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Okay, WWBD. What would Buffy do? Huh?

Ed Zeddmore, 1.17 Hell House

When Supernatural started, comparison to the successful Joss Whedon shows Buffy and Angel were inevitable. Like them, Supernatural featured ordinary people fighting the Supernatural, and it also aired on The WB where Buffy had started and Angel had aired until it finished in 2003. An early review of the Pilot described Supernatural as "new X-Files meets the OC, meets Buffy type show from the WB" Source (yeah we have no idea where The O.C fits in either !)

Supernatural is set in in a world where Buffy exists - as a TV show - as we find out when Ghostfacer Ed Zeddmore references it in 1.17 Hell House.

Supernatural certainly attracted many viewers who had also been fans of the Whedon show. This can particularly be seen in Supernatural/Buffy Crossover crossover fanworks. The pairing of Dean with the rogue slayer Faith.

Buffy fandom invented the term Jossed - to be jossed is to have fan theories or events in Fanfic be invalidated by new canon in the Show. By contrast Kripked was a term coined in Supernatural fandom to refer to having fan theories supported by canon. See also Fan Fic Cliches

The most significant crossover between the series is Ben Edlund. Ben started working with Joss on Firefly before moving to Angel for the last couple of seasons. He wrote and directed the Hugo nominated episode Smile Time aka the one where Angel gets turned into a puppet.

Keith R.A. DeCandido has written tie-in novels fro both Supernatural and Buffy.

Many actors from Buffy and Angel have appeared on Supernatural - the first were Amy Acker who appeared in 1.03 Dead in the Water and Julie Benz was in 1.12 Faith. Following Amber Benson's appearance as Lenore in 2007, EP Bob Singer said "I thought Buffy had a great cast, and we used Amber Benson. I’d like to get Spike [James Marsters] on our show. I never thought I would particularly like Buffy, but my wife got me hooked on it, and I was hooked on him. Plus, that series was so well written. It was so smart." Source


Other Whedon alumni who have appeared on Supernatural are:


Character Actor/Actress Role on Supernatural
Sam Ryan in Angel Jeffrey Dean Morgan John Winchester
Winifred Burkle/Illyria in Angel Amy Acker Andrea Barr
Tracy Bellows in Angel Kristin Richardson Jenny
Darla in Buffy and Angel Julie Benz Layla Rourke
Vaughne in Buffy Megalyn Echikunwoke Cassie Robinson
Tommy in Angel Ridge Canipe young Dean Winchester
Ranse Burgess in Firefly Frederic Lehne Azazel
David Kirby in Buffy Chad Lindberg Ash
Tara in Buffy Amber Benson Lenore
Margaret in Angel Annie Wersching Susan Thompson
Garrett in Angel David Monahan Thomas Gregory
Zachary Kralik and Rack in Buffy Jeff Kober Randall
Masked Teen in Buffy Aldis Hodge Jake Talley
Harmony Kendall in Buffy and Angel Mercedes McNab Lucy
Cynthia York in Angel Aimee Garcia Nancy Fitzgerald
Vivian in Angel Brittany Ishibashi Maggie Zeddmore
Vocah in Angel and M'Fashnik Demon in Buffy Todd Stashwick Dracula
Gib Cain in Buffy and Sahjhan in Angel Jack Conley Sheriff Al Britton
Behemoth Lorne in Angel David Mattey Luther Garland
Boone in Angel Mark Rolston Alastair
Linwood Murrow in Angel John Rubenstein Charlie The Magician
Jape in Buffy Rob Benedict Chuck Shurley
Deputy Mayor Allan Finch in Buffy Jack Plotnick Ian
Badger in Firefly Mark Sheppard Crowley
Kaylee in Firefly Jewel Staite Amy Pond
Cordelia Chase in Buffy and Angel Charisma Carpenter Maggie Stark
Spike in Buffy and Angel James Marsters Don Stark
Dealer vampire in Angel Henri Lubatti Bobby's Reaper
Richard Wilkins in Buffy Harry Groener Professor Morrison
Roy in Buffy Bryan Cuprill George
Vi in Buffy Felicia Day Charlene Bradbury
Tara (vampire) in Buffy Tamara Braun Cindy Cassity


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