"Dad wants us to pick up where he left off. Saving people. Hunting things. The family business."Supernatural
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 follows Dean (Jensen Ackles
) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki
), two brothers who hunt creatures based on Urban Legends
, Classical Mythology
, and Abrahamic 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 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 Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver
), father figure
and Knowledge Broker
to the main characters, and Castiel (Misha Collins
), an angel
that enters in the fourth season. More information about them, as well as 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 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, was launched during Season Five in conjunction with the show's 100th episode. A prequel
to the series (in comic form) entitled Supernatural: Origins
was released by DC Comics
in 2009. There's a total of six issues. Madhouse
made an anime adaptation
, the animation for which can be seen in this trailer
. The American release of the first season of the anime came out on July 26, 2011.
The show itself is currently in the middle of the tenth of its originally-planned five seasons
with former staff writer Jeremy Carver at the helm. Previously, Sera Gamble had taken the reins from Eric Kripke
for seasons 6 and 7. An eleventh season was officially announced on January 11th, 2015.
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 recap page here
. Tropes for individual episodes are listed there.
Supernatural provides examples of: