16 great shows: supernatural (2005)

(Bitter Script Reader challenged their followers to make a list of 16 Great Shows that have influenced them as writers and viewers. This is my list.)


So we’ve finally arrived at Supernatural (if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m posting these in order of when I discovered them, based on my best guess.)

Supernatural is the show that has had the biggest impact on me and also the longest. I’m an OG fan. I remember seeing the promos for the show and getting excited because A) Jared Padalecki (one Dean Forrester) would be starring in it; and B) I loved scary movies and loved the idea of seeing a new scary movie every week.

My obsession with this show was slow growing. I remember liking the show at first, but it wasn’t until Season 4 that I started looking forward to the show every week. And even then, it wasn’t until Season 5 that the show became a big part of my life.

Supernatural was the first fandom I really got in to. I started reading fan fiction and eventually starting writing it too. I joined Livejournal groups and even started a few myself. I ran competitions and online events. I made friends with other Supernatural fans, even going as far as visiting one of them in person when I was in her area (she, in turn, introduced me to another show on this list, but I’ll get to that later).

Of the two dozen or so fan fics I’ve written in my life (I wasn’t particularly prolific), most of them have been of the Supernatural variety. In addition, I started making fan art and fan videos.

For the most part, I’ve left that behind. I occasionally read some fan fiction, but don’t write anymore. I only talk to people in that fandom by way of twitter, and even then it’s pretty limited and not always Supernatural related.

But I still watch the show. Every week, I look forward to a new episode. I hope and pray that Cas will be in the episode and even when he’s not, it’s always satisfying.

Over the years most people I meet say something like “is that show still on?” or even “is that a new show?” when they’ve never heard of it before. I always say that it’s been better these last couple seasons than it has in a while (there was understandably a rocky growth period following Season 5, when the series was originally supposed to end) and that it’s worth getting back in to or even starting from the beginning if you’re an expert binge watcher.

This show continues to surprise me with its plot twists and the way it can get to the heart of any situation is admirable. It still makes me cry. It still makes me care.

The beauty of Supernatural is the way it is always reinventing itself while still staying true to its core. I’ve also always loved how the show can take a seemingly standalone episode and turn it into some major mythological turning point in the show (i.e. “Changing Channels”).

Above all, the heart of this show is what matters. And it’s taught me a lot about character, pacing, and how to build a world that people care about.

If Supernatural goes another 13 seasons, I’ll be there, watching avidly.


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