Supernatural: The Complete Series
Creator: Erik Kripke
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins
Copyright Date: 2021 for the complete set (2005-2021)
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Science Fiction
Subgenre: Horror/Action Adventure
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Sam and Dean Winchester are Hunters, traveling the country to keep people safe from the supernatural forces of darkness. In Dean's trusty 1967 Chevy Impala, Baby, the brothers scan news sources looking for any indication that a crime was committed by something other than human. For 15 seasons, Sam and Dean—and after the beginning of season four—Castiel the angel battled the forces of darkness.
The mythology of Supernatural is complex, with a backstory and way to vanquish each of the creatures the brothers face. As the seasons continued, more empathy was injected into the stories of these cryptids, injected more gray into what had originally been a black and white story of good vs. evil. Angels are not necessarily good. They are self-serving and see themselves above humans. Demons are also self-serving, but their senses of humor counterbalance that. Heaven is pleasant, but no one sees anyone else, and while Hell isn't really a place anyone wants to be, Sam and Dean keep finding themselves there. Much of the music in the series is classic rock and fits the tone of the various episodes well. Kansas' Carry On Wayward Son is the unofficial theme song of the show, and fans immediately think of Supernatural when they hear it. While the first seasons mainly focused on Christian mythology and creatures like ghosts, vampires, and witches, later seasons began to include aspects and gods from other cultures, creating a global connectivity to the creature features of the week. While this is a science fiction and horror genre TV show, it is also a dark fantasy and action adventure. Many episodes are also straight up comedy. There is even a story in which Sam and Dean become animated and join Scooby-Doo and the gang. The series is long and seasons could be meandering, but the huge breadth of storytelling and genre bending allow for aspects of the show that can be appealing to viewers of all tastes.
Two brothers travel the United States in a Chevy Impala battling the forces of evil, annoying angels, cryptids, and sinister demons.
About Erik Kripke
Eric Kripke (born April 24, 1974) is an American television writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of the Supernatural series.
Eric Kripke is Series Creator and Executive Consultant. He was the showrunner for seasons 1-5. He stayed in a writer/executive producer role for season six and has been executive consultant since season seven. Kripke originally pitched the show as "Star Wars in truck stop America" (Source).
Kripke on the genesis of the series from 2008:
Kripke: At one point I wanted to do an anthology show. Another time, I wanted to do a series about a reporter who works for a tabloid magazine, pretty much a rip-off of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And then, finally, just through development with the studio, settled on this idea of telling these stories in the format of this Route 66: Great American Road Trip with these two brothers.
TV.com: Well, it worked well.
Kripke: It's sort of funny how it all worked out. I literally had scribbled [the idea] in a notebook the day before my meeting with the studio, and then I came into the studio and had pitched them my reporter idea. And they didn't like it. They said, "What else do you got?" I didn't have anything. So, I tap danced and said, "Well, I got this great idea about two brothers on a road trip." They loved it, and it ended up being the show. So, it's funny how that works out. (About from here.)
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With 15 seasons of Supernatural, there are plenty of episodes to choose from. Many are the conversations teens have had at the library about their favorites of the show, from actors to storylines, silly plot holes, and weekly creature features. It is horror with a sense of humor, something teens really respond to.