What the heck is Watchers?
Watchers began as a spin-off to Buffy: The Vampire Slayer before Buffy ever ended in May 2003, making it one of the longest running virtual series in the fandom since Watchers ran for 5 seasons. We had our premise of Giles and Willow rebuilding the Watchers Council in Cleveland, minus Buffy since it was a ‘spin-off’. Over time, Buffy does arrive in the Watchersverse, but be warned. She was never meant to play an overshadowing role in the series. Watchers was never meant to be Buffy:TVS Season Eight, so she doesn’t take center stage here (although she does appear, because let’s be real… you can’t have apocalypses without Buffy after all, right?)B Lucky for us, everyone we planned to include in Watchers did survived the final episode and we premiered in Sept. 2003 with a minimum of 24 episodes a season that ran until our final episode in Oct. 2008…
Due to fan demand after airing an episode called Restoration in season one, we began a spin-off of our spin-off (yes, our love of Buffy began it’s own mini-fandom). Restoration aired as TV movies and it takes place 130 years in the future with various descendants and reincarnations of the Watchers staff, including a reincarnated Willow Rosenberg and Tara Maclay.
The good news is, we’re back. Yep, you read that right – ‘the band is back together’ and we’re sure you’re going to love it. The mini-series named Watchers: ReVamped, which catches up with the Watchers Council in 2022/2023 with the first movie, ‘Things Fall Apart’ with 5 more episodes to follow. In 2024, we’ll be launching a ‘spin-off’ called Watchers: Demontown that will feature Buffy as she navigates the trials and tribulations of middle age along with the politics of her new hometown, Washington, DC. That doesn’t mean that you won’t see cameos now and then of your favorite Watchers characters, so stay tuned. Once that is completed, next will be the TV-Movie called “13th Hour” where Liz Giles’s 21st birthday doesn’t go quite as planned.
By the Watchers first-run finale, we had 123 episodes “in the can,” the majority of which appeared on time like a regular Tuesday evening broadcast, complete with “screen captures” in each act of every episode and sound files of some character lines. Our final episode aired Oct. 2008 and we were dormant until 2010 when one of writers/producers, Dan Joslyn, wanted to do the Special Assignment mini-series set in 2014, which we loved. After that, things were quiet until once again Dan reached out to his fellow Watchers staff in 2022 and asked if they’d like to run with his new ideas. How could we say no? With so many other dramas and sitcoms of the 90s and 00s rebooting, it was time for Watchers to return, too.
A lot has changed in this crazy world since Watchers ended, but one thing that hasn’t is the wonderful relationships we built and the good friends we’ve come to love over the years. Plus, Watchers lives on with fan fic of it’s very own. And for those of you who read the series over that time, and especially those of you who donated funds to keep us going during those years, we’re forever grateful. We are pleased to announce that Watchers has it’s own merch store! Funds raised go toward the server space fees to continue to keep the site around! And make sure to tell us what you think – good or bad – at our DISCORD server. Feedback is what keeps us going. All we ask is that all criticism be respectful.
On behalf of the Watchers staff, and fellow Watchers fans, thanks for making this virtual series a wonderful experience for everyone and thank you again for coming back to share this journey again (or for the very first time).
Watchers Executive Producer