Mar. 29th, 2017

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You know it's interesting, 20 years later, at the ripe old age of 50, I can still say with absolute certainty and after seeing over 1000 excellent television series, that my favorite television series (ahem, obsession) of all time is ....

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

And I've seen, as you well know, a lot of television shows. The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, Sopranoes, BSG, Lost, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Fargo, Good Wife, the 100, Veronica Mars, The Good Place, MASH, Dowton Abbey, Sherlock, Daredevil, Gilmore Girls, Vamp Diaries, Supernatural, Originals, Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Smallville, NCIS, All in the Family, I Love Lucy, Big Bang Theory, Xenia, Farscape, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Cheers, Hill Street Blues, ER, St. Elsewhere, La Law, ...the list is seemingly endless.

But, the one that sticks in my craw, in my heart, in my teeth, in my head, that won't go away, and changed who I am, and my life as I know it...is and will always be a little cult television series aimed at tween girls...but that took on a life of its own and broke all the rules along the way:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I wouldn't know anyone here if it weren't for that little show. I don't know if I would have survived 2001-2004 if it weren't for that series.

It blew my mind, and it changed my mind. It opened me up and turned me upside down and sideways. It made me approach things in a different way. And for the first time in years, write television meta analysis. It changed how I wrote. If it weren't for Buffy, there would be no "Doing Time on Planet Earth", the characters of Fiske, Caddy, and Hope would not exist.

I didn't know before Buffy that a piece of art could change you in a profound way. I guess I did. Star Wars did in some respects. As did various books I read, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Dune definitely changed how I viewed things. As did Star Trek. Also the X-men back when I was in college.

Art heals you. It can transform you. It can make you view things differently. Anyone who has fallen head over heels in love with a piece of art, knows this.

But it is hard to explain.

Buffy. The. Vampire. Slayer. It rocked my world. In more ways than one.

What was the piece of art that rocked yours?

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