Supernatural Roundtable: The 25 Best Episodes

by Clarissa / May 20, 2015
changing channels

Episode 5.08 “Changing Channels” (Written by: Jeremy Carver)

This episode is an exercise in hilarity and meta, putting the Winchester brothers into various TV scenarios and leaving the audience giggling through parodies of cop shows and Grey’s Anatomy. The comedic parts would be good enough on their own, but then Jeremy Carver had to close the episode with a dramatic confrontation between the Trickster (who outs himself as the archangel Gabriel) and the Winchesters and Castiel. Richard Speight was perfection as Gabriel, who was raging about his own family and the roles the Winchesters would play in the upcoming Apocalypse.

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Episode 2.12 “Nightshifter” (Written by: Ben Edlund)

“Nightshifter” looks like a regular monster of the week episode, but its dark mood, tense bottle setting and life-or-death situations leave you perched on the edge of your seat. Ronald’s introduction to the supernatural world is both amusing and tragic, while the involvement of Victor Henriksen leads to the introduction of a new and very different type of foe for the Winchester brothers. The final scene – with possibly the best musical cue ever on Supernatural – is a nearly silent cap on a perfect episode and sets the tone for the ones that follow after it.

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Episode 4.03 “In the Beginning” (Written by: Jeremy Carver)

Jeremy Carver delivered a gem of an episode with “In the Beginning”, revealing secrets about Mary and the Campbell family that set the stage for a great deal of emotions. Matt Cohen and Amy Gumenick gave us a rare glimpse of John and Mary together, something we had only ever seen in the pilot episode four years before. And it was a joy to watch the kind of people they had been before the events of that fateful night in Sam’s nursery.

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Episode 8.12 “As Time Goes By” (Written by: Adam Glass)

It’s no surprise that with Supernatural being show about family, some of our favorite episodes would be the ones that focus on the Winchester family itself. “As Time Goes By” introduced fans to Henry Winchester (played to perfection by Gil McKinney). By giving the brothers a chance to revisit their father through their grandfather, we saw a lot of family dynamics play out. And the episode also introduced the Men of Letters, an addition to the mythology that has proven interesting and breathed new life into the show. The icing on the cake was also the introduction of Abaddon, who was a fun and delicious villain.

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Episode 6.20 “The Man Who Would be King” (Written by: Ben Edlund)

Misha Collins turned in his finest performance in “The Man Who Would be King”, perfectly capturing Castiel’s guilt and hubris in equal measure. Ben Edlund chose to tell this episode like a story, putting Castiel in the role of a narrator who sat down to tell the audience his tale against a backdrop of snow and spring flowers. The stark beauty of the opening scene set the stage for an emotionally wrought episode that sucked you in with the dark undertones and Castiel’s ever earnest desire to do good.

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Clarissa is Managing Editor at ScreenFad and former Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A lover of genre shows (like Supernatural and Arrow) and quality dramas (like The Good Wife and Homeland), Clarissa provides on set and event coverage as well as news, spoilers and reviews for all things TV and movies. Follow her at @clarissa373 or email her at clarissa @ screenfad.com.