By Maureen Lee Lenker
July 17, 2017 at 07:21 PM EDT

Watch our exclusive People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) special, EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, here or download the free app on on your favorite device.

Earlier this year, we reunited the Buffy cast to talk about the show’s enduring legacy and why it still inspires legions of fans.

“It was the ultimate metaphor,” Sarah Michelle Gellar told EW. “It was utilizing the horrors of adolescence manifested through these actual monsters.”

James Marsters who played vampire Spike echoed his costars thoughts: “Buffy was a way, through the television set, for a group of artists to tell the audience: you’re not alone, we know how it feels, we’ve been through a similar experience.”

Fellow cast member Seth Green rejoiced in how the show champions the teenage years, saying, “It celebrated all these important things like being young, evolving, becoming yourself, having friends, the relationships you have with your family, defining yourself, what’s your purpose, running from your purpose and then facing it –it’s all positive.”

Creator Joss Whedon is still blown away by the reach and impact of Buffy. Whedon told EW, “I’ve had people come up to me and say this show made me feel different about what I could be, about what I could do, about how I respond to problems, about being or being with a female leader. People getting strength from own little terrors, there’s no better legacy than that.”

Now even better news for fans and future fans alike: EW has your Buffy summer binge planned out. With our special summer binge guide for subscribers, viewers can access all the information needed to craft the perfect binge — from in-depth episode guides (and grades) to a Binge Calculator that breaks down the viewing time you need (and which episodes) to skip.

Binge watching has never been easier with the assistance of the EW Binge Guide. Subscribers can access the guide for free at — all that’s required is a name and password for the site.

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For more on the show’s legacy from the Buffy reunion, watch the clip above. Then check out the EW Summer Binge Guide to plan the perfect way to take a bite out of Buffy.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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