episodes|| "Buffy vs. Dracula" |
"No Place Like Home" 
"The Body" 
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Season Five of the supernatural action/comedy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on the WB Network from September 26th, 2000 to May 22nd, 2001, spanning a total of twenty-two episodes. It was the final season of the show to air on the WB before budget cuts forced the production crew to ship the program to the United Paramount Network for its final two seasons. The main cast line-up for this season began with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris, Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg, Emma Caulfield as Anya Jenkins, Marc Blucas as Riley Finn, James Marsters as Spike, and Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles. Emma Caulfield was a supporting character in season four, who was now inserted into the main cast line-up. Beginning with the second episode of the season, Michelle Trachtenberg was added to the main cast as Dawn Summers, making her the first new character to be added to the main cast line-up, who had not already made previous appearances on the series. Marc Blucas departed from the show following episode 5x10, "Into the Woods".
The presence of Dawn Summers represents a great mystery to the series, as she is literally a new being, created from the essence of Buffy Summers and serves as "The Key" to a dimensional gateway. Everyone's memories are altered so that it appears as if Dawn had been a part of their lives forever.
The "Big Bad" of season five arrives in the form of Glorificus - an ancient powerful deity from a Hell dimension who had been banished to the Earthly plane, and forced to assume a humanoid form. In order to return to her home dimension however, Glorificus (or "Glory") has to retain the power of the Key.
Oh yeah... and Buffy fights Dracula.
|5x1||Buffy vs. Dracula||September 26th, 2000|
|5x2||Real Me||October 3rd, 2000|
|5x3||The Replacement||October 10th, 2000|
|5x4||Out of My Mind||October 17th, 2000|
|5x5||No Place Like Home||October 24th, 2000|
|5x6||Family||November 7th, 2000|
|5x7||Fool for Love||November 14th, 2000|
|5x8||Shadow||November 21st, 2000|
|5x9||Listening to Fear||November 28th, 2000|
|5x10||Into the Woods||December 19th, 2000|
|5x11||Triangle||January 9th, 2001|
|5x12||Checkpoint||January 23rd, 2001|
|5x13||Blood Ties||February 6th, 2001|
|5x14||Crush||February 13th, 2001|
|5x15||I Was Made to Love You||February 20th, 2001|
|5x16||The Body||February 27th, 2001|
|5x17||Forever||April 17th, 2001|
|5x18||Intervention||April 24th, 2001|
|5x19||Tough Love||May 1st, 2001|
|5x20||Spiral||May 8th, 2001|
|5x21||The Weight of the World||May 15th, 2001|
|5x22||The Gift||May 22nd, 2001|
Principal cast Edit
|Sarah Michelle Gellar||Buffy Summers|
|Nicholas Brendon||Xander Harris|
|Alyson Hannigan||Willow Rosenberg|
|Marc Blucas||Riley Finn|
|Emma Caulfield||Anya Jenkins|
|Anthony Stewart Head||Rupert Giles|
Guest stars Edit
|Michelle Trachtenberg||Dawn Summers|
|Amber Benson||Tara Maclay|
|Kristine Sutherland||Joyce Summers|
- Buffy/Season 5 redirects to this page.
- Actress Emma Caulfield is added to the main cast beginning with this season.
- Actress Amber Benson is given an additional "As Tara" credit during the opening sequence to this season.
- Both Buffy and Angel have episodes that aired at this time that pay home to a line of dialogue from The Wizard of Oz. Episode 5x05 of Buffy is titled "No Place Like Home", while episode 2x22 of Angel is titled, "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb".
- The infamous "Buffybot" was first shown fully assembled in episode 5x18 "Intervention", though its origins go back as far as episode 5x03, "The Replacement".
- One of the more jarring episodes this season is "The Body", written and directed by Joss Whedon. This is the episode where Buffy's mom, Joyce Summers, passes away unexpectedly at the very beginning of the episode.
Home video Edit
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series (DVD)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chosen Collection (DVD)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
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