After 15 seasons, "Supernatural" has come to an end. The long-running series garnered a small but extremely loyal fan base after it launched in 2005 — and with good reason! In honor of our favorite cult show's series finale, which aired on Nov. 19, 2020, Wonderwall.com rounded up the top reasons we've long been obsessed with the show — which stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins — all this time. Keep reading to count down the best things about "Supernatural"…
No. 18: The mythology is complex
The show's mythology meticulously unfurled over the course of the first five seasons of "Supernatural," which launched with a five-year plan in place. But just when we thought we'd learned everything possible about demons, hunters and Lucifer himself, the series expanded. We've since been introduced to warring factions of angels, hordes of monsters and even God's vengeful sister — and each expansion of the "Supernatural" universe has been accompanied by a complex, rich and plot-hole-free backstory.
No. 17: But there are still enough procedural episodes for casual viewing
In spite of its rich mythology, "Supernatural" has a procedural format that makes it perfect for casual viewers — which is why you can often find it on TV during random off-hours. So if you can't keep up with the whole warring-factions-of-angels plotline, there are plenty of monster-of-the-week episodes to keep you entertained! (Who doesn't love it when a mystery is solved in just 40 to 45 minutes?!)
No. 16: It has the all-time greatest fandom
"Supernatural" has one of the strongest fandoms of any show on television today — there's a reason why it beat 63 other series to win Entertainment Weekly's fall TV cover competition in 2016. (The magazine asked fans to choose which series should appear on the cover of its fall TV issue.) Being a "Supernatural" fan is like being part of an exclusive club. Just ask anyone who's waited hours to make it into one of their convention panels!
No. 15: It's a binge-worthy series
With 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, if there's one show that'll make for an enjoyable, binge-worthy watch, it's "Supernatural." After surpassing its 11th season, the hit series became the longest running live-action American fantasy television series ever. That's no easy feat! "Supernatural" is available to stream on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
No. 14: The soundtrack is tops
Sam and Dean Winchester (but mostly Dean) inherited their tastes in music from their dad, so the "Supernatural" soundtrack is chock-full of classic-rock staples — but none more important than Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son," which has become the series' unofficial theme song. The band even made a surprise appearance during the show's 2017 Comic-Con panel to perform their 1976 hit (pictured). If the words "there'll be peace when you are done" don't give you chills, a true "Supernatural" fan you are not.
No. 13: The boys have the sickest ride
Dean's 1967 Chevrolet Impala, Baby, is as much a part of the crew on "Supernatural" as Castiel, Sheriff Jody Mills or Kevin Tran (RIP). She's also one of the best looking members of the cast — what with her shiny black exterior, gorgeous curves and junk-filled trunk. (By "junk," we mean "demon-slaying weapons," of course!) Baby even served as the star of an eponymous season 11 episode in 2015 — every scene in "Baby" took place entirely within the Impala.
No. 12: They're not superheroes
Though the stars of "Supernatural" temporarily acquire superhuman abilities from time to time — like when Sam drank demon blood or when the Mark of Cain transferred to Dean — for the most part, the Winchesters are just two regular dudes who've sacrificed everything to save the world. They're basically powerless — though they have some pretty powerful pals — which makes their accomplishments all the more impressive. As pop culture becomes increasingly oversaturated with stories about superheroes, it's refreshing to see two normal guys fighting the good fight, no?
No. 11: The villains are the most delicious
There are countless villains we just love to hate (and sometimes hate that we love) on "Supernatural" — from Lucifer and Azazel to Rowena and Crowley (pictured). The show earns extra credit for its treatment of the late, great King of Hell (actor Mark Sheppard), who developed a complicated bromance with Dean until his untimely demise in season 12. We sure are gonna miss Crowley's witty banter with the boys, which was one of our favorite things about the show.
No. 10: The stars have the best chemistry
In 2015, "Supernatural" stars Misha Collins (Castiel) and Jensen Ackles (Dean) won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry. And it's no act! The duo are tight in real life and often spend time together during hiatuses from shooting. Jensen is even closer to Jared Padalecki, who portrays his on-screen brother, Sam. They served as groomsmen in each other's weddings, have spent Christmas together with their families and celebrate their kids' birthdays as a group — their wives have even become besties over the years.
No. 9: The acting is exceptional
Over the course of 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have proven time and time again why they were the perfect fit for their roles. From their banter to their ability to so effortlessly play off each other, it's no wonder the hit fantasy series kept getting renewed! In October 2020 while chatting with Variety, Jared and Jensen reflected on what it was like filming their last scene of the show together. "In those final moments, without giving away too much," Jensen said, "one thing you'll see in my opinion for me [is] the lines that separate the character from the actor get heavily blurred."
No. 8: The show takes you on an emotional roller coaster
If there's one thing every "Supernatural" fan is familiar with, it's that the show takes you on a total emotional roller coaster! The season 15 premiere, for instance, managed to make fans laugh, cry and feel incredibly nostalgic at different points throughout the same episode. From shocking deaths to gut-wrenching sacrifices made by the Winchester brothers, "Supernatural" succeeds in taking fans on an emotional ride.
No. 7: It's scary as hell
"Supernatural" is not for the faint of heart. Scares abound — as do buckets of fake blood. If you're the type of person who loves a thrill (like we do!), broadcast television doesn't get much better. We've definitely been known to sleep with a light on after certain episodes… "Everybody Loves a Clown," anyone?
No. 6: But it's also super-funny
Not every episode of "Supernatural" is horrifying. Some are downright hilarious. There have been plenty of episodes that have made us LOL over the years, but the ones that kill us most are the meta episodes on which the show makes fun of itself, like the absolutely genius Season 6 episode "The French Mistake," during which Dean and Sam are transported to an alternate reality where they're Hollywood actors named Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki who star on a TV show called "Supernatural" along with a Twitter-obsessed actor named Misha Collins. Hilarity ensues.
No. 5: The writing is on-point
From the first episode of "Supernatural," which aired in 2005, it was apparent that the writing was fantastic. Within the first few minutes of the premiere, the audience got a clear look into the world and motivations of its two main characters. From Sam's desire to walk away from his past life as a demon hunter to Dean's unyielding search for their father, both characters had a strong point of view. Filled with ups and downs, "Supernatural" is one show that has consistently showcased some stellar writing.
No. 4: The monsters are actually terrifying
While there are some fantasy-horror shows that promise to deliver some seriously creepy antagonists, "Supernatural" is one show that actually follows through. From Melanie Merchant, the ghost of the little girl in the painting, to the vicious hell hounds to the cannibalistic family, Dean and Sam have had to face off with some eerie entities over the course of the show.
No. 3: The women kick serious butt
The main characters might be male, but there's been no shortage of bad-a** women to root for on "Supernatural" over the years — from Ellen and Jo (Samantha Ferris and Alona Tal) to Sheriff Jody Mills and Charlie. Do we even need to mention mama Mary Winchester? (Queen!)
No. 2: The men are pretty easy on the eyes
Whether you're into Sam, Dean, Castiel or John Winchester, "Supernatural" has a man for you. The show has one of the most undeniably attractive casts on television. Need we say more?
No. 1: First and foremost, it's about family
"Supernatural" might center around the Winchesters' attempts to kill demons, save the innocent and thwart the apocalypse a time or five, but at the end of the day, the show is really about two brothers, their unbreakable bond and their struggles to overcome various obstacles in their lives. We might not be able to relate to their penchant for demon hunting or tendency to repeatedly come back from the dead, but the importance of family (biological or chosen — we're looking at you, Cas) is something we can all get behind.