The thing we were trying to do was tell epic timeless stories on a small emotional scale. That sort of thing, if it’s done right, can certainly live on. Will the DVDs help keep alive its memory? I don’t know. I do know that the character as a concept has affected the way people think about heroines and heroes and who can front a show and what boys will watch and a lot of different things… And that’s a more important legacy to me than if they’re still watching the episodes.
Joss Whedon on Buffy (SFX Collection: Influential TV Special, 2006)