The CW’s "Supernatural"(2005 - 2020), created by Eric Kripke, is my favorite TV series. In the last 15 years, the show has gone through roughly 60 directors, the most notable ones being Robert Singer and Philip Sgriccia.
The show follows two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jenson Ackles). At the beginning of the first episode, you learn that their mother died in a house fire caused by supernatural forces. Their father swore to hunt down who or what was responsible, raising his sons like soldiers along the way. The story then jumps to the present when their father goes missing while he’s out hunting a supernatural creature. The series starts with Sam and Dean heading out to find their father, and the show has many twists and turns from there.
There are 15 seasons, which seems like a lot, but I promise it’s worth it. It’s not the kind of show you can binge watch and finish in a few days. Most people I know, myself included, spent years watching all 15 seasons, but we stuck with it because it’s good.
My favorite thing about this show is the supernatural creatures. They fight against your typical well-known supernatural creatures like ghosts, vampires, demons, witches, shapeshifters and werewolves. Still, the show also pulls from lesser-known folklore as well as mythology from various religions and beliefs. This includes Greek, Roman, Pagan, Hindu, Egyptian and Christian mythology. The show will also put spins on creatures that are believed to be good and depict them as evil beings and vice versa.
I also love that almost every character changes and develops throughout the series. You meet characters and have perceptions about them only to have those characters develop in such a way that your perception of them completely changes. More often than not, the characters will do things you won't expect. Many of them are very witty, sly and intelligent. They all have personalities that the actors bring to life. I’m pretty sure there are some points where Ackles and Padalecki aren’t even acting because they’ve put so much of themselves into their characters.
One downfall of the series is that everyone seems to have a different opinion on whether it’s scary. It started out being a little scary but got less and less as the series went on. However, I’ve had friends tell me that it was never scary. Then some get scared the second they see a gun on the screen. I guess my advice would be that if you’re able to watch shows like "Law & Order," "Criminal Minds"or "Arrow,"you’ll probably be able to watch "Supernatural." I also happen to think that there are points where it’s gorier than it is scary. Part of this can probably be attributed to the changing of directors since they seem to hold back in some episodes, and in other episodes, they don’t shy away from it.
Overall, it’s a good show. The central theme of the entire show is family, importance and understanding that family isn’t always blood relatives but the people who are always there for you. The dynamics between the characters can be amusing to watch as they’re all so different, especially Sam and Dean. I would recommend this show to anyone and hope that you don’t get intimidated by its length.