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.

Photo Credit: Spike Nannarello/CBS.

"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!


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.


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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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Alexander Calvert as Jack, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Misha Collins as Castiel, and Jensen Ackles as Dean.

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Baby, what a ride it's been! It's television's longest-running sci-fi fantasy show—and certainly the longest-running series ever on The CW—but on Thursday, Nov. 19, Supernatural comes to an end. Originally set to sign off in the spring, Supernatural's long goodbye was made even longer by the coronavirus pandemic, and the final seven episodes aired this fall instead.

We've already rounded up our 18 most memorable Supernatural episodes. Now we look ahead to the iconic series' swan song.

Don't miss the series finale of Supernatural, airing this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW.

The two-hour event begins at 8/7c with "The Long Road Home"—a preview of the finale with the cast and crew.

Dean And Sam Winchester Say Farewell

Dean grabs Sam by the collar

Jared Padelecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in the pilot episode.

Photo Credit: © The WB / Justin Lubin.

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki both used sports analogies to button-up Season 15's final episodes. Ackles likens them to the "fourth quarter" of a football game, while Padalecki calls them the 26th mile of a marathon. (Coincidentally, the Supernatural stars finished the 2018 Seattle marathon together for charity).

Ackles told ET he was dreading March because he's not good at saying goodbyes, so he was somewhat relieved when production halted. Once they returned to shoot the last batch, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, it became more of a "see you later" than a final farewell. Padalecki says he and Jensen even snuck in a few Easter eggs for hardcore fans who have stuck with them for 15 years—so keep an eye out!

An Ode To The Best Fans

There's a saying: "Supernatural never dies." Padalecki credits the fandom for sticking with them for 15 years and being critical to the show's success. "[You're] the reason why Supernatural will never truly die." The end weighed heavily on Ackles, who posted on Instagram on the final day of shooting: "To those I have worked with on this journey and to those who have watched and supported ... you will never understand my great appreciation for you. 'Thank you' doesn't cover it. There just aren't words. I'm so grateful for these memories that I will carry with me forever. What a ride it has been. And what a run."

Did Coronavirus Affect The Series Finale?

Dean and Sam on a snowy day

Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam.

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Executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb told PaleyFest New York they didn't "have to blow anything up" in terms of their original vision for how it all ends. Although the shots in the final episodes had to be tweaked based on how many "extras" could appear in each scene, the EPs call the final installment an "intimate episode, just about the guys."

Jared's Favorite Episode

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean.

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Padalecki's pick is one you haven't seen yet—the series finale. "I love all of my children equally, but this one is my favorite," he posted on social. With Episode 19 wrapping up a big chunk of the mythology (keep reading to find out more), executive producer Andrew Dabb told TV Line the finale is "more character-based and is more concerned with Sam, Dean, and this family they've built around them than it is with figuring out the Case of the Week." Ackles waxed poetic about the final shoot day: "Putting these brothers away, this is it … us standing on a bridge," he began, before EP Robert Singer and Padalecki shushed him for fear he would spill too much.

Jensen's Favorite Episode

A behind-the-scenes shot from the Baby-centric episode of Supernatural

Seen from the viewpoint of the Impala, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go on a road trip to fight monsters and demons.

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Given how much Dean loves his 1967 Chevy Impala, it's not really shocking that Ackles singles out the fan-favorite Season 11 episode "Baby"—told entirely from the car's perspective. TV Guide even wrote a love letter to the real star of Supernatural. "It was one of the coolest episodes we've ever done," Ackles told Rolling Stone. "I remember we had outfitted, like, eight cameras in and around and on the car, and then they just set us off. Jared and I were just—he hopped in and we just took off down the road. There was no camera operator, there's no grips, there's no electricians, there's no DP, no director, no script supervisor, no makeup, no nothing.... We were doing everything ourselves."

ICYMI: The Finale That Wasn't

\u200bJake Abel as Michael, Alexander Calvert as Jack, Jensen Ackles as Dean, and Jared Padalecki as Sam

Jake Abel as Michael, Alexander Calvert as Jack, Jensen Ackles as Dean, and Jared Padalecki as Sam.

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The penultimate episode, "Inherit the Earth," sure felt like a series finale. There was even a feels-inducing montage from the past 15 seasons at the end. In case you need a refresher before the actual finale, here's what went down:

After the rapture wipes everyone out (RIP Castiel), Sam and Dean are ready to throw in the towel, since there's literally no one left to save. The modern-day Cain and Abel agree to fulfill their destiny and take each other out if Chuck (Rob Benedict) brings everyone back to life. But because they wouldn't "take a knee," Chuck ain't having it: He wants to see the Winchesters suffer on a lifeless planet.

Enter some familiar faces—Michael (Jake Abel) and Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino)—who at first appear to be Team Winchester against God but instead double-cross them for a final showdown to be Daddy's favorite. Michael offs Lucifer (with an archangel blade); Chuck kills Michael, then sets his sights on Sam and Dean, pummeling them to a pulp. But Jack (Alexander Calvert) is able to absorb Chuck's power (he's essentially become a power vacuum since he blew up), snap his fingers to heal Dean and Sam, and turn Chuck into a powerless human!

Rather than kill Chuck once and for all, he's left to suffer a fate of growing old. "For the first time I have no idea what happens next," Chuck says in his last scene. Jack repopulates the world, and Sam and Dean have free will to do whatever it is they're going to do in the series-ender, "Carry On." Like Chuck, we have no idea what happens next!

Behind-The-Scenes Memories

Padalecki's favorite memory is a no-brainer: when he met and fell in love with his wife, Genevieve, in Season 4. "That season, for whatever reason, was magical all around," he adds. Ackles points to the last time they hit the stage at Hall H at 2019 Comic-Con. "There's something really special about that room and that crowd, the grandeur of it all," he says. "To just stand there and take that in is a pretty emotional moment I'll never forget."

Castiel himself, Misha Collins, will always remember the cast cutting up: "The hundreds of hours of WB money wasted on us laughing on set, enjoying the process, the friendship and camaraderie was deeply meaningful."

Ackles adds: "We wouldn't have made it 15 years without that."

Life After Supernatural

So, what's next for the Winchester Bros.? Padalecki will step into Chuck Norris' boots in a reboot of the '90s classic, Walker, Texas Ranger. In The CW's new series Walker (premiering Jan. 21), Padalecki stars as Cordell Walker, a widowed father of two who returns to Austin after being undercover for two years only to discover that there's harder work to be done at home.

Ackles will join Amazon's hit superhero saga The Boys (from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke) as not-so-good-guy Soldier Boy. And The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz hasn't shut the door on a potential Supernatural spinoff. "There's a lot of mythology," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're always open to carrying on the Supernatural universe, but it has to be connected to the Winchesters. I'm always open to ideas—and there are many things I can't discuss."

Don't miss the series finale of Supernatural, airing this Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW.

The two-hour event begins at 8/7c with "The Long Road Home"—a preview of the finale with the cast and crew.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fisher/CBS.

By Nate Millado

Evil is not for the faint of heart. It's that terrifying—which makes the supernatural drama the perfect Halloween binge!

For the uninitiated, Evil centers on priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) and forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) as they assess whether the Church's unsolved mysteries are worth pursuing—or whether there's a more scientific explanation behind the phenomena.

Evil is the brainchild of Robert and Michelle King—the husband-and-wife duo behind The Good Wife and The Good Fightso you know you're in for some quality entertainment along with genuine jolts. Luckily, all episodes of its freshman season are available to stream on CBS All Access and Netflix, so here's your chance to catch up on CBS' scary-good series before its second season.

Watch all episodes of Evil on CBS All Access and Netflix.

The Boogeyman is Real!

Surely, anyone innocently named "George" can't be that bad, right? Dead wrong! This leathery demon is the stuff of nightmares. He haunts poor Kristen in her sleep—or is she awake?—zips around the room like The Flash, pees in the corner (rude!), and slices her fingers off for each incorrect answer during a "fun" game of True or False. George introduces himself in the pilot ("Genesis I"), but unfortunately for Kristen, reappears throughout the season ("177 Minutes," "Let x = 9," and "Book 27").

Bridget in the Bathtub

It's Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford like you've never seen before! In the episode "Vatican III," Bridget (Ashford) cops to murdering a boy named Enrique during her exorcism. Kristen, David, and Ben (Aasif Mandvi) cross-reference her claims with any open cases—and to determine whether the woman really is possessed by a demon named Howard. If you want to see just how versatile an actress Ashford is, catch her comedic side on the new CBS sitcom, B Positive (premiering Nov. 5).

Orson Isn't Well

Is accused serial killer Orson LeRoux possessed—or just plain psycho? That's the question Kristen and David attempt to answer throughout the season (in episodes "Genesis 1," "Justice x 2," and "Book 27"). Either way, on a creep factor scale of 1 to 10, Orson is 100.

Child of the Corn

In the "2 Fathers" episode, an intoxicated Kristen follows a woman's screams into a cornfield—and is shocked by what she sees: David's dad's wife Esther birthing out a baby that's most certainly not human. But wait, there's more! Esther tears into the sticky sac with her teeth to welcome her goblin child into the world. That's some sangria you drank, Kristen!

Hurts Like Hell

Nurse Ratched's got nothing on Nurse Plague! After David is stabbed (at the end of the "7 Swans a Singin" episode), he's sent to Harbor Hospital, where his nurse pumps him with pain meds. During a drug-induced trip, David witnesses patients being wheeled out by freaky-looking attendants to attend a "black mass." One of the unlucky sacrificial lambs happens to be David's roommate, Harlan.

The big reveal of the "Room 320" episode is thought-provoking—but definitely disturbing! Word to the wise: Watch with a friend.

Treat or Trick?

When your show is called Evil, you've gotta up the ante for Halloween—and yikes, does the "October 31" episode deliver! First, there's an Exorcist homage replete with hissing, cackling, speaking in tongues, projectile vomiting—the whole nine.

But what's really unnerving is the new girl "Brenda," who hangs with the Bouchard kids and their friends. Brenda tells creepy ghost stories and asks disturbing questions. ("If I dared you to kill your mom ... how would you do it?") Here's the kicker: Brenda's mom calls and says her daughter is sick in bed. So, who's really behind that creepy doll mask?

Watch all episodes of Evil on CBS All Access and Netflix.

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Supernatural road trip is coming to an end as the longest-running sci-fi genre series in television history. Now, as the end nears—and thanks to the spook-busting Winchester brothers—Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles)—not the end of the world.

As the beloved series wraps up its 15th and final season, Watch celebrates the Supernatural phenomena and take a look back at the most memorable episodes. And should you have missed it so far, consider this permission to binge (with spoiler alerts!) and catch up.

Supernatural returns with the final 7 episodes on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c. Catch up now and stream free only on The CW.

"Pilot" — Season 1, Episode 1

The two winchester boys grappling

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The pilot episode makes it clear that Supernatural is anything but a typical teen scream drama, as the Winchesters lose their mother when a yellow-eyed demon pins her to the ceiling and sets her on fire. The show's future darkness is on display, but so is its sense of humor and adventure, as summed up in a line from Dean that will play out for the rest of the series: "Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole."

"Devil's Trap" — Season 1, Episode 22

Jeffrey Dean Morgan stares dramatically into the camera

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It's not your typical family drama, either, but family plays a huge part in Supernatural. Sam and Dean's missing father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) reappears, only to sacrifice himself to a demon in order to save his sons.

Meanwhile, the brothers meet Bobby (Jim Beaver), a fellow hunter who will become their surrogate father. The most important takeaway, however, is the lack of a happy ending in the episode "Devil's Trap" This is a series that feels real. Or as real as a show about demons and witches and vampires could be.

"Heart" — Season 2, Episode 17

A werewolf snarls at the camera

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If viewers need any more proof that the Winchesters' saga is anything but a joyride, "Heart" delivers and then some. Just as Sam is able to find love again after the death of his girlfriend in Episode 1, it turns out the new woman in his life has a character flaw: She's a werewolf ... but doesn't realize it. Which means he has to kill her. Talk about awkward breakups.

"All Hell Breaks Loose" — Season 2, Episodes 21/22

A shot of a darkened graveyard with Sam resting aginst a headstone

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The two-part season finale "All Hell Breaks Loose (Part 1)" and "All Hell Breaks Loose (Part 2)" demonstrates that nothing is sacred in the Supernatural universe. In theory, the story is about Sam and a handful of others born with psychic abilities—courtesy of demonic forces—and their showdown to see who will abet unleashing Hell on Earth. In reality, though, it's about the death of a major character and the shocking sacrifice made by another.

The series' mythology also takes a major leap forward, as Hell's front door is open just long enough for demons to escape, with storylines that will fill several more years of episodes.

"Mystery Spot"— Season 3, Episode 11

The boys in a rainy parking lot

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Even though something wicked always seems to be coming for our heroes, there are moments like "Mystery Spot," that are downright comedic. In a clear nod to Groundhog Day, something has trapped Dean in the same day, during which he repeatedly dies in increasingly bizarre ways.

The episode also features one of the brothers' most unique adversaries, The Trickster (Richard Speight, Jr.).

​"Lazarus Rising" — Season 4, Episode 1

A group of people performing a seance with a dramatic flare-up of the candles

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This episode "Lazarus Rising" marks the introduction of the taciturn angel Castiel (Misha Collins), a character crucial in Supernatural lore. It also kicks off what will become a staple for the series—its examination of angels, devils, and all the Biblical beings in between. And the moment when Castiel spreads his wings (in shadow form, anyway) is as indelible any image on screen.

"Lucifer Rising" — Season 4, Episode 22

A shot of a darkened crypt interior

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Arguably the best cliffhanger in a series known for its season finales, "Lucifer Rising" makes it clear that Dean and his now demon blood-drinking, spirit-sucking brother have taken very separate approaches in trying to keep Lucifer locked in Hell.

Eventually, the brothers are forced to realize that God's forces don't always have humanity's best interests at heart. It is also one of the clearest indications yet that while Sam and Dean aren't afraid to take on hellhounds, Supernatural itself isn't afraid to take on religious dogma.

​"Changing Channels" — Season 5, Episode 8

Two characters in doctor lab coats

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW.

There's nothing new about TV shows making fun of TV shows, but "Changing Channels" takes the trope to a different level.

The Trickster returns to trap Sam and Dean in a variety of television clichés—the doctor show, the police procedural, the laugh-track happy sitcom, the Japanese game show, embarrassing medical ads, even Knight Rider—in order to force them into igniting the approaching apocalypse. From the classic sitcom twist in the show's opening credits to the dead-on Grey's Anatomy parody called Dr. Sexy, MD, the episode has one goal: giving viewers a break from that whole End of the World thing. Temporarily, anyway.

​"The Monster at the End of This Book" — Season 4, Episode 18

A scene inside a cluttered bookshop

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No matter how quirky some Supernatural episodes get, even the weirdest storylines usually find a way to enhance the series' overall mythology.

None does that better than this episode "The Monster at the End of This Book," in which viewers discover that within the show's universe, there exists a series of Supernatural novels that have been chronicling every move the Winchesters have made. They're written by a reluctant prophet named Chuck Shurley (Rob Benedict), and while the installment plays out like an entertaining meta goof on sci-fi fan obsession, it also lays the groundwork for major twists to come.

"Swan Song" — Season 5, Episode 22

Three actors pose dramatically in front of a crude gravesite

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Its creators had plotted out the show for five years, with this episode "Swan Song" as the intended finale—which would have been one of the most impressive (and depressing) ends to a show had it not been renewed. The brothers make peace with each other just in time for Sam to sacrifice himself and drop into the underworld with Lucifer, allowing Dean to settle down, demon-free.

The closing narration, provided by the aforementioned Chuck, sums up the show by saying of our boys, "They made their own choice. They chose family and, well, isn't that kind of the whole point? Endings are hard but then again, nothing ever really ends, does it?"

"The French Mistake" — Season 6, Episode 15

The stars of the show an a behind the scenes set

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For a show that has always fond of breaking down the Fourth Wall, this episode "The French Mistake" reduces that conceit to rubble. To save the Winchesters' lives, the always-entertaining angel Balthazar (Sebastian Roche) sends the brothers into a world where they're actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, starring in a television series called Supernatural.

There are plenty of in-jokes, including a producer suggesting they should "blow off the scene where they sit on the Impala and talk about their feelings," and the director laughing before responding, "Right. You answer the hate mail."

"The Man Who Would Be King" — Season 6, Episode 20

A man wearing a trenchcoat strikes a dramatic pose in a darkened room

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW.

After "The French Mistake," it was hard to imagine anything more the show could do to push the boundaries of traditional television. Then came this episode—"The Man Who Would Be King"—another norm-buster that steps back to reexamine the major events from the past season from Castiel's point of view, cast as an angel allegedly on Earth to save it. He goes from a supporting player to someone as intriguing as the Winchesters.

"LARP and the Real Girl — Season 8, Episode 11"

Actress Felicia Day waves while wearing period garb at a Ren Faire

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Despite all the time spent ruminating on religion and family, Supernatural still gives nods to its hardcore sci-fi aficionados. None is more entertaining than this investigation into mysterious murders amongst a group of live action role players (LARPs) parading around in their Renaissance Faire hand-me-downs.

The episode of "LARP and the Real Girl" marks the return of Season 7 fan favorite Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day), as well as revealing that after years of mocking Sam for loving Harry Potter, Dean is a closeted nerd. (It earns extra points for Dean's recitation of the Braveheart speech.)

​"First Born" — Season 9, Episode 11

Action still of an actor thrashing on a kitchen table while another looks on

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This episode in Season 9 —"First Born"—provides the perfect trifecta of supporting characters, proving that the series can be just as entertaining even when Sam and Dean aren't carrying the story load.

There's the initial appearance of the charismatic Cain (Timothy Omundsen), who may have the key to resolving this season's cataclysmic crisis. There's longtime frenemy and King of Hell Crowley (Mark Sheppard) actually buddying up with Dean. And best of all, there is Castiel waxing philosophical on the emotional significance that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich holds for an angel.

"Baby" — Season 11, Episode 4

A rusty older car travels down a dusty backroad

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The Winchesters are constantly on the move throughout the series, but there is one place that essentially becomes their home—the front seats of their Impala. To pay tribute to this important piece of their legacy, the series built an entire episode—"Baby"—around an automobile's point of view, which provides heartwarming insight into the brothers' bond.

"Just My Imagination" — Season 11, Episode 8

Actor Nate Torrance grins goofily

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Given the volume of stabbings, beheadings, and dismemberments, nobody would ever accuse Supernatural of possessing childlike innocence. Still, there is a surprisingly sweet sentiment at its heart, demonstrated here in a story about a killer preying upon imaginary childhood friends. "Just My Imagination" is one of the most creative episodes, swinging from the gory stabbing of a mermaid to an emotional heart-to-heart between Sam and his imaginary childhood buddy, Sully (Nate Torrence).

"Scoobynatural" — Season 13, Episode 16

The characters rendered as animated cartoon characters

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After spending more than a dozen seasons dropping occasional Scooby-Doo references, the Winchesters wind up trapped in an actual Scooby-Doo episode. Between Dean's fascination with Fred's ascot and a tribute to the customary Scooby chase montage, "Scoobynatural" is an episode to watch repeatedly.

"Lebanon" — Season 14, Episode 13

Jeffrey Dean Morgan hugs the two leads

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This 300th episode "Lebanon" offers a nostalgic look back at Sam and Dean's past when magic gives them one last chance to talk to their dad, who has popped in unexpectedly from 2003.

Every heartache and regret they'd experienced comes pouring out, culminating with a tearjerker of a family dinner with their parents, accompanied by the music of Dean's classic rock patron saint, Bob Seger. It's not easy to bring a show full circle when it's been around for 300 episodes, but Supernatural pulls it off.

Supernatural returns with the final 7 episodes on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8/7c. Catch up now and stream free only on The CW.


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