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Playing Favorites: TV Goodness Celebrates Supernatural and 150 Episodes

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Supernatural celebrates its 150th episode tonight — can you guys believe it? I always say this, but I remember a time when we were lucky to get our 23rd episode. Now we’re starting season 8 and Dean’s back from Purgatory while Sam has been living la vida normal for the past year. We’ll have to wait and see about what’s happening with Cas but it can’t be anything good, right? In the season 6 episode called “Family Matters,” the Alpha Vamp [the awesome Rick Worthy] explained what the Supernatural twist on Purgatory is: “It is filled with the souls of every hungry thing like me that ever walked this earth.” Scary. Can’t wait to see what new showrunner, Jeremy Carver, has in store for what hopefully will be an epic season. In the meantime, let’s get list-y and look back on some of the 149 amazing episodes that precede the season 8 premiere “We Need to Talk about Kevin.” And, remember, these are just my personal choices. Let me know what your choices are below in the comments:

Top 3 Favorite Season Premieres (in order)

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1.       “Lazarus Rising”
2.       “In My Time of Dying”
3.       “Pilot”

Top 3 Favorite Season Finales (in order)

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1.       “Devil’s Trap”
2.       “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II”
3.       “No Rest for the Wicked”

Top 2 Favorites by Season

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S1: “Faith” & “Devil’s Trap”
S2: “Born Under a Bad Sign” & “What Is and What Should Never Be”
S3: “Mystery Spot” & “Bad Day at Black Rock”
S4: “Lazarus Rising” & “On the Head of a Pin”
S5: “Changing Channels” & “Abandon All Hope”
S6:  “The French Mistake” & “The Man Who Would Be King”
S7: “Death’s Door” & “Time after Time”

Least Favorite Episodes by Season

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S1: “Hook Man”
S2: “Roadkill”
S3: “Long-Distance Call”
S4: “Family Remains”
S5: “Fallen Idol”
S6: “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning”
S7: “Season 7, Time for a Wedding”
Least Favorite of All Time: “Fallen Idol.” Even “Time for a Wedding” had Dean in a sweater vest.

Favorite Seasons (in order)

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Season 4
Season 2
Season 1
Season 3
Season 5
Season 7
Season 6

Favorite Sam episodes (in no particular order)

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“Born Under a Bad Sign” (Possessed Sam = sexy Sam)
“Mystery Spot” (Helpless Sam then Scary Obsessed Sam)
“All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1” (Sam and the psychic kids network)
“Swan Song” (Sam makes the biggest sacrifice ever)
“When the Levee Breaks” (Sam goes off the rails)
“Provenance” (Sam gets a love interest)
“Houses of the Holy” (Spiritual Sam)
“After-School Special” (Flashback Sam)
“Hello, Cruel World” (Delusional Sam)
“Free to be You and Me” (On his own Sam)

Favorite Dean Episodes (in no particular order)

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“Dead in the Water” (Learned a little more about Dean)
“Faith” (Loved his struggle over being saved)
“In My Time of Dying” (Spirit Dean = awesomely hot)
“On the Head of a Pin” (Torture Dean leads to Mucho Angsty Dean)
“In the Beginning” (Dean travels back to past and finds out about Winchester history)
“The End” (Dual Deans. Hotness ensues)
“Lazarus Rising” (Dean out of hell)
“Time After Time” (1940s Dean teaming up with Eliot Ness)
“What is and What Should Never Be” (Best. Dean. Episode. Ever.)
“Something Wicked” (Flashback Dean)

Favorite Episodes with Cas (in no particular order)

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“Lazarus Rising” (introduction to Cas)
“The Rapture” (origin story of Cas’ meatsuit, Jimmy Novak)
“The Man Who Would be King” (explanation of season 6 Cas)
“The French Mistake” (Cas came in at the end, but fake Misha was awesome)
“The End” (future Cas = orgy god)
“Free to Be You and Me” (Dean tries to get Cas laid)
“My Bloody Valentine” (Munchy Cas)
“On the Head of a Pin” (Cas in turmoil for having to use Dean)
“Caged Heat” (Cas watches porn and kisses Meg)
“99 Problems” (Drunk Cas)

Favorite episodes with Bobby (in no particular order)

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“Devil’s Trap” (Bobby’s first episode)
“Tall Tales” (Poor Bobby must help a fighting Sam and Dean solve the case)
“Dream a Little Dream of Me” (Good Bobby episode)
“All Hell Breaks Loose Part II” (Bobby/Dean junkyard moment)
“No Rest for the Wicked” (We find out “family don’t end with blood”)
“Lazarus Rising” (Bobby/Dean reunion = epic)
“The Curious Case of Dean Winchester” (Bobby deals with being in wheelchair badly)
“Weekend at Bobbys” (We finally get a complete sense of Bobby’s life)
“Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (Bobby cleans up for his dead/undead wife)
“Death’s Door” (Bobby dies but we find out all about his tragic childhood too)

Saddest Episodes (in no particular order)

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“Home” (Dean’s phone call / Mary saying sorry to Sam)
“Heart” (Sam having to shoot Madison / Dean’s single perfect tear)
“All Hell Breaks Loose Part I” (Jake stabs Sam / Dean’s monologue of despair)
“All Hell Breaks Loose Part II” (More Dean monologuing at side of Sam’s bed)
“No Rest for the Wicked” (Sam’s tears of despair over Dean’s death at hands of Lilith/hell hounds)
“In My Time of Dying” (John Winchester’s death)
“Abandon All Hope” (Ellen and Jo’s death)
“Swan Song” (Sam says goodbye / Sam’s triple lindy into hell / Dean’s despair)
“Heaven and Hell” (Dean confesses his time in hell)
“Death’s Door” (Bobby’s death)

Funniest Episodes (in no particular order)

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“Tall Tales” (WWE = Winchester Wrestling Entertainment)
“Bad Day at Black Rock” (“I lost my shoe” & “I’m Batman = Best. Dialogue. Ever.)
“Changing Channels” (Just everything including Sam’s STD commercial.)
“Yellow Fever” (Dean being a scaredy cat. And running from the tiny dog.)
“Wishful Thinking” (Giant talking suicidal bear, anyone?)
“The French Mistake” (Bad acting = Good TV)
“It’s a Terrible Life” (Dean in a Prius. Sam’s IT techniques — “Did you turn it off then on?”)
“Hollywood Babylon” (“He’s one hell of a PA.”)
“Mystery Spot” (Pig in a Poke, Tacos of Doom, “Heat of the Moment”)
“The Real Ghostbusters” (LARP-ing)

Favorite Meta Episodes (in order)

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1. “Changing Channels”
2. “The French Mistake”
3. “The Real Ghostbusters”
4. “The Monster at the End of this Book”
5. “Hollywood Babylon”
6. “Ghostfacers”

Favorite Episode Titles (in no particular order)

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“Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester”
“Sam, Interrupted”
“Criss Angel is a Douchebag”
“Live Free or Twi-Hard”
“Slash Fiction”
“The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”
“Shut up, Dr. Phil”
“I Know What You did Last Summer”
“My Bloody Valentine”
“Dark Side of the Moon”

Favorite Brother Episodes (in no particular order)

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“In My Time of Dying” (The Ouija board scene was simply one of the excellent brother moments in this episode)
“The Usual Suspects” (Even separated, the brothers show how well they know each other)
“Faith” (Dean’s dying, Sam steps up and finds a cure)
“Heart” (Dean offers to shoot Madison for Sam)
“Fresh Blood” (Sam gets a deal-making Dean to understand what he means to him. Dean teaches him to care for the Impala)
“All Hell Breaks Loose Part II” (Dean makes deal for Sam. Sam says it’s his turn to save Dean.)
“A Very Supernatural Christmas” (Sam gives Dean his “last” Christmas before going to hell)
“Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magic Menagerie (The end when Sam gives Dean the slinky is awesome as is Dean laughing at Sam’s glitter-tinged self)
“Bad Day at Black Rock” (Dean tries to make sure Sam’s luck doesn’t kill him. He saves Sam in true Batman style.)
BONUS: “Route 666” (The MOTW is crap. But the brotherly moments are some of the best.)

Favorite Brother Battles (in no particular order)

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“Asylum” (Sam shoots Dean with rock salt. Ouch.)
“Scarecrow” (Sam and Dean go their separate ways)
“Tall Tales” (Sam and Dean get on each other’s nerves. Results in WWE.)
“Born Under a Bad Sign” (Meg possesses Sam to get revenge on Dean)
“Metamorphosis” (Dean’s sick of lies. Punches Sam out.)
“Sex and Violence” (Siren influences Sam and Dean to turn anger on each other)
“When the Levee Breaks” (Sam in demon blood mode vs. Dean. Dean loses.)
“Dark Side of the Moon” (The inevitable Sam ditches family to go to Stanford fight)
“Swan Song” (Sam!Lucifer whales on Dean. Breaks his face in unrelenting fashion.)
BONUS: “Skin” (It was a shifter version of Dean that battled Sam in St. Louis)

Top 15 Favorite Episodes of All Time (in no particular order)

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“What is and What Should Never Be”
“Born Under a Bad Sign”
“Devil’s Trap”
“Faith”
“On the Head of a Pin”
“Bad Day at Black Rock”
“Nightshifter”
“In My Time of Dying”
“Lazarus Rising”
“The End”
“Mystery Spot”
“Changing Channels’
“The Man Who Would Be King”
“Abandon All Hope”
“Pilot”
Favorite Episode of All Time: “What is and What Should Never Be”

Favorite Impala Episodes (in no particular order)

“Swan Song” (The Metallicar helps save the world)
“Pilot” (“Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.” Also Constance possesses the car)
“Wendigo” (Dean lets Sam take the wheel)
“Everybody Loves a Clown” (A grieving Dean whales on the Impala with a crowbar)
“Bloodlust” (After being semi’d, the Impala is back in action)
“Fresh Blood” (Dean teaches Sam Impala Care 101)
“Lazarus Rising” (Dean finds out Sam douch’d the car up with an IPod and Jason Manns tunes while he was in hell)
“In the Beginning” (Dean encourages a young John Winchester to purchase the Impala)
“Two and a Half Men” (Dean uncovers the Impala and gets back into hunting)
“The French Mistake” (Dean and Sam try to drive off in the Impala but since they’re in alt reality, it’s basically a prop car. They also see copies of the Impala on the set)

Top 20 Favorite Guest Stars (and their best episodes)

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester, “In My Time of Dying”)
Alona Tal & Samantha Ferris (Jo and Ellen Harvelle, “Abandon All Hope”)
Nicki Aycox (Meg Masters, “Devil’s Trap”)
Richard Speight, Jr. (The Trickster/Gabriel “Tall Tales” & “Changing Channels”)
Felicia Day (Charlie “The Girl with the Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo”)
Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer, “Hello, Cruel World”)
Julian Richings (Death, “Two Minutes to Midnight”)
Charles Malik Whitfield (Victor Henriksen, “Jus in Bello”)
Traci Dinwiddie (Pamela, “Lazarus Rising”)
Christopher Heyerdahl (Alistair, “On the Head of a Pin”)
Mark Sheppard (Crowley, “Caged Heat”)
Julie Benz (Layla, “Faith”)
Chad Lindberg (Ash, “Dark Side of the Moon”)
Matt Cohen & Amy Gumenick (Young John & Young Mary, “In the Beginning”)
Rob Benedict (Chuck, “The Monster at the End of this Book”)
Kurt Fuller (Zachariah, “Lucifer Rising”)
Steven Williams (Rufus Turner, “Time is on my Side”)
Sterling K. Brown (Gordon Walker, “Fresh Blood”)
Sebastian Roché (Balthazar, “The French Mistake”)
Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jody Mills, “Weekend at Bobbys” & “Time after Time”)

Supernatural finds new life on its new night — season 8 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW.

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3 Comments

  1. Tina Charles says:

    Thanks for the comment. And I would love to know what some of your all-time favorite episodes are…
    And I totally loved the season 8 premiere. It was everything I had hoped for…

  2. This list is so amazing and so comprehensive, I love it. Too bad I have such a bad memory for titles…so I wish I could see a log line for each episode listed. Thank you, Tina, for your wonderful insights into this my most favorite show!

    I simply cannot erase \”The French Mistake\” from my DVR. It is my favorite and it is so funny on multiple levels. Cas the phony \”actor\” type was a crack-up. The boys actually fighting and the stunt people watching in shock was great. Seeing Sam\’s house with the narcissistic art of himself on the wall…and married to Ruby. Priceless.

    • Tina Charles says:

      Thanks for reading! So glad you liked the lists. I just recently re-watched The French Mistake myself. It’s still as hilarious as the first time I watched it.

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