In every generation there is a chosen one, she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer…
…and she’s now free to stream in the UK on Channel 4 streaming service All 4. As announced by the Radio Times, a new licensing deal with the Walt Disney Co. has brought Buffy the Vampire Slayer to E4 and All 4 in the UK. Joss Whedon’s beloved supernatural horror-comedy starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a superpowered Californian high schooler tasked with protecting the world from demons and all episodes are streaming gratis in the UK.
E4 will be airing episodes from the start at 11pm every weeknight from Monday the 1st of June, when all seven seasons will be available to stream on Channel 4 service All 4. An ad-free version of All4 is available at a charge with a 14-day free trial, so by our calculations, you could just about manage it at a rate of 10 episodes a day. (But also: support TV channels. They need our ad help.)
UPDATE: Judging by the cropping in season one, All 4 has the HD remastered version which crops the original frame severely in episodes one to seven (and then intermittently throughout), losing up to 25% of the image in places, and making crew and cameras visible in the odd shot (see: Buffy and Faith’s fight in Graduation Day Part One). Read more about the controversial remaster here.
Buffy has previously been available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the UK, where it originally aired on BBC Two (which showed a censored version in the teatime slot and a gorier, uncut version late on Friday nights) and in a prime time Sky One slot back in the day.
Spin-off series Angel starring David Boreanaz didn’t land on BBC Two in the UK, but was snapped up by Channel 4, where it also aired in an early evening time-slot, requiring cuts to some episodes that were unpopular with fans.
In March, there were rumours that Buffy was set to turn up on Disney Plus UK after a survey was circulated among subscribers to gauge interest in various series including Firefly, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Black-ish and Malcolm in the Middle. Of those, Modern Family has recently been added in full to Netflix UK instead of Disney Plus, so it seems those names were likely a testing ground only.
All seven seasons of Buffy landing on All4 are a perfect excuse for a rewatch. If you’re contemplating a return trip to Sunnydale but need a guiding hand to help you through the 144 episodes, here’s our handy guide.
To precis: season one has its high points, not least of which is the top-notch finale ‘Prophecy Girl’, but seasons two and three are when it really gets going. Skip season four’s ‘Beer Bad’, grit your teeth through the Riley stuff, and await the joys of season five’s reshuffle and new big bad, and of course, season six’s musical episode ‘Once More With Feeling’. We recommend you watch that at least twice. A day.