Trachtenberg: It showed that women can kick some f—ing ass!It showed that women can star in a show and be the title character.

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"The most formidable years of my life grads: stars James Marsters (Spike), Nicholas Brendon (Xander), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn), Anthony Head (Giles), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Danny Strong (Jonathan), Amber Benson (Tara), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce) and Eliza Dushku (Faith) as well as exec producer Gail Berman and writer-directors David Greenwalt and David Fury. Berman: I don't think anybody knew what this would turn into. Sometimes you just had to put two horns on a guy's head and say, "He's the monster!

Below, the stars and writers open up about the lessons they learned from the series, why it is still so beloved, how it altered the television landscape and crazy fan interactions and why there shouldn't be a reboot. " Fury: We very much felt like we were kids making our show.

With the ensemble of proved that a woman could steer the ship.

I was horrifically bullied from the day I entered school to the day I graduated. It was the first time that a show didn't patronize the teenage process.

For those who have fallen in love with Joss Whedon's cult vampire hit, the memory of meeting Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy (and Mr. Nobody really thought anything of this thing so putting us into warehouses in Santa Monica didn't seem like that big of a stretch.

Pointy) are as vivid today as they were when it first premiered 20 years ago this week. Because everyone thought, "Well, how long would we be here? Twenty years ago, computer-generated images aren't what they are now, and time and money did not go nearly as far as they do now.Sutherland: It was very moving for me to play a single mom.My own mother was a single mother, and I watched her struggle with that role at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be divorced.I would always tell my agents and managers, "I'll do whatever!I'll be an extra, I'll do a walk-on role." Then I got an audition with Joss and [executive producer] Marti [Noxon] and I went in and bought this really cool T-shirt that I thought Willow would like because I was legitimately such a fan.Strong: I had one line in the unaired presentation!