As Buffy heads to college, Angel takes off to L.A. where he opens a paranormal investigation agency of sorts with Buffy alumn Cordelia, who truly redeems herself from Mean Girl to helpful sidekick. The rest of the cast crops up organically: Wesley, a former watcher (trainer to the vampire slayers), who undergoes the most character progression during the show, enters late in season 1, along with Gunn, an everyman who dusts vampires to keep the neighborhood safe. Fred (the girl) is probably the most fun edition as she's rescued from another realm and brought back to L.A. with Angel. In the last season, former Big Bad vamp Spike shows up (after having saved the world and all on Buffy). Many a fan have lamented this stunt casting, but I like Spike and didn't mind it.
|Angel in felt|
Factoid: See the kid far left in the first picture? He played Angel's son Connor in a rather strange loop on the show, where Angel had a child with his vamp maker Darla, but the baby was timewarped somewhere else, only to reappear as a teenager (take that daytime TV!). Now Connor can be seen schmoozing on Madison Avenue in Mad Men.