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Supernatural

American cult dramatic television series regarding the paranormal

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I absolutely recommend.

  • Aug 9, 2010
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I absolutely recommend this one. (The new season starts Fri, Sept 24!)

It has the episodic monster-hunting of X-files, mixed with the veneration of butchness and go-it-alone spirit of 24. 

I enjoyed the first three seasons well enough, but seasons four and five, with the overarching Apocalypse plot, was where it really opened up and took off. 

I was immediately charmed by the portrayal of angels as stiff, humorless, hugely powerful and with no grasp of moral nuance. The show does a great job of worldbuilding, and a world with demons and angels that DOESNT turn religious faith into automatic fact pleases me immensely. The human characters remain mostly on their own, muddling through and trying to make the best choices they can - fantasy or not the moral and emotional arcs ring very true to me.

I can't love a thing without reservations, so here are the things I love Supernatural in spite of:

It has a horrible track record with women. The audience is primarily women, so I understand that nobody wants a third lead to take time away from their favorite character, or 'come between' the brothers, (which is exactly how Castiel  would be treated by the fandom, if he were played by a woman) but women on the show are either vengeful monsters, being saved from vengeful monsters, or dying early on in the episode. Or romantic interests with barely any characterization of their own. Realize that this one is a BIG DEAL for me, and the storytelling is REALLY GOOD, that it's getting me to look past this continuous fail.

It has treated nonwestern cultures really ickily. If I could throw one Supernatural episode into the toilet, it would be Hammer of The Gods (Season 5, Episode 19) where an assortment of pagan deities come together to discuss the disruption the Apocalypse is causing ... It's a matter of I-see-what-I-think-they-were-trying-to-do-there, but the episode comes off as idol-smashing, with the gods looking laughable, weak, obsessed with cannibalism, and easily destroyed, especially as the show gives the OVER 9000-type graphics and attention to Christian demigods and figures. Rekha Sharma is criminally underused, as Kali. Lip service is paid to the existence of the rest of the world, and I can happily buy that foreign monsters and spirits exist in America, land of immigrants, but they continue to shout "the world is ending" and "world" seems to mean "the Plains states" and nothing more. 

It worships at the alter of heteronormativity. This one, THIS ONE. This is a bigger problem I have with media lately. It happens here, it happens in House, it happens in Sherlock Holmes, that the writers give a wink and a nod to the idea of love/infatuation/flirtation between two male characters, and the female/queer audience that wants to see it and pick up on it, can see it and pick up on it easily.  However, anyone who DOESNT want to see it can ignore it and deny it entirely. Why are you pandering to your homophobic audience, networks? I feel like I'm watching Shrodinger's representation here. Write a gay character already. Also if I see Dean make an urp face when his masculinity is supposedly under threat again, I'm gonna punch someone in the dick. No homo. 

So. I still love this show! You will too!

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Quick Tip by . June 03, 2013
I put off watching this show for an embarrassing amount of time just because of the number of episodes I'd have to catch up on and the HUGE fan base on Tumblr. I cant even begin to explain how EVERYONE needs to watch at least one episode of this. I've stopped calling it a "show"; it's become a way of life.
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2012
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Supernatural has been one of my all time favorite TV shows. The writers have been able to mix dark occult fantasy with humor and stories that can puts you in the mind that if monsters, demons, and vengeful spirits were really on the prowl, I would be looking these guys up. Periiod! The show continues to progress and always reaches the point where it might just jump the shark, but manages to keep in check and not put off its viewers.
Quick Tip by . December 01, 2010
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This has become one of favorite TV shows that mixes fantasy, the occult, familial secrets and the apocalypse rolled into one. Seasons 1-5 were just great in the way it clicked, season 6 is currently promising but feels a little unnecessary since Kripke intended the show for only 5 seasons.      Good show to practice before the upcoming SANDMAN TV series.
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An American television series focused on the horror/supernatural genre. Creator Eric Kripke has always maintained that the "story" could be told in five seasons, and if they made it through Season 5, there would be no plans to continue the series beyond that. As of 2008, Supernatural is in its 4th season, awaiting the green light for its fifth and final season.

The series centers on the Winchester brothers Sam and Dean, portrayed by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles respectively. Together, the brothers travel across America to investigate paranormal happenings. Their main mode of transportation is a 1967 Chevy Impala, dubbed "Metallicar." (Dean, the owner of the car, has an affinity for classic rock music.) Similar to The X-Files, Supernatural has an overarching mythology that concerns the majority of episodes. This said, there are a handful of stand-alone episodes each season that deal with an isolated, unexplained occurrence, a sighting, etc.

Supernatural premiered September 18, 2005, on The WB. The following year, the network merged with UPN to form the current CW, on which Supernatural now airs after fellow genre series Smallville.
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Premiere Date: September 18, 2005
Description: American cult dramatic television series regarding the paranormal.

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