Nate’s “Official” Supernatural Viewing Guide

Official because you know I’m always right (especially when I tell you I’m about to be wrong).

Now let’s be serious a moment.  An acquaintance stopped by and asked me about watching one of my all time favorite shows.  It hit me that in this story rich age, and with 10+ seasons to its name, the show might be pretty daunting to the viewers.  So here I present a viewing guide to the original 5 seasons (I may update with more seasons if people ask).

Notation for the below: If an episode isn’t listed, that means there’s little reason to watch it (though most are decent these seasons).  For the episodes listed, “arc” means that it’s an episode relevant to the season’s overall arc,  “character” means that it’s an episode relevant to a major character and will explain actions in the arc, and finally “watchable” means it’s neither of the previous two, but is a high quality episode that is worth your time anyway.  From there you should be able to tailor your viewing selection to your tastes, whether you want just the arcs or experience the full range.

the Kripke Years

Season 1

  • 1. Pilot – arc
  • 2. Wendigo – watchable
  • 4. Phantom Traveler – arc
  • 5. Bloody Mary – character
  • 6. Skin – watchable
  • 9. Home – arc
  • 10. Asylum – character
  • 11. Scarecrow – arc
  • 12. Faith – character
  • 14. Nightmare – arc
  • 16. Shadow – arc
  • 17. Hell House – character (also starts an ongoing side arc for lulz)
  • 18. Something Wicked – watchable
  • 20. Dead Man’s Blood – arc
  • 21. Salvation – arc
  • 22. Devil’s Trap – arc

Season 2

  • 1. In My Time of Dying – arc
  • 2. Everybody Loves a Clown – arc
  • 3. Bloodlust – character
  • 4. Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things – character
  • 5. Simon Said – arc
  • 6. No Exit – watchable
  • 8. Crossroad Blues – arc
  • 9. Croatoan – arc
  • 10. Hunted – arc
  • 12. Nightshifter – arc
  • 13. Houses of the Holy – character
  • 14. Born Under a Bad Sign – arc
  • 15. Tall Tales – arc
  • 17. Heart – character
  • 18. Hollywood Babylon – watchable
  • 19. Folsom Prison Blues – bit of arc at beginning, mostly watchable
  • 20. What is and What Should Never Be – character
  • 21. All Hell Breaks Loose (part 1) – arc
  • 22. All Hell Breaks Loose (part 2) – arc

Season 3

  • 1. The Magnificent Seven – arc
  • 2. The Kids Are Alright – arc
  • 3. Bad Day at Black Rock – arc
  • 4. Sin City – arc
  • 5. Bedtime Stories – bit of arc at the end, mostly watchable
  • 7. Fresh Blood – character
  • 8. A Very Supernatural Christmas – character
  • 9. Malleus Maleficarum – arc
  • 10. Dream a Little Dream of Me – character
  • 11. Mystery Spot – arc
  • 12. Jus In Bello – arc
  • 13. Ghostfacers – watchable
  • 16. No Rest for the Wicked – arc

Season 4

  • 1. Lazarus Rising – arc
  • 2. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester – arc
  • 3. In the Beginning – arc
  • 4. Metamorphosis – character
  • 5. Monster Movie – watchable
  • 6. Yellow Fever – watchable
  • 7. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester – arc
  • 8. Wishful Thinking – watchable
  • 9. I Know What You Did Last Summer – arc
  • 10. Heaven and Hell – arc
  • 13. After School Special – character
  • 15. Death Takes a Holiday – arc
  • 16. On the Head of a Pin – arc
  • 17. It’s a Terrible Life – arc
  • 18. The Monster at the End of This Book – arc
  • 19. Jump the Shark – arc
  • 20. The Rapture – arc
  • 21. When the Levee Breaks – arc
  • 22. Lucifer Rising – arc

Season 5

  • 1. Sympathy for the Devil – arc
  • 2. Good God, Y’All – arc
  • 3. Free to Be You and Me – arc
  • 4. The End – arc
  • 8. Changing Channels – arc
  • 9. The Real Ghostbuster – character
  • 10. Abandon All Hope… – arc
  • 13. The Song Remains the Same – arc
  • 14. My Bloody Valentine – arc
  • 15. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid – arc
  • 16. Dark Side of the Moon – arc
  • 17. 99 Problems – arc
  • 18. Point of No Return – arc
  • 19. Hammer of the Gods – arc
  • 20. The Devil You Know – arc
  • 21. Two Minutes to Midnight – arc
  • 22. Swan Song – arc

Again, let me know if you find this helpful, agree/disagree with it, and if you think I should continue with the other seasons.

UPDATE: I had somehow marked “tall tales” as watchable originally, when it should have been arc.  I can only blame the Trickster.

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8 thoughts on “Nate’s “Official” Supernatural Viewing Guide

  1. I’ve been watching the first season again on netflix. I miss the “monster of the week” road stories of those first seasons.

    • Definitely liked some of that early charm too, but the latter story arc coming together was pretty powerful.

      I think the show should have gotten an ebb and flow going. MotW for a bit until a plot builds up, then they drop off as the plot takes center stage until resolved, etc.

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