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By Carrie Berk

Supernatural may have ended in 2020, but fans need not mourn the series. A prequel, The Winchesters, is on the way, bringing new stories to the popular franchise. In the original show, the Winchesters are hunters who preserve the balance of good and evil to protect humanity.

Premiering on The CW October 11th, the new series follows the parents of Sam and Dean Winchester, and it answers questions that Supernatural never addressed about the Winchester family history. Here are seven things to expect in the new series.

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1. Sam and Dean’s Parents Are Front and Center

Mary Campbell and John Winchester look surprised in a dimly lit room filled with dusty books and and shrouded furniture.

Mary Campbell and John Winchester, the parents of Sam and Dean, catch sight of something off-screen.

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It stars Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly as John Winchester and Mary Campbell, parents of Sam and Dean from Supernatural. Viewers might recognize Donnelly from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and the TV movies Zombies and Zombies 2.

2. We Travel Back to the ’70s

Drake Rodger as John Winchester stands in a dark green army uniform with his hat in his hand.

John returns from Vietnam, but his fighting days aren’t over yet.

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It’s set in 1972, shortly after John returns from Vietnam, and focuses on the story of how John and Mary met, got involved in monster-hunting, and fell in love while fighting evil.

3. A Monster-Hunting Legacy

Meg Donnelly as Mary Campbell studies a bulletin board covered with newspaper clippings, photos, and a map.

Mary Campbell is on a mission to fight evil.

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Monster-hunting is in Mary’s blood. However, after losing a close friend, she considers quitting the family business. Her father’s disappearance and John’s arrival may convince her otherwise.

4. References to Supernatural Abound

Sam and Dean stand outside wearing jackets and glancing at each other in a scene from Supernatural.

Sam and Dean in the hit series Supernatural.

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There are several references to Supernatural, including the Men of Letters, humans with extensive knowledge about supernatural magic. Mary’s journey to become a hunter also harks back to the original series. John and Mary’s fathers are both missing, which also brought Sam and Dean together in Supernatural.

5. It's Crawling With Cryptids

Similar to its parent show, The Winchesters has its fair share of vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and demons. The trailer features a fist fight with a demon, a roaring creature, and more.

6. A Narrator We Know

Jensen Ackles looks thoughtfully into the distance as he leans on a black sports car parked by an expanse of grass.

Jensen Ackles, reprising his role as Dean Winchester, narrates the new series.

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The narrator may sound familiar. Jensen Ackles (“Dean”) narrates the new series and appears in its first episode. The spinoff was created by the production company he runs with his wife Danneel of Chaos Machine Productions. Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson is back for The Winchesters as well.

7. A Powerful Posse

Carlos Cervantez and Latika Desai look up from the old book they are flipping through on a sidestreet.

Jojo Fleites as Carlos Cervantez and Nida Khurshid as Latika Desai join forces with John and Mary.

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John and Mary are joined by a monster-hunting posse: trainee hunter Latika Desai (Nida Khurshid), master fighter Carlos Cervantez (Jojo Fleites), and bookstore owner meets hunting supplies enthusiast Ada Monroe (Demetria McKinney). John’s mother, Millie (Bianca Kajlich) also plays a key role in teaching her son about their dark family history.

The Winchesters premieres on October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, with new episodes airing every Tuesday.

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Love Cuban food and cocktails? Try The I Love Lucy Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa.

By Michelle Darrisaw

Ever felt hungry when watching Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) bribe her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) with his favorite chicken and rice dish on I Love Lucy? What about those Sunday family dinner scenes from Blue Bloods or the Vulcan and Romulan cuisine featured on Star Trek? Of course, we'd be remiss not to include the Winchester brothers' diner favorites from Supernatural or the envy-inducing Krabby Patties that draw lines of ravenous sea creatures to the Krusty Krab in SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Julian McMahon as Jess LaCroix, Roxy Sternberg as Sheryll Barnes, Miguel Gomez as Ivan Ortiz, Zeeko Zaki as Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, and Missy Peregrym as Maggie Bell.

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By Nate Millado

FBI: International—the globe-trotting iteration of the popular franchise—kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 21, as part of a three-hour crossover premiere event! So you'll get introduced to the Fly Team's special agents with a little help from some friends, including FBI's OA (Zeeko Zaki) and Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and FBI: Most Wanted's Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon).

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen our favorite characters from different shows cross paths. Watch rounds up some of our favorite crossover events!

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By Nate Millado

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sing a broadway number in a mall.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner, Rachel Bloom, Sean van der Wilt, and Santino Fontana.

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"My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!"

Original airdate: Nov. 30, 2015

It may not be as enduring as Wham!'s "Last Christmas"—or as endearing as Mariah's perennial holiday bop—but dare we say "California Christmastime" is just as catchy? Rebecca and the gang deliver an irreverent showstopper replete with eggnog froyos, a Vietnamese elf, Sublime, pants-less Chet—and a "baked" Santa. And yes, Josh busts out some sweet dance moves!

Everybody Loves Raymond

Katherine Helmond shows an engraved toaster to Patricia Heaton and Ray Romano\u200b in a scene from Everybody Loves Raymond.

Everybody Loves Raymond's Katherine Helmond, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano.

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"The Toaster"

Original airdate: Dec. 14, 1998

Neurotic Ray obsesses over what family and friends think of his carefully thought-out gift: an engraved toaster. It's a hit with Debra's picky parents, but without even opening the box, Frank and Marie trade it in for a coffee maker, not realizing its sentimental value. Ray raises a stink, and hilarity ensues as the Barones attempt to recover their son's present.

Everybody Hates Chris

Imani Hakim and Tichina Arnold look askance at each other in a scene from Everybody Hates Chris.

Imani Hakim and Tichina Arnold look askance at each other in a scene from Everybody Hates Chris.

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"Everybody Hates Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 15, 2005

Loosely based on his wonder years in "Bed-Stuy," New York, Chris Rock's period sitcom finds the funny in true-to-life situations. At home, Chris wants a Walkman for Christmas, but his parents can't afford it. At school he discovers that the canned food drive for the needy is actually for his own family!

M*A*S*H

Alan Alda examining a patient in a foxhole while dressed in a santa costume.

M*A*S*H's Dr. Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) saves Christmas.

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"Dear Dad"

Original airdate: Dec. 17, 1972

Hawkeye writes home to his father, recounting the holiday happenings at the 4077th: Radar attempting to mail a Jeep home, piece by piece; Colonel Blake conducting an awkward sex education lecture; Klinger threatening to blow Frank up with a grenade. Hawkeye is chosen to be Santa Claus at a party for orphans, but an urgent call about a wounded soldier at the front forces him to bail. A helicopter whisks the chief surgeon to the field to perform emergency surgery—still in his Santa outfit.

Supernatural

Merrilyn Gann\u200b holds Jared Padalecki violently against a sewer wall.

Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Merrilyn Gann.

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"A Very Supernatural Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 13, 2007

Sam and Dean track down an Anti-Claus demon that violently drags its victims up the chimney once a year—not quite warm and fuzzy. Still, this "Special Presentation"—with a retro title card to boot—isn't all doom and gloom. We flash back to 1991 and learn the origin of Dean's amulet, plus the Winchester brothers break out their trademark wit (even while being tortured by pagan gods).

How I Met Your Mother

Alyson Hannigan and a How I Met Your Mother at Christmas scene

How I Met Your Mother's Lily (Alyson Hannigan).

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"How Lily Stole Christmas"

Original airdate: Dec. 11, 2006

Ted nearly ruins Winter Wonderland for Marshall when he calls Lily "a bad word . . . a very, very bad word." (Of course, Ted censors the story for his kids, using the word "Grinch.") Other developments in this legendary episode: suitless Barney! Plus, Marshall gifts Lily an Easy-Bake Oven, something she always wanted but was never allowed to have. The ol' college pals bury the hatchet—turns out Ted held a grudge against Lily for ghosting him after she broke off her engagement to Marshall. But oh, fudge—we never do find out what the bad word was!

The Jeffersons

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The Jeffersons cast, clockwise from bottom right: Damon Evans, Isabel Sanford, Zara Cully, Berlinda Tolbert, Ned Wertimer, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker, Paul Benedict, Marla Gibbs, and Sherman Hemsley.

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"984 W. 124th St., Apt. 5C"

Original airdate: Dec. 24, 1977

George Jefferson is many things—loud, outspoken, rude, materialistic—but he can be a big softy, too. When Louise discovers her husband has been sending secret payments to an address she doesn't recognize, she's naturally suspicious. (Is George having an affair?!) Weezy follows him to Harlem and is shocked to find out that "Apt. 5C" is where George grew up in poverty. Apparently, George promised himself that if he made it big, he'd never let anyone living there have another terrible holiday.

The Twilight Zone

Art Carney as Henry Corwin in a Christmas-themed episode of The Twilight Zone

Art Carney as Henry Corwin in a Christmas-themed episode of The Twilight Zone.

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"The Night of the Meek"

Original airdate: Dec. 23, 1960

Rod Serling's morality plays tend to skew more terrifying and eerie, but this Christmas-themed installment bucks the trend. It's actually quite touching. A down-and-out department store Santa named Henry Corwin—fired for being drunk on the job—stumbles upon a magical sack of presents. Doling out gifts brings him so much joy that he wishes he could do it every year. The final-act twist implies that Corwin's wish comes true and he heads to the North Pole to become the real Santa!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Phyllis (Cloris Leachman), Mary (Mary Tyler Moore), and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) from The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Phyllis (Cloris Leachman), Mary (Mary Tyler Moore), and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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"Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II"

Original airdate: Dec. 19, 1970

Poor Mary: All she wants for Christmas is to spend the holiday with her parents. Sadly, Christmas is just like any other day when you work in a newsroom. So she proposes a quiet Christmas Eve instead with best friend Rhoda. But this plan, too, is derailed when a desperate co-worker begs Mary to cover his shift in addition to her own. Anyone who's ever spent the holidays away from home will relate to this bittersweet episode. Happily, Mary's workplace family comes to the rescue: Mr. Grant, Murray, and Ted surprise her at the end of her shift to take her out for drinks.

All In The Family

ean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, and Sally Struthers in All in the Family\u200b.

Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, and Sally Struthers in All in the Family.

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"Christmas Day at the Bunkers'"

Original airdate: Dec. 18, 1971

Belligerent, blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker is a Scrooge practically every day of the year—but he's particularly irate this Christmas. He bah-humbugs at his hippie son-in-law, carolers, the Jeffersons—even the nun soliciting donations at his doorstep. In a surprisingly touching scene with long-suffering wife Edith, Archie reluctantly reveals why he's not in a festive mood: Thanks to a work screw-up, he wasn't given a Christmas bonus.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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