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20 Best Supernatural Episodes (Seasons 1-5)


Best Supernatural Episodes (Seasons 1–5)

During the past five years, Supernatural has gained a cult following, and we have become truly concerned for the Winchester brothers. In these five years, Supernatural went from two brothers in search of their missing father to two brothers who must stop the Apocalypse. I know, big jump for only five years, but the writers of Supernatural have made it fit together so well, that sometimes it causes us to wonder if it could all be true.

Every episode of Supernatural is fantastic in its own brilliant way. Some episodes make us laugh out loud, some have us reaching for the tissue, while some others scare us half to death, and on a really good night we'll do all three! I have narrowed all the episodes down to the 20 best Supernatural episodes from seasons 1 to 5, and here they are!


20. "Devil's Trap"

Season: 1

Synopsis: Sam and Dean seek help from Bobby an old friend, to help them save their father from the demon Meg, they lure her into a Devil's Trap.

Why it's on the list: This is a very important episode of Supernatural, not to mention it's Bobby's first appearance on the show. It's also the first time they use a Devil's Trap, and do an exorcism. Every season finale of Supernatural is epic, but this one has a cliffhanger like no other. Dean, Sam and their father John are in a car accident totaling the Impala, leaving all three Winchesters badly injured and fans wondering if they're going to be okay.


19. "Bad Day At Black Rock"

Season: 3

Synopsis: Two thieves break into the boys' father's storage unit and steal a good luck rabbit's foot. The boys find the thieves and take the rabbit's foot back, but little do they know, it does bring good luck until you lose it, and Bobby tells them everyone loses the foot. And they do, a girl named Bella steals the rabbit's foot from Sam and the boys must find it before it's too late.

Why it's on the list: This episode proves to be one of the funniest Supernatural episodes yet, the only bad thing about it is Bella, who is a central character in this episode. One of the best scenes is where one of the thieves who stole the rabbit's foot falls onto a fork and is stabbed through the neck, which is totally gruesome. Also, the funniest scene would have to be where Dean touches the rabbit's foot and comes back to save Sam from the Jesus freak hunter, and throws a pen into the barrel of his gun and says "I'm Batman."


18. "What Is and What Should Never Be"

Season: 2

Synopsis: Dean is attacked by a Djinn and his wishes come true: he lives a normal apple pie life, he is married to a nurse, Sam is married to Jessica, his mom is alive, but sadly his father dies of a heart attack. For some reason, he keeps seeing a girl in a white dress.

Why it's on this list: This episode shows how life would be if Sam and Dean's mother was never killed by Azazel. It's sad to see Sam and Dean not being best friends, plus the way Sam dresses is a little scary. Even though Jess is alive and so is the boys' mother, it's just not right and it should never be.

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17. "Nightshifter"

Season: 2

Synopsis: The boys think a shapeshifter is evolved in a string of mysterious robberies. The boys try to stop the shifter before it hits again but are interrupted by a strange conspiracy theorist who thinks man droids are behind the robberies forcing the police to believe the brothers are behind the bank heist.

Why it's on the list: In this episode, we met FBI Agent Victor Henrickson, who will become one of the boys' human enemies. Plus, the episode starts with a news report featuring Dean leading fans to believe the boys really are robbing a bank, but any true Supernatural fan knows that's not how the boys roll. Also, the man droids guy is extremely hilarious. Plus how the boys get away from the FBI is amazing.


16. "Mystery Spot"

Season: 3

Synopsis: The Winchesters investigate a mans disappearance while visiting a local tourist attraction called The Mystery Spot. The boys go to check out the spot after hours, and Dean is shot and killed, but Sam wakes up to relive Dean's death everyday.

Why it's on this list: This episode is the perfect blend of death and comedy. Even though our favorite character is being killed over and over again,we can't help but laugh. Plus we love seeing Dean rock out to Asia while tying his boots.


15. "Born Under A Bad Sign"

Season: 2

Synopsis: Sam goes missing and wakes up a week later in a hotel room with no memory of what happened. Sam and Dean set out to find out what happened, and discover Sam has been on a rampage hitting store clerks in the head with a 40 and killing a fellow hunter, later Dean discovers Sam is possessed by a demon, and it is trying to kill Jo.

Why it's on this list: Supernatural fans love seeing evil Sam, he's just so sinister. The way the demon tricks Dean into believing it's really Sam. Plus might I mention "my daddy shot your daddy in the head" also Bobby's classic line "don't try to con a con man".


14. "The End"

Season: 5

Synopsis: The angel Zachariah sends Dean five years into the future, where he discovers the world is over run by people infected with the Croatoan virus. Dean runs into his future self, and discovers Sam said yes to Lucifer, and Castiel is human, and is also addicted to drugs and women.

Why it's on this list: Dean's interaction with his future self is priceless. Also, seeing Castiel as a pill popping, pot smoking, Absinthe drinking, orgy having hippy is hilarious. The said thing is seeing Sam as Lucifer, and also watching him snap future Dean's neck, and also future Dean not caring that he sends all his friends into their death. It's also the only time we see Castiel without his trench coat.


13. "Jus In Bello"

Season: 3

Synopsis: The boys break into Bella's hotel room to take the colt back, but Bella has already called the cops and is long gone with colt. The FBI bursts into the hotel room and arrests the boys. While in jail an army of demons descends upon the small town to kill the brothers.

Why it's on this list: If you didn't hate Bella's guts before, this episode defiantly pushed you over the edge. Watching the brothers really get arrested is heart breaking, but of course they get their selves out of it, after Agent Hendrickson is possessed by a demon and tries to kill the brothers they exorcise him in a toilet bowl, which is totally awesome.


12. "It's a Terrible Life"

Season: 4

Synopsis: Sam and Dean have think they live a normal life, and have no memory of hunting, or even of each other. But, Sam keeps having dreams of his old life.

Why it's on this list: Watching Sam and Dean live a normal (boring) life is kind of upsetting, but the writers did put a lot of work into this episode. It's kind of neat how Sam and Dean's last name is Winchester the same as the riffle, and their names are changed to Dean Smith and Sam Wesson, the Smith & Wesson gun, pretty funny. You also have no idea what's going on until the last five minutes of the show, when you find out that it's Zachariah who messed them up.


11. "In My Time Of Dying"

Season: 2

Synopsis: After a terrible car accident, the Winchester family is left badly injured, all three are in the hospital, but Dean is in a coma dying, but for some reason he can walk around, in an out of body experience. In which he meets a reaper named Tessa.

Why it's on this list: I'd have to say the best scene in this episode is when Sam talks to Dean through a Ouija board, words can not describe. The worst part, papa Winchester dies in this episode, giving his life to save Dean's and starting the Winchester's selling their soul for each other trip.


10. "Free to Be Me and You"

Season: 5

Synopsis: Sam and Dean go their separate ways. Dean and Castiel set out to find the Archangel Raphael, while Sam gets a job as a bus boy at a bar.

Why it's on this list: This episode has to be one of the most hilarious episodes of Supernatural yet. First of all, Castiel and Dean dress like FBI Agents to find out information on where Raphael is and Cas is funny as hell holding his FBI badge upside down, then talking about angels and demons in front of a cop, and most of all his interaction with the stripper in the bar is gut busting. The way Sam says "I did it, I started the Apocalypse!" sends chills down your spine, plus this is episode we find out Sam is Lucifer's true vessel.


"The Rapture"

Season: 4

Synopsis: Castiel comes to Dean in a dream and tells him to met him a spefic location, when Sam and Dean arrive they find what they think is Castiel, but it turns out Cas has been dragged back to Heaven and left his vessel Jimmy Novak. The boys hold him, because they believe he is in danger, but Novak gets away and the boys must find him before it's too late.

Why it's on this list: Misha Collins acting skills are out of this world, he does an excellent job, and his acting abilities alone got this episode on this list, but there's more. We also get a deeper look into how serious Sam's addiction to demon's blood is.


8. "Pilot"

Season: 1

Synopsis: Two brothers set out to find their missing father, while traveling the country in a 67 Impala fighting supernatural creatures

Why it's on this list: Most television series pilots are very uneven and awkward, but not this one! The pilot proved Supernatural was going to be a one-of-a-kind show, and the only problem is Dean's voice, but he doesn't really gain his deep voice until season two.


7. "No Rest For The Wicked"

Season: 3

Synopsis: Dean's time is up and the brothers get Bobby's help to go after the demon Lilith who holds Dean's contract.

Why it's on this list: If your a Supernatural fan (and I'm pretty sure you are), you should already know why this episode is on the list. It's the episode where Dean goes to Hell. Plus, seeing the evil little Lilith with blood all over her dress, holding her hosts family hostage in a horror, and snapping the little girl's grandfather's neck, plus, we can't forget about Freckles, who made Lilith mad.


6. "All Hell Breaks Loose" (Part 1 and 2)

Season: 2

Synopsis: Sam shows up in a mysterious town with Azazel's other special children, Dean and Bobby try to find Sam.

Why it's on this list: Well, for one it's the episode(s) where Sam dies and Dean sells his soul for Sam's life. Also, it's the episode where they open the gates of Hell, and their dad's spirit comes back to save them.


5. "Dark Side Of The Moon"

Season: 5

Synopsis: Sam and Dean are killed by other hunters and go to Heaven, Castiel contacts then and tells them they must find an angel named Joshua, who talks to God.

Why it's on this list: Well, Sam and Dean's trip to Heaven takes a deep look into their pasts, we find out Sam and Dean's favorite memories, Dean's being popping fireworks with Sam and Eating a sandwich with crusts cut off made by his mom and Sam's being Thanksgiving dinner with a girl from middle school and running away to Flagstaff. It's also the episode where Castiel looses faith in God and Dean throwing away his necklace.


4. "Abandon All Hope"

Season: 5

Synopsis: A demon named Crowley gives Sam and Dean the colt, and they go after Lucifer.

Why it's on this list: This is the episode where Ellen and Jo Harevelle die, Dean is attacked by a Hell Hound and Jo attempts to save him but ends up getting her self injured severely. They hols up in a hardware store, Dean insists on getting Jo out of there and to medical attention, but Jo insists she is going to die anyway so comes up with a plan to build a bomb and kill all the hell hounds. At the last minute her mother Ellen decided to stay with them Resulting in both of their deaths. Also, Lucifer traps Castiel in a circle of Holy fire and he pushes the demon Meg into the holy fire escaping.


3. "Two Minutes To Midnight"

Season: 5

Synopsis: Bobby sells his soul to the demon Crowley for Death's location, the boys go after Pestilence and try to catch Death, and obtain the last two Horsemen rings.

Why it's on this list: Jen Titus redid the Song Oh Death epically for this episode of Supernatural and the has proved to be popular. Also, this episode has a string of good luck for the boys, they get Pestilence's ring and Death offers his ring up because he doesn't want to be a part of Satan's titty baby fit. Did I mention Bobby also gets to walk? YUP! sure does.


2. "The Monster at the End of This Book"

Season: 4

Synopsis: Sam and Dean find out a man named Ben Edlund is writing a book series called Supernatural about the boy's life.

Why it's on this list: Some people may disagree with this choice, but I stand firm on my decision. This episode is very important. We find out that there is a prophet writing the New New Testament and it's about the Winchesters. Which is a major arc in the storyline.


1. "Swan Song"

Season: 5

Synopsis: The boys run out of options so Dean decides to let Sam say yes to Lucifer.

Why it's on this list: I know, I know, it's kinda cliché to put the last episode (aired) as number one, but I hate to say this is an upsetting episode and three people die (although they are brought back to life). Plus, Sam says yes to Lucifer and we find out Chuck is God. Plus, when Castiel says hey "ass butt" it's priceless and also how the Devil blows in up with the snap of his fingers it amazing although horrifying.


Nope on March 05, 2018:

Everyone give this person a break, they did what you didn't do. Hats off to them this is a pretty good list

Hello on March 14, 2017:

You said that in Swan Song we learn that chuck is god, but that isn't revealed until season 11.

Kylieee on October 23, 2016:

Changing Channels and French Mistake should be on here

Vindexus on August 11, 2016:

You should proofread more, there are a lot of spelling and grammar errors.

Kevin on November 08, 2014:

I Love this show my favorite show was monster movi. When the vamp on a moped honks the horn as he is getting away just makes me laugh out loud every time.

Dean on October 06, 2014:

I think my favorite two standalone episodes were Bloody Mary and Home.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on May 17, 2014:

These are some good ones, though my all-time favorite episode is Changing Channels. I recently posted a Supernatural trivia quiz; check it out if you get the time.

Glad to see another Supernatural fan here. Voting up.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 15, 2014:

Mystery Spot ! :). That is the first episode I thought of when I read the title ! Let me hear you say pig in a poke :). Simply awesome.

Richard Wassem from Dover, Ohio on April 08, 2014:

Nice choices although I do agree that "Changing Channels" would have made my list of favorites. Then again, they're all good.

Andy McGuire from Los Angeles, CA on August 28, 2013:

Great list, I love Supernatural! It's the perfect guy show (and I know, girls love it too.)

My only critique is your grammar is a bit off in many places, making the article a little incoherent.

Stephanie Fay on June 05, 2013:

I do totally agree with the "10 Funniest Episodes of Supernatural" list :)

Stephanie Fay on June 05, 2013:

Changing Channels should be on here...It's possibly the most hilarious episode ever, plus it's super important since we learn the Trickster is Gabriel.

choco on May 07, 2013:

The fact that Changing Channels and Yellow Fever aren't on this list makes me frown.

Sherrie D. Larch from Northern California on December 12, 2012:

This is my favorite television. Though, I love all episodes the ones you picked are awesome.

J. on October 25, 2012:

It's not canon that Chuck is God. He could just as easily be a prophet who ascended. The only part that is known is that actors and crew joked that the actor who played was God.

Me on October 25, 2012:

I'd love to have seen 'Ghost-facers' make it here, it works as an affectionate spoof of the perceived geekery of the audience while genuinely working as a spooky-house docu-drama

tom on October 17, 2012:

how is changing channels not on this list

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