Lately I have been noticing a lot of blasphemy from Firefly lovers in my community. The Buffy hating. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just something you have to see before you could possibly appreciate its quirks, and by seeing I don't mean five minutes of the awkward dialogue between Alyson Hannigan and Nicholas Brandon that can only be described as nerdy banter. As the creator of both Firefly and Buffy, and several other shows which I haven't watched yet, Joss Whedon has always been actively involved in much of the writing for the show. You can't just watch a few minutes of the banter and say "This is terrible dialogue" and turn it off.
This is Joss Whedon we are talking about. Everything he does is intentional, and genius. What I love about Buffy is that it does not take itself seriously for a moment. It is a show about a blonde bombshell fighting demons of the night. It has been ridiculous from the very premise, and the show is all the more amusing for it. Don't get me wrong, over the years I have come to care about Buffy's search for normality, Willow's crushes and relationships, Xander's strange and nearly invisible connection with Anya, not to mention what on earth is going on in Spike's head? But for me the show is mostly laughs, supported by a highly creative story arc and gradual character development. By the end of the series, we actually care about these silly people. A lot.