Even though the show has been running for the past eight years, I recently discovered the television series Supernatural. The premise is simple: two brothers take over the family business of hunting demons, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. The brothers, Sam and Dean, travel cross country saving lives in a ’67 Impala nicked named Baby. My younger self is staring at me as I type this with her mouth hanging open in shock and disbelief…but this show is better than The X-Files. I know, I know, I didn’t think it was possible either, but it is!
My husband normally doesn’t watch anything that isn’t firmly grounded in reality. His favorite shows involve cops and lawyers. Every time I have this show on when he comes home from work, he gets sucked right in! I think it was their classic car that originally caught his attention, but he’s equally enjoying this show with me now. He joins Dean in his ’80’s ballad sing-alongs on their long journeys, including Bon Jovi‘s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore,” and Asia’s “Heat of the Moment.”
If the witty dialogue and acting isn’t a good enough reason for you to take a look, try keeping up with pop culture references in each forty-two minute episode. I’m constantly pausing and Googling as I watch to make sure I’m not missing anything. Even the show titles crack me up: “Season Seven, Time for a Wedding,” “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” “Dog Dean Afternoon.” So, before you begin reading the official Wiki page, I have a list of my top-five episodes that will make you start watching. This is really hard for me, kind of like choosing my favorite children:
Season 4, episode 8: Wishful Thinking
Word gets out that a wishing fountain actually works, and soon a tiny town is overrun with life-size teddy bears contemplating what the meaning of life is, and very odd couples in love. Of course, when magic is involved there is always a high price to pay for it. Still, it made me wonder what I would wish for. (Is anybody else thinking Sam and Dean clones?)
Season 4, episode 18: The Monster at the End of This Book
Sam and Dean interview a comic book shop owner and find out that they are characters in a cult series. Every detail about their lives (and near future lives) is chronicled in a book series called Supernatural. There’s a fan club and Cosplay group that centers around their exciting lives, and they join in on the fun for one murder mystery evening. They are surrounded by men who are dressed like them and look-a-likes of their past girlfriends. Creepy, yes; funny, hell yes!
Season 5, episode 8: Changing Channels
The brothers get caught in a TV version of hell, channel surfing their way through a Japanese game show, a forensics drama, a sitcom, and a sexy medical series. They have to “act” the roles they are assigned in order to get back to their normal lives. The best part of this episode is that they are thrown into a show similar to “Grey’s Anatomy” where they meet a patient, Denny Duquette, who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Denny’s character was played by actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan who also played Sam and Dean’s father in the series’ first season. I told you, you needed to keep up!
Season 6, episode 15: The French Mistake
Sam and Dean are put into an alternate universe where they are Jared Padalecki (the actor who plays Sam) and Jensen Ackles (the actor who plays Dean). They jump through a window and are transported to the set of a television series called Supernatural. In this world, supernatural beings are fictional and there is no such thing as hunters. They find out the history of their alter egos and are horrified when they learn about their pasts. Jared is married to the actress who played a demon in season 4, and Jensen began his acting career on a soap opera! They try everything to get out of their Hollywood personas, and boy is it great to watch.
Season 8, episode 8: Hunteri Heroici
This slapstick episode is where Supernatural meets Looney Tunes. A murder investigation begins with a man whose heart literally came out of his chest at the sight of his true love. A robber drops an anvil on a bank teller, and then draws a black hole to leave the scene of the crime. This made me check out old episodes of Bugs and Road Runner.
So who’s coming with me to Comic Con next year?
Lisa Shaia is the children’s librarian who’s re-watching the best death episode ever filmed from Season 7, episode 10 called Death’s Door.