Disney+ could soon be the home of the Hellmouth! Reports from Disney+ subscribers indicate a new poll is being sent to selected users asking for their feedback on which shows they’d be interested in seeing on the streaming service in the future.
The series listed for consideration on the survey are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Black-ish and Malcolm in the Middle.
Malcolm in the Middle was previously floated for inclusion on Disney+ in an investors call last year, so that one could certainly be considered more of a sure thing at this stage.
Joss Whedon‘s supernatural drama series is still regarded as one of the more groundbreaking TV efforts of the late 90s and early 00s. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as a teenage girl chosen to rid the world from as many vampires as she could before being overwhelmed by the tide of evil, she made herself unique amongst a growing line of vampire slayers that stretched back to prehistoric times by surrounding herself with useful friends, surprisingly kind demons and even the odd helpful vampire …who she often fell into bed with.
The stars of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunited for a 20th anniversary celebration back in 2017, and both Whedon and Gellar were asked why the show has continued to resonate with audiences.
“I think it was the ultimate metaphor, it was utilising the horrors of adolescence manifested through these actual monsters, and I think that everyone going through that [thinks] that’s the hardest time of life and to understand you’re not alone through that,” said Gellar, adding “We have been a part of something that’s bigger than us, that still holds up and it’s all you can ever really hope for.”
Whedon, who went on to play a big part in the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, agreed:
“The most important thing to me is that I have had people come up to me and say the show made me feel different about what they could be, about what they could do, about how they respond to problems, about being a female leader. People getting strength from my own little terrors is… There is no better legacy than that.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the canceled-way-too-soon Firefly have often been the meat of many geeks’ comfort binge watches, and it would definitely be a smart move for Disney+ to properly utilize its access to the Fox TV catalogue, but it does feel like some of the themes of Buffy might be a little too risky for the more kid-friendly streaming service. If you’re a parent, you may have already been through the process of wondering how old your child needs to be to handle some of the scarier or sexier scenes on the series, and indeed both Buffy and Firefly are currently rated 14+.
It’s not escaped anyone’s attention that Fox content like Deadpool is several steps too far for Disney+, but it will be interesting to see where it draws the line between demand and idealism.