'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
High school is hard: classes, homework, college prep, dating, social struggles. Now image dealing with all that AND keeping the world safe from monsters. That's the challenge the title character faced on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Buffy helped the helpless on the WB and UPN networks from 1997 to 2003. As the title implies, she confronts her share of vampires, but Buffy also dispatches other fiends, including a psychotic god, a giant praying mantis and a crazed preacher. Luckily, she isn't alone in her mission. Buffy's sidekicks are an impressive force, including a school librarian, a teen witch, a guy with a crush and a vampire cursed with a soul.
When facing antagonists, Buffy is queen of the one-liners. With a keen fashion sense, she critiques one vamp during a showdown: "OK, first of all, what's with the outfit? Live in the now, OK? You look like DeBarge" [source: IMDB]. Though there is always a crisis, Buffy takes it in stride: "If the apocalypse comes, beep me" [source: Harnick and Prudom]. The show reels viewers in because of its humor, character interactions and action sequences (a whole lot of staking going on).