of the WB, its most original and enduring series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,"
went to the head of the class with its dazzling, genre-busting tale of
a girl with the power to save the world from evil. "Buffy" recast high
school angst in horror movie terms, making fresh hell out of cliques, first
love and disapproving adults. But "Buffy" was much more, too. Witheringly
funny, swoonily romantic and populated by some of the most wonderfully
realized characters on TV, Joss Whedon's cult phenom left much of what
passed for Emmy-worthy drama in the dust. An indelible image of the '90s:
Sarah Michelle Gellar -- Buffy -- with her blond hair glistening and her
big blue eyes steely, aiming a crossbow at a vampire's heart with utter
composure and purpose. This was girl power.