Best “Supernatural” Episodes | The Mary Sue

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In the following years, Supernatural has become more of a meme than anything. Even fans of the show (like me) got a few laughs at the ridiculousness of the past few seasons. However, the series lasted 15 seasons for a reason. And in the decade and a half he was on the air, Supernatural gave us great episodes. Whether heartbreaking, hilarious or just classic MOTW (monster of the week). We even got the Destiel cannon (which is part of the heartbreaking category). But rather than going through all 15 seasons and 327 episodes, I’ll start with the first 5 seasons of the show. Please don’t take this as the only “good” episodes of the series. There are plenty of later gems, but that’s for a different listing.

So put the keys in the ignition and let’s drive, baby, down the highway, together.

Season 1 Episodes

Dean and Sam in Supernatural season 1
(WB)

The introduction of cute boys (as my mom likes to call them) is definitely something. Season 1 isn’t perfect (and most early seasons rarely are), but it gets you hooked. The horror is great, and it’s quickly established just how dysfunctional the relationship between Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) is. The season is all about monster hunting, Winchester family problems, and the search for their father, who is determined to kill the demon that killed their mother and Jessica (Adrianne Palicki). It’s one hell of a ride that kicks off the series’ long journey ahead.

Best episodes:

  • “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • “Wendigo” (season 1, episode 2)
  • “Skin” (Season 1, Episode 6)
  • “Scarecrow” (Season 1, Episode 11)
  • “The Devil’s Trap” (Season 1, Episode 22)

Season 2 Episodes

Sam & Dean in Supernatural season 2
(WB)

After the batshit events of the Season 1 finale, Season 2 doesn’t bother to hold back. Certainly not with the death of John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Season 2 mainly focuses on yet another desperate hunt for Azazel. Only this time, there’s a fair amount of people with psychic abilities (including Sam) who tie into Azazel. This obsession ultimately proves disastrous and leads them down a path of self-sacrifice (which wears out after a while, believe me, but in 2 it’s all fresh and emotional!).

Best episodes:

  • “My Time to Die” (Season 2, Episode 1)
  • “Bloodlust” (Season 2, Episode 3)
  • “Chased” (Season 2, Episode 10)
  • “Tall Tales” (Season 2, Episode 15)
  • “Heart” (season 2, episode 17)
  • “What Is and What Should Never Be” (Season 2, Episode 20)
  • “All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 + 2” (Season 2, Episode 21 + 22)

Season 3 Episodes

Ruby and Sam in Supernatural season 3
(The CW)

Demons up to no good, badass female characters, and Dean’s impending doom. This is a basic summary of Season 3. After making the wrong decision to sell his soul, Dean struggles for a year to get out of the case. This season introduced the sarcastic demon Ruby (Katie Cassidy) and cunning thief Bela (Lauren Cohan), who are two of the best characters from the show’s early seasons. Plus, who can forget that Lilith is so terrifying? Even though this season suffered from the writers’ strike of 2007-2008, it did the right thing in 16 episodes. And it’s arguably one of the most tense seasons, due to Dean’s impending doom.

Best episodes:

  • “The Magnificent Seven” (Season 3, Episode 1)
  • “Bad Day at Black Rock” (Season 3, Episode 3)
  • “Red Skies in the Morning” (Season 3, Episode 6)
  • “Fresh Blood” (Season 3, Episode 7)
  • “A Very Supernatural Christmas” (Season 3, Episode 8)
  • “Malleus Maleficarum” (Season 3, Episode 9)
  • “Mystery Spot” (Season 3, Episode 11)
  • “Juice In Bello” (Season 3, Episode 12)
  • “No Rest for the Wicked” (Season 3, Episode 16)

Season 4 Episodes

case first appearance in Supernatural
(The CW)

Undoubtedly, Season 4 is one of better show seasons. There, I said it! Not only did we get a lot of dark moments – like Sam going to the dark side – but we got Ruby (Genevieve Cortese) and the introduction of Cas (Misha Collins), along with other angels, back into the mythology. It was the beginning of the end (Lucifer leading) for Dean and Sam, as well as the beginning of Destiel as a ship (which has been going on for this season, mind you). The exploration of faith, what it means to be truly broken down, and how destructive addiction (Sam’s demon addiction in this case) is, makes this season deeper than most. And the finale is so intense that I would like to relive the moment of watching it for the first time.

Best episodes:

  • “Lazarus Rising” (Season 4, Episode 1)
  • “At the Beginning” (Season 4, Episode 3)
  • “Monster Movie” (Season 4, Episode 5)
  • “Heaven and Hell” (Season 4, Episode 10)
  • “Sex and Violence” (Season 4, Episode 14)
  • “On the Head of a Pin” (Season 4, Episode 16)
  • “Jump the Shark” (Season 4, Episode 19)
  • “The Rapture” (season 4, episode 20)
  • “When the Levee Breaks” (Season 4, Episode 21)
  • “Lucifer Rising” (Season 4, Episode 22)

Season 5 Episodes

lucifer in supernatural season 5
(The CW)

After royally screwing up knee-deep in his demon blood addiction/trusting Ruby, Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) was set free. Leaving Dean and Sam’s relationship so aggressively fractured. Not to mention Cas betraying Heaven to them (more like, because Dean asked him that). With Lucifer on the loose and the biblical apocalypse officially on the menu, Team Free Will is screwed. It’s also one of the best seasons of the show, but for different reasons than season 4. It was meant to serve as the show’s ending. And while it didn’t end well, it suited the show at the time. With the sacrifice on Sam’s part feeling more final (if the show hadn’t gone on) and not something open. Either way, Season 5 feels like the series has closed a chapter. Especially since Sera Gamble took over as showrunner in Season 6.

Best episodes:

  • “Sympathy for the Devil” (Season 5, Episode 1)
  • “Free to Be You and Me” (Season 5, Episode 3)
  • “The End” (Season 5, Episode 4)
  • “Changing Channels” (Season 5, Episode 8)
  • “Give Up All Hope…” (Season 5, Episode 10)
  • “The Song Remains the Same” (Season 5, Episode 13)
  • “Bloody Valentine” (Season 5, Episode 14)
  • “Dark Side of the Moon” (Season 5, Episode 16)
  • “The Hammer of the Gods” (Season 5, Episode 19)
  • “The Devil You Know” (Season 5, Episode 20)
  • “Swan Song” (Season 5, Episode 22)

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