No one would argue Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files are two of the greatest genre shows ever put on the air, but which one has the greatest legacy?
According to Anthony Stewart Head, who co-starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the bookish badass Giles, he believes Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes the edge. Admittedly, he is probably a bit biased, having starred in said series for several years, but he actually does make a few good points about the benefits of a tighter run.
Here’s his explanation via Digital Spy:
“The fact that Joss Whedon had the presence of mind to finish it after seven seasons means it's finite. It never became one of those shows that went on for ten seasons, and ultimately the interest wanes and so therefore it's a bit sad by the time you get to the end. It drives right the way through without a let-up - and consequently people still like watching the show.
Things like The X-Files were brilliant, and then they just sort of petered out. The thing that's great about Buffy is that the writing was consistently good all the way through. Yeah, there were one or two episodes [that weren't so great], but there were some outstanding episodes.”
Of course, Head isn’t taking a potshot at The X-Files here, but he does hit the nail on the head in regard to properly planning out and executing a story arc. The X-Files arguably has bigger name recognition, but those final few seasons of aimlessness did tarnish the legacy. Buffy, on the other hand, did get somewhat off the rails following the UPN jump, but Whedon recognized the story needed to end and told an epic tale to close the saga.
What do you think? Which show has the greatest legacy?
(Via Digital Spy)