Vampire-slayer Buffy Summers moves to Sunnydale, a Californian community located above the "Hellmouth", a phenomenon which explains the local graveyard's overpopulation of vampires and other supernatural beings. Angel, a mysterious loiterer, starts flirting with Buffy and gives her helpful tips on how to cope with the local nasties. However, he turns out to be a vampire, which complicates the future of their relationship. Buffy makes friends with school outcasts Willow, a computer nerd, and geeky Xander. But she excites the enmity of high-school princess Cordelia. The season's prime villain is the Master, a Nosferatu-looking vampire lurking under the town. Giles, Buffy's mentor, looks things up in books and demonstrates the exact same look of puzzlement actor Anthony Head used to demonstrate in those horrifying instant coffee ads. --Kim Newman
Entire first season of the teen fantasy show in one, three-volume box set. In 'Welcome to the Hellmouth', Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is forced to resume her role as vampire slayer after moving to new school Sunnydale High. 'The Harvest' sees Buffy battling it out with a powerful vampire known as 'the Master'. 'Witch' has the tryouts for school cheerleader take a somewhat supernatural turn. 'Teacher's Pet' sees Buffy discover that the substitute biology teacher has been devouring Sunnydale's male students. Whilst, 'Never Kill a Boy on the First Date' sees Buffy's date with a classmate interrupted by a vampire plot to send her to Hell. 'The Pack' finds Xander and his fellow males taken over by murderous, demonic hyenas. 'Angel' sees Buffy attempting to resist her attraction to Angel after discovering his terrible secret. In 'I, Robot... You Jane', Willow falls prey to a spell via the Internet. And in 'The Puppet Show', the school's talent show contestants are being murdered one by one for their body organs. 'Nightmare' sees Buffy drawing on her own special strength when everyone's bad dreams become reality. 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight' has Cordelia's May Queen campaign become the target of an unpopular girl with supernatural powers, placing her and Buffy's lives at risk. Then finally, in 'Prophecy Girl', Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death and the end of the world.