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"Angel"( Richard Cartwright / The WB )
The show: A pretty boy vampire is cursed with a soul, in love with a slayer named Buffy, and trying to do right by battling evil in L.A. as a private investigator (later, as CEO of an evil corporation). Big task.
Typical villain: Demons, hell gods, lawyers.
Ability: Superhuman strength, 200-plus years of brooding demonology, fighting skills, occult smarts, and friends as backup.
Longevity: "Angel" lasted five years, a couple of years less than its sire, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Many believed it could've gone a season more, but the show ended on a high note: The city of Los Angeles plunging into a hellish dimension. An "Angel" comic book series picks up where the show left off.