Buffering the Vampire Slayer | A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Podcast

94 EpisodesProduced by Jenny Owen Youngs & Kristin Russo

Buffering the Vampire Slayer is a weekly podcast in which your hosts Jenny Owen Youngs (professional musician and recreational Whedonverse aficionado) and Kristin Russo (professional writer and former goth teen) discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one episode at a time. Every installment of the podcas… read more

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0.16: Interview with Sophia Crawford & Jeff Pruitt

April 17th, 2019


Sophia Crawford, Sarah Michelle Gellar's stunt double from Seasons 1 - 4 of Buffy, and Jeff Pruitt, the show's stunt coordinator from 1997 - 2000 sat down to tell us all about their work! They are now *married* to each …

4.21: Primeval

April 3rd, 2019


4.21: Primeval

Let's rip the uranium core out of Adam, SHALL WE?! Manus, Spiritus, Animus, and Sophus combine today to show us once more that the power of community can overcome evil, hatred, and men who store limitless …

0.15: Interview with James Marsters

March 27th, 2019


Buckle your seatbelts and black out your windshields because we are about to blast RIGHT THROUGH that Welcome to Sunnydale sign, light up a Morley, and talk to James Marsters about his time playing the most beloved …

4.20: The Yoko Factor

March 20th, 2019


Crossover episode!! Brittany Ashley and Laura Zak slide in from Angel On Top to join Jenny for a spirited discussion of this episode - including the …

4.18: Where the Wild Things Are

February 20th, 2019


Hrishikesh Hirway is back to talk to Jenny about his favorite character, Riley Finn! We also discuss the very special time in a young girl's life when she accidentally becomes one half of a human sex battery powering a …

4.17: Superstar

February 6th, 2019


It's another day in Sunnydale, which means chaos, monsters, and the valiant charge of our hero Jonathan. Vanquishing all evil as it arrives on the Hellmouth, showing us all how to be gracious and kind while also strong …

4.16: Who Are You?

January 24th, 2019


AAAHHHH FAITH SWAPPED BODIES WITH BUFFY! All hands on deck! This is not a drill! This week we are live from PodCon2 in Seattle, where we find Faith and Buffy locked in eternal girl-frenemy conflict, Tara and Willow …

4.15: This Year's Girl

January 9th, 2019


Faith is back with a goddamn magical fidget spinner, NEED WE SAY MORE?! This week we are live from London's Vampire Ball (!!) talking about Faith and Buffy and Buffy and Faith, our favorite slayer gal pals in all the …

4.14 Goodbye Iowa

December 19th, 2018


Riley is very sweaty, but don't worry Buffy has a bandana for his itchy hand! Willow isn't only going over to Tara's for magic, SILLY!! Adam is so …

4.13: The I In Team

December 5th, 2018


Don't you just love when your psych professor turns out to be the head of a monster initiative that created a Frankenstein-like thing named Adam who eats floppy disks and has metal shinguards?! Don't you love it even …

4.12: A New Man

November 21st, 2018


Ethan Rayne is back in town and so, of course, is Kate Leth! We talk oh-so-much about the sexual tension between our two favorite mystics, listen to …

4.11: Doomed

November 6th, 2018


In Sunnydale this week, Spike shrinks all of his clothing, we confirm that Buffy is a Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius, and Kristin and Jenny THROW DOWN on their differing opinions of Riley Finn. Also, Forest is still …

4.10: Hush

October 24th, 2018


This is the one where —

*Your hosts grab suddenly at their throats & try to continue speaking. Their eyes widen. They look directly into the camera, overtaken by fear.*


Jenny Owen …

4.09: Something Blue

October 10th, 2018


A heartbroken Willow decides to cast a *late night* spell in a shared dormitory bathroom which can only mean one thing: Spike and Buffy are going to get engaged! To each other! WHAT A DAY. Today we're discussing S4E9: …

A1.08: I Will Remember You

October 3rd, 2018


A crossover for the ages brings Buffy into the Angelverse to show us all how beautiful love can be before then ripping our hearts our of our chests. …

0.14: Welcome to the Mailbag Vol. 6

September 19th, 2018


Holy hell(mouth), you send us so much glorious mail that we decided to bring a very special mailbag episode right into your lil scooby ears this …

4.08: Pangs

August 29th, 2018


It's Thanksgiving in Sunnydale, and much is happening: Detective Angel's lurking in the bushes, Anya is *so Anya*, and Spike is tied to a chair! It's …

4.07: The Initiative

August 15th, 2018


RILEY LIKES BUFFY and he's part of a secret monster-catching arm of the government, conveniently headquartered underneath his campus housing! ALSO Spike is in peril, Buffy is bad at fro-yo, Harmony has a unicorn poster, …

4.06 Wild At Heart

August 1st, 2018


Oh, Willow. Is there anything more to say?! Special guest host Joanna Robinson joins Kristin to discuss the hair regimes of She Wolves, the …

4.05: Beer Bad

July 18th, 2018



There comes a time in the lives of two podcasters when they must stare destiny in the face and say, “We alone wield the strength and skill to discuss what is widely regarded as …

4.04: Fear, Itself

July 4th, 2018


It's Halloween in July and we are back at a frat house (*~the paaaaatriarchyyyy~*)! Meanwhile, Anya is terrified of bunnies, Joan of Arc and God are …

4.03: The Harsh Light of Day

June 20th, 2018


Our platinum baby is back alongside vamp Harmony in pursuit of the gem of Amara, and Parker is a total jerkface! Also, ANYA. Today we are discussing S4E3: The Harsh Light of Day!


Jenny …

4.02: Living Conditions

June 6th, 2018


Buffy's college roommate Kathy is here in full force, so you'd better log your calls, label your eggs, and make sure your face is glued on tight!! …

4.01: The Freshman

May 23rd, 2018


Buffy's off to COLLEGE and navigating the many obstacles of higher education matriculation - frathouse Jell-O shots, misogynistic professors, and of …

0.13: Interview with Harry Groener!!

April 4th, 2018


WOW, Kristin got the chance to sit down and chat with the mayor of Sunnydale himself, Harry Groener!! We couldn't think of a better way to close out …

3.22: Graduation Day Part 2

March 28th, 2018


Angel stands silhouetted in a foggy mist reflecting on his passions whilst Faith and Buffy find each other in a shared dreamscape. Seriously, though, this is the one where the class of '99 RISES UP TO BATTLE SOME MAJOR …

3.21: Graduation Day Part 1

March 21st, 2018


WOW wow wow wow wow THIS IS THE ONE WHERE Buffy puts on some leather pants and Faith's eating a twizzler and then THEY FIGHT aaaaah probably some other stuff happens too but WHO CARES?! Today we're discussing S3E21: …

3.20: The Prom

March 7th, 2018


Ira Madison III returns to help us discuss the finer points of breaking up with your girlfriend in a sewer, how great Cordelia looks in her prom …

3.19: Choices

February 28th, 2018


Willow is kidnapped! Faith is gifted a fresh-smelling thing of beauty! The Mayor eats a twelve-course meal of spiders! Buffy gets into Northwestern! Angel drops the winch on his burgeoning detective career! Today we're …

3.18: Earshot

February 14th, 2018


Our #1 fave Joanna Robinson returns to help us explore the finer points of Herbal Essences commercials, Alex Mack, and the simple fact that when you unexpectedly absorb the silvery blood of a mouthless demon and gain …

3.17: Enemies

February 7th, 2018


This is the one where Buffy and Faith become (Best Fr)ENEMIES, so buckle up for some serious drama. Hrishikesh Hirway of The West Wing Weekly and Song Exploder joins us in our discussion of French films, billowing …

3.16: Doppelgängland

January 31st, 2018


TWO WILLOWS, NO WAITING! Plus we have a lovely chat with story expert (and Buffy aficionado) Lani Diane Rich, and a mind-bending Buffy FashionWatch from Kate Leth - once you hear it, you'll never be the same. Today …

3.15: Consequences

January 17th, 2018


We can barely recall when one leather-clad vampire slayer came a-fogging up classroom windows and drawing hearts everywhere - 'twas so like a dream, and only one short week ago. Lo! The winds of change blow harsh …

3.14: Bad Girls

January 10th, 2018


THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL BAD GIRLS TO BREATHE FOG ONTO THE WINDOW PANE AND DRAW STAKED HEARTS UPON THE GLASS! Faith and Buffy are spending a LOT of time together this episode, and Jenny can't stop screaming about it. …

3.13: The Zeppo

January 3rd, 2018


It's Season Faith, Episode Xander, and Andrew Ti (of the Yo, Is This Racist? blog & podcast) joins us for a deep dive into the patriarchy and macramé owls! Plus!! The incredible Chris Farren returns, performing and …

0.12: Santa Barbara, The Mayor, & Nerf Herder

December 27th, 2017


In this VERY SPECIAL EPISODE, we venture to Santa Barbara (aka Sunnydale) at the request of THE MAYOR (Helene Schneider, who is, as best we can tell, not evil *at all* but a totally lovely human, as well as a Buffy …

3.12: Helpless

December 13th, 2017


Will Buffy get to go to the ice show for her birthday? Will Angel finish his cheese plate? These are just a couple of the questions we're examining today, PLUS Jeff Kober joins us to talk about playing Zachary Kralik!! …

3.11: Gingerbread

December 6th, 2017


Grab your pitchforks and brace yourselves for some mob mentality, Sunnydale-style - we've arrived at Season Faith, Episode M.O.O.! Also, holy cheese …

3.10: Amends

November 29th, 2017


It's that magical time of year when tree lights twinkle, snowfall dusts the distant hilltops, and the ghosts of those you've murdered in cold blood …

3.09: The Wish

November 15th, 2017


Bored now? Of course you're not!! There's ANYA! And VAMPIRE WILLOW! Today we're discussing S3E9: The Wish.

Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on twitter, and you can check out some of her non-Buffy songs at

3.08: Lover's Walk

November 8th, 2017


Official Spike fan-club president Joanna Robinson returns because GUESS WHO JUST DROVE THROUGH THE SUNNYDALE SIGN AGAIN!!! Also Angel is reading Sartre's Nausea by the fire in the original French and we NEED to talk …

3.07: Revelations

November 1st, 2017


Live from The NerdMelt Showroom! Special guests Kristine Thune, Ira Madison III, Kate Leth, and Gaby Dunn (who somehow forced her way on stage) help …

3.06: Band Candy

October 18th, 2017


Kristine Sutherland (!!!) and Kate Leth guest -- ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING US, IT'S EFFING BAND CANDY!!!!! We mean *ahem* -- today we're discussing S3E6: Band Candy.

Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on twitter, and you …

3.05: Homecoming

October 11th, 2017


BUFFERING 3.05: Homecoming

GET IN THE LIMO! It's the episode that launched a zillion Cordelia/Spatula fan fics! Buckle up for SlayerFest 98! Today …

3.04: Beauty and the Beasts

October 4th, 2017


BUFFERING 3.04: Beauty and the Beasts

In this episode, Buffy finds herself surrounded by all kinds of man-beasts, Faith coins the phrase "kickin the gearshift" (now a timeless classic), and Xander takes a very …

3.03: Faith, Hope & Trick

September 20th, 2017


Lock up your daughters because FAITH IS HERE!! Prepare for pleather pants, alligator wrestling, and a hearty Boston accent, and then brace for impact because *something* is about to fall out of the sky. Today we're …

3.02: Dead Man's Party

September 13th, 2017


LIVE FROM FLAMECON in Brooklyn NY, this episode features guest appearances from musician Mal Blum, senior Autostraddle editor Heather Hogan, and our beloved Kate Leth! We talk about zombie cats, zombie humans, and of …

3.01: Anne

September 6th, 2017


HOLY HELLMOUTH WE ARE BACK!! We're kicking off Season 3 with a supersize episode, complete with a Buffy FashionWatch fix from Kate Leth and an …

0.09: Season 2 Wrap-Up

July 19th, 2017


Today we stand on a mountaintop, shading our eyes from the glare of the sun, looking back on all that we have endured together over these last 22 episodes. The second chapter of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has some high …

0.08: Wonder Woman!

July 12th, 2017


THE AMAZONS ARE TRAINING ON THE ISLAND!!!! On this very special episode of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, Jenny, Kristin, and Wonder Woman aficionado Heather Hogan dig into Diana, Themyscira, and the shockingly deep …

2.22: Becoming (Part 2)

July 5th, 2017


Buckle up for a heavy one, friends, because it's a very emotional day in Sunnydale. Angel wants to destroy the world, and Buffy wants to stop him. This episode is SUCH a doozy that Kate Leth decided to forgo fashion …

2.21: Becoming (Part 1)

June 28th, 2017


WOW Buffy and Willow find a very important floppy disk, an old friend comes to visit from far away, and Angelus decides he wants to bring forth the …

0.07: Welcome to the Mailbag Vol. 5

June 21st, 2017


SPECIAL DELIVERY: Answers! Here's some HellMath for you - your emails + our responses = this episode! This is Welcome to the Mailbag: Vol. 5!

Jenny …

2.20: Go Fish

June 14th, 2017


Brittany Ashley joins us to discuss the *FISHY* business going on with the Sunnydale Swim Team! Also LOOK AT THAT FREAKING TURTLENECK ON GAGE! This week we're discussing s2e20: Go Fish.

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2.19: I Only Have Eyes For You

June 7th, 2017


It's time for the Sadie Hawkins dance, and I think we all know just how much poltergeists hate this particular high school event. Watch out for bees, …

2.18: Killed By Death

May 31st, 2017


Recorded live at A-Camp, this episode features guest appearances from Kate Leth, El Sanchez, Heather Hogan, and the unsinkable Gaby Dunn! This is the one where it's Nightmare On Elm Street but Elm Street happens to be …

2.17: Passion

May 24th, 2017


Angel spends this episode doing a lot of voice over, sketching multiple people whilst they sleep, and being a general creep. We also say goodbye to …

2.16: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

May 10th, 2017


The world has turned upside-down and everyone is in love with Xander! Also someone you care about gets turned into a rat. We hope this cautionary tale encourages you to think twice before you go blackmailing your peers …

2.15: Phases

May 3rd, 2017


Ye gods! There's a werewolf loose in Sunnydale, and it's tearing up Lover's Lane, The Bronze, and Cordelia's cloth-top convertible too! Also, today's …

2.14: Innocence

April 26th, 2017


Dream-guest Joanna Robinson swings by Buffering this week to teach us some new soul-related math and also to talk about this massively pivotal …

2.13: Surprise

April 19th, 2017


SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE and no we don't mean the exchange of claddagh rings omfgaskfadjfdaffjadhfgjf!!!!!!! There's *so* much to deal …

0.06: Welcome to the Mailbag Vol. 4

April 12th, 2017


Ding dong! Who's there? Why it's the Buffering the Vampire Slayer postal worker with SO MANY EMAILS FROM YOU GUYS! We've got answers! PLUS a live performance of some listener-created lyrics for "Staking Time!"

Jenny Owen …

2.12: Bad Eggs

April 5th, 2017


GROSS gross gross gross this episode is FULL OF EGG BUGS grooooooss but *also* there is a LOT of making out, so... win some lose some? This week we're discussing s2e12: Bad Eggs.

Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on …

2.11: Ted

March 29th, 2017


Shannon Woodward (Westworld, Raising Hope) brings her android expertise to the table to help us sort out Joyce's new robot boyfriend. Pass the mini …

2.10: What's My Line (Part 2)

March 22nd, 2017


Two truths and a lie about this episode: 1) Angel can't keep his shirt buttoned, 2) Buffy and Kendra braid each other's hair, and 3) two sworn …

2.09: What's My Line (Part 1)

March 15th, 2017


Buffy's got those low-down Career Week blues! She's also being hunted by members of the Order of Terraka, including a dude made entirely of mealworms. YECHH! On top of everything else, a mysterious woman in silk pajama …

0.05: Happy 20th Anniversary, Buffy!

March 10th, 2017


Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and we are SO excited about it that we made you a bonus mini-episode! We talk about how we came to the show, and why it means so much to us.

Jenny wrote an …

2.08: The Dark Age

March 8th, 2017


At a certain point in a young girl's life, she will be forced to confront the reality that her Watcher was once her age. For Buffy, that time is now. Stuart McLean (who plays Philip Henry) drops by to talk morgue …

2.07: Lie To Me

March 1st, 2017


You know that *classic* thing where your fifth-grade crush shows up at your new high school and tries to trade you to vampires in exchange for being …

0.04: Welcome to the Mailbag Vol. 3

February 22nd, 2017


Today we dip back into the old Buffering mailbag to share some more of your fantastic questions, comments, and clarifications! You all are really …

2.06: Halloween

February 15th, 2017


Kate Leth returns, and not a moment too soon! Sunnydale residents are being mystically transformed into their costumes - Buffy is a helpless 17th century noblewoman, Willow is an accidental sexy ghost, Xander is a …

2.05: Reptile Boy

February 8th, 2017


Our first live episode, recorded at the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles!!! This is the one where white dudes with rich dads sacrifice women to a demon lizard for financial gain... why does that sound kind of familiar? …

2.04: Inca Mummy Girl

February 1st, 2017


Mey Rude (Trans Editor at Autostraddle.com) joins us to talk about this episode, which centers around how hard the dating scene can be when you're a …

2.03: School Hard

January 25th, 2017


This week WHATEVER WHO CARES SPIKE AND DRUSILLA ARE HERE! If you must know more, though, it's also Parent-Teacher Night at Sunnydale High, Cordelia & Willow lock themselves in a utility closet, Angel is still an …

2.02: Some Assembly Required

January 18th, 2017


Hilarious geniuses Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (!!!) join us to discuss that magical time in a young man's life when he dies and then his science-nerd brother brings him back to life (Frankenstein's monster-style) …

2.01: When She Was Bad

January 11th, 2017


Buffy's back from LA, where she apparently spent her summer vacation developing a TERRIBLE ATTITUDE. She's got a whole lot of unprocessed trauma, and …

0.03: Welcome to the Mailbag Vol. 2

January 4th, 2017


WE'RE BAAAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAAACK! Today we're answering some of your most fascinating and hilarious emails, as well as sharing some of your favorite moments from Season 1. Next week we'll be back to talk about the first …

1.12: Prophecy Girl

December 7th, 2016


Holy shit. The hellmouth is open, Angel is back, Buffy faces The Master, and Cordelia drives her car through the hallways of Sunnydale High School. …

1.11: Out of Mind, Out of Sight

November 30th, 2016


An invisible girl is terrorizing the school, and her main target seems to be *gasp* CORDELIA. NO! KEEP CORDELIA SAFE AT ALL COSTS!! This week we're …

1.10: Nightmares

November 23rd, 2016


TARANTULAS IN A TEXTBOOK? CLOWNS WITH KNIVES? NO THANKS. This week we're discussing Buffy the Vampire Slayer s1e10: Nightmares. *spooky music*

Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on twitter, and you can check out some …

0.02: An Interview with Armin Shimerman

November 19th, 2016


In this special bonus episode, we speak with Armin Shimerman, who plays Principal Snyder. WHAT A DELIGHT!

Armin Shimerman is @shimermanarmin on twitter, and you can learn more about Antaeus Theatre Company, where he …

1.09: The Puppet Show

November 16th, 2016


The Sunnydale High School Talent Show is upon us, and no one is safe... from Cordelia's singing. Also, is it just us or is there a living …

1.08: I, Robot... You, Jane

November 9th, 2016


Gaby Dunn (Just Between Us, Bad With Money) joins us this week to talk about catfishing, the unbearable beauty of Ms. Calendar, and the basics of a Harry Potter/Buffy parallel. We've also got a fresh installment of …

1.07: Angel

November 2nd, 2016



Jenny Owen Youngs is @jennyowenyoungs on twitter, and you can check out some of her non-Buffy songs at …

0.01: Welcome to the Mailbag!

October 26th, 2016


This mailbag episode is all about YOU! We answer your toughest questions, like "When will the recap songs be available for download?" and "When can we all watch an episode together?!" and "Why are Jenny and Kristin …

1.06: The Pack

October 19th, 2016


When Xander and a group of stereotypical mean kids get possessed by some kind of supernatural hyena spirit, heads (and eyes) may roll! Buckle your …

1.05: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

October 12th, 2016


Writer and artist KATE LETH (Marvel's Hellcat) joins us to discuss the difficulties of dating if you're The Slayer, the likelihood of high school …

1.04: Teacher's Pet

October 5th, 2016


When a giant she-mantis comes to town and masquerades as a smokin' hot substitute science teacher, lives (and masculinity) are in peril! This week …

1.03: Witch

September 28th, 2016


In Sunnydale, even driver's ed is spooky and unsafe! This week we're discussing Buffy the Vampire Slayer s1e3: Witch. If you like the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Thanks!

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1.02: The Harvest

September 21st, 2016


Did Buffy make it out of that casket where Luke had her pinned last week? LET'S FIND OUT TOGETHER! (If she didn't, the remaining 6 seasons might be …

1.01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

September 14th, 2016


This week on the very first episode of Buffering the Vampire Slayer, Jenny and Kristin watch and discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 1: Welcome to the Hellmouth. If you like the show, feel free to leave us …

0.00: New Podcast Rising

September 2nd, 2016


Buffering the Vampire Slayer is a weekly podcast in which your hosts Jenny Owen Youngs (professional musician and recreational Whedonverse aficionado) and Kristin Russo (professional writer and former goth teen) discuss …

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