20. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Air Dates: March 10, 1997 - May 20, 2003
Network: The WB, UPN
Best Episode: "Hush" (December 14, 1999)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer seemingly had it all: monsters, comedy, interesting characters, talented actors, and its fair share of sexy actresses (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Eliza Dushku, etc.). So what did the Joss Whedon-controlled show lack? The amount of viewers necessary to extend its current reputation beyond cult status. Buffy's loyal viewers, as well as the critics wise enough to hop on board, know they had something special, though, and aware True Blood fans hopefully realize that Sookie Stackhouse's universe is an inferior substitute for Buffy's creature-packed world.
Whedon and company kept the ghouls front and center throughout Buffy's seven seasons, yet no hour was as nightmarishly scary as “Hush”, the show's crown jewel of horror. In the Whedon-directed episode (which he also co-wrote), a pack of suit-wearing, Joker-crossed-with-skeleton-looking ghouls known as “The Gentlemen” come to town and steal people's voices, resulting in an ep that's predominantly without dialogue.