One of the best spooky shows currently on TV is the CWs Supernatural. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought this week’s edition of TVEnthusiast’s Top 10 Tuesday could focus on one of our favorite scary shows. As such, for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, we are ranking episodes of Supernatural. Before we start, I made the decision, for the sake of my own sanity, as Supernatural has already run 10 seasons and over 200 episodes, to focus on episodes from the shows primary arc. Only episodes within the show’s first 5 seasons qualified for this list.
10. Bad Day at Black Rock
One of the best strengths of Supernatural, is its ability to be funny despite the scares, action, and drama of the series. Bad Day at Black Rock is one of Supernatural’s funniest episodes. Hilarious hijinks ensue, as Sam and Dean hunt for a stolen rabbit’s foot which grants its holder exceptional luck, until they hold it no longer, at which point the luck reverses.
09. Deadman’s Blood
This season 1 episode is easily the turning point of Supernatural. Before Deadman’s Blood, Supernatural was a fun case of the week monster show. After Deadman’s Blood, the series suddenly had a strong mythology backing it. This episode was the debut of The Colt, a mythical gun that could kill virtually anything supernatural.
08. Yellow Fever
This case of the week episode shattered the preconceptions of case of the week episodes by being both funny, and housing an incredibly sad story. In the episode, a vengeful spirit is causing contagious fear. Unfortunately for Dean, he catches the fever, and finds himself perpetually terrified of every little thing around him. The episode even ends with a hilarious video of Jensen Ackles (Dean) rocking out to Eye of the Tiger.
07. Hammer of the Gods
The Trickster, Lucifer, and a hotel filled with notable pagan gods, who are annihilated by Lucifer with bloody ease. Hammer of the Gods is at times funny, at times imposing, and at its end, heartbreaking, as we bid farewell to one of the most beloved characters in all of Supernatural. In a sad, but funny, video farewell, said character even drops a huge hint as to how to take out Lucifer, and end the apocalypse.
06. The End
In one of the Angels’ many time traveling lessons for Dean, the hunter finds himself in the future. To say the future isn’t as bright as he had hoped, would be a major understatement. Humanity is divided into small pockets of resistance, contending against both demons and humans afflicted with the violent Croatoan virus. Worst of all, in this future, Sam has said yes to Lucifer, and the Angels have packed their bags, and left mankind to their own devices. Dean’s conversation with Samzebub is the highlight of the episode, as Lucifer is completely unthreatened by Dean, even going as far as to tell him exactly when Sam will say yes.
05. The Monster at the End of This Book
Do you like meta? I like meta. The Monster at the End of This Book is, perhaps, the jumping point in which Supernatural goes full on meta, shattering the 4th wall. In the episode, Sam and Dean discover their their lives are the contents of a series of novels called Supernatural. It turns out that the author of the books is, in fact, a prophet of the lord, who is unaware that his story about 2 hunters is in fact Heaven’s will in print, channeled through him. Besides being funny, and adding a new twist to the story, the episode even features an appearance by season 3’s big bad demon, with a thing for dressing in little girls, Lilith.
04. Mystery Spot
Fans of Supernatural should not be surprised that multiple episodes featuring The Trickster have made this list of the best episodes of Supernatural. Not only is Mystery Spot a Trickster episode, it is also a great Groundhog’s Day episode, which features Sam reliving the same day over and over, and his brother Dean dying over and over, and often in humorous ways. The day progresses, Dean dies, Heat of the Moment plays on the radio and Sam wakes up to relive it all over again. That is until they find and confront the Trickster, the next day begins, and Dean dies again, Sam goes for weeks without his brother before eventually tracking down The Trickster again, and moving on to the real next day.
03. Abandon All Hope…
This episode of Supernatural is all kinds of epic. The boys track down Crowley in their pursuit of the Colt, and Crowley gives it to them, fearing Lucifer himself. Together with Bobby, Castiel, Jo, and Ellen, the boys devise a plan to take out Lucifer with the Colt. Arriving at Lucifer’s location, Castiel notices the presence of hundreds of reapers, just standing around. Demons quickly discover the hunters, and together with some invisible Hell Hounds they corner the group, fatally injuring Jo. Ellen stays behind with Jo, buying the boys some time by detonating an explosive. Jo and Ellen have died. The boys have no time to mourn as they go after Lucifer. Dean shoots him with the Colt, but it doesn’t work. In the end, the boys are forced to flee with the help of Castiel, having lost Ellen and Joe for nothing, and also losing their best hope at taking out Lucifer. To make matters worse, Lucifer’s presence in the town was for the purpose of raising, and enlisting, perhaps the most powerful entity in the series, Death. All hope, abandoned.
02. Changing Channels
The best Trickster episode is a hilarious departure from the dour mood set up by previous episodes of the season. In the episode, The Trickster has trapped Sam and Dean in the world of television. From a Grey’s Anatomy spoof, Dr. Sexy MD, to an ad for a medication for genital herpes, to Knight Rider, with Sam as the Impala, the Winchester brothers have to play their roles. Therein lies the lesson the Trickster hopes to impart to the boys. For them to stop fighting their destiny and accept their roles, as the vessels for Lucifer and Micheal. The episode ends when Dean is able to trap The Trickster with holy oil. Castiel has revealed to the boys that The Trickster is, in fact, the Arch Angel Gabriel, who fled to Earth to avoid the drama and civil war of his brothers in heaven. It isn’t Gabriel who teaches the lesson, though. In the end it is Sam and Dean, who show Gabriel that he can no longer avoid his family.
01. No Rest for the Wicked
The season 3 finale of Supernatural is the best episode of the series. Dean, whose contract with the Demon Lilith is almost due for payment, makes one last play at taking out the most powerful demon they have ever faced, one last attempt at reclaiming his soul before the Hell Hounds come howling. They find Lilith on “vacation” which, for her, means possessing a young girl and terrorizing her suburban family. The episode seems to be an homage to the classic The Twilight Zone episode, It’s a Good Life (“The Simpsons already did it”). Lilith is terrifying as a haughty child whose dress is smeared in blood as she demands her family play along with her whims. In the end, the boys lose their Demon companion Ruby, and Dean himself is viciously mauled, and dragged to hell by a Hell Hound. A truly bleak episode of the series.
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