Meaghan Kirby
Updated Mar 10, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

Twenty years ago today, Buffy Summers burst into our lives as the vampire-slaying feminist hero we didn’t even realize we needed in our lives. Since its debut in 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been in contention as one of the best series in history.

As the momentous occasion has approached, fans and cast members alike have reflected on what Buffy means to them, from episodes that have defined the series to incredible behind-the-scenes moments. In a moving Instagram post, Buffy Summers herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, wrote about her experience on the series and it’s clear that her fondness for the show hasn’t wavered in twenty years.

Gellar began her post acknowledging the difficult road the series embarked on before finally airing on The WB.

The heart of her post was about the importance the show had on a generation of young women watching when it originally aired — and the many others who’ve seen it through syndication or streaming platforms.

Gellar concluded the post by thanking her cast mates — including Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg, creator Joss Whedon, the crew, and (of course) the fans, writing,

Buffy will always hold a special place in our hearts for being such a wonderfully feminist show for teens. We’ve seen the series dozens of times and always get chills by how incredible this show is for women. We’re so glad to have this show in our lives and we’re probably going to celebrate by binging the series this weekend!