The Whedon streaming-verse just got a little bit bigger! On Friday November 30 Sarah Michelle Gellar announced that her hit show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, would be available to stream via Facebook starting December 1, 2018.
Now, I own the complete series on DVD and the show is currently streaming on HULU, but something about having a third viewing option feels very exciting. Plus, because fans are watching on Facebook there’s a social component where you can watch and comment.
While all of this is fantastic for fans, especially if you shamelessly watch episodes while at work, it does beg the question, why?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran from 1996-2003 and has remained a favorite among fans. Chances are you’ve watched the seasons more than once or saw one of your favorite characters at various cons across the county.
While, I don’t speak for every fan, the general appeal of BtVS involved a mix of watching a fashion obsessed teenage girl fight the forces of darkness and the hunky appeal of Angel/Spike. The show was packed with pop-culture references, bad puns, kick-ass fight scenes, and, of course, a cast of quirky characters. Somehow all these elements converged in just the right dose to produce one of the most iconic shows of my childhood. Adding additional streaming options makes sense, but why Facebook?
I’d like to think that Fox and Whedon chose the social media website for purely altruistic reasons, bringing the show to a greater audience for free, indoctrinating the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers into the BtVS team. But I’m sure there’s some kind of catch I haven’t figured out yet. You need a Facebook account to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Buffy the Vampire Slayer page to gain access to the episodes, so I’m sure there’s some kind of benefit there.
Whether you choose to tune in for the first time, are a returning fan looking for a winter binge show, or just want to watch your favorite episodes, you won’t be alone. I’ll be streaming along with countless other fans across the globe, re-watching all the cinematic slayage in all its 90’s glory. With no information on when this free streaming will end, I’m going to take my cue from the Slayer herself, “Seize the moment. ‘Cause tomorrow you might be dead.”
Bonus! It looks like Angel and Firefly are also streaming on Facebook; more on that soon.