Sarah Michelle Gellar Thanks 'Greatest' 'Buffy' Fans on 20th Anniversary: 'If the Apocalypse Comes, Beep Me'

"20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your tv screens for the first time," Gellar wrote on Instagram

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It’s been 20 years since Buffy slayed her way into hearts across the county: let that sink in a moment.

On Friday, the show’s leading lady Sarah Michelle Gellar took to social media to thank her longtime fans for all of their unwavering support on the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the hit series.

“20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your tv screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there. First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could,” the 39-year-old began.

“While we knew the potential, I don’t think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have. As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one.”

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Gellar went on to thank key people that helped bring the show to life, including onscreen love interest, David Boreanaz.

“Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Thank you to Joss Whedon, for trusting me to give life to one of the greatest female characters ever created,” the actress wrote. “Thank you to David, for always being my Angel. Thank you to James [Marsters] for understanding that while Buffy and Spike may have been love/hate, I have nothing but love for you.”

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“Alyson [Hannigan], as any woman knows, you are nothing without the love and support of great female friends, so thank you for being that. Michelle [Trachtenberg], you will always hold a key to my heart. Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of amazing performances. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life,” she continued.

And what’s a hit show without a massive fan base?

“And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans,” Gellar wrote. “We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years. You are everything. And always remember…’if the apocalypse comes, beep me’ #buffyslays20.”

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