I left it late to join the Angel fanclub due to my disliking of his character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I found him to be at times a little dull. This being the case I avoided watching this series and instead proceeded to watch other works of genius from Joss Whedon such as Dollhouse - Season 1-2 [DVD
] and Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] [2003
], which are both masterpieces of the imagination, and my favourite television programmes to date. However, when a friend introduced me to the first season of Angel, my opinion of him changed. While still not a fan of him in the Buffy series (I was always rooting for Spike) I must admit he is much improved when given his own show, he becomes a more rounded and likeable character. But that being said there are more fantastic characters created by Whedon here, and some familiar faces for fans of Buffy.
And, for those of you turning to Angel after watching Buffy, the similarities are there for all to see, but for want of better words I would describe it as being slightly more 'grown up', more akin to the later season's of Buffy, where darkness and emotion are more prevalent. Having now seen every episode, I can say that there was not one which disappointed me, they are all very watchable, with some outstanding ones to boot (Wesley-centric episodes are always great). Overall I wouldd urge you to dive into this set, and not wait as I did. Whedon, I'm sorry I ever doubted you.