"Angel" (1999) Official Thread


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Format Supernatural Fantasy Horror Action Drama Created by Joss Whedon
David Greenwalt Starring David Boreanaz
Charisma Carpenter
Glenn Quinn
Alexis Denisof
J. August Richards
Amy Acker
Vincent Kartheiser
Andy Hallett
James Marsters
Mercedes McNab
see also Theme music composer Darling Violetta Country of origin United States No. of seasons 5 No. of episodes 110 (List of episodes)
Another 5 season show!

The vampire Angelus, now known as Angel, has a human soul, but committed terrible crimes in the past. Seeking forgiveness and trying to redeem himself, he moves from Sunnydale (and a relationship with Buffy Summers, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") to Los Angeles, where he helps the downtrodden by thwarting the supernatural creatures that prey on them. Written by {crow_steve@hotmail.com}

In this spin-off from the cult hit "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", Angel, the cursed vampire with a soul, moves to Los Angeles leaving Sunnydale behind to look for redemption and soon teams up with some old friends, and new ones, to fight evil plaguing the city. Written by Informant

In a city overpopulated by demons, warlocks and some really nasty lawyers, a creature of the night becomes Los Angeles greatest hope. Once a vicious vampire who terrorized Europe, vampire-with-a-soul Angel helps the helpless in order to get his reward from the Powers that Be - to be forgotten, and regain his humanity. In his quest, he sets up Angel Investigations, with the help of an unlikely (and quite effective) evil-fighting team: wannabe actress Cordelia Chase, bookish Brit Wesley Wyndam-Price and street fighter Charles Gunn. Written by Monica I. - Quilmes, Argentina

  • The character "Gunn" was named after with the brothers James Gunn and Sean Gunn with whom Joss Whedon had worked previously.
  • It was originally intended for Angel's sidekick to be Whistler (Max Perlich) who appeared in two episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997). But when the actor couldn't commit to a series, the character of Doyle was created.
  • The girl with the electric powers, first appearing in episode 4.2 "Ground State", is named Gwen Raiden (Alexa Davalos). Raiden is the Japanese god of lightning. The character named Raiden in Mortal Kombat (1995), with the powers of electricity, is also named after this mythological figure.

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar was offered the chance to reprise her role as "Buffy Summers" for two episodes of season five. Gellar was scheduled to appear in the 100th Episode, and was going to appear, but had to cancel at the last minute due to a death in her family. Joss Whedon also wanted her back for "The Girl in Question" (Season Five, Episode 20), but she couldn't commit because she was filming The Grudge (2004) at the time. Later on, Gellar informed creator Joss Whedon that she was open for the series finale, but he was against it and turned her down because he wanted the last episode of the series to be about Angel and the ones he'd "been in the trenches with," rather than a guest star.
  • According to an interview, Nicholas Brendon who had played Xander on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) offered to jump to "Angel" (1999) after the Buffy finale on UPN. However, the producers turned him down, "because he wouldn't fit in."
  • When Joss Whedon appeared as Numfar in the Pylean arc, it was kept top secret. The only ones that knew it was him were David Greenwalt, Tim Minear, David Boreanaz, and a few key makeup people.
  • Originally, there was going to be no Jasmine character in season four. Cordelia was going to be the "big bad." Whedon had originally planned for the season to end with a battle between Angel and Evil Cordelia.
  • In an interview, Christian Kane admitted that he and David Boreanaz were very uneasy about doing the "Lindsey posing as Doyle" storyline in season five.
  • Contrary to some reports, Seth Green said that he was never approached about reprising his role as Oz, had Angel gone to a sixth season.
  • During his season four storyline arc as Angelus, David Boreanaz was allowed to improvise many of his lines.
  • Joss Whedon told TV Guide that the reason Charisma Carpenter was not brought back as a regular cast member for season five was because they had nothing left for her to do.
  • Each episode has quick flashes of images between most scenes. In the episode "Epiphany", for instance, between the scene with Angel and Darla and the scene where Angel goes to save Kate, there is a quick flash of a crew member holding a slate marker.
  • Andy Hallett holds the record for the actor who took the longest to become a regular. He guest starred in over 40 episodes during the second, third, and fourth seasons before finally being added to the main opening credits of the 14th episode in the fourth season.
  • The address for Angel Investigations at the old hotel is: 1481 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Phone (213) 555-0162. Fax (213) 555-0163.
  • The songs that are sung to Lorne by Lindsey in "Dead End" and by one of his clients in "Sleep Tight" were both written by co-creator and executive producer David Greenwalt, as was the title theme to Cordy's sitcom in the fantasy sequences in the episode "Birthday". That song was sung by both Greenwalt and consulting producer Marti Noxon, who also appears in the sequence.
  • The WB's announcement that it was canceling the show came at a time when it was rated second only to "Smallville" (2001) among 18-to-34-year-olds. Earlier in the same month, WB's weekly ratings release revealed that "Angel" had earned "outstanding year-to-year gains" among demographic groups.
  • After being listed as a guest star on both this show and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) for the previous eight years, Mercedes McNab was finally added to the opening credits of "Angel" for the final six episodes.
  • Barry Manilow's "Mandy" makes a few appearances in the series. Angel sings the song in "Judgement" (2.1) and the end credits roll over that as well. In "Orpheus" (4.15), we see Angel play the song on a jukebox in one of his flashbacks. In "The Magic Bullet" (4.19), Angel and Connor sing the song, replacing "Mandy" with "Jasmine".
  • In the opening credit sequence of every episode, there is an image of a woman standing by the side of a street. This is not actually taken from any episode in the series but rather it's from the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) episode "Anne" (3.1), though the scene takes place in the show's setting of L.A.
  • Julia Lee, who played Joan/Chantarelle/Lily/Anne on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), reprised her role on Angel as Anne Steele, a woman who took in homeless teenagers.
  • Liam/Angel was born in 1727 and turned into a vampire in 1753, as established in "The Prodigal" (1.15), and he counts 1753 as his birth year. Although he spent 100 years in a hell dimension due to Buffy's actions in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) episode "Becoming: Part 2" (2.22), he does not count those years as part of his lifespan and told Cordelia in "Dear Boy" (2.5) that he was 247. Allowing for aging and assuming that he survived "Not Fade Away" (5.22), he is now 253 years old.
  • Angel got his name because his baby sister invited him in, thinking he was an Angel that had returned to her. After he killed her, Darla named him Angelus, the Latinate for "Angel".
  • The first person Angelus ever killed was the Graveyard Caretaker. The Caretaker saw the upturned soil and accused Angelus and Darla of being grave robbers. Then, Angelus drank him dry.
  • The character Doyle wasn't originally supposed to be an Irishman but was written as such when Glenn Quinn was cast as Doyle. The role of Doyle was Quinn's first role where he was able to use his own Irish accent.
  • In the beginning of the show's first season, whenever Cordelia would answer the phone at Angel Investigations, she would say, "We help the hopeless." That line was later changed to "We help the helpless."
  • Christian Kane (Lindsey) originally auditioned for the role of Riley Finn on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997). Show creator Joss Whedon liked Kane so much that he asked him to play the character of Lindsey instead.
  • Puppeteer Drew Massey, the performer behind the puppet version of Angel in the episode, "Smile Time", was also the puppeteer of the vampire puppet "Count Blah" in the "Greg the Bunny" TV series.
  • Aside from the title character, over a dozen characters that originated on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) crossed over to this show, including Cordelia, Spike, Oz, Buffy, Wesley, Faith, Darla, the Master (in flashbacks), Drusilla, Chantarelle (a.k.a. Lilly or Anne), Harmony, Willow, Angelus (whom this show indicates is a separate entity from Angel) and Andrew. No character that originated on "Angel" ever appeared on "Buffy."

OK, let me just say it -- Angel is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. Great writing with a great cast, lead by David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter. (Who is on my Laminated List, if you catch my meaning...)

I came into the show a bit backwards -- most people went from Buffy over to Angel, but I went the other way around. I got hooked when it was on TNT every, what, Wednesday night? That was a full season behind, and I didn't even know that there was a 5th season until we got to the cliffhanger for season 4. And what a cliffhanger -- what a show! Sigh.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Angel before... well, I don't know what I can say to you, other than, by all means, get up off your duff, rent the DVDs and get busy!
Status: Ended Premiered: October 5, 1999 Last Aired: May 19, 2004
Show Categories: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction More Photos "If you need help, then look no further. Angel Investigations is the best. Our rats are low... (What? It says "rats." Sorry.) Ahem... our rates are low, but our standards are high. When the chips are down, and you're at the end of your rope you need someone that you can count on. And that's what you'll find here -- someone that will go all the way, no matter what. So don't lose hope. Come on...
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Last episode: Not Fade Away
As they prepare to confront the Circle of the Black Thorn, the representatives of the Senior Partners on this plane, Angel and company spend the day as if it will be their last. Then, with their affairs in order, our heroes set forth to face their greatest challenge yet, and possibly their last.
Aired: Wednesday May 19, 2004 109. Power Play May 12, 2004 8 Reviews 9.12
108. The Girl in Question May 5, 2004 23 Reviews 8.17
107. Time Bomb Apr 28, 2004 8 Reviews 9.06
106. Origin Apr 21, 2004 9 Reviews 9.19
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Angel (1999–2004) is a spinoff of the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, both created by Joss Whedon. Along with David Greenwalt, Whedon explores more mature themes in Angel, and, as a result, Angel is seen as a much darker and epic show than Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Angel stars David Boreanaz as the lead character, Angel (a vampire with a soul), and Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase, another character who crossed-over from three years on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Together with his own group of sidekicks, including Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, played by Alexis Denisof, they fight as vigiliantes in Los Angeles, fighting off monsters, demons, and vampires. Angel's ultimate goal is to redeem himself, one good deed and saved soul at a time.
In 2007, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the series, like Buffy, would continue on in a canon series of comic books entitled "After the Fall." The comics will pick up the series after the season five finale and will be written by Whedon and Brian Lynch.

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series Special Collector's Set October 30, 2007 30 purchase Season Sets Angel: Season 1 February 11, 2003 6 purchase Angel: Season 2 September 2, 2003 6 purchase Angel: Season 3 February 10, 2004 6 purchase Angel: Season 4 September 7, 2004 6 purchase Angel: Season 5 February 15, 2005 6 purchase

  • Angel: Surrogates - Collects #1-3 of the Dark Horse Series. "Angel is in deep trouble as he tries to solve a case involving a demonic fertility clinic. Just why are mothers being murdered and husbands turned into zombie-like guards? With the help of his sidekicks, Cordelia and Doyle, Angel is hot on the trail of the woman who may be responsible for the homicidal mayhem. But Angel is about to find out that catching up with her is the last thing he wants to do!" - WorldCat - ISBN 1569714916

  • Angel: Earthly Possessions - Collects #5-7 of the Dark Horse Series. "While attempting to drive a demon out of a possessed lawyer, Angel is given a well-timed hand by Father Noe, an excommunicated priest. Noe seems to be an expert at driving out demons, he's known as 'The Exorcist to the Stars.' But Angel has reason to believe there's a darker reason for the Father's success." - WorldCat - ISBN 1569715335

  • Angel: Hunting Ground - Collects #8-9 of the Dark Horse Series, plus the Angel stories from Dark Horse Presents #153-155. "There's a killer tossing dead bodies out of L.A. sewers like hot potatoes, and all the evidence points Detective Kate Lockley towards one man: a certain vampire named Angel. But Angel knows there are a lot more monsters in L.A -- he just doesn't know which one's trying to set him up. In 'Lovely, Dark, and Deep,' Cordelia lands the starring role in a Blair Witch rip-off about three filmmakers searching for the legendary Helm of Haraxis. But what she doesn't know is that the film is a sham and the Helm's the real thing. Angel, who smelled a rat from the beginning, has to rescue Cordelia and her fellow filmmakers from a cabal of Hollywood demons and angry forest spirits, who all want to keep the Helm of Haraxis and the power it gives them." - WorldCat - ISBN 1569715475

  • Angel: Autumnal - Collects #12-14 of the Dark Horse Series. "Angel searches an abandoned amusement park to rescue a little girl from a vicious gang of kidnappers. But the kidnappers aren't the only things Angel must contend with -- he, the girl, and the thugs have to fight their way past an army of demonic rats! In 'Vermin' we find out why Angel has such a dislike for the furry little buggers. Then in 'Little Girl Lost,' Angel investigates a series of bizarre deaths caused by spontaneous combustion. He soon links the deaths to a teenage runaway and a demon spellcaster. What's the connection? Angel better find out or he might be the one in the hot seat." - WorldCat - ISBN 1569715599

  • Angel: Strange Bedfellows and Other Stories - Collects #4, 10, 11, & 17 of the Dark Horse Series, plus the story from TV Guide. "The title story... features a vampire brothel, in which the bloodsucking madam tries to lure Angel into unholy congress with his own kind. This volume also features the first solo Cordelia story, in which she and her haunted apartment defend themselves against a demonic intruder." - WorldCat ISBN 1569717532

  • Angel: Long Night's Journey - Collects #1-4 of the Dark Horse Mini-Series (i.e. vol. 2). "Angel searches for a kidnapped child and stumbles upon a force of unspeakable evil and unimaginable power. It seems some insidious character has an old bone to pick with L.A.'s resident vampire detective. Now Angel must go toe to toe with some of the toughest monsters around." - WorldCat - ISBN 1569717524

  • Angel: Old Friends - Collects Angel: Old Friends #1-5. "When a strangely familiar, seemingly vampiric figure is spotted killing victims in Los Angeles, Angel, alone in semi-retired retreat while he figures out what's next for him, is lured back to the city to put a stop to the string of slayings. The case will reunite the vampire that has a soul with old friends and old enemies - but it's impossible to tell which is which!" - WorldCat - ISBN 193323976X

  • Angel: Auld Lang Syne - Collects Angel: Auld Lang Syne #1-5. "Angel's back on the job in Los Angeles, tracking a mysterious cult, and working to solve a kidnapping. The only trouble is, a few old familiar faces keep showing up - faces he shouldn't really be seeing! And what does Spike have to do with it?" - WorldCat - ISBN 1600100635

  • Angel: After the Fall: First Night - Collects Angel: After the Fall #6-8 - (forthcoming, September 2008)

As a vampire with a soul, Angel fights as a champion against the forces of darkness.
At the end of the television series, Angel defeated a major organization of evil, but at the cost of the lives of several of his own allies.

New stories from the world of Angel Angel: After the Fall
THIS IS IT! The official continuation of the ANGEL series! When last we saw Angel and company, they were charging into battle against Wolfram and Hart's Senior Partners and facing down endless demons in a dark and rainy alleyway.
Now, IDW Publishing is proud to present the story of Angel: After the Fall, as presented by Angel co-creator Joss Whedon, with a creative team hand-picked by Whedon himself, the Spike: Shadow Puppets team of Brian Lynch and Franco Urru.
Picking up where Season Five of the fan-favorite TV show ended, the first issue in this maxi-series looks at who lived after that climactic battle, who died, and what happened to all of Los Angeles in its wake.
"Angel and his friends took a stand because he thought it was the right thing to do. They fought the good fight even though they were probably going to lose, even though they were facing insurmountable odds," says Lynch. "But that's the thing about insurmountable odds...surmounting them can be quite a bitch. The series begins to tackle the fall-out of Angel's stand, and what it cost everyone near, around, and close to him."
Acclaimed artist Tony Harris (Ex Machina) and Urru provide special covers for each issue of this momentous series. Issue 1 features a full 27 pages of story and art!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Angel: Masks
It's All Hallow's Eve, and what better group to spend it with than Angel and his associates? In this Halloween-themed annual featuring four special stories, everyone wears a mask of one kind or another... including Angel Puppet, out on a "Mystery Date," courtesy of Jeff Mariotte and Stephen Mooney, Illyria in "Unacceptable Losses," by Scott Tipton and David Messina, Cordelia in "Foreshadowing" by Christopher Golden and Steph Stamb, and Lindsey in "Pencils and Paperclips," by James Patrick and Sean Murphy. The entire package is masked in a special painted "Angel Puppet" cover by artist Jeremy Geddes (Doomed), with an available variant puppet cover from Zach Howard, too.
Coming in October. Item Code: AUG06 3369
FC • 48 pages • $7.49

"Pencils and Paperclips"
Angel: Auld Lang Syne #1
An all-new miniseries from the writer of Spike: Lost and Found and the artist of Angel: Old Friends! Angel's back on the job in Los Angeles, tracking a mysterious cult and working to solve a kidnapping. The only trouble is, a few old familiar faces keep showing up- faces he shouldn't really be seeing! And what does Spike have to do with it? Written by Scott Tipton (Spike: Lost & Found) and illustrated by David Messina (Angel Spotlight: Doyle). Stephen Mooney (CSI: Dying in the Gutters) provides a variant cover, too.
Coming in November.
FC • $3.99 • 32 pages

Spike: Asylum #1
When the Monahan Family asks Spike to find their daughter Ruby, he accepts. After all, it's a chance to be a hero and more importantly, earn a hefty fee. The problem? Ruby's a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. The solution–Spike checks himself in as a patient. But there’s another, slightly bigger problem—the hundreds of super-powered, supernatural patients at Mosaic know Spike, and want him dead. If the therapy doesn't kill him, the other patients will... beginning Spike's latest adventure, courtesy of screenwriter Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru!
Coming in September. Item Code: JUL06 3217
FC • $3.99 • 32 pages

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I can't say that I was ever much of a Buffy or Angel fan. I have seen a few episodes of each show but neither held my attention long enough to follow the series.

There are some Whedon fans out there there would likely tar & feather me for saying that.
I can't say that I was ever much of a Buffy or Angel fan. I have seen a few episodes of each show but neither held my attention long enough to follow the series.

There are some Whedon fans out there there would likely tar & feather me for saying that.
First the Starbucks thing, and now you don't like Buffy or Angel???


Actually, I can understand it. Both Buffy and Angel represent a real investment -- it's hard to just pick up the show mid-season and really know who these people are and what the heck is going on.

Still, you should invest the time to watch one season's worth of episodes, and then see where you are. The women of Whedon are enough of a reason to stick with it, IMO.