Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Awesome Illustrations of Pop Culture’s Best Female Characters as Saints

As we’ve discussed recently, the dearth of strong female characters in mass entertainment continues to be a source of depression, but here’s a little cheer-up: artist Spencer Salberg, who posts his work on his heymonster Tumblr, has created a series of Strong Female Character portraits, which cast the likes of Buffy Summers, Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope, and Zoe Washburn as saints. Check them out after the jump, and buy (very reasonably priced!) prints of each here… Read More

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Why Netflix Thinks ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Is a “Guilty Pleasure” — And Why It Isn’t

For all of its virtues, Netflix isn’t always so hot at classifying movies and television shows; it tends to either go comically super-specific (“Based on your interest in Girl Walk // All Day: All-dance New York movies with strong female leads and hip-hop mash-up soundtracks”) or utterly inaccurate. For example: As a member of the fan site Whedonesque has pointed out, the streaming service’s first annual “Flixie Awards” (“honoring the ways you really watch Netflix”) has nominated Buffy the Vampire Slayer for “Best Guilty Pleasure,” alongside such fare as Gossip Girl, Toddlers & Tiaras, the revamped 90210, and the sequels to Transformers and Bad Boys. To be clear, we’re talking about the (long-running, critically acclaimed, widely celebrated) television show, not the (important because it led to the show, but for no other reason and not terribly good in and of itself) movie. Buffy is a “guilty pleasure”? Say what now? … Read More

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The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture

Here at Flavorpill, we’re always on the lookout for a great library — even if that library happens to be fictional. So we’ve sifted through literature, film, and television to bring you ten of the best libraries ever… Read More

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10 of the Greatest Pop Culture Homage TV Episodes

Yesterday, we read a great article over at NPR entitled “In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?,” which ruminates on the way insider references work in our wide-sprawling cultural consciousness. Here at Flavorpill, we’re (obviously) big fans of the pop culture reference, and the article got us thinking about all our favorite cultural inside jokes — in particular, a few of our favorite TV episodes that pay homage to other great cultural artifacts. After the jump, our picks for the greatest pop culture homage TV episodes — but since taste is everything, and we haven’t watched all the television we probably should have, be sure to add to our list in the comments! … Read More

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Pithy Limerick Recaps of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Episodes

It had been a long time since we’d seen a limerick we could love, but here’s a whole collection of them: Waffle Meringue Productions’ witty limerick recaps of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which we discovered via io9. Created by a hilarious twosome of superfans, the poems manage to both summarize and pithily comment on the show. Beginning with Season 1 Episode 1, the team has already diligently recapped its way through the first two-and-a-half seasons of Buffy; if you’re a fan, you’ll want to follow Waffle Meringue on Tumblr as they tackle the rest. Check out our favorite limericks to date below. … Read More

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Watch Kate Nash and Emmy the Great Recreate ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Outside of partying and handing out candy, we all have our own personal Halloween traditions. This writer, for instance, is known to dust off one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s excellent Halloween episodes when late October rolls around. But last night, Kate Nash and Emmy the Great did me one better, showing up to London’s Hackney Picturehouse as Buffy and Willow for a set of songs from the show’s beloved musical episode, “Once More, With Feeling.” Nash explained to NME that the two singers spent “loads of time together over the summer having an emotional time and we used to just drink bottles of wine and watch Buffy.” Sounds like a party to us. Click through to watch Nash and Emmy perform “Where Do We Go from Here” and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song. … Read More

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10 Legendary TV Halloween Parties

Do you like Halloween parties? Or are you the kind of person who prefers to celebrate at home, watching horror movies with friends or handing out candy to trick-or-treaters? Well, thanks to the magic of television, you can (virtually) do both — experience all the fun of a great shindig with none of the effort. TV has brought us no shortage of spooky and hilarious Halloween parties over the years. Relive ten of our favorites, from How I Met Your Mother’s legendary “slutty pumpkin” party to Buffy’s demonic frat party, after the jump. … Read More

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10 TV Cliques We’d Like to Hang With

One of the qualities of a good hang-out show is getting to live vicariously through the crazy adventures of a group of friends that are far cooler than we’ll ever be, for their quick-witted banter, complex schemes, unlimited brunch/booze budget, and ability to sleep with one another without getting weird. And because Happy Endingsone of the most underrated hang-out shows on TV, in our opinion — is returning tonight, we decided to pay tribute to some of the most awesome friends in TV history. Is there a clique you would like to hang (or not hang) with? Let us know!  … Read More

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10 Terrifying TV Episodes To Stream Now!

This month we’ve been counting down 50 Essential Horror Films, but if you’re more of a TV fan or find yourself short on time, we recommend checking out one of these terrifying episodes. Are you afraid to drive on highways at night? Do you find mirrors inherently scary? Have you contemplated zombie attack escape routes for multiple occasions? From classic Hitchcock and David Lynch to CW monsters and Masters of Horror pulp, there should be something here to suit everyone’s horror tolerance. So turn out the lights, crawl into your prefabricated blanket fort, and follow the links to get spooked. Is there a TV episode that still haunts you to this day? Let us know in the comments! … Read More

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The 10 Greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couples of All Time

This week, we watched an excellent video about romance in fantasy and science fiction over at io9. Inspired by the idea, we decided to put together our own list of our favorite couples in science fiction and fantasy across formats — from books to television shows to films. These are the geek culture romances that made us swoon, bite our nails, or shed a tear, from destined lovers, to enemies whose passions evolved, to the will-they-or-won’t-they pairs that finally did. As always, keep in mind that these are simply our favorites — so read through the list and add your own in the comments! … Read More

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