And the winner iiiiiiiis:
This one really should be a tie, but I think Season Three beats out Season Two by just a hair. While Two is what really got me invested in the show, Three definitely made me love BtVS. It has one of the most cohesive storylines of the entire series. From the first episode all the way to the last, the theme of growing up and all the shittiness that it involves is woven beautifully into each plot point and ugh. I just love this season. We watch as Buffy starts pulling away further and further from people, which I'll get into in a second, as Willow is starting down the path that will lead her to be Season Six's villain, as Cordy begins her maturation process that she completes in Angel, as Xander is being the biggest douche that has ever douched, as Giles gradually becomes the sexiest thing ever and, on a more serious note, is slowly turning into more of a mentor instead of a father figure, as Oz is officially made an integral part of the Scooby Gang, a place that I don't think Tara ever really got (even though I prefer Willow with Tara for many reasons). The characterization is just supreme, even with the minor characters (except for in "Beauty and the Beasts" which ew, just gross).
|This also happened.|
|"Dead Man's Party" comes pretty close to being all-consuming suckage.|
|Poor, lonely Buffy.|