If you don’t know Supernatural, you’re not watching TV. Suspense, mystery, a dash of horror and three guys hot enough to melt the TV screen spells a recipe for a great time on Friday nights.
Created by Erik Kripke in 2005 for the CW network, Supernatural has built for itself a loyal, if somewhat obsessive fanbase. Unlike such shows as Vampire Diaries and the new series, The Secret Circle (also on the CW), or HBO’s True Blood, Supernatural offers the audience more than drama, soaps or love stories.
With such taglines as “Scary just got Sexy”, “Saving people, hunting things, the family business,” and “Fear is a Luxury” the audience is treated to a multitude of layers, not just in plot but in character. Supernatural isn’t bound by a single, simple formula. Episodes can range from heart-stopping cliff hangers, gut-wrenching tragic scenes to off-the-wall comedy. Through it all, the show’s most notable driving force is the relationship between Dean and Sam Winchester. It’s about two brothers who grew up in a world wrought with things spoken in whispers around a campfire, of things written off as myth.
Supernatural tugs at the heartstrings, shoves your heart into a blender and hands it back to you in little pieces. The emotional ups and downs of the show leaves viewers in a state of shock, sometimes ecstatics or grieving during the summer hiatus (fans call it the ‘hellaitus’)
Considering the number of science fiction/fantasy shows that have come and gone on television, someone might ask whether or not Supernatural is this just another fad here now, gone later.
“I don’t even think Supernatural belong in the science fiction category,” said Mandy Dillon, a fan of Castiel. “General sci-fi deals with things in the air. Space ships etc. So it needs to be taken out of there. I would much rather see it just classed as a drama. Then maybe the guys [Jensen Ackles, Jared Padelecki, Misha Collins] would get the acting kudos they deserve. Right now they haven’t got a hope of getting any major awards, which is a real shame. They needs to add a horror genre, for Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and True Blood. And there are a few more shows coming out that are along the same vein.”
Supernatural takes license to tailor urban legends to fit its style. It holds no respect for any particular system of belief, be it religious or political. Dean Winchester hates witches, procedural cops shows, Twighlight, Jehovah’s Witnesses, dolls, mannequins and fairies. Some rather sensitive fans may cry foul, but everyone at some point or another gets a potshot.
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Fans hold their breath season to season, worried whether or not the show will end up canceled. But the new CW president of entertainment, Mark Pedowitz stated with confidence that the show would continue and both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padeleki have signed up for another season.
Supernatural won the People’s Choice Award 2010 for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show. In the tail end of 2010, Supernatural won the cover of TV Guide Magazine with fans casting over five million votes.