You know I love all my children, but the second season always stands out for me because it was the first time we as a writing staff realised what we were capable of, that we really realised the nature of the show, soap operatic elements, continuing stories, what we could do. There was never a better foil for Buffy than Angel - although Faith came close - because Angel hit her where she lived and nobody else ever did and the audience had so much invested in him. Plus there was Spike and Dru and Cordelia… I mean, it taught us what this show could be. And so this season has that place in my heart.
Joss Whedon on which Buffy Season he likes the best (SFX Collection: Influential TV, 2006)