Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ''The Gift''
Talk about a leap of faith! Buffy's season 5 finale saw the series exit from The WB to UPN (the two networks ultimately merged to form The CW), as the Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) flung herself into a portal to another dimension to defeat Big Bad Glory (Clare Kramer) and save sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg). As Buffy's own tombstone read, ''She saved the world a lot.'' And she wasn't done yet. Thanks to creator Joss Whedon's fearless storytelling, Buffy emerged from the abyss to rack up another 44 episodes…though none of them ever quite reached the heights of ''The Gift.'' Lanford Beard