Show Synopsis & Pilot Episode


Tiana Pickett-Hanson, Staff Writer

Supernatural is and always will be my favorite show of all time. This show has shaped my life in ways I can’t even describe. I have rewatched this series 3 times in my life, and it’s been worth it every single time I watch an episode. I have watched this show since 5th grade, and I’m so grateful that I found this show. Though I am only a few months younger than this show, I feel like it shaped me and my childhood tremendously.

Released on September 11th, 2005, on the CW network, this show was created by Eric Kripke and later became part of the successor network the CW’s lineup. As the show grew and became increasingly popular, the show’s creators and team didn’t really know how long this show would end up running. They even thought that the show was gonna end after season 5 (they made the last episode in that season almost like a final episode, by wrapping up most of the storylines), but the show got picked up again and ran for ten more seasons. The final season of Supernatural ended up being its 15th season, with the final episode (number 327) being released on November 19th, 2020. The show wasn’t ever officially canceled by CW, but it ended at the discretion of the cast.

The first episode starts with the audience seeing a house with words at the bottom of the screen saying “Lawrence Kansas” “22 years ago.” Then you see Mary Winchester carrying Dean into baby Sam’s room to tell him goodnight, before she puts Dean to bed. John Winchester also comes into the room to help put Dean to bed. Then you see Mary sleeping in bed, when she is woken up by the sound of Sam crying on a baby monitor. She gets up to go check on Sam, but when she gets to Sam’s room she sees a shadow standing over Sam, who is no longer crying. She calls John’s name and the figure glances back at her. Mary then sees that the TV is on downstairs, when she goes down to turn it off she sees John asleep in the recliner in front of the TV. Mary immediately runs back upstairs and into Sam’s room. John is then awoken by a scream, calls Mary’s name and runs upstairs to Sam’s room. He walks in to find Sam in his crib smiling, when something then drips from the ceiling onto Sam’s blanket. John touches it to see what it is when more drips onto his hand, he looks up to see his wife Mary on the ceiling with her stomach cut open. She then erupts into flames Sam starts to cry so John grabs him and finds Dean in the hallway, he hands Sam to Dean (who is 4) and tells him to take his brother outside as fast as he can and not to look back. Dean does as he is told, as their family house burns to the ground.

Then there is a time jump to current day and you see Sam at a bar with some of his friends, and they’re celebrating Sam getting into Stanford law school. Along with his friends is Sam’s long-term girlfriend Jessica. After a few more hours Sam goes back to his apartment with Jessica, and they go to sleep. Later, Sam wakes up because he senses that someone is there, and he sees a figure in his kitchen. He goes to fight the figure but the figure fights back. After more fighting, Sam says “Dean?” and Dean says “Hey, Sammy.” Sam then asks Dean why he is here, and Dean tells Sam that “Dad’s on a hunting trip and he hasn’t been home in a few days.” Dean then convinces Sam to come look for their dad, so Sam reluctantly leaves Jessica and the boys get into their dad’s black ‘67 Chevy Impala and drive off.

During the rest of the episode the boys solve the case of the white woman, a woman who became temporarily insane and drowned her kids before jumping off of a bridge. The boys solve this case and Dean drives Sam back to his apartment, Dean wants Sam to stay but Sam has an interview he needs to get back for. When Sam gets home he lays on his bed when he suddenly feels something drip on his face. When he looks up he sees Jessica on the ceiling with her stomach cut open, she suddenly bursts into flames. The apartment begins to burn and Dean busts in through the door and drags Sam out of the apartment. Because of Jessica’s death Sam decides to go with Dean and hunt monsters and find the thing that killed their mom and Jessica.

The main plot of the show is Sam and Dean go out and find and hunt monsters, following in their dad’s footsteps. John became a hunter because of what happened to Mary, he wanted to find what had killed his wife and mother to his sons. So Sam and Dean fight many monsters and get into a lot of stuff while fighting monsters, while they’re fighting these monsters they’re also trying to find their dad who is missing. Sam also wants to avenge Jessica and find the thing that killed her, similar to what his dad’s doing with Sam’s mom.

The Show’s episode count is as follows:
Season 1: 22 episodes
Season 2: 22 episodes
Season 3: 16 episodes
Season 4: 22 episodes
Season 5: 22 episodes
Season 6: 22 episodes
Season 7: 23 episodes
Season 8: 23 episodes
Season 9: 23 episodes
Season 10: 23 episodes
Season 11: 23 episodes
Season 12: 23 episodes
Season 13: 23 episodes
Season 14: 20 episodes
Season 15: 20 episodes

The cast of this show is truly amazing and the main actors really did make this show work and make it what it has become. The three main actors in Supernatural are Jensen Ackles who plays Dean Winchester, Jared Padelecki who plays Sam Winchester, and Misha Collins who plays Castiel. Some other prominent actors include Jim Beaver, Mark Sheppard, Alexander Calvert, Mark Pellegrino, Samantha Smith, Jeffery Dean Morgan, and Rob Benedict. I’m extremely grateful to this cast for doing an amazing job at bringing this show to life.

Overall I would recommend this show to people a thousand times over because it’s a show that I will always love. It’s definitely a commitment because it is such a long show, but it’s also such an amazing journey with these characters and you’ll grow to love them. I would say that everyone should watch at least one episode of Supernatural in their life.