(sorry don't go for the Teeny-bopper stuff like Twilight or Buffy)
joking about BtVS being "Teeny-bopper stuff"? Did you ever watch it?
It's probably had more academic papers written on it than any other supposedly teen TV.
I'm working my way through it all on DVD, and appreciating again the astonishing creativity, talent and skill of the writing and production. Several years on it still
makes most other SF/Fantasy/Horror/Supernatural TV look a bit silly.
I very much agree; I was a big fan. What really set it apart from other shows of this type, I think, was the sheer quality of the writing; and its humour and sense of irony. And the brilliance of its concept - which was to blend the genres of gothic horror and high school drama - sort of Transylvania meets Americana - with a premise that was superficially absurd but somehow worked within the reality it created. And as with any successful drama, one cared about the characters, with their human flaws. It lost its way towards the end, and they probably should have ended it after the fifth season, with its highly climactic ending, rather than stretch it out for another two series, but then we never would have got that superlative musical episode .....
But yes, immensely creative, as you say, and a great show.
Incidentally, Joss Whedon, the creator and driving force behind the series, is an American, but went to school in England, a few hundred yards from where I'm sitting, as it happens, at Winchester College. I wonder to what extent it might have influenced some of his creative ideas.