If You Like Buffy…

Then you’ll like…

TV

Alias (2001-2006)

After being recruited by SD-6, a black-ops division of the C.I.A. Sydney Bristow discovers that she’s actually working for a criminal organization called the Alliance of Twelve. After this betrayal, Sydney goes to work as a C.I.A. double agent, under the guidance of a new handler and her estranged father.

Badass female lead? Check! Said female lead is living a double life? Check! Female lead taking down evil forces? Check! Sydney Bristow may not be fighting demons, vampires, etc, but she is taking down an evil government agency which is pretty darn close. Alias is actually a better Buffy season 4, if I’m honest. Imagine in Buffy season 4, that The Initiative were just straight up evil and corrupt and Buffy had to take them down from within the inside. If that sounds at all interesting to you, well then Alias is the show for you.

Veronica Mars (2004-2007, 2019-)

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father.

Veronica Mars may not be a supernatural show, but it does feature a sarcastic blonde female lead played by the always amazing Kirsten Bell. Just like Buffy, Veronica Mars has a fantastic supporting cast that helps make the show what it is. Also, no spoilers, but some Buffy actors appear on the show and it’s a lot of fun seeing them play characters we are not used to seeing them play. As a added bonus if you aren’t already convinced that Veronica Mars may be a show worth looking into, Joss Whedon was such a big fan of Veronica Mars that he made a cameo in one of the episodes in season one.

Lucifer (2016-)

Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he’s away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape.

Won’t lie, the first season of Lucifer is a bit rough, but any Buffy fan knows that the first season of a TV show doesn’t always show how good the show could be. Once Lucifer continues with season 2, it develops a cast whose chemistry with each other is undeniable and phenomenal. While Lucifer becomes a well written and constantly entertaining show perfect for Buffy fans.

Charmed (1998-2006)

Three sisters reunite and unlock their powers to become the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern day San Francisco.

Sure, Charmed isn’t as complex or philosophical as Buffy is, and it will kinda always live in Buffy shadow (as they premiered around the same time). But Charmed definitely has it’s own charm that can’t be denied. If you enjoyed the supernatural aspects to Buffy and don’t mind that the gang is a bunch of sister who happen to be witches, then you just have to watch Charmed. Just don’t compare it too much to Buffy and you will have a lot of fun with it.

Movies

The Craft (1996)

A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.

Evil Dead 2

Groovy

Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.

What We Do In The Shadows

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.

Heathers (1988)

A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the “in crowd” of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.

Books

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Kali, is a normal sixteen-year-old girl most days… On every other day she becomes a finely honed weapon, a demon hunter. On these days she battles hell hounds, demons, and other monsters. On her human days, she simply tries to get through high school life. But when she discovers a student has a mark that indicates they will die in 24 hours, she has to figure out how to save them as a regular human girl.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. She learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. She will be trained as an assassin and serves as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy, a Catholic priest believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own. High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what even if what it ends up costing her her soul.

Slayer by Kiersten White

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Teens are trained as guides for Slayers girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Thanks to Buffy, the famous Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One she’s the last Slayer, ever. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested because someone she loves might be next.

I hope you found something that interests you enough to watch or read.

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