is an American paranormal/horror show based around a Monster of the Week
structure topped off with an over-reaching arc
, while simultaneously retaining humor through various means of Leaning on the Fourth Wall
. It features Dean (Jensen Ackles
) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki
), two brothers who hunt creatures based on Urban Legends
, Classical Mythology
and Judeo-Christian theology
The first season featured the brothers searching for their missing father, but, for the most part, the series features them Walking the Earth
as they travel from town to town◊
in search of supernatural problems to solve. Though the Big Bads
get bigger with each season, it's more common that Dean and Sam already have their hands full with each other. It uses a diverse score of classic rock songs that feature heavily throughout, to encapsulate the gritty rock-and-roll life they lead, and features Dean's 1967 Chevy Impala
as almost another character
Other main characters include Castiel (Misha Collins
), an angel
that enters in the fourth season; and Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), father figure
and Knowledge Broker
to the main characters. More information about them, and the show's stable of recurring characters, can be found on the character sheet.
It originally aired on The WB
, but moved to The CW
after the The WB folded.Famous for three main things:
- The ridiculously attractive cast.
- The sheer amount of Mood Whiplash it has.
- How it raised torturing its two leads (emotionally and physically) to a fetishistic art-form.
A Spin-Off Web Original
, centered around a pair of minor recurring characters from the series, was launched during Season Five, in conjunction with the show's 100th episode. A prequel
to the series is told in the 6 issues of Supernatural: Origins
released by DC Comics
in 2009. Madhouse made an anime adaptation
, the animation for which can be seen this trailer.
The American release of the first season of the anime came out on July 26, 2011.
The show itself is recently wrapped up the ninth of the originally planned five seasons
, with former staff writer Jeremy Carver at the helm. Previously, Sera Gamble had taken the reins from Eric Kripke
after the end of Season 5. It has been renewed for a 10th season for the fall of 2014.
A spin-off show, entitled Supernatural: Bloodlines
and intended to explore both hunter and monster families in the show's universe, aired an extremely Poorly Disguised Pilot
late in the ninth season. It was not picked up by the CW for full production.
There is an in-progress Episode Recap page here
. Most of the tropes, especially for the earlier and later seasons, are listed there.There's now a webshow dedicated to recapping all nine seasons.
Supernatural provides examples of: