If you know anything about me at all, you’ll probably know that I’m a little bit obsessed with the television show Supernatural. I’ve been watching since January of this year, and am all caught up and ready to watch the upcoming season (can you believe it’s at season 13?!). I thought that the perfect way to celebrate the occasion would be to share with you my top 10 favorite episodes of the series.
This was a very difficult list to make. There are tons of really fun, enjoyable episodes but unfortunately I could only narrow it down to 10.
Remember, this is my list, so don’t feel bad if your favorite episode isn’t included. I probably still like that episode, there just wasn’t enough room to include it on this list.
Also, special note – “Swan Song” is NOT going to be included in this list. It’s a wonderful episode, and probably one of the greatest season finales of all time, but because it’s #1 on everyone‘s list I wanted mine to be a little different. 😉
Without further ado, let’s jump right in!
10. Ghostfacers (Season 3, written by Ben Edlund)
“Gay love can pierce through the veil of death and save the day…”
Okay, so maybe this is a weird episode to put on this list. But oh my god I loved this episode so much. I found the characters of Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore to be absolutely hilarious – I loved them since their debut in season 1’s “Hell House” (which is definitely an honorable mention as it’s such a fun episode). I don’t know about you, but they kinda remind me of Jonathan and Andrew from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Ben Edlund is known for his odd, creative episodes. I’ve been in love with his work ever since Smile Time on Joss Whedon’s Angel (because oh my god how can you not love puppet!Angel?!?) and he has done some wonderfully strange things during his time writing for Supernatural.
In Ghostfacers, characters Harry and Ed have decided to start their own reality show in which they explore haunted places and ‘hunt’ ghosts and other supernatural beings, titled “Ghostfacers”, and they add a few new faces to their team including Ed’s adopted sister Maggie and their gay intern Corbett.
Just…just the theme song… I’ll admit, I was very confused for the first ten or so minutes of the episode. The whole episode is the pilot episode of “Ghostfacers”, which is kind of wonderful once you’ve gotten used to the strange format. I think one of my favorite parts is Sam and Dean swearing. Because this is a reality show, it makes use of bleeping, which means we can actually see how often Sam and Dean curse, which is weirdly amusing to hear.
I also appreciate this episode because unlike other episodes on this list, it doesn’t make me cry.
9. All Hell Break’s Loose Pts. 1 & 2 (Season 2, written by Sera Gamble and Eric Kripke)
“I’ve got you. That’s my job, right? Watch out for my pain-in-the-ass little brother?”
I enjoyed season 1.
I enjoyed season 2.
But, my friends, the season 2 finale is what truly hooked me and turned me into the obsessive fan I am now.
OH. MY. GOD. THE. PAIN.
Technically I was expecting the events of these episodes to happen. I wasn’t exactly going into this show blindly. But still…this was kind of difficult to watch, yet in a good way.
It’s true, I fell pretty madly in love with Sam and Dean fairly early on in the series, like, in the first episode, but I became very emotionally invested in their characters by the season 2 finale. Now I can’t help it. It hurts to see bad things happen to them. Even little bad things. Like paper cuts. And this was just the very beginning of that.
I though that this two-part episode did a wonderful job not only concluding the season 1-season 2 story arc, but also opening the gateway for season 3 which would in turn open the gateway for seasons 4 and 5, which is arguably the best story arc of the series (is it even arguable? I’m pretty sure everyone loves seasons 4 and 5).
And my goodness, Dean’s monologue in part 2? asdfkrkalfjkeafeaji;fjeka;jfkmea;jolejfaio; WHY.
8. The Man Who Would Be King (Season 6, written by Ben Edlund)
“The grand story, and we ripped up the ending, and the rules, and destiny, leaving nothing but freedom and choice. Which is all well and good, except… but what if I’ve made the wrong choice?”
I hated season 6, most specifically the first half of season 6, with a burning passion. And yet, somehow Ben Edlund was able to write an episode so beautiful that I loved it enough to include it on this list.
My poor, poor baby Castiel how I ever so badly want to just pull you out of the screen and wrap you up in a big blanket and tell the mean evil nasty writers to stop doing such cruel things to you!!
I think out of all of the Supernatural writers, Ben Edlund wrote Castiel the best. Throughout the second half of season 6, we start to see Castiel doing bad things and seemingly becoming evil. But in this episode we get to see his side of the story. And it kind of hurts.
Before this, I just thought that Ben Edlund could write really funny episodes. But he can write really beautiful, heart-shattering ones too. And I love him for it.
7. A Very Supernatural Christmas (Season 3, written by Jeremy Carver)
“Well, the first thing you have to know is we have the coolest dad in the world. He’s a superhero.”
This could have easily been just a goofy Christmas special with no real substance to it, and yet instead it became something kind of perfect. Half the episode centers around Sam and Dean hunting a pagan god who is sacrificing people at Christmastime. The other half, my favorite part of the episode, shows a younger Sam and Dean celebrating Christmas together while their father is away on a hunt.
I love just about any episode that features Sam and Dean as children, but this one is my favorite.
Well, besides it centering around Christmas (my favorite time of the year), this episode debuts the Samulet (to those who aren’t as deep into fandom, that’s the amulet Sam gifts Dean, and which Dean is shown wearing a lot during the earlier seasons). I have a very weird emotional attachment to the Samulet, I will literally burst into tears anytime it’s shown on screen (which I will touch on more later on). And, just…this episode is so cute.
I could gush about it for ages, but I think we’ll just move on to the next episode on the list.
6. Reading is Fundamental (Season 7, written by Ben Edlund)
“I don’t fight any more. I watch the bees.”
So…going into Supernatural, I was fully prepared to ship the most popular ship, Destiel. And, yeah, Dean and Cas would probably make a very cute couple. Except for…you know…the fact that megstielisthemostbeautifulshipinthewholeentireworldandnobodywilleverbeabletotellmeotherwiseokay?????
Remember how I said that Ben Edlund wrote Cas the best?
I LOVE this episode with all of my heart. Crazy!Cas is absolutely my favorite iteration of Castiel, he’s just so gosh darn cute! And has so hilariously quotable…
And Meg! MEG! Rachel Miner’s version of Meg was pure perfection, and this episode solidified my love of Meg eternally. She is my favorite character in the whole entire show, and just… Meg and Cas are just so perfect for each other??
Oh god…I’m not even halfway through the list yet and I’m already gushing like crazy…
Oh! And this episode is the debut of Kevin too!!
I don’t understand people who say that season 7 is the worst season of the show. I love it perhaps a little bit too much.
5. Don’t Call Me Shurley (Season 11, written by Robbie Thompson)
“We should probably talk.”
This episode is a masterpiece.
I’m brand new to the fandom. I literally started watching this January. Season 11 had already come and gone, and the identity of God had already become common knowledge by the time I got to this episode, so it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise to me. But just…this episode was so well written.
One of my favorite things is the fact that this was a huge secret kept since the finale of season 5, that only a few people in the whole world (including Rob Benedict) knew who God really was. And it was a highly debated and speculated topic among the fandom for years. And for the theories to be true? For it to be officially revealed in such a way? It’s just plain awesome.
And I really love Rob Benedict. He’s a wonderful actor and human, so it was very nice to get to see him on the show again. And the fact that he got to sing in the episode just made it even more special.
And THE ENDING. The second the Samulet appeared, glowing in Sam’s pocket, I started sobbing. HE KEPT IT?! AHHHHH
Also, I must ask – I know that the fandom hates Metatron. I hated him too for a while. But, in this episode, I dunno…I kind of stopped hating him? Is that okay? Did other people start to like him after this episode too, or am I just weird?
I’m probably just weird.
4. Don’t You Forget About Me (Season 11, written by Nancy Won)
“I solemnly swear not to hunt like a dumbass.”
I am DYING with excitement over the prospect of the Wayward Daughters (or…sisters) spinoff. I LOVE Jody, Donna, Alex, and Claire (and I am SO EXCITED to meet Patience and Kaia in season 13!!) And just…I want it to do well. I want this spinoff to be successful. We need it.
I loved this episode, it was our first taste of what the spinoff could be, and I thought it was awesome.
This episode centers around Jody’s life caring for Alex and Claire. We see that Alex has adjusted well, doing well in school and even dating one of the popular boys. Claire, on the other hand, would much rather be hunting.
I really loved the dynamics between Jody, Alex, and Claire. They’re all such interesting characters with so much potential, and finally seeing them together was awesome. We already saw Jody and Alex together in the season 9 episode “Alex Annie Alexis Ann”, but I was very excited to see the dynamics of Jody and Claire, and Alex and Claire. Thinking about it makes me even more excited to see how the addition of Donna changes things too. (I’m gonna throw in the season 10 episode “Hibbing 911” as an honorable mention~)
3. Pac-Man Fever (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)
“I’m a wee bit obsessive. If a ‘wee bit’ means completely.”
OBVIOUSLY I had to include a Charlie episode to this list! Charlie is one of my favoritest characters from the show, and Felicia Day is one of my favoritest actresses/humans in the world. I met her at Boston Comic Con this year and it was kind of the greatest day of my life. 😛
It was very difficult deciding on my favorite Charlie episode, because almost all of them are amazing, but I finally decided upon “Pac-Man Fever” for various reasons.
Firstly, we get Charlie’s backstory in this one! I love getting to find out more of the history behind my favorite characters. Sometimes it helps me to love them even more than I already do. I thought that this episode did so beautifully.
I also really loved getting to see Charlie hunting with the boys, and becoming a “woman of letters”. In her first two episodes, she’s still a bit unsure around Sam and Dean and still wanting a ‘normal life’. In this episode, however, she has embraced the existence of the supernatural and considers the boys her dearest friends.
And there are so many hugs in this episode! I think I’m a ‘wee bit’ jealous of Felicia Day for getting to hug Jared and Jensen so many times during the shooting of this episode. It must have been lovely.
2. Goodbye Stranger (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)
“Go. Save your brother… and my unicorn.”
I am going to type my feelings about this episode without crying. I’m going to ignore the fact that my eyes are actually watering right now. I am not going to cry. I am not going to cry. I am not going to…ugh.
THIS EPISODE. DUDE.
I’ve heard people talk about this episode before, and I’ve heard of it referred to as ‘the Destiel episode’. But…WHAT?
Destiel is all fine and good, except for the fact that THIS IS MY MEGSTIEL EPISODE GOSH DARN IT!
Just…just… I get it, okay? Dean and Cas have a special moment. But Robbie Thompson made this the most beautiful episode ever that literally made me fall so deeply in love with Meg’s character.
Season 1 Meg was okay, but to me she was just another villain and I didn’t really care. In season 7, Ben Edlund started to make me think that maybe there was so much more to her character after all. And then…in this episode…
SHE CALLED CAS HER UNICORN.
I…I can’t…I’m sorry…
1. Fan Fiction (Season 10, written by Robbie Thompson)
Supernatural has everything. Life, death, resurrection, redemption — but above all, family. All set to music you can really tap your toe to. It isn’t some meandering piece of genre dreck, it’s… epic.
This is my favorite episode of Supernatural.
I feel like, out of all the writers of the show past and present, it was Robbie Thompson who truly got fandom. Even now, no longer writing for the show, he is still an active member of the Supernatural fan community and a loving supporter of the show. And thus no other writer could have written the 200th episode more perfectly than this.
This episode truly was a love letter to the fans – both poking fun at aspects of the fandom (for example Sam and Dean reacting to Destiel) while also celebrating the fandom as a whole.
The episode takes place at an all-girl’s high school, where a bunch of girls are putting together a musical production based on the Supernatural books by Carver Edlund. There’s hilarious songs (“A Single Man Tear”…”I’ll Just Wait Here Then”…) Tons of references to events of earlier seasons. A beautiful performance of “Carry on My Wayward Son”.
There’s a scene where one of the girls hands Dean a handmade replica of the Samulet, telling him “you never should’ve thrown this away.” And I cried.
Guys, that was the first time the Samulet had even been mentioned since the infamous scene in Season 5.
I just…I love this show.
I really hope that Season 13 is a great season, and that Wayward Sisters will be a successful spinoff. And that I don’t have to say goodbye to this series too soon. There are a lot of problems with the show, with it’s occasional bad writing and poor treatment of female characters.
But deep down…this show is beautiful.
What are your favorite episodes of Supernatural? Are you excited for Season 13? Let me know in the comments below!